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Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks – December 1, 2017


When:   Friday, December 1, 2017 at 6:30pm
Where:  City of Poughkeepsie, Main Street, Mural Square

The City of Poughkeepsie, in conjunction with the Bardavon 1869 Opera House and the Poughkeepsie River District Business Association, will present the 24th Annual Celebration of Lights Parade and Fireworks on Friday, December 1 at 6:30pm.  Each year thousands of people attend this popular, family-friendly event, voted by Dutchess County Tourism as the “Best Event of the Holiday Season”.

The line-up for the parade begins at 5:30pm and will commence at 6:30pm from the Crannell Street Parking Lot on Catharine Street and proceed down Main Street to the evening’s first Christmas tree lighting at Mural Square.   The Celebration of Lights Parade is led by City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison along with County Executive Marcus Molinaro and members of the City of Poughkeepsie Common Council.

The parade ends at Dongan Square Park at the intersection of Mill Street and North Clover Street where a second Christmas tree lighting will take place in conjunction with several short performances.  The festivities conclude with the area’s only winter fireworks being displayed along the Poughkeepsie waterfront.  These activities will take place at approximately 7:15pm.

Following the parade and fireworks at 8:00pm there will be a screening of The Princess Bride at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House for a price of $6 per person.  It is suggested to purchase tickets ahead of time as the movie tends to sell out.