Dec 04, 2019

Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Join us for the annual Mount Holly Christmas Parade directly followed by the Tree Lighting Ceremony. The parade will be held on Wednesday, December at 4:00 PM in downtown Mount Holly.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade route will go from West Central cross Hawthorne staying on Central, then turn right onto South Main and proceed through downtown and end up at South Main and Oak Grove.

PLEASE NOTE: West Central Avenue will be closed for thru traffic only on Wednesday, Decenber 4 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM due to the Christmas Parade.


The City of Mount Holly is very excited about having you be a part of one of the biggest and best parades around. Just a reminder the parade is Wednesday, December at 4pm. If you have a number you must line up by it on West Central (right hand side of road). If you are riding a rented float you will get on float at bus parking lot of Ida Rankin. If you are with a rented float riding or walking you will line up in designated area on Hawthorne. Area street closings will begin at 2pm. If you are a walking group, you may drop off at the Middle School, and get in line from there. If you are not part of a walking group please check in at the corner of Kendrick and West Central. We request for you to enter West Central from Kendrick Street.

The parade route will go from West Central cross Hawthorne staying on Central, then turn right onto South Main and proceed through downtown and end up at South Main and Oak Grove. We ask that you continue your route until South Main and Oak Grove. If you are dispersing at South Main and Oak Grove, and in order to keep the parade moving, please disperse from the float/car in a timely manner. Vehicles with floats will continue straight to exit parade. Vehicles without floats will turn right onto Oak Grove to exit parade.

If you have a number we encourage you to enter line up off Hwy. 27 to Kendrick Street. If coming from Mount Holly use turning lane for safety. There will be signs to help guide you.

Below is the 2018 parade line up.  The list of 2019 participants will be released prior to this year's event. Please note parade is rain or shine. Give Cheri Love a call if you have any question (contact information below).

***Please stay off grass and do not block driveways.

2018 Parade Participants
Mount Holly Police Dept.
Belmont, Gaston College & other Police Departments
Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger
Gaston County Sheriff's Honor Guard
Gaston County Sheriff's Motor Cycle's
MH Tourism Development Authority (Grand Marshall)
2018 Man & Woman of Year (Steve Painter & Glenda Painter)
Harold Russell Auto - Mayor - Bryan Hough
City Council - Carolyn Breyare
City Council - Charles McCorkle
City Council - Jeff Meadows
City Council - David Moore + 2 cars
City Council - Lauren Shoemaker
City Council - Perry Toomey
Gaston County Commissioners (Boat & Excursion 45')
Gaston County DSS
Mount Holly Fire & Rescue (1 truck 38')
Community, East Gaston, Stanley, North Gaston & other Fire Depts.
NC Forest Service, Gaston County EMS
FLOAT Oblinger Family Dentistry #35
1 Bright Star Truck & Trailer (request 40')
2 McDonald's 20'
3 Queen Bee Bakery (truck & trailer 40')
4 Gaston County Board Members (Old School Bus 30'')
5 Southern Starz Cheer & Dance (7 cars, 2 trucks & 1 trailer 160')
6 Rita's Family Restaurant - 2 vehicles
FLOAT Rhonda's School of Dance #12
7 Raging Storm Marching Band - Walkers no vehicles
8 Hope Cars (Jim Hope)
9 Hope Cars (Ronnie Snead)
10 Hope Cars (Bruce Bradley)
11 Hope Cars (Barron English)
FLOAT Nationwide Michael Holdenrid #17
12 Adam Lee State Farm (small SUV)
13 East Gaston High School MCJROTC (walkers)
14 East Gaston Student Council (1-8')
15 Miss Mount Holly 2018 (Melanie Robinson ) convertible
16 Miss Mount Holly 's Outstanding Teen 2018 Sarch Blackwelder,convertible
FLOAT Main Street Dance Works # 14
17 River Oaks Academy School Band (walkers)
18 Stuart Cramer Homecoming - Jazmye Lee, convertible
19 Allas Chalmers D-14 tractor - (tractor 14')
20 East Mecklenburg High Sch. Air Force JROTC (walkers)
21 Gaston County Shrine Club (2 vehicles 36')

FLOAT Jeffery Painter Funeral and Vintage Nest # 11
22 Mount Holly Optimist Players & Cheerleaders (5 vehicles )
23 Girl Scout Troop 20025 (truck & walkers)
24 Daimler (2 - 45 ' trucks)
25 Mount Holly Branch Library (1 car)
26 West Mecklenburg H.S. AFJROTC NC-053 (walkers)
FLOAT South Realty LLC # 37
27 Crystal Creek Stables of Mount Holly (1 truck & trailer 20')
28 Girl Scouts Troop #2530 (2 - trucks & trailer
29 Carolina Flight Baseball (2-40')
30 Chick-fil-a ( 1 car & walkers)
31 Mount Holly Historical Society
FLOAT Barbie's Encore Dance Productions # 20
32 Richard Hovis (1-car 18")
33 Quinn's Tire & Auto (1 - 22')
34 Cub Scout pack 59 (walkers)
35 Keystone Kops (truck 16') & walkers)
36 East Gaston High School Marchig Warrior Band (walkers)
FLOAT Hawkins RealEstate Group Inc. #19
37 Mount Holly Allstars (2-35')
38 Mountain Island Charter Cheerleaders (1 truck & walkers 20')
39 Mountain Island Charter "Mary Poppins, JR Cast" (walkers)
40 South State Bank (1 beetle)
41 Watson Insurance Agency (1 truck & 1 Trailer 40')
FLOAT L&E Properties #40
42 Finish Line Christian Center (2 vehicle - 30')
43 Harding JROTC (walkers)
44 Brynn Patton's Flying Circus (car & trailer 35')
45 N. Step Dance Studio (2 -30')
46 Mount Holly First United Methodist Church (20' passenger bus)
47 David Wreen (2 tractors & 1 trailer 30')
48 Kure Creations (1 SUV)
49 Crowders Party Rentals/Fountain Church (1 car w/trailer 16')
50 Frogs & MHCDF (1 25' w/walkers)
FLOAT Santa - City of Mount Holly # 31

Please be safe and have fun during the parade!
Cheri Love
Special Events Coordinator
704-951-0074 ext. 1000

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