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7th annual Santa’s Grand Arrival Parade at UTC

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7th Annual Santa's Grand Arrival Parade

Get ready to kick off the holiday season in style! The Mall at University Town Center is proud to present the 7th Annual Santa’s Grand Arrival Parade on Saturday, November 11th, from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Join us for a merry celebration that will light up N. Cattlemen Rd. with the festive spirit of the season. With an evening filled with entertainment, including the grand parade, the first light show of the season, a dazzling fireworks display, an after-party performance by We The Kings, and so much more, it’s an event you won’t want to miss!

Event Schedule:

  • 6:00 PM: Veteran’s Day Ceremony Kicking off the evening, we’ll pay our respects to our veterans in a touching ceremony.

  • 6:15 PM: Thrilling High-Wire Act by Nik Wallenda Be amazed as Nik Wallenda crosses Cattlemen Rd. on a high-wire to light the UTC District’s 50-foot tree. It’s a breathtaking spectacle you won’t want to miss!

  • 6:30 – 7:45 PM: Holiday Parade Get into the holiday spirit as you watch over 40 decorated floats, vehicles, dance troops, and, of course, a special appearance by Santa himself!

  • 7:45 PM: Fireworks Spectacular Enjoy a stunning fireworks display that will light up the night sky and add to the festive atmosphere.

  • 8:15 – 10:00 PM: After-Party Featuring We The Kings & More Keep the celebration going with an after-party featuring a performance by We The Kings and more exciting entertainment.

Pre-Event Festivities:

Before the main event, starting at 5:00 PM, there will be plenty of exciting activities to keep you entertained. Live DJs, holiday characters, giveaways, food trucks, and more will be spread across the Mall at UTC’s main entrance lot and the West District at UTC. It’s the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit and make the most of this festive evening.

Event Details:

The 7th Annual Santa’s Grand Arrival Parade is free and open to everyone. You can conveniently park at the Mall at UTC and surrounding UTC District parking lots. If those spaces are filled, there’s also parking available near the playground at Nathan Benderson Park. It’s a night of fun for all ages, so don’t miss out!

Parade Map: For a detailed parade map and more information about the event, please click [here].

The Mall at University Town Center is thrilled to ring in the holiday season with you at the 7th Annual Santa’s Grand Arrival Parade. We can’t wait to celebrate this special evening with the community and create lasting memories. Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 11th, from 6:00 to 10:00 PM, and join us for a night of holiday magic, entertainment, and fun. We’ll see you there!

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