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. I’m a huge fan of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade. In fact, we attend every year, even though my little ones are now teens. In addition to the floats, helium balloons, and marching bands, I like to see the stormtroopers of the 501st Legion with their Santa hats and snowman noses.

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. 17, 2018

Braselton's Annual Lighting of the Tree & Holiday Parade, 10:30 a.m.

Celebrate Christmas around the world at this parade, featuring marching bands, floats, classic cars and Santa. Plan to stay all day for the festival on Braselton's Town Green, with live music and performances. The evening ends with a tree lighting by a special guest.

Nov. 24, 2018

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. It includes more than 30 lighted boats, accompanied by live music performances, tree lighting ceremony, and fireworks extravaganza. 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 Dinner Entertainment Cruise

Nov. 27, 2018

Santa and Mrs. Claus in St. Marys White Lighting Ceremony
Santa and Mrs. Claus in St. Marys White Lighting Ceremony
White Lighting Ceremony in St. Marys, 5:30 p.m.

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. It’s organized by a volunteer committee and has more than 100 entries each year.

Nov. 29, 2018

Christmas on Main Street Holiday Wishes Parade in Carrollton, 5:30 p.m.

It doesn't get much more cheery than Carollton's evening Christmas parade. Come early to shop downtown, and stay to get a picture with Santa.

Nov. 30, 2018

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 in Liberty County as the procession winds through historic downtown Hinesville.

Dec. 1, 2018

Conyers Christmas Parade
Conyers Christmas Parade
Conyers Christmas Parade & Treelighting, 4 p.m.

Join the holiday tradition in Olde Town Conyers as more then 70 floats winde their way through town. Afterward, enjoy music performances and the annual lighting of the community tree.

Downtown Holiday Open House in Valdosta, 5 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 “Toyland Christmas.” First prize gets a leg lamp. (just kidding)

Clayton Christmas Parade, 5 p.m.

Get in the Christmas spirit with a fabulous hometown parade complete with bands, floats and so much more winding its way through downtown Clayton in the Northeast Georgia Mountains.

Christmas Parade On Main in Villa Rica, 6 p.m.

This Christmas parade will feature lighted floats, local high school bands and, of course, Santa Claus!

Festival of Lights Christmas Parade in Douglas, 6 p.m.

Expect to hear many familiar tunes during this evening parade. The theme for 2018 is "Celebrate the Music and Melodies of Christmas."

McDonough Christmas Parade, 6 p.m.

The City of McDonough celebrates Christmas with a parade, as well as a tree lighting ceremony and a 5K Jingle Jog. Of course, there is also a visit from St. Nick, too.

Christmas in Woodbine, 6 p.m.

The festivities begin at noon with a Tour of Homes, followed by a soup and sandwich supper. At 6 p.m., the town lights up for the lighted Christmas parade and a visit from Santa.

Stormtrooper at the North Georgia Mountain Christmas Parade
Stormtrooper at the North Georgia Mountain Christmas Parade
North Georgia Mountain Christmas Parade, Chatsworth, 6 p.m.

It’s the 29th year for this mountain parade. Expect lots of traditional floats and maybe a stormtrooper or two.

Dec. 6, 2018

Downtown Athens Christmas Parade of Lights, 7 p.m.

Enjoy downtown Athens decorated for the holiday season as bands and community groups light up the night for this parade.

Dec. 8, 2018

Santa at Christmas in Oglethorpe
Santa at Christmas in Oglethorpe
Christmas in Oglethorpe, 11 a.m.

Santa cruises into Lexington for this parade and festival, featuring plenty of entertainment, food, art and gift vendors.

Holidays in Olde Lincoln Towne Festival in Lincolnton, 1 p.m.

Visit Lincolnton for this Christmas festival, featuring crafters, food vendors and, of course, a parade!

Dublin Christmas Parade, 2 p.m.

In addition to floats and bands, young spectators get excited about the handfuls of candy and Christmas cheer tossed their way during this event.

Helen Christmas Parade, 2 p.m.

The costumed characters and floats are sure to delight young and old alike. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be in the bandshell after the parade to take special orders.

Winder Christmas Parade, 11 a.m.

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

Dec. 9, 2018

Hart County's Christmas Parade, 4 p.m.

Celebrate the magic of the season during Hartwell’s annual parade.

Dec. 13, 2018

Calhoun Christmas Parade
Calhoun Christmas Parade
Calhoun Christmas Parade, 7 p.m.

Get into the holiday spirit as community groups parade through town on lighted floats!

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. 15, 2018

Milledgeville's Christmas Parade, 6 p.m.

This illuminated parade starts at dusk and travels through downtown Milledgeville. See Santa, local marching bands and creative floats!

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

Published: September 2018
Written by: Sue Rodman