Boats decorated with holiday lights in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah 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. 20, 2021

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.

Nov. 27, 2021

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. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and features lighted floats. While you're there, vote for your favorite gingerbread house and window decorations, and write a letter to Santa!

Savannah Boat Parade of Lights

Savannah sure knows how to do a parade. The Savannah Boat Parade of Lights features lighted boats parading along the waterfront. Bring a chair and blanket to enjoy the show. Watch all the excitement at Plant Riverside District, where you’ll also find a holiday market, music and Santa, or you can get out on the water with the Savannah Riverboat Cruises Boat Parade of Lights Cruise.

Nov. 30, 2021

White Lighting Ceremony in St. Marys

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

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. 3, 2021

Hinesville Illuminated Christmas Parade

Hinesville Illuminated Christmas Parade
Hinesville Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade

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.

"Miracle on Main Street" Christmas Parade and Celebration

Gather in downtown Douglasville for a festive evening of floats, bands, and the tree lighting ceremony.

Sylvester Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

Ooh and aah at the lighted floats on display at the Christmas Parade in Sylvester, and then join the fun when the great tree lights up for the holiday season.

Dec. 4, 2021

Decorated vehicle in Jekyll Island Christmas Parade
Holly Jolly Jekyll Light Parade
Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade

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 evening parade on Jekyll Island.

Annual Festival of Lights Christmas Parade

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

Covington Christmas Parade

Visit Covington for the annual Christmas parade presented by the Lions Club at 10 a.m.

Holly Jolly Christmas Parade in Blairsville

All kids (0-99+) are invited to enjoy free family fun at the Union County Community Center. Play games, have pictures taken with Santa, hear live music, and of course, watch the parade!

Conyers Christmas Parade
Conyers Christmas Parade
Conyers Christmas Parade

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

Christmas on Main in Villa Rica

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

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!

Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting & Jingle Market

Celebrate in downtown Dawsonville with an afternoon parade, photos with Santa, a tree lighting at dusk, food trucks and shopping and family fun at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame.

Greater Valdosta Community Christmas Parade

Come early in the day to shop 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 “Musical Notes & Holiday Floats.”

Hawkinsville Annual Christmas Parade

Head to Hawkinsville for this parade, held the first weekend in December, to ring in the Christmas season. See marching bands, fire trucks, floats and Santa!

Dec. 9, 2021

Moultrie Downtown Christmas Parade

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. 11, 2021

Winder Christmas Parade

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

Helen Christmas Parade

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

Dec. 12, 2021

Milledgeville Christmas Parade

See Santa, festive floats, bands and much more in this afternoon parade through downtown Milledgeville.

 

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

Published: October 2021
Written by: Sue Rodman