Candlelight Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, Dec 1, 2022 at 6:00pm


The City of Davis announced today that all are invited to attend the 41st annual Candlelight Parade and Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 1, at 6:00 p.m. in the E Street Plaza in downtown Davis. 

“We look forward to celebrating with families and community members,” said Mayor Lucas Frerichs. “This Davis tradition is a great way to reconnect with others and reflect on the joys of the holiday season.”

Beginning at 6:00 p.m., the Candlelight Parade will begin in the Davis Food Co-op parking lot, located at 620 G Street, and conclude at the E Street Plaza. Walkers, strollers, wagons and decorated bicycles are welcome to join the parade and festive holiday lights are encouraged. Parade participants should park in the free public parking structure behind the Signature Stadium 5 Theatres at 4th and G Streets since no parade parking will be available in the Food Co-op parking lot or in the E Street Plaza parking lot. At 6:30 p.m., the holiday tree will be lit by members of the Davis City Council, led by Mayor Frerichs. 

The following local groups will perform holiday tunes and original pieces at the E Street Plaza: 

-6:00 p.m. Davis Youth Choir
-6:15 p.m. Davis Senior High Jazz Choir 
-6:35 p.m. Davis Senior High Madrigals 
-6:50 p.m. Mariachi del Valle
-7:05 p.m. Davis Local Vocals
-7:20 p.m. Davis Musical Theatre Company’s Young Performers’ Theatre division

In addition, the following festivities will be available for participants to enjoy: 

-Free screenings of the short film “Shrek the Halls” at the Varsity Theatre, located at 616 Second Street, at 6:00 p.m., 6:40 p.m. and 7:20 p.m.
-Santa and Mrs. Claus from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
-An activity station to write letters to Santa 
-Roaming mascot characters for photo opportunities
-Horse and carriage rides sponsored by the City of Davis employee groups, PASEA, DCEA, PDOA and Firefighters Local 3494
-The 11th Annual Window Decorating Contest by the Davis Downtown Business Association as part of “December to Remember.” More information and activities can be found at:

Parking will be limited downtown due to street closures and residents are encouraged to walk, bike or take the bus for the event. To participate in the Candlelight Parade or for more information about the event, contact Carrie Dyer at

Press contact: Barbara Archer, barcher@cityofdavis.org530-400-3418

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