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If you are looking for a fun event to enjoy on your November vacation to Hilton Head Island, consider the Lantern Parade. This annual event has become a community favorite and best of all, it is free to attend. Join in on the fun as colorful lanterns light up the evening sky on a parade route that stretches along some of Hilton Head Island's best beaches.

The local experts at Beach Properties of Hilton Head are here to guide you through this wonderful event. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about the 2023 Lantern Parade on Hilton Head Island. 

What is the Lantern Parade?

The Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade is a beloved annual event that brings together locals and visitors to light up the night sky with a mesmerizing display of lanterns. Held on November 18th, 2023, this free and family-friendly event is a must-see during your Hilton Head Island vacation. Whether you simply want to observe the vibrant display or march with a lantern of your own, you're in for a fun and colorful evening. 

The parade officially begins at 5:45 p.m., but if you get there early, there are plenty of festivities to enjoy. There will be local food vendors, face painting, and live music, so there's something for everyone.

Amazing Lanterns

While you won't find any flaming sky lanterns at the Lantern Parade as the state of South Carolina bans them, you will be amazed by the diversity and artistry of the lanterns on display. Participants craft lanterns of all shapes, sizes, and colors, turning the parade into a kaleidoscope of illuminated art. From sea creatures to holiday-themed lanterns, you'll witness a stunning variety of designs that showcase the creativity of the Hilton Head Island community. Bring your own lantern to dazzle participants and observers alike.

Parking for the Lantern Parade

To enjoy the parade, head to line up at 5:00 p.m. at the Alder Lane Beach Access. You can park at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Hilton Head Campus on Pope Avenue or the Coligny Beach parking lot. Palmetto Breeze Trolleys offers shuttles from these parking locations to and from the parade route from 4-8:30 p.m. 

A Tradition Worth Experiencing

The Hilton Head Island Lantern Parade is a unique and heartwarming tradition that celebrates the history, ecology, and people of the island. Mark your calendars for November 18th, 2023, and be sure to include this enchanting experience in your Hilton Head Island vacation plans. 

If you need a place to stay for the Lantern Parade, Beach Properties of Hilton Head has you covered. We offer a wide range of vacation rentals in some of Hilton Head Island's hottest destinations. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a returning guest, we can't wait to host you for the Lantern Parade. Learn more about booking with us by calling 800-671-5155.