Downtown Greensboro, Inc.’s (DGI) Downtown in December presented by Allegacy continues with a Balloon Regatta, December 12 and 13. Visitors to the center city are invited to dress up their cars in their holiday finest and drive-thru the Regatta along Church Street anytime between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m. each day.

“We knew we couldn’t host our traditional holiday parade through the streets of Downtown  Greensboro, but I think this 2020 alternative will be another example of how our team has reimagined the holidays to present free and safe, family-friendly experiences for the entire community to enjoy,” says Zack Matheny, President and CEO of DGI.

The Balloon Regatta will feature 17 of the most famous big balloons traditionally featured in DGI’s annual Holiday Parade, as well as live entertainment from some of the community’s most iconic holiday performances like Greensboro Ballet’s Nutcracker, Community Theatre of Greensboro’s Wizard of Oz, and Triad Stage’s A Christmas Carol. Participants will also enjoy special appearances from Disney princesses and strolling carolers.

The Regatta route will begin at the Greensboro Children’s Museum and run down Church Street to the J. Douglas Galyon Depot. Visitors are asked to remain in their cars and maintain a speed of no more than 10 mph.

For those who do not have vehicle transportation, the Greensboro Transit Agency (GTA) is offering a free shuttle service that will travel from the Depot to the bus stop at Church/Elm Streets, and then back to the Depot by way of the Church Street Balloon Regatta route. The public can board/exit the bus at either of these locations. The frequency is every 15 to 20 minutes between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. both days.

“For GTA, this year has involved extensive modifications to serving the public’s transportation needs,” explains Kevin Elwood, Marketing and Communications Specialist with GTA. “When DGI inquired if we could help residents without personal transportation participate in the Balloon Regatta, we knew that we were in the perfect position to meet that need safely. We will follow COVID-19 prevention including required mask use and periodic sanitizing of the bus.”

The Balloon Regatta is sponsored by the Guilford Merchants Association, City of Greensboro, Greensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, Joseph M. Bryan Foundation, TowneBank and Arch MI.

For all of DGI’s Downtown in December experiences, a reminder to the community that you must wear a mask, maintain social distancing and stay home if you are feeling sick. For a complete listing of experiences being held all month throughout Downtown Greensboro, please visit


Balloon Regatta 2020