Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about the Grandstands, participation or logistics? We have your answer.

Logistics

What is the difference between Grand Illumination and Parade of Lights?

Downtown Denver Grand Illumination

As part of Downtown Denver’s Winter in the City program, at 6 p.m. on Nov 23, 2018 Downtown Denver’s Grand Illumination event will light up Downtown, from Denver Union Station to the City and County Building. Light displays will remain through the end of December.

9NEWS Parade of Lights

The 44th Annual 9NEWS Parade of Lights on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 at 8:00pm and Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at 6:00pm. The two-mile parade route in Downtown Denver is the stage for Colorado’s brightest holiday tradition. The FREE holiday spectacular features marching bands, ornate floats, and, of course, a special appearance by Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa! Grab your hot chocolate and ear-muffs, this year is going to be better than ever! The Parade is also televised LIVE on Friday, Nov. 30 from 8pm – 9pm on 9NEWS KUSA-TV, Channel 9.

Grandstand Tickets

Where & why buy a ticket?

  • Buy an elevated premium grandstand seat in front of the beautifully lighted City and County Building on Bannock between Colfax and 14th Ave. Since every seat is elevated, every seat has a great view of the parade. Enjoy the descriptions and unique information of each parade unit from announcers provided by 9NEWS.
  • Purchase tickets here.

$19.00 per adult ticket (13+) – ADVANCE

$16.00 per child ticket (ages 2-12)- ADVANCE Children under 2 free on lap.

$25.00 per person onsite.

  • Tickets can be purchased onsite via cash or credit card for $25 per person at one of two Grandstand Ticket Booths at Bannock and Colfax from:

6pm – 8pm on Friday, November 30, 2018. The parade starts at 8pm Children under 2 free on lap.

4pm – 6pm on Saturday, December 1, 2018. The parade starts at 6pm on Saturday. Children under 2 free on lap.

  • Suggested arrival is 45-90 minutes prior to the start of the parade.

How do we enter the Grandstands?

  • The two Grandstand entrances are on the west and east sides of Bannock and The entrances are next to the white tents with Ticket Sales Signs.

Parking Tips for Grandstands ticket holders?

  • The most convenient parking for persons sitting in the Grandstands is at the Cultural Garage with several hundred parking spaces. The Cultural Garage entrance is on the north side of 12th Ave just west of This is outside of the parade’s street closures.

Are there actual seats, or do we need chairs?

  • Grandstand seats purchased is general seating in front of the lighted City & County Building on Bannock between Colfax and 14th This is the only place we sell admission and provide seats.
  • Wheelchair accessible space is available in the Grandstands area on
  • The entire parade route has free standing room (you can bring your own seat) except for the one block on Bannock where the Grandstands are located.

What time do we need to arrive and be seated?

  • Suggested arrival is 45-90 minutes prior to the start of the parade.
  • Remember Friday Parade starts at 8pm and Saturday Parade starts at 6pm.

What can we bring to the Grandstand?

  • Allowed are: Blankets, coffee, hot chocolate, water (non-alcohol drinks), snacks and strollers. Strollers will be parked behind the grandstands.

Is seating first come, first served?

  • Yes. There are no reserved seats.

What is the difference between Grandstand tickets and free viewing? I thought the whole event was free; why should I pay for tickets?

  • Only the one block (where the Grandstands are positioned) is not free on the 2+ mile route.
  • If you purchase a Grandstand seat, you get an elevated premium grandstand seat in front of the beautifully lighted City and County Building on Bannock between Colfax and 14th Since every seat is elevated, every seat has a great view of the parade. Plus, enjoy the descriptions and unique information of each parade unit from announcers provided by 9NEWS.
  • The parade has over 2 miles of free viewing from the sidewalks and Viewing can be somewhat obstructed because everyone is sitting/standing on the same level surface versus the Grandstands where every seat is elevated.
  • The Grandstand area has portable restrooms.

How do I know if tickets are sold out?

  • In the event the Grandstand seating sells out in advance of the parade dates, the online ticket sales site will state that information, as well as the Parade website.
  • If the Grandstands are not sold out in advance, tickets will be sold on a first come, first sold basis for $25 (cash and credit cards accepted).

Can I get a ticket refund?

  • No refunds. This is a rain, snow or shine event.

Viewing

When will the Parade be televised for at-home viewing?

  • 9NEWS KUSA-TV, Channel 9 on Friday, November 30, 8-9pm (live), Other Times TBD
  • KTVD, TBD

Will the Parade be live streamed online? Where?

  • YES – 9News.com

What are the best spots for viewing the Parade? Least crowded?

Least crowded is generally the last 25%- 30% of the parade route on:

  • 15th Street from California to Glenarm;
  • Glenarm from 15th Street to 13th Street; and
  • 13th Street from Glenarm to Colfax

How long does the Parade last from start to finish?

  • Approximately 60 minutes once the parade is in front of you on the route.

Which hotels have the best view of the Parade route? 

  • Hyatt House Denver Downtown
  • Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
  • Crowne Plaza Denver
  • The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa
  • Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown
  • Grand Hyatt Denver
  • Hilton Denver City Center
  • Magnolia Hotel Denver
  • Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center
  • Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Denver City Center
  • The Westin Denver Downtown
  • Four Seasons Hotel Denver
  • Hotel Teatro
  • The Curtis Hotel
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown
  • Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown

Participation

Can my (music, dance, other) group perform at 9NEW Parade of Lights?

  • Online applications for the 2018 Parade of Lights are now closed. Applications for 2019 Parade will be available soon.

How can I volunteer to help with/work at the event?

Parade Staging and Street Closure Map

Parade of Lights Street Closures 2018