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Lowell Once Again to Present “City of Lights”

Lowell – The City of Lowell is delighted to announce the much anticipated City of Lights holiday parade and lighting event, set to take place on Saturday, November 25, 2023. This annual celebration has become a beloved tradition, bringing together families and friends from across the region to revel in the holiday spirit.

The festivity will commence at noon with family friendly activities throughout the afternoon, including a magic show, free movie screening, the annual hot chocolate competition, and more! Afternoon activities give way to the holiday parade, starting at Jackson Street and weaving its way up Merrimack Street to City Hall, showcasing an array of community floats and performances. This year’s parade proudly features Grand Marshals Sam Hor and Larry Wilson, co-founders of the Lowell Youth Leadership Program, an organization that embodies the spirit of community and youth leadership.

The parade culminates at 5:30PM with the grand City Hall lighting, setting the stage for a joyful holiday season.

Following the parade and lighting ceremony, everyone is invited to two new City of Lights activities: MICRO, an interactive public art exhibit, on JFK Plaza, and the Down-Home Holiday Concert on Palmer Street, from 6:00PM to 9:15PM. The concert features performances by the Holiday Ramblers, Ward Hayden and the Outliers, and the Counterfeit Cash Johnny Cash Tribute Band. The open-air concert will be accompanied by refreshments from Navigation Brewing Company.

“The Down-Home Holiday Concert is an exciting addition to our City of Lights celebration,” said Thomas A. Golden, Jr., City Manager. “We’re thrilled with the opportunity to blend our time-honored traditions with new experiences and offer our community a unique and joyful way to kick off the holiday season.”

The City extends a warm invitation to all community members and visitors to join in this joyous celebration. Come together and experience the enchantment of the holiday season as we light up our city and share the spirit of togetherness and festivity. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite holiday window displays at downtown businesses!

For more information about City of Lights and full schedule of events, please visit: or contact the Office of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at (978) 674-4260.

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