The 77th Asheville Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Before the parade kicks off, a “Onesie One Miler” will be hosted by Kick It Events. This race is a festive downtown dash that’s fun for the entire family. It starts at 10:30 a.m., right before the beginning of the Asheville Holiday Parade. Get dressed up in your holiday best and join us for a run through Downtown Asheville!

The parade itself, which begins at 11 a.m. sharp, will have more than 60 entries. The theme of “Snow Globe” will include groups professional floats, local school groups, nonprofit organizations, local businesses, girl and boy scout troops, and many more!

The parade will begin on Biltmore Avenue at South Charlotte Street, proceed north along Biltmore to Patton Avenue, then west on Patton Avenue, and conclude at South French Broad Avenue.

The parade’s official performance stop will be located at the corner of Biltmore and Patton Avenues (Pack Square), but attendees will find great viewing areas all along the parade route. The parade is expected to last about an hour and a half.

Parking Garages

  • Wall Street Garage is accessible via Otis Street.
  • Aloft/Biltmore Garage is accessible via South Lexington Avenue.
  • Buncombe County Courthouse Garage is accessible via College Street.
  • Buncombe County Health & Human Services Parking Garage is accessible via Coxe Avenue off Sears Alley.
  • Rankin Avenue and Civic Center garages are accessible via Rankin Avenue.

Street Closures

Charlotte Street between College Street and McCormick Place will be closed to traffic at 7 a.m. Detour via McCormick Place and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Charlotte Street will reopen to traffic shortly after the parade has cleared the area.

North and South Pack Square will close at 7:30 a.m. (no parking; towing enforced).

The parade route will begin road closures at 9 a.m. (no parking; towing enforced). All roads intersecting the parade route will be limited to local traffic only. Roads are expected to reopen around 2 p.m. once street sweeping and cleanup is complete.

Other Helpful Information

Restrooms: Available at the Pack Square Park Pavilion, 121 College St. Find portable restrooms on South Pack Square near Biltmore Ave., in the LaZoom Room parking lot on Biltmore, and at First Bank at Patton Ave. and Church St.

Transit routes will be impacted. Please check www.ashevillenc.gov/service/transit-maps-schedules for scheduled adjustments.

ADA Accessibility: For anyone requiring accessible parking or other ADA accommodations, please contact Jon Fillman at (828) 259-5738 or email at [email protected].

More details at ashevilledowntown.org.