Since 1977, the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade has drawn thousands of people to downtown Los Altos. Originally created by a few downtown merchants to promote good will and holiday spirit, the parade has grown into one of the most popular and largest family friendly events in the area.
Beginning at noon, families “reserve” their viewing spots by placing chairs, blankets and/or using sidewalk chalk to “stake” their favorite viewing location. By 5:00 p.m. the downtown streets are bustling with people going back and forth with kids in tow and food/drinks in hand. By 5:45 p.m. most of the downtown sidewalks are 2-3 deep and the crowds have begun to settled in. The parade begins at 6:00.
I hope you enjoy this 3 minute video showcasing some of the 60 parade entrants and approximately 25 illuminated floats from this year’s Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade.