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15th Annual Malden Parade of Holiday Traditions & Christmas Tree Lighting

Monday, October 22, 2018

The City of Malden will kick off the Holiday Season with the 15th Annual Parade of Holiday Traditions on Saturday, November 24th at 2 PM. The Parade will lift off at the Salemwood School on Waite Street Extension, will bear left onto Maplewood Street, and will then travel west on Salem Street. The Parade will conclude at the reviewing stand which will be located at the corner of Ferry, Salem and Main Streets. All children should bring their letters to Santa so that his helpers from the Post Office can collect and send them to the North Pole! At the conclusion of the Parade, everyone is invited to the City Christmas Tree Lighting on the lawn of the Malden Public Library.

Each school will bring its own unique presence to the Parade, either with a float or demonstration, featuring the theme of “Thank you Veterans – we are grateful for your service!” A cash prize of $350 will be awarded to the Art Department of the winning school’s float or presentation. The winner of the float contest will be revealed after the Christmas Tree Lighting following the Parade.

This year’s Parade Grand Marshals will be Malden business owners Chris Tkach of Idle Hands and Anthony Decotis of Mixx 360 and Town Line Luxury Lanes for their generous contributions to the City’s efforts to renovate the WWI Memorial. “I can’t think of a more fitting way to honor these business owners who went above and beyond to make sure we honor all of Malden’s WWI Veterans,” said Mayor Gary Christenson. “I’m grateful to have them help us kick off the Holiday Season.” 

Free parking will be offered at the Central Business District (CBD) Garage, 170 Centre Street (across from Walgreens on Route 60).  Parking will not be allowed along the parade route from 1-4 PM, including Branch Street and Waite Street Extension. Violators will be towed. For more information, please contact the Malden Police Department at 781-397-7171.

For groups wanting to participate in the parade, please fill out the Application to the 2018 Parade of Holiday Traditions which can be obtained by visiting For information, please email

2017 Malden Holiday Parade

Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson

Photos by City of Malden