Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade & Lighting of the Great Tree


Santa has his sleigh and Jekyll Island has golf carts! 

Join in the fun of the festive Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade, where golf carts, cyclists, Red Bugs and walkers (and even pets!) don their Christmas best and jingle all the way through the Historic District to the Main Lawn. Island guests and residents are encouraged to watch the parade along the route and afterward meet on the Main Lawn to view all of the participants. While you’re there, enjoy holiday music and work on your Christmas shopping lists at the Pier Road shops. 

The parade will conclude with the lighting of the Great Tree by Santa Claus himself!

Everyone is encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for the Georgia State Patrol’s Toys for Tots drive and drop them off next to the People’s Choice table.


Deck your carts, or yourself, with boughs of holly and win an award! Awards will be announced on the Main Lawn following the parade:

Most Holly Jolly:

  • Business: $300
  • Non-Profit: $300


  • Most Holly Jolly Walkers: $200
  • Most Holly Jolly on Wheels: $200
  • Most Creative Walkers: $150
  • Most Creative on Wheels: $150

People’s Choice (All Categories):

  • Walkers: $100
  • On Wheels: $100

Participants may only win in one category. All entries must have working, visible headlights that remain on throughout the parade to participate. Limit one prize per entry. 

This event is FREE to participate; register for the parade. To see full entry rules and requirements, information on each category, the parade route and how to volunteer: https://www.jekyllisland.com/signatureevents/holly-jolly-jekyll-parade/