Hempstead Festival of Lights

Get Ready for a Holly Jolly Good Time!

Hempstead is kicking off the holidays with it’s annual Festival of Lights and Christmas Parade – a family-friendly event featuring live music, activities for kids, holiday Christmas lighting and a lighted Christmas parade. We can’t wait to see y’all there!

December 9, 2023

2-8PM  |  6:30PM PARADE

Downtown Hempstead

Free to the Public


Make Your Merry Way to Downtown Hempstead and Enjoy Tons of Festive Fun

Kid’s Zone
Santa Visits
Arts & Crafts
Hempstead High Entertainment School Band Performances
Lighted Christmas Parade

Take Part in Our Decorating Contests

During the Festival of Lights, there will be several opportunities to show your holiday spirit with one of our many contests. First, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded for all contests, with prizes of $100 (1st place), $75 (2nd place) and $50 (3rd place).

Christmas Tree Decorating Contest
Participants will be assigned a tree in Gazebo Park in Downtown Hempstead to decorate. To participate, email melissa@hegemeyer.com.

Home and Business Holiday Decorating Contests
To compete in the home and business decorating contests, please email julie@webranditpromos.com or call at 979.921.0200.

Join In on the Fun

Want to be a Festival of Lights vendor or be a part of the Christmas parade? Click below for an application.