Light Up the Boulevard

With Holiday Season quickly approaching, the excitement is building for the 5th Annual Grand Island Light Up the Boulevard Electric Light Parade and Festivities.  A joint venture between the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Grand Island, especially the Recreation Department, this community event will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2016.  Please note the family-friendly time table with festivities starting at 2:00 pm with Santa’s first visits of the season, vendors, Food Trucks, games, music and crafts.  Grand Island Boulevard will be closed at 4:30 pm in anticipation of the Rudolf Run, which starts promptly at 5:00, followed by the Electric Parade & Tree Lighting in the Town Commons.  Festivities will continue until 8 pm, and Santa will return to visit with the children. Mark your calendars and start your decorating early.

New this year is “12 Small Business Days Before Light Up the Boulevard”. National Small Business Saturday is only a day, but here on Grand Island we want to highlight our local small business throughout the month of November. Light Up the Boulevard kicks off the traditional holiday shopping season with local businesses; this is where you get involved and all the fun begins! We will be running TWO contests between November 8-19th – one is a selfie contest, and the other is a punch card contest for a grand prize. All you have to do is stop at each business location on its designated day and hours take a selfie at each stop with our poster, upload that selfie to the Light Up the Boulevard Facebook page (we want to see some fun photos). Make sure you “LIKE” each business; throughout the 12 days we will randomly be picking WINNERS. To enter in our grand prize, you have to fill up your punch card; at each stop make sure you get your punch card punched. You can pick up a punch card at the Chamber office or any of the participating locations.

Local businesses compete for the prestigious award and bragging rights for most decorated establishment, while homeowners can also win the prestigious award and bragging rights of the Residential Light Contest.  Forms and more information are available at or

On November 19th it will be flip the switch night! Judging will take place on December 10th & 11th

 Leading the way in sponsorship’s are: LDC Construction Co.,  AccuTheranostics, Dana’s Styling Pets, Brad Bowman with Century 21, Island Ship Center,  McMahon’s Family Restaurant, Grand Island Optical, and Liz Wilbert with Reality USA.  We still have room for more sponsors.  For more details, call the Chamber office at 773-3651, or


  1. Bridget Castillo says:

    We still need to come up with a designated place for all floats can park and enjoy the festivities. Last year no one knew where to go after the parade other than to go home and were not able to partake in the festivities unless we went home and came back. We should be able to park the float somewhere if you want to leave them lit for view
    It would add to the festivities please look and consider a place where we can have that Arrangement thanks Bridget Castillo

    • GI Chamber says:

      That is a great idea Bridget! This year if you would like to show off your float at the end of the parade enter the Town Hall parking lot from Baseline Road and we can line the back of the parking lot.