PHILADELPHIAThe City of Philadelphia released road closure information for the 2023 Chanukah Parade taking place on Saturday, December 9. 

Parade Activities & Information: The Chanukah Parade will kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, and feature music and cars outfitted with giant menorahs.

The parade begins at 21st Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway (inner lanes) and ends at 5th Street and Market Street where the festival will take place and continue until 10 p.m. 

The festival is a family-friendly event featuring crafts, treats, a gelt drop, music, face-painting, a fire juggler and more.

The 2023 Chanukah Parade is a rain-or-shine event. For more information visit


Parade Route

The parade begins at 7 p.m. The route will be closed on a rolling basis. Closures will be temporary as the parade progresses and will be reopened as the parade passes. 

  • Starts at 21st and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • Eastbound on Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Arch Street
  • Eastbound on Arch Street to 15th Street
  • Southbound on 15th Street to South Penn Square
  • Continue around City Hall to Market Street
  • Eastbound on Market Street to 5th Street
  • Ends at 5th and Market St. where the festival will take place


Road Closures

The following street will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 for parade set up:

  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway (inner lanes) from Eakins Oval to 21st Street

The following street will be closed beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 until 10:30 pm:

  • 500 Market Street


Parking Restrictions

The following streets will be posted as “Temporary No Parking” zones from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, December 9:

  • 500 Market Street

Vehicles parked in these locations during posted hours will be relocated. If you believe your car has been relocated, call the police district of the area where your car was parked.

Additional road closures and parking restrictions may be necessary in the vicinity of the event venue as dictated by conditions. Residents and visitors should always obey posted signs and instructions from the Philadelphia Police Department.


Public Transportation

SEPTA will be operating on their normal weekend schedule. There are no scheduled detours for the Chanukah Parade of Lights. If SEPTA detours are necessary in the vicinity of the event venue, that information and updates or changes to service will be published on SEPTA’s System Status page. Customers can also use TransitView on the SEPTA app. Riders should check System Status regularly or follow @SEPTA on X for updates. 


Public Safety Information

The City will provide law-enforcement support and traffic control for the event and in the surrounding vicinity. 

Attendees should never leave bags or other items unattended. In the event of an emergency or to report a suspicious person, activity, or item (backpack, package, container, etc.), notify a police officer immediately or call 9-1-1. Do not try to open, move, cover or touch a suspicious item.

For tips and general information about being prepared and ready at special events, read the Special Event Safety Guide before you attend.

For more information about the 2023 Chanukah Parade, visit


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