Come Join Us! There are so many transportation options, check out how you can get to the Parade this holiday season using public transportation or by car.

Light Rail

 The H, F, and D lines will bring you directly to the parade route. However, during the parade, these lines will be temporarily suspended on Stout and California between 14th and 18th Streets, and passengers will need to get off at the Theatre District/ Convention Center or 18th & Stout stations. For more information and light rail schedules, call RTD at 303.299.6000 or visit RTD’s Trip Planner website

16th Street Mall Shuttle

 With FREE shuttle service, you can park anywhere in Downtown and your destination is only a short ride away. Mall shuttles will not operate during the one-hour parade, but will run before and after the parade. 

Driving Directions

 Plan to arrive before the street closures: 7:30 pm on Friday and 5:30 pm on Saturday (See the Street Closure Section Below for Details). Click here to MapQuest your Route.

From the NORTH: Take I-25 to Park Avenue to Downtown parking or I-70 to Southbound Brighton Boulevard to Downtown parking.

From the SOUTH: From I-25, exit to Northbound Lincoln Street to Downtown parking.

An alternative route: Take I-25 to Auraria Parkway to Downtown Parking.

From the EAST: Take I-70 to Southbound Brighton Boulevard to Downtown parking, or use 8th, 13th, 18th Avenue.

From the WEST: Take I-70 to I-25 South and merge onto the Park Avenue ramp. Continue on Park Ave. to Downtown parking,

An alternative route:  take 6th Ave. to Sante Fe Drive and stay on Sante Fe across Speer Blvd. to Downtown parking.

Street Closures


For a complete list of street closures and times, please click here (to be updated).

Please note that there will be parade route and staging area closures before, during, and after the event. IF you are driving, plan to arrive early before the closures begin. Once the parade begins, Light Rail Service and the 16th Street Mall Shuttle will be suspended. 


To fully enjoy your Parade of Lights experience, click here for details about Downtown Parking and the ParkNow program