Christmas Parades In and Around Nashville


December is kicking off with Christmas parades! It is a fun time to gather the family and watch the floats, bands and local organizations celebrate the upcoming holiday season. Many parades have fun themes, and of course Santa! Check out the list below.

Christmas Parades In and Around Nashville

Franklin Kiwanis Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 2, 2-5PM

Winding through the streets of Historic Downtown Franklin, the Franklin Christmas Parade is a community celebration of the customs of Christmas and has been a Franklin holiday tradition for over 30 years. The Franklin Christmas Parade was the brainchild of the Kiwanis Club of Franklin which has presented the parade since its inception. The Franklin Christmas Parade has brought thousands of hours of pleasure to both the participants and the community at large as we gather to celebrate Christmas and herald the arrival of Santa Claus to Franklin.

The Franklin Christmas Parade is always held on the first Saturday in December (or the day after the City Christmas Tree lighting).

Beginning this year, our club, Downtown Franklin Rotary, has been entrusted with this legacy event and will be presenting the parade.

City of Goodlettsville Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 2, 4PM

The Annual Goodlettsville Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 4:00pm. The theme for this year’s parade is Country Christmas.

City of Clarksville Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 2, 5-7PM

Spectators can enjoy the parade for free anywhere along the route which begins at Austin Peay State University and goes through Historic Downtown Clarksville. For safety purposes, spectators are asked to please stay off the roadway during the parade.

Downtown Clarksville, the theme is Holiday Songs!

Hendersonville Christmas Boat Parade 

Saturday December 2, 6P

The Hendersonville “Deck the Hulls” Christmas Boat Parade brings a ton of family fun and excitement to your holiday season! This holiday spectacular is great for all ages and attracts thousands of spectators seeking to enjoy the beautiful boat showcase. This event is organized by HolidayFest with cooperation from the Hendersonville Parks Department.

Hendersonville HolidayFest Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 3, 2P

Come enjoy the Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony!

Columbia Main Street Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 2, 6-8PM

The City of Columbia, in partnership with the Columbia Main Street Corporation, invites you to attend the annual Columbia Main Street Parade and Tree Lighting! This night time parade kicks off at 6:00 PM beginning at the Trotwood/W. 7th Street split and marches eastward down the traditional parade route into downtown Columbia, lasting approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Then we transition from the parade to the tree lighting around 7:15-ish with live entertainment, announcement of parade winners, and Santa lighting Columbia’s 40-foot Christmas tree on the Courthouse Square!

Parade of Lights, La Vergne

Saturday, December 2, 5PM

The parade begins at City Hall and ends at Veterans Memorial Park, where the tree lighting ceremony and fireworks show will take place. This year’s theme is “Peace On Earth”. The grand marshal is Aaron Bock. Following the parade there will be Christmas carols, snacks, and pictures with Santa.

Watertown Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 3, 3PM

The parade will proceed down Main Street and end at Highway 70 and East Main Street. Don’t forget all of the other fun events in Watertown on December 3rd! Santa, Shopping, Live Music, and MORE! 

Bell Buckle Pet Parade

Saturday, December 2rd, Noon

The first Saturday in December means the ever-popular Christmas Pet Parade going right down Main Street! It’s a sight to see all those happy pets and their owners strutting on Main Street in their festive holiday attire!

City of Lebanon Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 3, 2PM

Theme: It’s a Rockin’ Christmas

Smyrna Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 3, 2PM

Spectators will gather along the parade route to watch floats, bands, classic cars, dancers, and Santa & Mrs. Claus, as they travel northbound on Lowry Street toward Sam Ridley Parkway.

*The Christmas Parade Food Drive is an important tradition in the Town of Smyrna.  We believe in neighbor helping neighbor, and we believe that no family in our community should experience food insecurity.  Please help us shatter our previous record of 82,384 items collected to benefit Nourish Food Bank.  Town personnel will collect food along the parade route

Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 9, 2PM

Enjoy a good ole fashioned country Christmas parade in the heart of Leiper’s Fork. Hailed as “almost famous”, see cows, goats, pigs, antique tractors, floats and more in this wacky but wonderful event! Please arrive early as there is only ONE road thru the village and it will be closed at 1:50pm. Grand Marshall is Wynonna Judd and Cactus Moser.

Spring Hill Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 9, 5P

Come join us for the annual Spring Hill Christmas Parade, a festive event that brings the community together to celebrate the holiday season! Taking place on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 5:00 PM, this in-person parade promises to be a delightful experience for people of all ages Rain or Shine!

Gallatin Christmas Parade presented by The Goddard School

Saturday, December 9, 12-2PM

The Primrose School of Gallatin’s Gallatin Christmas Parade, powered by the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Saturday, December 9th.  The theme for this year’s parade is “The Spirit of Christmas.

Come enjoy this great Gallatin Tradition with your entire family!  it is a “not to be missed” event! The parade kicks off at 12:00 pm and will end with Santa Claus kicking off the holiday season!

City of Mt. Juliet Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 9th, 11AM

New Parade Route: Mt. Juliet League off of Lebanon Rd. to East Division Street off of N. Mt. Juliet Rd.
Theme: Tennessee Christmas
Grand Marshal: Chief James Hambrick

City of Eagleville Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 9th, 5-6PM

Theme: Christmas Past and Present

Murfreesboro Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 10, 2PM

Theme: Christmas Magic

Sights and sounds of the holiday season coming soon at the annual Murfreesboro Christmas Parade!

Floats, musical acts, and, of course, Santa and his sleigh will travel down Main Street beginning at MTSU and ending at the Historic Downtown Square.

Be sure to check out all our holiday guides this season!


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