City of Watertown Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony tonight

WATERTOWN, NY —  On Thursday, December 2, 2021, beginning at 7:00pm, Downtown Watertown will be full of holiday cheer as Mayor Jeffrey M. Smith and members of the Watertown City Council host the annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Public Square.

The holiday festivities will begin at 7:00 p.m. when Mayor Smith and members of
the City Council will officially kick off the holiday season with a countdown to light the City’s Christmas tree and start the light show for the holiday season.

Directly following the Tree Lighting, the annual Christmas Parade, featuring a
special guest from the North Pole, will travel through Public Square. The parade route will begin on Court Street, traverse the north side of Public Square, and exit the Square via Mill Street and Black River Parkway.

The event is being co-sponsored by the Watertown Downtown Business Association who has arranged for an appearance by Santa and will also be providing hot cocoa free of charge.

If you would like to enter a float in the parade, registration is required ahead of
the event. The registration form can be found here:

All floats must be decorated for the holiday season as well as lit with holiday
lights. No cars, trucks, vans, utility vehicles, wreckers, dump trucks etc. are permitted without Christmas decorations, or an attached decorated float.

Candy will not be permitted to be thrown during the event for the safety of

All floats must display their group name clearly on the front of the vehicle so
they can be properly identified during the parade.