It's the most wonderful time of the year and Sumner County, Tennessee, is the perfect place to find the holiday spirit! In fact, Sumner County will feature 7 different Christmas parades and our cities pride themselves on presenting some of the best Christmas parades in Middle Tennessee! Here is a complete guide to all the parades and pageantry in Sumner County for this 2016 holiday season.
Friday, December 2
- The Goodlettsville Christmas Tree Lighting is held on Friday, December 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the grounds of City Hall, located in the heart of Goodlettsville at 105 S. Main Street. Plan to visit with Santa, listen to live music and entertainment, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and watch as the switch is flipped on the giant tree in front of City Hall.
Saturday, December 3
- The Annual Goodlettsville Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, December 3, at 4:00pm. The parade will begin on Memorial Drive and ends at Rivergate Mall.
- White House, Tennessee, hosts its “It’s A Wonderful Life” Christmas parade on Saturday, December 3, at 1:00pm. The parade will begin at White House Municipal Park, turns left and continues on Highway 76.
- Join Westmoreland, Tennessee, on Saturday, December 3, at 2:30pm for one of the area's most loved traditions: the annual Westmoreland Christmas parade! The grand marshal this year will be the Westmoreland Chief of Fire and Rescue, Mark Jenkins.
- Come out to Main Street in Portland for the annual Christmas Festival and parade that is themed “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree!” beginning at 3:00pm. At the festival be sure to visit with Santa, decorate cookies, shop vendors, create crafts, enjoy live music from Generation Church, purchase treats from Delaney’s Street Eats food truck, and snack on desserts and hot chocolate sold by senior citizens. The parade kicks off at 5:30pm, followed by a tree lighting ceremony of the City Christmas Tree.
Sunday, December 4
- “Dashing through the Snow” will be this year’s Christmas parade theme in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The parade will be held on Sunday, December 4, at 2:30pm at Drakes Creek Park. Enjoy a parade of marching bands, horse-drawn floats, and some much-loved Christmas characters.
Friday, December 9
- "Deck the Hulls," the annual Christmas boat parade in Hendersonville, Tennessee, will take place on Friday, December 9. This is a family-friendly holiday spectacular for all ages. This event is free to the public and food vendors will be on-site. This event will take place from 6:30pm-9:00pm at Mallard Point Park, next to Creekwood Marina.
- The City of Gallatin's annual Christmas Tree Lighting lights up the holiday season on Friday, December 9, at 5:00pm in downtown Gallatin's Historic Square. Join Mayor Paige Brown for this wonderful spectacle that ignites the holiday spirit! Plan to visit local retailers, dine in downtown eateries, and enjoy a fun evening of holiday magic in downtown Gallatin!
Saturday, December 10
- Gallatin’s “Old Fashioned Christmas Parade” provides music, entertainment, and merriment that creates holiday memories for the entire family on Saturday, December 10. Beginning at 10:45am, Danny McCorckle will perform holiday music from the balcony of the Gallatin Public Library. The parade will begin at noon, leaving from Steam Plant Road, turns left on Hartsville Pike, and travels down East Main Street to Broadway, ending at Gallatin High School.
Saturday, December 17
- Finally, the highly anticipated Bethpage Christmas parade will be held Saturday, December 17, at 1:00pm. The event will feature horses and buggies, motorcycles, floats, tractors, antique cars, and, of course, Santa! The route will begin at Dickie Alexander’s Landscaping on Rock Springs Road, travel past Bethpage Tire, past Bethpage Elementary, down Old Hwy 31E past the Bethpage Post Office, ending at Bethpage Market on 31E.
For more information on all holiday events in Sumner County, please contact the Sumner County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 615-230-8474 or visit our Events Calendar.