Founded in 1986 with the mission of bringing the Christmas Spirit to the residents of Lynn, Massachusetts, the Lynn Christmas Parade was started by Rich Viger and John’s Oil. On Christmas Eve night each year, the parade winds its way through twenty-two miles of Lynn. Often including over one hundred floats and lasting up to five hours, this spectacular nighttime parade is something extraordinary to behold. Initially, the parade had a single police cruiser, and an oil truck turned into a handmade Santa float. However, those days are long gone because Viger and others in the community have successfully expanded it throughout the years.
Generally, the parade begins at 5:00 pm at Summer Street in Austin Square. For over thirty years this free event has brought joy to the young and young-at-heart in Lynn with literally thousands coming out to watch the spectacle. Each year the parade ends with an extravagantly decorated antique fire truck featuring none other than Mr. and Ms. Claus and all the reindeer. There is music, and of course candy, and for more information, you can visit the Official Lynn MA Christmas Parade Facebook page.