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. 16, 2019

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

Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas at Braselton's parade, featuring marching bands, floats, classic cars, tractors and animals. Plan to stay all day for the festival on Braselton's Town Green, where Santa will be visiting. The evening ends with a tree lighting by a special guest, a tradition in town that dates back to the 1920s.

Nov. 30, 2019

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

Join the full day of fun in Blue Ridge as Santa arrives on the train at 11 a.m. to visit with families all afternoon. At 5:30 p.m., watch the parade and stay to see the lighting of the Great Tree at 7 p.m.

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 Cruise.

Dec. 3, 2019

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. The Rome parade is organized by a volunteer committee and has more than 100 entries each year.

Dec. 5, 2019

Athens Christmas Parade of Lights
Athens Christmas Parade of Lights
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.

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

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

Dec. 6, 2019

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. 7, 2019

Covington Christmas Parade, 10 a.m.

Visit Covington for the annual Christmas parade presented by the Lions Club, and stay in town all afternoon for the Parade After Party.

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

Join the holiday tradition in Olde Town Conyers as more then 70 floats wind their way through town. Afterward, enjoy Winterfest in Olde Town, featuring arts & craft vendors, kids activities and a Secret Santa Shop.

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 the Dublin Christmas Parade.

Stone Mountain Christmas Parade, Fireworks & Festival, 4 p.m.

Spend the afternoon in Stone Mountain Village shopping the vendor market, roasting marshmallows, watching the parade and ending the celebration with fireworks.

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, 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 “Christmas on Main Street.”

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 through the Historic District 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.

Rabun County Christmas Parade and Birthday Party, 5:30 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. The parade theme celebrates Rabun County's Bicentennial year, and the parade will end with a birthday party, complete with cake and presents.

Woodstock Christmas Jubilee Parade, 5:30 p.m.

The parade through Woodstock starts at 5:30 p.m., but plan to start your day at 2:30 p.m. with a free performance of "A Christmas Carol," and then enjoy an afternoon of shopping downtown and free kids activities. After the parade, visit with Santa and see the Christmas Tree Lighting.

McDonough Christmas Parade, 6 p.m.

The City of McDonough celebrates with a Christmas 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.

Dec. 8, 2019

Milledgeville's Christmas Parade, 3 p.m.

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

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

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

Dec. 12, 2019

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!

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

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

Dec. 14, 2019

Santa at Christmas in Oglethorpe
Santa at Christmas in Oglethorpe
Christmas in Oglethorpe, 12 p.m.

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

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 50th Celebration-Christmas Parade. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be in the bandshell after the parade to take special orders.

Winder Christmas Parade, 2 p.m.

Watch the parade through downtown Winder, a community tradition for 71 years.

Holiday Parade & Caroling by Candlelight, 4 p.m.

Watch the floats, vintage cars, horses, dogs, dancers and bands parade through downtown Madison, and then join the evening of music and holiday spirit in Town Park. Local choral groups and musicians will perform and lead the crowd in familiar carols.


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Published: October 2019
Written by: Sue Rodman