Lighted Christmas Parade, Pet Parade Of Paws & Illuminated Procession

Adorable doggies, lighted floats, and illuminated lanterns. Three parade/procession options during December 2022 in Fernandina Beach.

Community Spirit On Display — Three Festive Parades In December 2022 Are Fun For Spectators & Participants Alike In Downtown Fernandina
Lighted Christmas Parade –  December 3, 2022 at 6 PM
Holiday Light Parade, Fernandina Beach Pirates. Photo by
Lighted Christmas Parade, Fernandina Beach Pirates

The annual Lighted Christmas Parade begins at 6 p.m. and is organized by Fernandina’s America’s Youth. Not to be missed, it’s one of the year’s best, very festive and fun for kids and adults alike, with lots of participants. Held in downtown Fernandina Beach along the traditional parade route, it typically features lighted floats (some with music), Fernandina’s Mighty Marching Pirates Band, lots of decorated lighted vehicles, various community group marchers and dancers.

Holiday Light Parade Fernandina Beach, Florida annual event.
Lighted Christmas Parade, Downtown Fernandina

This year’s parade theme is “An Old-Fashioned Christmas.” (Want to be in the Lighted Christmas Parade? Contact John Gilbert with America’s Youth at 904-624-5383 or [email protected]).

Pirate Ship, Fernandina Beach Lighted Christmas Parade. Photo
Pirate Ship, Fernandina Lighted Christmas Parade
Holiday Parade of Paws – December 10, 2022 at 11 AM

Watch this cute parade with oodles of adorable doggies and their spirited owners dressed up for the holidays from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2022 in downtown Fernandina. 

Parade of Paws, Downtown Fernandina December Event. Photo by
“Polar Bear” Coca-Cola Doggies, Parade of Paws

Parade participants can register day of event at 10 a.m. at the Old Train Depot/Welcome Center. A fundraising event for the Nassau Humane Society, pet entries are $20.

Santa on Centre Street, Parade of Paws in Fernandina Beach, Florida, annual holiday event held in December.
Santa On Centre, Parade of Paws, Fernandina Holiday Event

The short parade route is on the sidewalk along Centre Street starting at the Old Train Depot, up to 4th Street, then crossing Centre, and turning back to the Depot. Prizes for parade participants in 2022 will be in categories: “Best Victorian, Most Original, and Looks Most Like Owner,” and top three overall. Questions? Call Nassau Humane Society (904) 321-1647.

Dickens Illuminated Procession — December 8, 2022. 5 PM To 7:30 PM, Ending With “Light Show” Finale At Riverfront

A Thursday evening holiday season event on December 8, 2022 starts at 5 p.m. downtown with music and food trucks. Then watch or participate in the walking lantern procession at 7 p.m. The evening concludes with 7:30 p.m. “Light Show” at Fernandina’s riverfront.

How To Participate In Illuminated Procession

Want to be a walker in the procession? Note that “only battery operated lights and lanterns will be permitted. Participants are encouraged to bring illuminated lanterns or something that shines, glows or twinkles.” Procession participants gather on December 8th at 6:45 p.m. on Front Street, with the walk beginning at 7 p.m. Note the procession route is different from traditional parades. Procession will walk “east on Ash Street, north on 6th Street, and west on Centre Street.”

The holiday Illuminated Procession kicks off the weekend’s Dickens on Centre Victorian-era themed street festival (see link below). Visit Fernandina’s downtown historic district, enjoy the holiday lights, the festive ambiance, and get into the spirit of Christmas on this northeast Florida barrier island.

Check Out Dickens On Centre 2022 Street Festival

Related article, info about Dickens On Centre event happening downtown. Main event opens early Friday evening, December 9, 2022 and continues through Sunday, December 11, 2022, learn more.