Morgan Hill Kiwanis Club members Jeannie Mainland and Greg Huffman helped install holiday decorations on the light posts along East Third Street Nov. 29, in preparation for the upcoming Dec. 4 Holiday Lights parade and festivities. The decorations will remain in place throughout the winter holiday season. Photo: Robert Eliason

The Morgan Hill Kiwanis Club’s Holiday Lights Parade—a long-standing annual tradition that was canceled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic—will return to the city’s downtown this Saturday.

Festivities begin Dec. 4 with carolers from Valley Christian performing at select locations in downtown Morgan Hill. Then the Holiday Lights parade will start at 5:30pm on Monterey Road. The procession will go south from First Street to Fifth Street, culminating at the Community and Cultural Center (CCC).

The celebration doesn’t end with the parade, as spectators, families and participants are encouraged to join city officials and community members after the procession for the city’s Christmas tree lighting in front of the CCC. Kids and families after the parade are also invited to visit with Santa Claus, who will grace the procession route on his Magic Ship and his elves from Scout Troop 799.

Kiwanis Club member Dennis Bettencourt, chair of the club’s parade committee, said there are 50 entries in this year’s parade. He estimated that 2021 is the 35th year that the local nonprofit organization has organized the Holiday Lights parade in downtown Morgan Hill.

For more information about the Dec. 4 Holiday Lights parade and festivities, including road closures, visit

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Michael Moore is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor for the Morgan Hill Times, Hollister Free Lance and Gilroy Dispatch since 2008. During that time, he has covered crime, breaking news, local government, education, entertainment and more.


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