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.
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!