FAQs

When is the 2014 Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade?

Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 10 a.m. CST

How long does the parade last?

Approximately 1 hour

Where is the parade?

The parade will travel through the streets of downtown Dallas.

Do I have to pay to attend the parade?

No. While the Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade is a free event and open to the public, we encourage all those in attendance to make a donation to the hospital. Tickets for reserved bleacher seating are available for purchase beginning in October. Sidewalk seating is available along the Parade route.

Can I buy tickets online?

Yes. You will be able to purchase tickets online beginning October 1.

What time should we arrive to get a good seat?

We advise ticket purchasers to arrive by 9 a.m. so they can comfortably park and get to their reserved bleacher seats before the parade begins. Those without tickets should arrive by 7 a.m. in order to find available spaces with good views of the parade. Everyone is asked to be seated by 9:45 a.m.

What should I bring to the parade?

Bring what will keep you warm and comfortable. Suggestions include blankets, folding chairs and money for breakfast snacks and official parade merchandise.

Are folding chairs permitted at the parade?

Yes, and blankets and sleeping bags, too!

Is handicap accessible seating available at the parade? 

Yes. There are designated handicapped sections along the parade route.

What hotels are located downtown within walking distance of the parade route?

We always recommend our founding sponsor, The Adolphus and our featured hotels. Also the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau has information about additional nearby places to stay.

Is there a parade lost and found?

Yes. Items found will be turned in to the concierge desk at The Adolphus.

What channel will air the parade if I want to watch or record it at home?

The parade will be broadcast on WFAA-TV Channel 8 in Dallas/Fort Worth at 10 a.m. CST on December 13, and will be syndicated nationally throughout the holiday season. Please check your local listing for broadcast times.

Who do I call if I have questions about the parade?

Please call Children's Medical Center Foundation with your parade questions. Our number is 214-456-8360.

Rules and Regulations

  • Throwing any item onto the parade route is prohibited.
  • No items may be sold along the parade route unless from Parade-approved vendors.
  • Vehicles obstructing emergency lanes and on the parade route will be towed.
  • Walking in the street during the Parade is not permitted.
  • Prohibited items along the Parade Route include: weapons, sticks, poles, glass bottles and any items which may cause injury or interfere with the Parade or spectators' enjoyment of the Parade.
  • Please leave noise makers at home as they scare the horses.