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Here is your guide to the Christmas parades of the 2023 holiday season. If I missed the parade in your town, please put a link to event details in the comments here. Or send that link to me by email: SecretsoftheEasternShore@gmail.com. I will occasional update and add to this list as the season progresses.

If you want to share your love of small-town Christmas parades, well, here is a sweet Christmas card on that exact theme. Lots more Chesapeake and Delmarva Christmas cards here.

Fri. Nov. 24

• The parade in Chestertown, Md. is the day after Thanksgiving, Fri., Nov. 24. Details.

Sat., Nov. 25

• The folks in Vienna, Md. have their parade on Sat., Nov. 25. Details.

• The 59th Wilmington (Del.) Jaycees Christmas Parade is Sat., Nov. 25. Details.

• The Wicomico Yacht Club is putting on its Christmas Boat Parade in Salisbury, Md. on Sat., Nov. 25. Brew River is throwing a watch party. Details.

Mon., Nov. 27

• The Pocomoke City (Md.) parade is Mon., Nov. 27. Details.

Fri., Dec. 1

• The Centreville, Md. parade is Fri., Dec. 1. Details.

• The parade in Selbyville, Del. is Fri., Dec. 1. Details.

• The parade in Harrington, Del. is Fri., Dec. 1. The theme is “Hometown Christmas.” Details.

• The parade in Laurel, Del. is Fri., Dec. 1. Details.

Sat., Dec. 2

• The Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade in Chincoteague, Va. is Sat., Dec. 2. Bring toys to donate for the less fortunate. There will be an after-party at the American Legion. Details.

• The Ocean City, Md. Christmas parade is Sat., Dec. 2 with a family-friendly after-party at the Carousel Hotel. Details.

• The 91st annual Christmas parade in Lewes, Del. is Sat., Dec. 2. Details.

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Our parade-themed Christmas card!

• The Cambridge, Md. parade is Sat., Dec. 2. The theme is “Snowflakes on Parade.” Don’t forget to take a selfie by the town’s famous crab-basket Christmas tree. Details.

• The Lighted Golf Cart Parade in Cape Charles, Va. will be on Sat., Dec. 2, followed by the Grand Illumination of the town Christams tree. Details.

• MOST LIKELY: The parade in Cheriton, Va. will probably be on Sat., Dec. 2, though info was not up here last I checked. Perhaps it will be there when you look for it. Or here is another possibility.

• The Cecil County Christmas Parade in North East, Md. is Sat., Dec. 2. Details.

• The parade in Easton, Md. is Sat., Dec. 2. Details. Things kick off that night with a civic tree lighting–details on that.

• The parade is Seaford, Del. is Sat., Dec. 2. The theme is “The Magic of Christmas.” Details.

• The Delmar, Del. and Md. parade is Sat., Dec. 2. Details.

• The parade in Millsboro, Del. is Sat., Dec. 2. Details.

• The Christmas boat parade in Crisfield, Md. is Sat., Dec. 2. Details.

• A first-time event: The Ocean City (Md.)/Fenwick Island (Del) Christmas Boat Parade is Sat., Dec. 2. Details.

• The Bohemia River Boaters Lighted Boat Parade on Sat., Dec. 2 will have vessels cruising down the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal in Chesapeake City, Md. Details.

• Rock Hall, Md. will have Santa arriving by water followed by a parade of boats. It’s part of a broader day of Christmas celebrating in town on Sat., Dec. 2. Details.

Sun., Dec. 3

• The 77th annual Salisbury (Md.) Jaycees Christmas Parade is Sun., Dec. 3 in a new location–around the intersection of East Main Street and Mount Hermon Road. Details.

• The parade in Clayton, Del. is Sun., Dec. 3. Lots of other associated Christmas in Clayton events throughout the day. Hayrides, vendors, more. Details.

• The parade in Marydel on the Delaware/Maryland border is on Sun., Dec. 3. Details.

St. Michaels Christmas Parade Santa

From the parade in St. Michaels, Md.

Mon., Dec. 4

• The Rehoboth Beach (Del.) Hometown Christmas Parade is Mon., Dec. 4. Details.

• The Snow Hill Christmas Parade is on Mon., Dec. 4. Details.

Wed., Dec. 6

• I haven’t come across info on this year’s parade in Milton, Del. —that info usually appears here–but the folks at the Milton Theatre are throwing a Parade Watching Party on Wed., Dec. 6, so that much be the date.

Thurs., Dec. 7

• The parade in Denton, Md. is Thu., Dec. 7. Tree lighting that night, too. Details. (Plus, a Chriskindlmarkt fair.)

• The folks in Georgetown, Del. are combining their two holiday events into one big night this year–both Caroling on the Circle and the Georgetown Christmas Parade are Thu., Dec. 7. Bring food donations–a food drive is part of the tradition here, too. Details.

• The parade in Berlin, Md. is Thu., Dec. 7. Details.

Fri., Dec. 8

• The Christmas parade in Greenwood, Del. is Fri., Dec. 8. Details.

Sat., Dec. 9

• The Christmas parade in Princess Anne, Md. is Sat., Dec. 9. Details.

• The Talbot Street Christmas Parade in St. Michaels, Md. is Sat., Dec. 9. Details. Lots more Christmas in St. Michaels festivities that day, too–here are those details.

This photo is from the Salisbury Christmas Parade back in the day.

• The Camden-Wyoming (Del.) parade is Sat., Dec. 9. Santa sets up shop at the town hall afterward. Details.

• The parade in Exmore, Va. is Sat., Dec. 9, followed by festivities in Town Park. Details.

• The parade in Bridgeville, Del. is Sat., Dec. 9. The theme is “and a Partridge in a Pear Tee.” Details.

• The parade in Chesapeake City, Md. on Sat., Dec. 9 is a “Parade of Horses” celebrating the town’s equine history. Artisan Christmas Market, too. Details.

• The parade in Hurlock, Md. is Sat., Dec. 9. Details.

• The Lighted Boat Parade in St. Michaels, Md. is Sat., Dec. 9. Details.

Sun., Dec. 10

• The parade in Onancock, Va. is Sun., Dec. 10. Details.

Tue., Dec. 12

• The parade in Dagsboro, Del. is Tue., Dec. 12. Details.

Fri., Dec. 15

• The Christmas parade in Felton, Del. is Fri., Dec. 15. Details.

• The 2nd annual parade in Gumboro, Del. is Fri., Dec. 15. Details. 

Sat., Dec. 16

• The Dashing Through Downtown Dover (Del.) parade is Sat., Dec. 16. Details.

• The Christmas parade in Willards, Md. is Sat., Dec. 16. Details.

• There will be a Lighted Boat Parade on Tilghman Island on Sat., Dec. 16. Scant details top right here.

Last but not least: MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS!

• If the work that went into this helped you plan a merry Christmas season and you’re not in the market for any of our Christmas cards or Secrets of the Eastern Shore books, you could also say thanks here through a Secrets of the Eastern Shore Tip Jar.

• posted by Jim Duffy for Secrets of the Eastern Shore/Whimbrel Creations LLC in October 2023. Thanks for spending some time on this site!

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