35th Annual Grand Illumination Parade

November 23, 2019 at 7pm

The 35th Annual Grand Illumination Parade, "Toy Land,” takes place in Downtown Norfolk on Saturday, November 23 at 7pm, bringing thousands of spectators out to take in the beauty, magic, and electric holiday spirit.

Day of Information 

The Grand Illumination Parade is a beloved holiday tradition for many in Hampton Roads. Let us help you have the best experience. Find all your questions about the Parade answered here.


What to Expect at the Parade 

Curious what you will see when you come to Downtown Norfolk for the Grand Illumination Parade? Here's what you can expect to see, hear, eat, and experience on November 23!


Ten Tips to Get Ready for the Grand Illumination Parade 

It's the most wonderful time of the year — and it all begins with the brilliant illumination of the Downtown skyline and the Grand Illumination Parade, Saturday, November 23! We've put together ten tips to get you ready for all the celebration and fun. By the time you've read them all, you will be fully in the parade-watching spirit.



The Grand Illumination Parade can't happen without your help. Our amazing and dedicated volunteers make this event the beloved and magical experience that it is for the thousands of people who fill the streets of Downtown Norfolk every year. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available for groups, organizations and individuals. There's no better way to support and show your dedication to the community while still getting into the holiday spirit and having fun! The Parade also offers the opportunity to provide branded volunteers from your organization or company.


How to Get to the Grand Illumination Parade 

So you want to join us the Grand Illumination Parade. Great! Now how do you get to Downtown Norfolk? No matter which direction you're coming from, we've got your solution.


Thank You to Our Sponsors! 

The Grand Illumination Parade couldn't be the magical experience that we know and love without the support of our generous sponsors.


If you have additional questions, please contact Noel Gramlich.