APS joins communities to brighten the holiday season

Electric Light Parades Favorite Local Traditions Throughout Arizona

The 2021 holiday season will be marked by the dazzling return of electric light parades throughout the state. Arizona Public Service Co. (APS), the state’s largest and longest running electricity provider, is helping communities celebrate the season with these fun events, each with a unique local flair. The largest is the APS Electric Light Parade, returning for its 34th year to Central Phoenix.

“The APS Electric Light Parade is a family favorite that APS has partnered with the City of Phoenix to put on for more than 30 years,” said Stacy Derstine, APS Vice President of External Affairs. “It’s an honor to be a part of it, and to join many other communities in the different events that are part of their holiday traditions, too. It’s inspiring to see so many wonderful Arizona businesses, teams, schools and other local favorites coming together to celebrate a special time of year.”

APS Electric Light Parade
After a year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the APS Electric Light Parade will return at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. The free parade begins its 2.3 mile route at Central Ave. and Montebello Ave., travels south to Central Ave. and Camelback Rd., heads east along Camelback Rd. to 7th St., and continues south along 7th St. to Indian School Rd.

Visually stunning balloons, floats and light displays will showcase the theme ‘Peace on Earth’. Al McCoy, legendary broadcast announcer for the Phoenix Suns since 1972, will serve as the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to arrive several hours in advance, to practice safe physical distancing when possible, wear masks and stay home if feeling sick. For more information about the parade and helpful tips for attending this popular event, visit phoenix.gov/parks/elp.

Holiday Parades Across the State
APS is getting into the holiday spirit by giving the gift of community support in many forms, including volunteers’ time, to public events throughout its service territory:

Northern Arizona

  • Nov. 29 – Dec. 5: Winslow Festival of Trees
  • Dec. 2: 5th Annual Prescott Grand Marshall Gala
  • Dec. 3: Prescott Valley Holiday Festival of Lights Parade
  • Dec. 3: Snowflake Holiday Lighting
  • Dec. 4: Payson Electric Light Parade
  • Dec. 4: Prescott Valley 39th Annual Christmas Parade
  • Dec. 4: Cottonwood Christmas Parade
  • Dec. 4: Prescott Holiday Parade
  • Dec. 4: Prescott “Arizona’s Christmas City” Yavapai Courthouse Lighting Event
  • Dec. 6 & 8: Taylor Live Nativity Event
  • Dec. 9: Acker Night Prescott
  • Dec. 11: Camp Verde Christmas Parade of Lights
  • Dec. 11: Sedona Tlaquepaque Festival of Lights
  • Dec. 11: Flagstaff Holiday Parade of Light
  • Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Boot Drop 

Central Arizona

  • Dec. 4: El Mirage Winter Fest
  • Dec. 4: Wickenburg Chamber’s 3rd Annual Holiday Music Walk & Christmas Tree Lighting
  • Dec. 11-12: Litchfield Park’s Christmas in the Park Parade
  • Dec. 11: Buckeye Mainstreet Coalition & City of Buckeye’s Glow on Monroe Light Parade
  • Dec. 11: Hometown Holiday Parade in Glendale

Southern Arizona

  • Dec. 4: City of Casa Grande Electric Light Parade
  • Dec. 4: Globe Electric Light Parade
  • Dec. 6: Gila Bend All-A-Glow Light Parade & Holiday Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Dec. 11: Gila Bend Santa in the Park
  • Dec. 11: Eloy 2021 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Electric Light Parade
  • Dec. 10: Coolidge Electric Light Parade
  • Dec. 11: Yuma Christmas Light Parade 


To learn about other ways APS is making an impact in Arizona, visit aps.com/community.

Parade at night with floats lighted bright with Christmas lights
APS serves more than 1.3 million homes and businesses in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is a leader in delivering affordable, clean and reliable energy in the Southwest. The company is committed to serving customers with 100% clean power by 2050. As owner and operator of Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest producer of carbon-free electricity, and with one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, APS’s current energy mix is 50% clean. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).


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