Holiday Parade makes its return to downtown Harrisonburg

The parade was live streamed by WHSV
Published: Dec. 1, 2022 at 7:22 PM EST
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Floats, marching bands, and Santa Claus once again made their way through downtown Harrisonburg in the holiday parade. The parade was just one of many events in the “Winter Wonderfest” festival.

“Winter Wonderfest is like Downtown Harrisonburg’s real-life Hallmark movie,” HDR Executive Director Andrea Dono said. “It’s the best day to get your holiday shopping done, enjoy a relaxed meal with family or friends, take in the festivities and just enjoy the spirit of the season. Combining Wonderfest with the Holiday Parade will make the entire day special for all.”

For the first time since 2019, the parade was in its traditional format with more than 60 decorated floats, marching bands, special guests from the North Pole and ending with the tree lighting on Court Square, according to a press release.

“All of us with Harrisonburg Parks & Rec are thrilled to see the Holiday Parade return to Downtown Harrisonburg – along with the thousands of community members and families from across the region who come out for this special celebration,” Harrisonburg Recreation & Special Events Manager Matt Little said.

WHSV streamed the parade from our CTV desk to our website, and our Facebook page.

The stream was hosted by Jacob Fife, who hosted the live stream of the Staunton Parade on Nov. 28.

To find more information about Winter Wonderfest, visit