Christmas Parade float


The 48th Annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade will be Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. This year's theme is "Home for the Holidays."

The Parade will begin at 7:00
p.m. at the corner of State Street
and College Avenue. It will head
east on College Avenue to Drew Street.

Christmas Parade float 

The Appleton Downtown Christmas Parade is the largest nighttime parade in the Midwest. Last year's parade drew about 80,000 spectators to Downtown Appleton.


Parade Route

The parade begins at State Street and College Avenue in downtown Appleton and travels east on College Avenue to Drew Street. See map.  


The 2018 Christmas Parade Marshal
will be Miron Construction

Miron Construction has been named the 2018 Parade Marshal for Appleton's Christmas Parade.

Miron Construction Co., Inc. is deeply rooted in the Fox Cities. The company was founded a century ago on North Story Street in Appleton, during the days when the number of employees could be counted on two hands. Miron was founded by Patrick G. Miron, a Canadian immigrant, and its work was largely concentrated in the Fox River Valley.

Today, Miron has six offices throughout the Midwest and provides innovative services to a variety of markets including education, healthcare, industrial, and commercial throughout the country.

The privately-owned business is led by David G. Voss, Jr., president and chief executive officer (left in photo), and Tim Kippenhan, vice president and chief operating officer (on the right). Both are third-generation family owners. Founder Patrick Miron was Voss' maternal grandfather, and Roland Kippenhan, one of the original five stockholders, is Tim Kippenhan's grandfather.

"The Miron family has grown to nearly 1,500 people, with hundreds of them living in the Fox Cities," Voss said. "We're incredibly proud of the number of people we employ; their successful careers directly impact the vitality of our community and keep their families thriving.

"Miron has had the pleasure to work on developments that benefit the Fox Cities region including the Fox Cities Exhibition Center, Jones Park Amphitheater and renovation, the Fox Cities Champion Center, Erb Park renovations, and the newly proposed Appleton Public Library. We are thankful to the Fox Cities community for its vital role in our growth and accomplishments — and we are honored to serve as Parade Marshal in this year's Christmas parade."



Television Schedule

Christmas Parade float

Each year, over 80,000 spectators attend the Annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade. This year’s parade will be televised live and rebroadcast twice.

The Santa Scamper Run

The Santa Scamper run

Race Start: 6:40 p.m. at corner of State Street & College Avenue. The 1-mile run starts about 1/2 hour prior to the 48th Annual Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade and proceeds down College to Drew St., finishing at City Park. No roller blades. No pets please. For more, visit: Santa Scamper information & registration.

Parade Participation

Limit on participants. Due to the unpredictable weather this time of year, we must limit the parade to 70 units. The Appleton Downtown Christmas Parade has become so popular that we cannot always accommodate everyone who wishes to enter. Regardless, we encourage all entries and attempt to include as many as possible. Units are strongly encouraged (but not required) to use the theme "Our Wish for the Season: Peace, Joy & Harmony." Several guidelines have been set to help the selection committee determine final entries. They are as follows:

1.  Applicants will be accepted in the following commercial
and non-commercial categories:

    a)   Floats
    b)   Bands
    c)   Animals (including carriages, horse-drawn vehicles
          and animal walking units)
    d)   Vehicles (single units, including cars, trucks, buses, etc.)
    e)   Walking Units
2.  All entries must be of a non-commercial Christmas theme and be decorated accordingly. This parade is designed to entertain families, especially children. It is not a commercial endeavor. The City of Appleton Parade Committee will eliminate any entry not in compliance. Therefore, floats are encouraged to display their name or sponsor on the float in a non-commercial manner.
3.  No entry can display Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus. The City of Appleton Parade Committee will provide the Santa and Mrs. Claus. (More than one Santa confuses the children.)

Parade Policies

The parade committee does not allow anything to be thrown or handed to spectators on the sidelines. We must take this stance for safety purposes and any group in violation may be removed from the parade list in the following years. This rule will be strictly enforced. If you have questions, please use the links under Contacts below.

Appleton Common Council Parade Policy: No person or object may be used to reserve a location along the College Avenue parade route at any time prior to noon on the day of the Christmas Parade. Persons may place items along the route after noon of the day of the parade only if they remain with those items.


US Army band

As is tradition, three traveling trophies will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories:

  1. The Appleton Downtown
    Inc. Trophy

    Best Commercial Entry
  2. The Christmas Parade Trophy
    Best Non-Commercial Entry
  3. The Bernie Pearlman
    Memorial Trophy

    Best Entry "In the Eyes of a Child"



Please contact Greg Otis or Djuanna Hugdahl at the ADI Office at (920) 954-9112
if you have other questions about the Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade.
Information is also available at
and at WFRV TV, Channel 5,










Photo credits...

Photos courtesy of Jeff Lindsey and Appleton Downtown Inc.

© 2018 Appleton Downtown Christmas Parade Committee