A Walk Through the Parade of Trees

This holiday season, we felt it was important to spread some holiday cheer from our neck of the woods to yours. Today let’s go for a walk through Green Cove Spring’s Parade of Trees. Tomorrow we’ll check out Deck the Chairs at Jacksonville Beach.

Green Cove Springs, Florida is a historic community nestled on the St. Johns River south of Jacksonville. Spring Park is one of the most gorgeous river parks I’ve seen. If you are a fan of the musical “Music Man,” I think it looks like the park from the movie.

The Parade of Trees began in 2004 and remains a growing holiday tradition. Brilliant to see at night, I journeyed down in early morning to get a better look at the Christmas trees in daylight. The surrounding palms and live oaks with low hanging Spanish moss add a very “Southern charm” feel to this display.

There are 130 lit Christmas trees decorated by local businesses, not-for-profit organizations and families wanting to remember a loved one. Some of the trees are themed, others offer a small token for visitors to take home with them.

  • Birdhouse tree

In non-COVID times, the Parade of Trees is part of a bigger celebration called Christmas on Walnut Street that includes a real parade, craft and food vendors and the guy in the big red suit himself. This year, the city is asking residents to share pictures with them on social using #merrycovelife.

What Christmas traditions are still happening in your area? We’d love to hear about them!

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