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Nov. 23, 1960: Santa Claus, portrayed by actor Burt Lange, waves to the crowd during the Hollywood Santa Claus Lane Parade. This photo was published in the Nov. 24, 1960, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 16, 1935: Actress Mary Pickford poses next to one of the Christmas trees that will adorn Hollywood's Santa Claus Lane. This photo was published in the Nov. 17, 1935, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Nov. 27, 1937: Santa welcomes actor Leo Carrillo to Santa Claus Lane.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Maurice Terrell / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 23, 1949: The final float in Hollywood's Santa Claus Lane Parade brought old Santa himself, riding a sleigh through a man-made snowstorm and accompanied by Eddie Cantor and two grandchildren. This photo was published in the Nov. 24, 1949 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Nov. 22, 1950: The 19th annual Santa Claus Lane Parade preceeds down Hollywood Boulevard on Thanksgiving eve. This photo was published in the Nov. 23, 1950, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Clay Willcockson / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 22, 1961: Thousands of spectators crowd the Santa Claus Lane Parade route on Hollywood Boulevard. This photo was published in the Nov. 23, 1961, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cliff Otto / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 25, 1964: The Barbarettes, a precision drill team from Santa Barbara, marches at the intersection of Hollywood and Vine in the 33rd Santa Claus Lane Parade. This photo was published in the Nov. 26, 1964, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Lindbeck / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 22, 1967: The Our Country in Color float, sponsored by the El Monte Sign Co., rolls down the street in the Santa Claus Lane Parade in a photo published in the Nov. 23, 1967, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jack Gaunt / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 26, 1969: A space-themed float named Marooned rolls down the street in the Hollywood Santa Claus Lane Parade. The movie of the same name, about three U.S. astronauts stranded in space, had premiered two weeks earlier. This photo was published in the Nov. 27, 1969, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jack Gaunt / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 28, 1976: Drummers in the Locke High School Band step out at 45th annual Hollywood Santa Claus Lane Parade down Hollywood Boulevard. This photo was published in the Nov. 29, 1976, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Boris Yaro / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 28, 1976: Members of the Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle drill team lead the Santa Claus Lane Parade down Hollywood Boulevard. The parade had 17 floats and 13 marching bands. This photo was published in the Nov. 29, 1976, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Boris Yaro / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 28, 1976: Robert Wagner and wife Natalie Wood, holding youngest daughter Courtney, are mobbed as they arrive at the Santa Claus Lane Parade, where they rode in the sleigh with Santa. This photo was published in the Nov. 29, 1976, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Barnard / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 26, 1978: Minnie and Mickey Mouse proved big hits as 300,000 viewed the Hollywood Christmas Parade. This photo was published in the Nov. 27, 1978, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Boris Yaro / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 28, 1982: Ricky Schroder, left, and Joel Higgins, who starred as father and son in TV's "Silver Spoons," wave to fans from a float in the Hollywood Christmas Parade. This photo was published in the Nov. 29, 1982, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Harry Fisher / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 27, 1988: A few of the seven Disney dwarfs march in the Hollywood Christmas Parade along Sunset Boulevard. This photo was published in the Nov. 18, 1988, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Dykes / Los Angeles Times

Dec. 1, 1991: Members of the Hollywood High School band march in 60th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. This photo was published in the Dec. 2, 1991, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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Back in the late 1920s, Hollywood merchants got together and converted a one-mile section of Hollywood Boulevard into Santa Claus Lane, including a small parade featuring Santa himself.  The parade grew and became a major Los Angeles holiday event. In 1978, the parade was renamed the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

More information is at The Hollywood Christmas Parade website.

[updated Nov. 25, 2016 with information on the 2016 parade.]

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1 Comment

  1. December 1, 2013, 2:08 am

    I miss Dick Lane, who used to host the parade way back when!!!!

    By: Steve M.

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