Registration is now open for this year’s Winterfest parade.

“Rio Rancho’s Winterfest celebrates the holiday season with multiple fun activities for all. On Friday, December 1, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at City Center Campus Park, there will be live music, food trucks, free hot chocolate, photos with Santa, a parade, a tree-lighting ceremony and fireworks,” a release from the city of Rio Rancho states.

Event schedule

• 4-5 p.m.: Parade lineup

• 5:30-6 p.m.: Parade float judging

• 5-8:30 p.m.: Music in the Campus Park Sky Room; food trucks and free hot chocolate; photos with Santa at Campus Park

• 6 p.m.: Parade through the City Center area

• 7:30 p.m.: Tree-Lighting Ceremony followed by fireworks

The schedule is subject to change.

Parade registration

The city encourages participants to decorate floats that are well lit with holiday lights; use of LED low-energy lights is recommended. Parade registration can be made online at It is free to take part in the parade with a registration deadline of Nov. 24.

The parade route begins and ends in the upper northwest parking lot of the Rio Rancho Events Center.