Dallas Children's Health Holiday Parade Overview:
A Dallas holiday tradition for over 20 years, the Dallas Children's Health Holiday Parade not only kicks off the holiday season in the Big D, it is a major fundraiser for the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. You can get reserved seating, general admission tickets, or bring a lawn chair and sleeping bag and huddle up along the parade’s downtown route. But, no matter where you are along the parade route, the Dallas Children's Health Holiday Parade is a memorable event that every visitor to the Dallas area during the holiday season should try and attend.
About the Dallas Children's Health Holiday Parade:
Begun in 1987 as a way to celebrate the 75th anniversaries of The Adolphus and Children's Medical Center Dallas, the Neiman-Marcus/Adophus Children's Parade quickly became a Dallas tradition. Since, the parade has changed sponsorships and titles and is now known as the Dallas Children's Health Holiday Parade. Regardless of the name, it remains one of the most popular holiday parades in Texas. More than 400,000 spectators witness the parade in person, while millions more watch on television. The parade itself consists of floats, marching bands, giant helium-filled balloon characters, dance and cheer teams and much, much more.
There are also numerous volunteer opportunities for those wishing to do more than just attend the parade. General admission to the parade is free, but reserved bleacher seating is available for prices ranging from $25-$67 per seat (children under 2 do not need a ticket for reserved seating if they sit on a parent's lap). Those wishing to buy tickets should be advised that tickets must be purchased in advance and are not available at the event itself. The easiest way to purchase tickets is on the event's website, which is listed below.
Where the Dallas Children's Health Holiday Parade is Held:
The parade begins at the corner of Austin and Commerce Streets, follows Commerce east to Harwood Street, travels south on Harwood to Young Street, moves west on Young Street to Ervay, south on Ervay to City Hall Plaza and finishes at Akard Street.