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Parade Registration

Parade registration is now closed. No additional entries will be accepted at this time. 

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Helpful Information

Light Up the Night is Hopewell's largest holiday celebration featuring the annual Christmas parade, grand illumination ceremony, and downtown winter festival. Read on to learn more about this exciting community event.  


  • Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021

  • Start time: 4:00 p.m.

  • Starting location: Cavalier Square Shopping Center

  • Ending location: Ashford Civic Plaza

  • Route: 15th Street, City Point Road, & Main Street

  • Viewing locations: Any public sidewalk/parking area

  • Motorists should expect significant delays if traveling in the vicinity of the parade route

  • All spectators are asked to remain on the sidewalk at all times

  • Once the parade begins, crossing the street will be prohibited

  • Help us keep Hopewell beautiful by disposing of all refuse properly

  • Physical distancing recommended while viewing parade

Grand Illumination Ceremony

  • Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021

  • Start time: Immediately following conclusion of parade

  • Location: Ashford Civic Plaza

  • Brief remarks will be made by City officials before the illumination

  • A special guest from the North Pole will assist with the illumination

  • Physical distancing recommended while viewing ceremony

Downtown Winter Festival

  • Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021

  • Time: 6-8 PM

  • Horse and Carriage Rides (Cawson Street)

  • Mini Train Rides (Library Street)

  • Craft Activity (Library)

  • Petting Zoo (Cawson Street Lot)

  • Snowboard Experience (Cawson Street Lot)

  • Vendors and other activities (East Broadway) 

  • Face coverings recommended for indoor activities

  • Physical distancing recommended for outdoor activities

Visits with Santa

  • Located in the Hopewell Public Library

  • Face coverings required for children ages 5+

  • Take your own pictures

  • Held on mezzanine level (elevator available)

  • Please note that this attraction may require a significant wait

  • Free 

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Hopewell Community Center

100 W. City Point Road

Hopewell, VA 23860


T: (804) 541-2353

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