This article provides tips and tricks to maximize your enjoyment of the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade, particularly if you have young children. The parade is traditionally held the Sunday after Thanksgiving. If there is rain it is automatically cancelled and is held the Sunday following. The Parade route (scroll down for map) is in downtown Los Altos on State and Main Streets. This year's theme is "A Child's Holiday Fantasy". Los Altos CA homes hold their value due to excellent community events and outstanding school scores such as this parade and many other Los Altos Village Association events.
Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade: Tips and Tricks
Prior to the event, make plans with other families or relatives to hang with: make it a full afternoon/evening event!
Make a reservation at a local restaurant that has outdoor dining prior to the parade. I recommend Il Porcino on State Street in Los Altos if you enjoy Italian food. Dine around 4:30-6:00.
At noon, have the advance person "stake out your territory", use streamers, quilts, beach chairs to stake your claim along the sidewalk and street.
Shop all afternoon in downtown Los Altos-the shops are extraordinarily unique, yet with very reasonably prices. Los Altos Village is packed with wonderful restaurants.
Parade Route: (more tips below)
From an etiquette standpoint, the youngest children are in the front (on the street), usually on a quilt, followed by those in the low beach chairs, then regular height chairs, and standing room behind that.
The streets are blocked off starting at 4:00pm. Arrive early with layered clothing, flashlights for the kids and glow sticks. A soft ball for throwing while playing in the streets prior to the parade is also enjoyable. Maybe you can even eat with adults and just watch the children playing in the street in front of your restaurant
As 5:30pm approaches move on over to your "claim" and take your seats.
Enjoy the parade!
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