Columbus Festival of Lights is an annual event where the community gathers to watch illuminated floats grace the street of the City of Columbus, Indiana. Thousands gather to create new traditions and remember nostalgic times from their childhood. The Lights Festival is an event where people of all backgrounds and beliefs can come together to have an uplifting, positive, and unforgettable experience! We love seeing the variation of significance this event has for different people. We hope you’ll join us!
Saturday December 2, 2023 at 6 pm. The parade lasts approximately an hour.
(The event will happen the first Saturday of December each year following.)
You can park in any of the legal street, garage or parking lots available throughout the downtown area that is not blocked off. Plan to arrive up to an hour early and to walk a bit. For more parking information and resources visit the City of Columbus website here
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: The Columbus Festival of Lights Parade is an outdoor event we sometimes encounter unpredictable or bad weather. We will make a final decision on moving forward with the event based on the safety of our entries and attendees by noon on the day of the event. Once a decision has been made, we will email all entries via the email provided, post to our website and all social media feeds, and inform local media outlets.
Parade entry fees for accepted entries are non-refundable. There is no ‘reschedule date’ should the parade be canceled or shortened due to inclement weather.
Usually, the parade will be held in rain, snow, or clear weather. In the event of inclement weather, the parade will go on schedule, except in the event of extreme and/or dangerous conditions such as ice storms, temperatures (including wind chill) nearing zero degrees, blizzards, etc. The Parade Committee defines these conditions as situations when the downtown streets cannot be cleared by the City of Columbus AND/OR it is deemed unsafe to be outside by the National Weather Service. Should inclement weather occur prior to the parade, the Festival of Lights Parade Committee will determine if it is sufficiently severe to cancel or delay the parade.
If the parade is canceled, it will not be rescheduled for a later date.
All participants should make provisions for foul weather.
We invite parade entrants and spectators to tag us directly using @ColumbusFestivalofLights; additionally, we would like entries to share posts using the hashtag: #CFoL2023