Dec 03 2012

Tis the Season for Folly’s Christmas Parade

Folly Christmas Parade

Folly is a jolly good place to be during the holidays, and a big part of the reason is because it tis’ the season for the annual Folly Beach Christmas Parade. 

Held the second Saturday in December each year, this festive tradition features plenty of beautifully-crafted and unique float designs, and of course the main attraction ‘Sandy’ Claus, making his sleigh rounds along the beach. 

The parade begins at Second Street and West Ashley Avenue, and makes its way to Center Street. 

Your children will delight in the candy and prizes that are handed out from the floats and the whole family will enjoy the bright and colorful float displays and the live music. 

Should you feel a particular spark of creativity, act on those feelings and register a float in the parade yourself, as anyone can enter and there are prizes awarded to the top floats.

You’re only limited by your imagination when it comes to decking out floats with holiday cheer.  

Following the parade, cross some final shopping items off your gift list by heading to the Community Center for the Arts & Crafts Show. You’ll be sure to find the perfect present among the handcrafted treasures made by local artisans at the holiday market. 

And Santa will be giving out goodies to the kiddos from his bag at Folly River Park. 

Or grab a cup of hot chocolate and walk down to the Folly Pier to soak up stunning views of the sand and sea. 

If you’re feeling peckish, cruise the main strip around Center Street and duck into one of the delicious culinary options available to please your palette.

You’ll have a great time when you get here, but visitors need to be aware that while there are ample free places to park on Folly, make sure to review the parking rules at the City of Folly Beach website so you don’t let a ticket ruin your holiday celebration. You can’t park on the roadway, so don’t forget to have all four tires off the road. If white lines are painted, tires must be outside the white line. There is no parking against traffic, no parking in a crosswalk, no parking on sidewalks (should be self-explanatory, right?), no blocking public or private driveways and no parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. 

These are just some of the basics, but you can read up on more to ensure you avoid an unnecessary fine.

Once you’re on the island, you can enjoy the parade and all the fun activities that abound at Folly Beach over the holidays!

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