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Weekend Adventure: The Hilton Head Lantern Parade

Hilton Head Lantern Parade

As the sun dips below the horizon on Saturday November 18th, the beaches of Hilton Head Island transform into a realm of enchantment. The Lantern Parade, held against the backdrop of the stunning Hilton Head shoreline, is an experience that leaves visitors and locals alike spellbound.

lantern parade on the beach
2022 Hilton Head Lantern Parade

A Glowing Tradition

The Hilton Head Lantern Parade, now in its fourth year, has become a beloved tradition that brings the community together and welcomes visitors from all over the lowcountry. It’s free to attend, both for spectators and participants of all ages.

A Night of Light and Wonder

Picture yourself strolling along the shoreline of Hilton Head Island, the soft sound of waves gently lapping at the shore, and the cool evening breeze caressing your skin. As the darkness deepens, thousands of lanterns begin to light up the night. These lanterns come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, from whimsical animals to traditional round globes, each a work of art in its own right.

The lanterns are not just for admiring from afar; festival-goers can participate by creating their own

lantern masterpieces. Whether you're a professional artist or a novice, the Lantern Festival provides a platform for creative expression.

Planning Your Visit From Aiken

From Aiken, Hilton Head Island is about a 2.5 hour drive, making it possible to do a day or weekend trip. This year, the Lantern Parade takes place Saturday November 18th.

The parade begins at 5:30 pm at Alder Lane Beach Access, then continues along Coligny Beach Park, ending at Lowcountry Celebration Park.

The before party runs from 3 pm - 6 pm with face painting for kids, live music and food trucks.

The finale and after party starts at the end of the parade and goes until approximately 8 pm and features live music, food trucks and beverages.

Other considerations: As the festival grows in popularity, you may have to reserve your accommodations in advance, but for now it shouldn’t be a problem finding a hotel or AirBnB even at the last minute. Hilton Head weather in early autumn

is usually pleasant, but it's a good idea to dress in layers and bring a light jacket, as coastal evenings can sometimes be cooler. Dogs and open-flame lanterns are not permitted.

For more information and a beautiful video from the 2022 parade, check out:

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