It’s Time for the Annual Holiday Parades in West Michigan
Get ready for the holidays with some holiday parades! There are parades scheduled in several West Michigan communities in the coming weeks. We have a list of over 15 different parades for you to check out...
Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 10 am - Downtown Grand Rapids, MI
Formerly the Art Van Santa Parade, the Grand Rapids Junior Chamber is excited to announce that the Santa Parade is returning this year as the Gentex Santa Parade! This will be the 101st annual Santa Parade. Notable 2022 Parade Guests include Olivia Sanabia. She is a 19 year old actress and singer/songwriter well known for her role as Kelly Quinn in Amazon’s “Just Add Magic”. Miss Michigan 2022 Melissa Beyrand will also be part of this year’s parade. More information is on the Gentex Santa Parade - Presented by the GRJC Facebook page.
The parade will march down Monroe Avenue starting at Bridge/Michigan Street. The parade will then turn onto Louis Street, before finishing on Ottawa Avenue.
Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 11 am - Downtown Kalamazoo, MI
This parade began in 1962 and was started by Irving S. Gilmore. It’s been 60 years since that first parade. There will be a full day of activities for after the parade. More information can be found on the Maple Hill Holiday Parade 60th Anniversary Facebook Events page.
The parade starts at Lovell & Jasper. It then travels down Lovell to Park Street. Then Park Street to Michigan Avenue. It then proceeds down Michigan Avenue Pitcher Street. It makes it’s final turn onto Lovell Street for its final stretch of the parade.
Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 6 pm - Downtown Hudsonville, MI
This will be the 29th annual holiday parade. Following the parade there will be the Christmas Tree Lighting in Gemmen’s parking lot. More information is on the Holiday Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting Facebook Events page.
The parade route runs along Harvey Street, starting on Cherry Ave. The parade route ends at Allen Street, but the fun doesn’t end there. Immediately following the parade will be the Christmas Tree Lighting at the Fountain in Gemmen's parking lot.
Saturday, November 26, 2022 - 5 pm - Downtown Ludington, MI
The Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Downtown Ludington Board, is proud to announce the Aglow on the Avenue holiday parade to welcome Santa to town and to begin the holiday season! There will also be caroling and a tree lighting. Additional details can be found on the Aglow on the Avenue holiday parade Facebook Events page.
The parade takes place on Ludington Avenue, from Gaylord Avenue to Harrison Street.
Monday, November 28, 2022 - 6:30 pm - Downtown Zeeland, MI
The festivities get underway at 6:15 pm with the Christmas Tree Lighting. Following at 6:30 pm it will be Zeeland's annual Christmas parade. This lighted parade is guaranteed to bring smiles to the thousands of spectators of all ages! There will be walking groups & marching bands, and the grand finale of the parade will be Santa Claus himself! For more information, visit the Zeeland’s Magical Christmas Parade 2022 Facebook Events page.
The parade begins at the corner of Main Ave and Centennial Street. It will then proceed west down Main Ave to Elm Street. It will then turn south on Elm Street to Central Ave. Turning left (east) onto Central St. down to the finish at Central and Maple Street.
Monday, November 28, 2022 - 7 pm - Downtown Marshall, MI
This will be the 58th Annual Christmas Parade. The parade brings family and friends together to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Get more information on the 58th Marshall Christmas Parade Facebook Events page.
The parade starts on the West Michigan Avenue entrance to the fountain circle. It then rounds the fountain and then continues down Michigan Avenue along the business district, turning south onto Exchange Street and ending after turning west onto Green Street.
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 6:30 pm - Downtown Holland, MI
Santa will be escorted by 75 floats, trucks, antique cars, walkers and marching bands when he arrives in Holland. This brightly lilt holiday procession is fun for the entire family. More information is available on the Downtown Holland Parade of Lights Facebook Events page.
The Parade of Lights begins at the corner of 8th Street and Columbia Avenue at 6:30 pm. It proceeds west down 8th Street until it reaches the Holland Civic Center, home of the Holiday Kerstmarkt.
Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 6 pm - Kentwood Library, 4950 Breton Rd SE, Kentwood, MI
The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place in front of the Kentwood Library starting with the holiday light parade. There will also be carriage rides, kid’s crafts, holiday music, and of course a visit from Santa! The Holiday Light Parade will begin at 6 pm. Additional details can be found on the Kentwood Tree Lighting & Holiday Light Parade Facebook Events page.
The parade route will start at Kentwood Public Works parking lot at 5068 Breton SE. The parade will exit out the driveway on Breton and travel north and end at Kentwood Justice Center.
Friday, December 2, 2022 - 6 pm - Main Street, Coopersville, MI
Coopersville's favorite winter event is almost here! This will be the 42nd Annual Christmas Parade. The theme this year is: Christmas Stories. Start the festivities at Pocket Park as they light up the Community Christmas Tree and we kick off the holiday season before the parade heads through town. More information is on the 42nd Annual Coopersville Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Facebook Events page.
The parade will line on Main Street, West of Eastmanville, as it was in the past. Floats will head East toward the school and unload children and passengers at pre designated meeting spots. Then join the fun at the Community Service Building for Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Cookies and Santa Claus!
Friday, December 2, 2022 - 7 pm - Downtown Greenville, MI
The fun begins at 5:30 with Santa & Mrs. Claus on hand for pictures. Deer Tracks Junction will be bringing some furry friends. There will also be a free hot cocoa bar and other photo opportunities and Christmas carols. The parade kicks off at 7 pm with the Christmas Tree lighting at Tivoli Square following the parade. Additional details can be found on the Christmas Parade & Activities Facebook Events page.
The parade will go down Lafayette Street from Cass to Grove.
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 9 am - Cedar Springs Public Library, 107 N Main St NE, Cedar Springs, MI
It's an all-day event starting with events at the Cedar Springs Public Library, going to Story Time with Mrs. Claus at Perry's Place, a Christmas Parade, the Christmas Tree Lighting, and ending with Mingling with Kris Kringle (and pictures) by the fireplace in the Cedar Springs Public Library. More information is on the A Cedar Springs Christmas "Mingle with Kris Kringle" 2022 Facebook Events page.
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 11 am - Downtown Rockford, MI
The 78th annual Santa Parade will be in downtown Rockford on Saturday, December 3rd. After the parade, Santa will be at the Rotary Pavilion along with a carriage rides through downtown. Additional details can be found on the Rockford's 78th Annual Santa Parade Facebook Events page.
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 3 pm - Downtown St. Joseph MI
This event features dressed up pets and their owners in a variety of holiday garb. You will see all kinds of costumes from “Santa Bernards” to “Reindeer Rottweilers”. The event also marks the arrival of Santa. After the parade, children can share their wish lists with Santa at Santa’s House. More information is on the 2022 Fanny Mae Memorial Reindog Parade Facebook Events page.
The parade kicks off at the corner of Elm and State Streets.
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 5 pm - Downtown Grandville, MI
Once again this year, in place of a traditional parade, the city of Grandville will be closing down Chicago Drive midday on Saturday, December 3 and staging a stationary parade with lit floats, holiday animals, Dickens Carolers, North Pole houses, character photo stops, and stages for Christmas musicians. In the lots around the stationary parade there will be train rides, food vendors, a mini Christmas market, the mega tree, a synthetic ice rink, and more. The tree lighting will take place at 5:30 pm by the big tree along Chicago Drive. More information is available on the Grandville Stationary Christmas Parade Facebook Events page.
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 6 pm - Downtown Grand Haven, MI
Ring in the holidays with the 30th Annual Grand Haven Jingle Bell Parade through the streets of Grand Haven. The event will feature lighted floats, music, costumes, and a whole lot of good cheer. The parade is followed by the lighting of the community Christmas tree and caroling in Central Park. Additional details can be found on the 2022 Jingle Bell Parade & Central Park Tree Lighting Facebook Events page.
The parade starts on Franklin Street, goes west to Harbor Drive, north on Harbor to Washington, and east on Washington to Central Park for the lighting of the Christmas Tree.
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 6 pm - Downtown Lowell, MI
Christmas lights, light up the night at Annual Night-Time Santa Parade. The parade wraps up a day of holiday activities that include an art and craft holiday sale, a pancake supper, a book sale, a live nativity, Rudolph’s Craft Workshop, Santa visits on the Lowell Showboat VI and Hot Chocolate and Cookies in the Chamber. The parade is the highlight of the day with the holiday entries lighting up the darkness with this year's theme of "Christmas Toyland". More information can be found on the Annual Night-Time Santa Parade Facebook Events page.
The parade begins on Riverside Drive heading east on Main Street and ending at the Lowell United Methodist Church.