Light Up the Night

Light Up the Night

Light Up the Night 2023 Flyer

Helpful Information

Light Up the Night is Hopewell's largest holiday celebration featuring the annual Christmas parade, grand illumination ceremony, and downtown winter festival. Read on to learn more about this exciting community event. 


    Date: Sunday, December 3, 2023

    Start time: 4:00 p.m.

    Starting location: Cavalier Square Shopping Center

    Ending location: Ashford Civic Plaza

    Route: 15th Street, City Point Road, & Main Street

    Viewing locations: Any public sidewalk/parking area

    Motorist should expect significant delays if traveling in the vicinity of the parade route

    All spectators are asked to remain on the sidewalk at all times

    Once the parade begins, crossing the street will be prohibited

    Help us keep Hopewell beautiful by disposing of all refuse properly

    Physical distancing recommended while viewing parade

Grand Illumination Ceremony

    Date: Sunday, December 3, 2023

    Start time: Immediately following conclusion of parade

    Location: Ashford Civic Plaza

    Brief remarks will be made by City officials before the illumination

    A special guest from the North Pole will assist with the illumination

    Physical distancing recommended while viewing ceremony

Downtown Winter Festival

    Date: Sunday, December 3, 2023

    Time: 6-8 PM

    Mini Train Rides (Library Street)

    Craft Activity (Library)

    Petting Zoo (Cawson Street Lot)

    Vendors and other activities (East Broadway)

    Face coverings recommended for indoor activities

    Physical distancing recommended for outdoor activities

Visit with Santa


    Located in the Hopewell Public Library

    Take your own pictures

    Held on mezzanine level (elevator available)

    Please note that this attraction may require a significant wait

Parade Registration

Guidelines for units can be found HERE.

Please ensure you have the following information when applying for the Light Up the Night Parade:

    Unit's point of contact information

    Description of parade entry in detail

    If using a vehicle in your parade unit, please provide driver's information, this includes their Driver's License Number

    Narrative for your unit, limited to three sentences, the committee has the right to shorten your submission

Parade Road Closures

Be advised that roads will begin closing around 2:30-3 pm for this event. Road closures TBA.