Savannah Boat Parade of Lights. Photo by Geoff L. Johnson
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. 25, 2023
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!
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.
Christmas in the Mountains Celebration & Lighted Parade in Cleveland
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 Jubilee & Parade of Lights in Woodstock
Watch the evening parade in Woodstock and then head to The Park at City Center and visit Santa with your wish list. The mayor and Santa will flip the switch to light the Christmas tree, and the winners will be announced for the Best Holiday, Most Original, and the History & Heritage Award floats. Enjoy music by Ronnie the DJ, free cupcake decorating, crafts, hot cocoa, apple cider, and more.
Hometown Holiday Parade in Lawrenceville
Ring in the holidays with fun activities and entertainment for the whole family at the Hometown Holiday Parade in Lawrenceville. Get ready for a dazzling display of holiday spirit and cheer, floats, marching bands, and even Santa traveling through the streets of downtown.
Dec. 3, 2023
Milledgeville Christmas Parade
Join the fun starting at 3 p.m. as local bands and floats parade through downtown Milledgeville for the annual Christmas parade.
Christmas on Green Street in Gainesville
This magical event includes a parade of antique cars, holiday floats, marching bands, and community groups starting at the Gainesville Civic Center and continuing all the way down Green Street in Gainesville. Before the parade, enjoy musical groups performing on front porches, strolling magicians, face painters, balloon artists, jugglers, Santa Claus, miniature train rides, and food trucks. The night will end with the Christmas on Green Street Parade and the traditional Lighting of the Rotary Tree at approximately 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 7, 2023
Athens Downtown Parade of Lights
The Parade of Lights through downtown Athens ignites the holiday spirit with festive floats parading through the streets. Visitors will be treated to an abundance of holiday performances, including Christmas concerts, holiday music and magical renditions of The Nutcracker, hosted at The Classic Center and UGA Performing Arts Center.
Dec. 9, 2023
Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade
Golf carts don their Christmas best and jingle all the way from Corsair Beach Park to the Jekyll Island Golf Club in this fun and festive evening parade on Jekyll Island.
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.
Caroling by Candlelight
See the parade through downtown Madison in the afternoon, and then join the caroling celebration in Town Park. Local choral groups, bands and musicians perform holiday carols and lead the crowd in familiar carols to extend the holiday cheer. Visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves, and enjoy hot chocolate with roasted marshmallows.