10th Annual Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade
The 10th Annual Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade, presented by the Greater Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, is Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 6:00pm in the historic Village of Greenwich, New York.
This annual kick-off to the holiday season, which has been faithfully supported by the community and Greenwich Chamber members since 2013, has become one of the largest events in Washington County and, unofficially, the largest parade of its kind in the country. It is estimated that almost 10,000 people attended the parade in 2021 to view over 60 tractors and displays travel through the heart of the village.
Diamond sponsors for 2022 are Black Dog Designs, Capital Tractor, Inc., The Country Peddler Shoppe, Essity, The Fort Miller Group, Greenwich Ford, The Greenwich Journal & Salem Press, Greenwich Village Cafe & Bakery, MAG Chevrolet of Greenwich, Odd Duck Farm, TD Bank, and the Village of Greenwich. Every year a portion of proceeds from the Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade provides a scholarship for a graduating senior from Greenwich Central School who will pursue a degree in the field of agriculture.
Nominations for parade Grand Marshall were accepted from the community. The Greenwich Chamber proudly announces retired Greenwich Central School agricultural teacher Betsy Foote as Grand Marshall for 2022. Judges selected are Carrie Buell, Ray Sans, and Emily Van Driel.
"Last year's Tractor Parade was beyond our expectations in many ways," said Kelly Eustis, Managing Director of the Greater Greenwich Chamber of Commerce. "We expect 2022 to be just as big and well supported than years prior. Not holding the parade in 2020 was a loss but 2021 showed this beloved holiday event continues to be a staple of the greater Greenwich area."
Tractors will depart from the Greenwich Central School at 6:00pm and will return to the school for an awards ceremony to announce the first and second place winning entries in each of the eight categories. Judging and the announcing of tractors will take place along the parade route at the grandstand, located at the corner of Main Street and Hill Street near the traffic light.
Activities will take place during the early afternoon and food trucks will be placed at various locations in the village, along with a beer and wine tent in Mowry Park. Local shops and restaurants will be open and the Chamber encourages attendees to “shop local” to support small businesses. Horse drawn wagon rides will be located at Washington Square and run from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The Greenwich Chamber is excited to announce that children will be able to meet and have their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. “Selfies with Santa” will take place from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on Academy Street at the information booth nearby the Village of Greenwich office building. Music in Mowry Park will start at 2:00pm at the grandstand.
"The addition of shuttle buses, meeting Santa, and a beer and wine tent are new this year, bringing more people into the village earlier in the day to see all that Greenwich has to offer," said Eustis.
Visitors are encouraged to come to the Village of Greenwich in the afternoon before main road traffic back-up occurs and road closures take place at 5:00pm. Lighted detour notice signs will be posted at affected roads in advance to give motorists time to make alternate travel plans for the evening of November 19th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Parking is limited and attendees may use side street parking and available open lots. There will be no on-street parking along the parade route starting at 4:00pm. Carpooling is encouraged and patience is requested when leaving the village after the parade has concluded. Please be courteous to law enforcement, those directing traffic, and respectful of local property owners.
Buses, free of charge, will be transporting visitors to and from the Greenwich Elks Club, located at the corner of Bulson Road and State Route 40, before and after the parade. This is available from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and 7:30pm to 8:30pm. Please enter parking lot from State Route 40 entrance as buses will be using Bulson Road entrance. Drop-off and pick-up located at the corner of Bleeker Street and Academy Street. Attendees must be on buses by 8:30pm to ensure drop-off at the Elks Club.
More information on the 10th Annual Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade is available, and will continuously be updated, on the event website at GreenwichTractorParade.com