Washougal’s ‘Lighted Christmas Parade’ returns Dec. 2

Annual parade, which was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, returns on Thursday, Dec. 2, with parade along Washougal's Main Street, visit from Santa

Washougal’s major holiday celebration is returning after a one-year absence.

The city of Washougal’s annual Lighted Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in downtown Washougal. The festivities will begin with a parade along Main Street and culminate with a tree-lighting ceremony in Reflection Plaza.

“This community holiday event is a great way to get into the spirit of the season,” Rose Jewell, the city’s community engagement manager and parade organizer, said in a news release. “I hope everyone will come and join us after missing out last year.”

The city is accepting applications from local businesses, organizations and community groups who would like to participate in the parade.

“Entry is free and all floats or groups must be lit in some fashion,” according to the news release.

Applications are due by Monday, Nov. 29, and can be found at City Hall and online at cityofwashougal.us/ParadeApplication.

Awards will be given for “Best Use of Lights,” “Best Use of Music” and “Santa’s Choice.”

“Entries include local clubs, businesses, organizations and others throughout the community,” Jewell said. “Being a part of the parade is a wonderful way to let people know about your group and show support for our community. (We hope people will) enjoy the festivities with family and friends in Washougal’s downtown living room.”

During and after the parade, city staff members will serve complimentary cookies and hot cocoa. Washougal High School’s band and choir students will provide musical entertainment.

“Santa Claus is always a very special guest and will bring up the end of the parade,” the press release states. “He will be passing out candy canes and will be available for photos with kids of all ages starting at 5 p.m.”

The city will livestream the event on its Facebook page.