Savannah Harbor Boat Parade of Lights

Savannah Harbor Boat Parade of Lights

Jingle All the Way with Georgia's Christmas Parades

Pull out your jingle bells; it's time to get into the holiday spirit with the Christmas parades throughout Georgia!

Pull out your jingle bells and your striped tights; it’s time to get into the holiday spirit with the annual Christmas parades throughout Georgia. The Christmas parade signals the start of the holiday season for me, and it’s a great inexpensive family tradition. It seems no matter where you travel in Georgia, you’re bound to find a Christmas parade to welcome in the holiday season. Here are several from around the state.

Nov. 21, 2020

Braselton's Annual Lighting of the Tree & Holiday Parade

Get a jump on your holiday festivities at Braselton's parade. The evening ends with a tree lighting by a special guest, a tradition in town that dates back to the 1920s. The tree lighting ceremony will broadcast live on Facebook.

Nov. 28, 2020

Santa and Mrs. Claus on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway in Blue Ridge, Georgia
Santa and Mrs. Claus on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway in Blue Ridge, Georgia
Light Up Blue Ridge

Light Up Blue Ridge is always the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This event is being modified to adjust to COVID-19 regulations; stay tuned for updates.

Savannah Boat Parade of Lights

Savannah sure knows how to do a parade. The Westin sponsors this event, which is located on the waterfront in front of the hotel. The Savannah Boat Parade of Lights includes more than 40 lighted boats parading on both sides of the waterfront. Bring a chair and blanket to enjoy the show from River Street. Watch all the excitement at the Westin, where you’ll also find a Gingerbread Village competition, or you can get out on the water with the Savannah Riverboat Cruises Boat Parade of Lights Cruise.

Dec. 1, 2020

White Lighting Ceremony in St. Marys, TBD

Unlike in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, when Santa is the final attraction, Santa and Mrs. Claus lead this parade through St. Marys and make their way to the waterfront. Along the way, Santa magically turns on thousands of twinkling lights that remain lit through the holidays, and he lights the giant St. Marys Christmas Tree.

Rome Christmas Parade, 6:30 p.m.

This is one of Northwest Georgia's oldest and largest Christmas parades. The Rome parade is organized by a volunteer committee and has more than 100 entries each year.

Dec. 4, 2020

Hinesville Illuminated Christmas Parade

Hinesville Illuminated Christmas Parade
Hinesville Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade, 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy the twinkling lights on unique floats created by community groups at this parade in Liberty County as the procession winds through historic downtown Hinesville.

Dec. 5, 2020

Covington Christmas Parade, 6 p.m.

Visit Covington for the annual Christmas parade presented by the Lions Club. For this year's parade, the bands and floats will be stationary, and the spectators will drive by in their cars.  

Conyers Christmas Parade
Conyers Christmas Parade
Conyers Christmas Parade, 2 p.m.

Join the holiday tradition in Olde Town Conyers as floats wind their way through town. Afterward, enjoy Winterfest in Olde Town, featuring arts & craft vendors, kids activities and a Secret Santa Shop.

Christmas on Main in Villa Rica, 5 p.m.

Start your day in Villa Rica with the Reindeer Run 5K and Egg Nog Jog, and enjoy an afternoon of shopping at the Mistletoe Market, featuring handmade crafts. The Christmas parade will feature lighted floats, local high school bands and, of course, Santa Claus!

Christmas in the Mountains Celebration & Lighted Parade, 5 p.m.

Visit with Santa, shop the holiday market on the Cleveland Courthouse Square, enjoy musical performances in Freedom Park, and marvel at the lighted Christmas parade through town. Don't miss the lighting of the community Christmas tree!

Downtown Holiday Open House in Valdosta, 6 p.m.

Come early in the day for the Holiday Open House and stay for the parade at 6 p.m. Floats are judged on appearance, special effects, creativity, workmanship and use of the theme, which is “Christmas Lights & Winter Nights.”

Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade on Jekyll Island, Georgia
Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade on Jekyll Island, Georgia
Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade and the Lighting of the Great Tree, 5:30 p.m.

Golf carts don their Christmas best and jingle all the way from the Beach Village to the Jekyll Island Golf Club in this fun and festive parade on Jekyll Island. Enjoy holiday music and mark items off your shopping list at the Pier Road shops, and bring new, unwrapped toys for the Georgia State Patrol's Toys for Tots drive.

Dec. 10, 2020

Moultrie Downtown Christmas Parade, 6 p.m.

Known as one of the largest in south Georgia, Downtown Moultrie's Festival of Lights Christmas Parade is sure to entertain the whole family!

Dec. 12, 2020

Santa at the Festival of Lights Christmas Parade in Douglas, Georgia
Festival of Lights Christmas Parade in Douglas, Georgia
Annual Festival of Lights Christmas Parade, 6 p.m.

Celebrate the season in downtown Douglas with this longstanding and beloved tradition. The Festival of Lights Christmas Parade is a joy to behold for the whole family.

Helen Christmas Parade, 2 p.m.

The costumed characters and floats are sure to delight young and old alike as they parade through Helen for the Helen Christmas Parade.

Winder Christmas Parade, 2 p.m.

Watch the parade through downtown Winder, a community tradition for more than 70 years.

 

Find more parades on ExploreGeorgia.org/calendar-of-events.

Published: October 2020
Written by: Sue Rodman