Illumination Parade

Nothing brings the magic alive quite like a bunch of twinkling lights! Join us as we kick off the first-ever Illumination Parade in downtown Bethlehem, one of the newest traditions that make up a small part of the annual Christmas in Bethlehem Festival. The Illumination Parade registration application is for those who would like to have a float in the parade or wish to decorate their vehicles with Christmas lights. We encourage everyone to stay warm inside their vehicles due to the typically frigid temperatures we see at night at this time of year. Everyone is welcome and it is completely free to participate.

illumination parade

The entry period has closed and we are no longer accepting applications for 2022.

Stay tuned for the 2023 Illumination Parade!

EVENT DATE: Saturday, December 3, 2022
PARADE THEME: The Magic Returns

LINEUP LOCATION: Bethlehem Elementary School, 2297 Main, Bethlehem, NH

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Thursday, Dec 1, 2022 – 5 pm


  1. It is the responsibility of each entrant to see that their float clears all obstacles, including tree limbs, traffic lights, and overhanging utility wires. Floats must not exceed 13 feet high, 8 feet wide or 40 feet long. Damage to any property, public or private, caused by any entry will be the responsibility of the entrant and not the event committee, Bethlehem Events or the Town of Bethlehem.
  2. NOTHING MAY BE THROWN FROM PARADE ENTRIES. For the safety of individuals, especially children, items such as candy, trinkets, promotional items and/or brochures MAY NOT be thrown from any entry. Items may be handed to spectators from either side.
  3. PLEASE NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL – before or during the parade. This rule will be strictly enforced.


Please be aware that Route 302 will be closed to through traffic beginning at 5 pm sharp. The closure will extend from the intersection of Route 302 and Maple/Agassiz Streets to Congress Street. Seek alternate routes.