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Winter Lights Parade

The magic of the holiday season is nearly upon us.  In Meridian, we usher in the holiday season with our Christmas in Meridian Winter Lights Parade and Tree Lighting celebration.   We come together to watch brightly lit parade floats, visit with Santa and help countdown to flip the switch for the Christmas tree lights.  

The mainstage is located at Main Street and Idaho Street just across the street from Generations Plaza where the tree will stay all season long.  

Date: Friday, December 6, 2024 at 7 pm, Rain or Snow!  

Times: The parade is at 7:00 pm with pre-parade activities at 6:00 pm. 


Congratulations to our 2023 Parade Winners! 


Best Animal:  Shafter Butte Mountain Dog Society

Best Musical: Compass Bible Chruch Treasure Valley

Best Float: Morgan Mental Health, LLC 

Best Motorized: Raina Barker

Best Walking: Motions Dance

Visit our Facebook page to view photo of all the amazing entries.   

Zamzow Family 2023

(From left to right in the photo): Jim, Faye, Jos, & Callie Zamzow

Zamzow Family
2023 Grand Marshals

We’re honored to introduce the Grand Marshals of this year’s Meridian Winter Lights Parade – the Zamzow Family. They are the perfect choice for this year’s parade as their business Zamzow’s is celebrating its 90th year of serving the Treasure Valley. They know a lot about Growing Traditions!  

Michelle Heart from 107.9 Lite FM will join Mayor Robert Simison as the 2023 emcee.  Look for the pair on the Main Stage located at Idaho & Main at 7:00 pm. 

Meridian Mayor Robert Simison
Michelle Heart, Christmas in Meridian Emcee

The Meridian Chamber of Commerce is hosting a parking shuttle during the parade.  Pick up the shuttle anytime between 5:30 - 9:00 pm in the Alberson's parking lot on the corner of Fairview and Meridian roads. 

Please note:  The shuttle takes about 20 minutes round trip. Give yourself plenty of time to catch the shuttle and get to the parade route by 7:00 pm.  

The Grinch!

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" will once again be shown right before the parade!  It's become a tradition.  Look for the outdoor movie at 6:00 pm and 6:30 pm next to the main stage on Idaho and Main streets.  


Also watch for him in the parade!  

Thanks to: 

Food Courts

Look for food trucks in two places, at The Flower Place on the corner of State and Main streets and in front of Meridian City Hall.

Coned Pizza

Located at The Flower Place

Tacos Y Tortas

Located at City Hall



Bistro Babe

Located at The Flower Place

Scotty's Dogs

Located at City Hall 

Machu Picchu Peruvian

Located at The Flower Place 

Road Closures

Expect traffic delays on I-84 exit onto Meridian Road heading north.  The affected areas will be from the Meridian Speedway, down Main Street to Fairview.


The parade route and roads intersecting it will close at the following times:


  • Access to N. Main Street from E. Idaho Avenue will be closed from 8:00 am – 11:00 pm to accommodate the main stage.


  • Main Street will be closed from the split corridor to E. Carlton Avenue from 4:00 – 9:00 pm for the Parade Route.


  • Franklin Road will remain open until 6:30 pm, right before the parade starts. E. Franklin will be closed from Stratford to Meridian Road from 6:30 – 9:00 pm.



  • After the parade, N. Main Street closure will be reduced to E. Broadway to E. Pine Avenue until 9:00 pm - or all the pedestrians have cleared the street.


  • 3rd Street will be closed from E. Broadway Avenue to E. Franklin Road from 7:00 – 9:00 pm for the return route back to the Meridian Speedway.


  • Lane restrictions will be in place from 4:00 – 9:00 pm on E. Fairview Avenue from N Meridian Road to N Main Street. Business access to remain open.


  • Business access will also remain open on N. Main Street from Fairview – Washington.


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33. E. Broadway Ave. #206
Meridian, Idaho 83642

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