7th Annual Rio Linda Elverta
Christmas Light Parade

Saturday, December 10th
In Downtown Rio Linda

Save the Date!

2022/12/10 18:00:00

Celebrate a real hometown Christmas with us.

A pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa, a holiday craft fair, and a light parade!

If you’re looking for detailed information about the 2022 Rio Linda Elverta Christmas Light Parade, you’ve come to the right place!

The Basics

The 7th Annual Rio Linda Elverta Christmas Light Parade will be held on Saturday, December 10th, beginning at 6pm. We expect the event to end around 8:30-9:00pm.

The route is the same as always: From Westside Elementary School on West 2nd street, the route will travel north on West 2nd to M Street, where it will turn east and will continue to the MarVal Plaza parking lot.

As always, this is a RAIN or SHINE event! We have been blessed in previous years, but if rain happens, be prepared.

AS WITH PREVIOUS YEARS, ROADS WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 3PM-4PM. There is a lot of prep that takes place, there are people setting up early for the best vantage points, there is equipment in the streets, and as people arrive there are children and families walking the streets. The disruption to traffic takes place once per year, but it is an absolute necessity. The Sacramento County DOT permit will reflect this time span.

DOT will require a 10-day notice of the traffic disruption to homes and businesses along the parade route; those notices will begin to be distributed on December 1st, 2022.

Registration to be a part of the event is here: 2022 Parade Entry Form

We are asking for a $20.88 entry fee/donation to help fund the event (88 cents covers the Paypal cut). As you know, this is a grassroots event, funded by donations from local businesses and staffed entirely by volunteers. Permits, licenses, traffic control, audio equipment… all of it is funded by donations.

While not mandatory, in the spirit of the season we will also be accepting new, unwrapped toys at the check-in location for the Rio Linda Lions Club “Ruby’s Baskets” program to distribute to unfortunate children this holiday season.


A couple of often-discussed rules for our entrants:

  • There will be NO throwing of anything of any kind. NONE. If you want to have someone walk along with your parade unit and HAND candy or treats to parade goers, that is encouraged. Throwing candy is SO DANGEROUS at nighttime with so many children lining the parade route. Please, don’t throw anything.
  • If you are handing out flyers or anything with packaging, we expect your group to be responsible for the cleanup of the detritus during/after the parade. We all want to have fun, but this is a community event and we need to keep our community beautiful.

Our MANDATORY participants’ meeting will take place on Thursday, December 8th at 6:30pm. This will happen at the Depot Building, Front and M Streets in Downtown Rio Linda.

Community Christmas Tree

Our community Christmas tree will be here soon! A date has not yet been set for the transportation from the tree farm in Apple Hill.

There will be a lighting ceremony at Troy Park before the parade arrives at that location, probably right around 6pm.

Decorating the light poles along M Street with sponsored Holiday swag and ribbons will take place Saturday, November 26th. These swag decorations will be similar to past years, mounted on the light posts along the M Street parade route and sponsored by local businesses and organizations. The cost to sponsor is $100.

To sponsor a pole, or to help with the tree, contact Tabitha Worth at RLEChristmasParade1@gmail.com or at 916-910-4900.

Grand Marshal

To be determined!