Germantown cancels 2020 Holiday Parade, hosts virtual tree lighting instead

Germantown cancels 2020 Holiday Parade, hosts virtual tree lighting instead
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GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (WMC) - The coronavirus pandemic has caused another major event to be canceled. The City of Germantown announced the 2020 Holiday Parade will be canceled, however, additional events will take place instead.

Germantown said the parade being canceled will not “dull the City’s holiday spirit.” Here are some events that will replace the parade.

Virtual Holiday Tree Lighting

The virtual event will be on Friday, November 27. The festivities begin at 5:00 pm and the tree lighting will be at 5:30 pm.

Watch the event on the Parks and Recreation Facebook page or the City of Germantown’s YouTube channel. Families can sing holiday songs, enjoy performances from the Germantown Community Chorus and expect a special message from Santa and a reading of a memorable Christmas story from Mayor Mike Palazzolo.

Holiday Lighting Contest

Time to show-off your Christmas spirit! The deadline to enter your home for the holiday lighting contest is December 7. Judging will be on December 8 and winners will be announced on December 9.

Germantown residents and businesses can compete in the Germantown Beautification Commission’s Holiday Lighting Contest. Participate by submitting an evening picture of your home or business that shows the lighting display, and include your street address and phone number with your submission.

This picture with the most votes will win a holiday gift courtesy of the Germantown Beautification Commission - and ultimate bragging rights.

Once the final entry is submitted, Germantown will post a map on social media and the City’s website for families to drive and admire the Christmas light displays.

Entries must be submitted to Teresa Martin at

Votes will be tallied in the following categories: traditional, traditional doorway, children’s Christmas, religious, lights galore, business, subdivision entrance, zero lot and best of show. Contact Germantown Park and Recreation for additional questions, (901) 757-7375.

Germantown will also debut new decorations at the corner of Farmington Boulevard/Germantown Road, Depot Park and the former Iris Garden. Traditional Christmas decor will still be near the Central Business District this year.

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