Parade of Lights

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Join in or enjoy the Downtown Odessa Parade of Lights

Downtown Odessa and the City of Odessa Parks & Recreation Department bring you the Annual


  Parade of Lights Logo


WHEN:  Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

ROUTE: South on Andrews Highway from 23rd Street, West on 3rd Street to Medical Center Hospital (MCH) parking lot for de-staging. All riders will de-stage there and be bused back to the Odessa College parking lot. NO PICK UP AT MCH ALLOWED.

TIME: Line-up begins at 3 p.m. in the Odessa College parking lot beside the Sports Center off University. 
The parade begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. All entries must be in the parade line-up by 6 p.m.

AWARDS: Award announcements will be sent to the Odessa American and will be formally presented at a January City Council Meeting

REGISTRATION: Click here to register. Payment is due in order to consider an application complete. You may also download the rules and application. The registration deadline is November 28th. Registering after this date will incur a $20 late fee in addition to your regular entry fee.




Entry Fee


1st 2nd 3rd

Commercial/Business- best lighted float

($25/additional vehicle, maximum of 4 additional vehicles per application) due at registration

$2,000 - $1,000 - $500
Community Organization- best lighted float
(Non-Profit, Churches, Boy/Girl Scouts, PTA’s,
Children’s Associations, etc.)

($10/additional vehicle, maximum of 4 additional vehicles per application) due with registration

$2,000 - $1,000 - $500
School- best lighted school entry

No Fee


Mayor's Award
(Individual or family)
Most Original Interpretation of Theme

($10/additional vehicle, maximum of 4 additional vehicles per application) due with registration


All Entries are eligible to win the Mayor's Award which represents the best overall entry in the parade (plaque). 


•    All entries will be given a number to be placed on the passenger’s door of the float or lead vehicle at the time of line-up on the Odessa College parking lot.

•    All entries MUST:

− be able to keep up with parade speed
NOT STOP to perform which causes gaps in parade. Failure to follow this rule will result in removal from the parade and will prohibit you from entry in 2019.
NOT exceed 13’ 6” tall
NOT CONTAIN SANTAS! There is only one official Santa who will make his appearance at the end of the parade. Any entry with a live or stuffed Santa will be asked to withdraw. 

All entry fees can be paid with cash, credit card, or check. Please make check out to Downtown Odessa Inc.  

  • Option #1 - Fill out registration form online 
  • Option #2 - Mail registration form to:      Downtown Odessa, Inc.
                                                                   PO BOX 4398
                                                                   Odessa, TX 79760
  • Option #3 - Email registration form to:
  • Option #4 - Drop-off to:                         Downtown Odessa, Inc. 
                                                                  119 W 4th Street, Suite 103
                                                                  Odessa, TX 79761

 For more information about the Parade of Lights including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Downtown Odessa Inc. or click here.


Help make downtown Odessa shine by decorating your storefront! Businesses located in the downtown footprint (1st street to 10th street, Bernice Avenue to Adams Avenue) are eligible. 

Click here to register for the 2018 contest!


 Downtown Odessa Logo 

Contact Information
Downtown Odessa, Inc.
119 W. 4th Street, Suite 103
Odessa, Texas 79761
Phone: 432-335-4682