The Hollywood Christmas Parade began in 1928 when the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce came up with the idea in order to boost shopping. It was originally called the Santa Claus Lane Parade and featured only Santa Claus and the actress Jeanette Loff.
The parade continued to grow with the help of local business and community and in 1931 Santa Claus road a truck pulled float instead of the reindeer-pulled carriage of previous years. American Legion Post 43 marched with a color guard, drum line and bugle corps.
The Parade was suspended from 1942 to 1944 due to World War II, but the parade reopened in 1945 with record attendance.
In 1946 Gene Autry took rode his horse along with the parade and was inspired by the children yelling "Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus," to write the song "Here Comes Santa Claus" along with Oaklely Haldeman.
The parade continued to grow through 1950s, '60s, and '70s, adding floats, animals, bands, and celebrities.
In 1978 the parade was renamed to the Hollywood Christmas Parade to attract more celebrities and the parade was broadcast locally on KTLA with the help of Johnny Grant.
- 1932 - Joe E. Brown
1998 - Robert Urich
1999 - Beau Bridges
2000 - Frankie Muniz, Dennis Hopper
2001 - Peter Fonda
2002 - Mickey Rooney
2003 - Johnny Grant
2004 - Magic Johnson
2005 - Antonio Villaraigosa