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Holiday Magic Parade in Royal Oak

Christmas floats, a Santa Scamper fun run, hot cocoa and, of course, Santa return to Oakland County Nov. 18, 2012 for downtown family fun

If you're still deciding which metro Detroit holiday parade your family will see to celebrate the 2012 holidays, consider heading to Royal Oak. Celebrating its 11th year, the Holiday Magic Parade in downtown Royal Oak has over 80 parade sights for kids to see on Sunday, Nov. 18. From circus acts to floats, families can huddle together, listen to marching bands and wait for Santa's big arrival.

Kids and parents can also once again participate in the Santa Scamper, a non-competitive event for runners, joggers or walkers. It moves a half-mile in front of the parade route. And, if you choose to participate, you'll get a Santa hat, McDonald's coupon and hot cocoa to enjoy while watching the parade.

Afterwards, kids can visit Santa and his friends at Emagine Theater from 3 to 5 p.m. Stroll from the parade route to the theater – or take advantage of a warm shuttle, which will be available from Fifth and Lafayette streets.

The parade steps off at 2 p.m., and the spectacle travels along Washington Avenue, starting at Lincoln Street and heading north to Fourth Street. Admission is free for everyone!

Santa Scamper registration starts at 12:30 p.m. Register online for $10 or $15 in person. That price is for both kids and adults. The run begins before the parade at 1:30 p.m.

This year's event is sponsored by Star Lanes Restaurant and Sports Bar at Emagine Royal Oak. Bundle up the kiddies and experience this family-friendly city (maybe even slip in a bit of holiday shopping at some of the unique boutiques around town, too!).

Check out the Metro Parent listing for more information on the 2012 Holiday Magic Parade in downtown Royal Oak.

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