The City of Goleta is hopeful that the forecast will cooperate, and we will all get to experience the magic of the Goleta Holiday Parade tomorrow, Saturday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. in Old Town Goleta. The Santa Cruz Market 5th Annual Goleta Holiday Parade Presented by Fuel Depot, originally scheduled for last Saturday, December 3, was postponed due to a strong likelihood of rain during the parade, which did not transpire. Unfortunately, there is rain in the forecast again, but the timing of the rain is what parade organizers (the Goleta Lions Club) are monitoring closely with the assistance of the National Weather Service. The Goleta Lions Club will decide Saturday by noon as to the status of the parade. Please check the event website https://goletaholidayparade.org/, the city website www.cityofgoleta.org and our @cityofgoleta social media sites for the parade status.
The parade route is on Hollister Avenue from Orange Avenue to Kinman Avenue. Orange Avenue between Hollister Avenue and Carson Street, and Gaviota Street between Orange Avenue and Magnolia Street, will be closed at 4:00 p.m. for parade staging. Hollister Avenue will be closed to traffic including e-bikes starting at 5:00 p.m. and is scheduled to re-open at approximately 8:30 p.m. If your vehicle is parked in the parade route it will be cited and towed. If you are attending the parade, please allow time for parking and carpool if possible. Public parking is available in the Yardi parking lot at 430 S. Fairview Avenue.
The Goleta Lions Club has been working hard behind the scenes to make this parade happen and we are hoping for a great turnout, weather permitting.
As an added incentive, Santa Claus himself will be in the Gazebo for photo opportunities following the parade. Have your camera ready! The Goleta Valley Community Center’s “Swing Along Band” will perform holiday songs in the Gazebo prior to the parade. The Gazebo is located on the front lawn of the Goleta Community Center (5679 Hollister Avenue).
We hope to see you tomorrow evening and are looking forward to a safe and fun event. More information on the parade is available at https://goletaholidayparade.org/.