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Saturday, November 29, 2014
in Downtown Lowell

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Ring in the holidays in downtown Lowell and join us for this year's City of Lights Parade and Holiday Celebration! Take the afternoon to stroll the city streets and enjoy live performances, holiday shopping, photos with Santa, AND the crowd favorite, our Annual Hot Chocolate Competition! The daytime fun leads to the nighttime extravaganza -- The City of Lights Parade and City Hall Lighting -- which marks the City's official start to the holiday season! 


Volunteer for City of Lights! 
CLICK HERE to sign up online. Make this year's event even more special and be a part of our Volunteer Team! All volunteers will receive a special gift as our thank you. Volunteers are needed for Photos with Santa, Parade Assistance, at Live Performance Venues, and assisting with the Hot Chocolate Competition.

Get in on the action -- be a City of Lights Sponsor!
Contact Deb Belanger at the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau at or 978-459-6150, ext. 115.

Compete in the 7th Annual Hot Chocolate Competition!
to sign up online. For questions, contact Henri Marchand in Special Events at

Interested in Participating in the Parade? 
CLICK HERE to register online! Or, print out the 2014 City of Lights Registration Form and mail it to the Special Events Office.  You can also find the Guidelines for City of Lights Floats here.


 For more information, contact Henri Marchand in Special Events at



This page will be updated often - Please check back for more information!


Childrens' Shopping Day at the Pollard Memorial Library
Pollard Memorial Library (Ground Floor Meeting Room), 401 Merrimack Street
10 AM - 1 PM  |  Kids ages 4-14 years only
1 PM - 2 PM  |  Members of the Friends of the Library and kids ages 4-14 years only
2 PM - 4 PM  |  General Public welcomed
Enjoy one-stop shopping at the Pollard Library! Select from hundreds of donated gently-used items ranging from $1 to $5. And the kids get help wrapping each gift!


3rd Annual Holiday Shopping Tour via the COOL Bus
12 PM - 4 PM  throughout Downtown Lowell (round-trip loop)
FREE OF CHARGE! Hop on the Cultural Organization of Lowell's COOL Bus and visit local art gallery and museum gift shops where you'll discover one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts and unique artwork for any budget, only available here in the Mill City!

Participating galleries, museums, and attractions include:
1. American Textile History Museum
2. New England Quilt Museum
3. Whistler House Museum of Art
4. The Loading Dock Gallery
5. Mill No. 5
6. ...and more!

7th Annual Hot Chocolate Competition *
2 PM - 4 PM  | 
See below for the list of participants (coming soon)!
* Please note: Cost is 25 cents per 4oz sample 
|  Take a tour of downtown Lowell and stop in to participating businesses for Lowell's 7th Annual Hot Chocolate Competition! Just 25 cents buys you a delicious sample of hot cocoa of all flavors and concoctions. Be sure to vote for your favorite -- ballots will be available at all participating businesses!


Photos with Santa *
1 PM - 3 PM  |  Lowell City Hall, 375 Merrimack Street
* Please note: Cost is $2 per photo  |  Come get your holiday family photo taken with the star of the North Pole himself! This is Santa's busy season!  He has to close the line promptly at 3!


Self-Guided Tours of St. Anne's Church
2 PM - 6 PM  |  St. Anne's Church, 8 Kirk Street
Visit this beautiful church in the heart of downtown Lowell -- self-guided tours will be available during these afternoon hours.

City of Lights Parade and City Hall Holiday Lighting
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM  |  Parade route starts on Jackson Street
Get your spot along the parade route, from Jackson Street to City Hall. Enjoy live music from the area's best marching bands and see a variety of brilliantly decorated floats ! Don't miss the official holiday lighting of downtown Lowell, City Hall, and the Wannalancit Smokestack Tree at the end of the parade!
Annual City of Lights Choral Concert at St. Anne's Church
6:30 PM  | St. Anne's Church, 8 Kirk Street
Wrap up the festive day and evening with a beautiful choral concert of a holiday-inspired program. Free admission (donations gratefully accepted) and open to the public!
Choral Program:
Part One - Lowell Gentlemen Songsters
Lowell's own traditional barbershop group performs a variety of holiday songs and traditional barbershop quartet-style pieces! The Gentlemen Songsters are an all acapella vocal group. Learn more about the Songsters at

Part Two -  St. Anne's Parish Choir
Join the St. Anne's Parish Choir as they perform a contemporary cantata entitled "Mary, Did You Know", a beautifully-written and arranged cantata celebrating the birth of Jesus.  This cantata contains the song "Mary, Did You Know", which has been recorded by Clay Aiken, as well as Kenny Rogers and Wynona Judd.

Street Closings and Parking
The street closings are as follows: Jackson Street to Central, from Central to Merrimack, Merrimack to Arcand and Arcand will be closed at 4 pm and will be closed until the end of the parade, usually 6~7.  Street parking is available until 2pm.  Garage parking will be free from 6am-6pm.



  Special Thanks to our 2014 City of Lights Sponsors:
(as of 9/18/14)



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