Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks

Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks

The 28th annual Celebration of Lights Parade and Fireworks is – Friday, December 2 at 6:30pm! This event kicks off the holiday season in Poughkeepsie as thousands attend.

Presented by the Bardavon, Cocoon Theatre and City of Poughkeepsie, County of Dutchess and Poughkeepsie River District Business Association, with support from Nuvance Health, Rhinebeck Bank, Dutchess Cars, GEODIS and TD Bank Foundation.

The parade will commence at 6:30pm on Main Street and Garden Street and proceed to the evening’s first Christmas tree lighting on Main, at Mural Square near Market Street.

The parade will then proceed down Main Street to Clover Street where it will conclude at Dongan Square Park for the second Christmas tree lighting. Then at 7:15, Poughkeepsie River District Business Association and Legion Fireworks will present the area’s only winter fireworks display.

This year we need financial help to save Andres’ floats!

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If we can raise the money – FEATURED in the PARADE: Cocoon Theatre artistic director Andres San Millan has created FOUR giant float replicas of Vassar Brothers Institute, the Steamboat Mary Powell, the 1911 Pelton mansion, and the Ruby Bridges Locomotive. Participants in festive costumes with props created with recycled materials will accompany the floats.

The Celebration of Lights Parade is led by Mayor Rob Rolison and members of the Common Council and will be joined by the Arm of the Sea Theatre’s musicians and giant puppets, Brasskill Brass Band, Fat Boi’s Brass Band, The Bucket Brigade and The Wholly Brass Band, plus Mid-Hudson Rowing Association, SPOKE Poughkeepsie Bike Club, the Poughkeepsie Library’s Bookmobile, and finally Santa Claus will arrive on a City of Poughkeepsie Fire Engine.


Masks are optional.

Date & Time

Friday, December 02 2022
6:30 pm

Showtime in


Downtown Poughkeepsie
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To purchase tickets for other events in person at the Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.473.2072 or the UPAC Box Office, 601 Broadway Kingston, 845.339.6088 or email at boxoffice@bardavon.org