Join us for this more-than-40-year tradition in Highlands. Everyone is invited to line the sidewalks and balconies along the route from 10 a.m. to Noon for a magical display of creative floats, live music and entertainment.

The parade boasts more than 60 participants, consisting of businesses, non-profit organizations, churches, fire departments and other local groups, some of which will hand out candy and goodies to bring joy to Highlands. Spectators may see dogs, llamas, camels and other furry friends. Highlands School’s Homecoming Court, Smoky the Bear, classic cars, local politicians, bagpipes and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus are a few of the favorites expected to return. The parade will also feature local school bands and Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching band will wrap up the parade, so make sure to stay until the end!


Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visit Highlands, NC

Main Street
Highlands, NC 28741

(828) 526-2112

Updated February 2, 2023