Reverse Holiday Parade

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Nov 21

Join the City of Harrisburg for the annual Holiday Parade with a new twist! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade will be modified to a reverse parade held on City Island. In a reverse parade, the parade entrants are stationary and spectators drive by in their vehicles rather than gathering in large groups along the street. There will be dance groups, decorated floats, Santa Claus and more! After driving through the parade route, spectators will receive complimentary goodie bags filled with candy and other items (limited to first 150 cars).

This year’s parade theme is “Hometown Holiday” – show us what makes holidays in the Harrisburg area special to you! We encourage spectators to get in the holiday spirit by decorating their vehicles (just be sure you can travel safely with any decorations you use).


You must be in a vehicle to participate and there is no entry fee. You will not be able to drive the parade route if you arrive after 12pm, so please arrive early. If you do not have a vehicle, you can walk or bike to City Island and board the FREE Belco Community Credit Union Shuttle Bus. Please use the Market Street Bridge to enter City Island because the Walnut Street Bridge will be closed to pedestrians and bicyclists for safety reasons. The shuttle bus stop will be located in the South Parking Lot (parking garage side). Properly worn masks are required during the shuttle through the parade loop and social distancing will be in place while seated on the bus. Commonly touched areas will be disinfected between shuttle trips. The first shuttle will depart at 10am and the last shuttle will depart at 11:30am.


The height restriction to enter the parade is 9 feet. If you have a vehicle over the height limit, please plan to arrive at 9:30am for special accommodations into the parade loop. Please note, there will be a wait time until 10am to access the parade. Vehicles with height restrictions arriving after 9:30am WILL NOT be permitted to enter the parade.

Reverse Holiday Parade

LOCATION: City Island, Harrisburg

ADDRESS: City Island, Harrisburg, PA 17101

  • CONTACT: 717-255-3033