Holiday events will bring traffic to a halt on many downtown Greensboro streets on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1.

The annual Greensboro Festival of Lights will be held Friday evening, and the city Holiday Parade is Saturday morning. Both will result in many downtown streets being closed.

For Friday’s Festival of Lights, police will close all lanes of Washington Street, Market Street and West Friendly Avenue downtown from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p. m. Police will also close the following streets and parking spaces at various times starting at 12:30 p.m. with all closings ending at 11 p.m.:

  • Davie Street between Friendly Avenue and Bellemeade Street/Summit Avenue at 12:30 p.m. An exit lane from the Renaissance Building parking deck will direct traffic north onto Davie Street.
  • The north lane and parking spaces on Friendly Avenue between Davie Street and Elm Street next to Center City Park at 2 p.m.
  • McGee Street from Elm Street to Davie Street at 2:30 p.m.
  • Elm Street between Friendly Avenue and Gate City Boulevard at 3 p.m.
  • February One Place at 3 p.m.
  • West McGee Street from the Greene Street traffic circle to South Elm Street, and Smothers Place from South Greene Street to South Elm Street at 3 p.m.

On Saturday, police will close various downtown streets for the Holiday Parade at the following times, with all roads being reopened by 3 p.m.

At 8 a.m., streets will be closed on the northbound lanes of Murrow Boulevard from Lindsay Street to Fisher Avenue, Fisher Avenue to Greene Street, Greene Street to Lindsay Street and Lindsay Street from Greene Street to Battleground Ave. As the parade forms on those streets, Elm Street and Smith Street will remain open.

At 10:30 a.m., police will close streets used by the parade and spectators. That is an area bordered by Market Street, Greene Street, Battleground Avenue, West Smith Street, Fisher Avenue and Murrow Boulevard.

Parking will be prohibited on Greene Street, Market Street and Church Street, and vehicles parked along the parade route will be towed.

Parade participants and spectators will be able to park may park in the Greene Street parking deck, on streets anywhere away from the parade route and in city parking lots on Commerce Street, Federal Place at Washington Street, Eugene Street at Washington Street and Elm Street at McGee Street.