Since 1995. It’s time for one of the most longstanding and cherished holiday traditions in Tempe; the Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade! The parade will feature as many as 40 units, including floats, balloons, clowns, novelty units, marching bands, and the arrival of Santa Claus. Starting on Mill Avenue at 3rd Street, the U-shaped parade route travels south to 7th Street, west on 7th through Centerpoint Plaza and north on Maple back to 5th Street. At the conclusion of the parade is the Fantasy of Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by Tempe St. Luke's Hospital, in Centerpoint Plaza. Santa Claus will take the stage for his official duties and then takes his seat in Centerpoint Plaza to hear children’s special gift requests. Families are encouraged to bring their own camera for free Selfies with Santa. Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season amid the glittering lights of the Mill Avenue District. The Tempe Fantasy of Lights kicks off with the Opening Night Parade. Support your Mill Avenue District businesses this holiday season while shopping in the most festive atmosphere in the Valley. Plan accordingly for where you will view the parade as the Lightrail platform at 3rd and Mill is the middle of the staging area. Spectators will need to stand on the sides of Mill Avenue or 7th Street to view the parade.