The Niles Festival of Lights Parade

The Niles Festival of Lights Parade celebrates the opening of the holiday season with a lighted parade that provides entertainment, community spirit, and sharing this event for all to enjoy.

Since 2001, the Niles Festival of Lights Parade has become a tradition in the City of Fremont. Niles was established in the 1850's and was a junction point of the Southern Pacific Railroad lines from Oakland to San Jose and southern coastal points. Niles as the community continues to show off a captivating historic character, a family atmosphere, and a friendly shopping experience.

The parade annually features wonderful entries such as giant parade balloons, creative floats, marching bands, antique vehicles, dance groups and special guests. The parade draws more than 10,000+ spectators along the half-mile parade route in Niles.

As a holiday gift to the City of Fremont and the Niles District, members of the Niles Merchant Association have organized the parade since its inception in 2001. They rely on financial contributions from individuals, businesses and community groups to organize this major event each year. To produce this great community event, we need sponsorship, we need volunteers, but the parade wouldn't be a parade without participation of great entries!

A letter from Marie Dear, Parade Chairperson:

"To the Community we live in and love,

The excitement is building for the Niles Festival of Lights Parade and we are asking for your support in making the parade a tremendous success for our community.

The annual parade and festivities are held on the Friday after the Thanksgiving Holiday and is preceded by the Niles Tree Lighting at 6:00 p.m.

Parade kick off time is 6:30 p.m. in the Niles District of Fremont.

This holiday celebration draws more than 15,000 spectators to watch over 60 entries from throughout the Bay Area. Entries include; marching bands, creative floats, dance and drill teams, equestrians and special guest celebrities.

The parade will provide your business with:

  • Great Community Involvement!

  • Visibility!

  • Media Coverage!

  • Marketing Benefits!

This is a terrific opportunity to show your community support and pride. We are currently looking for sponsorship to help make this years parade a big success.

We wish to extend our appreciation in advance for your consideration and commitment to this
year’s Niles Festival of Lights Parade.

Best regards,
Marie Dear, Parade Chairperson"