Rain   64.0F  |  Forecast »

Holiday Parades in Southeast Michigan

Is there a better way to ring in the 2013 holiday season than with a festive procession? Find fun ones in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

It's time to line the streets and ring in the holidays! Metro Parent has put together a list of the best holiday parades throughout metro Detroit and Ann Arbor to get you into the swing of things. Keep your eyes open for Santa at the conclusion of many of these events (or find him in our guide to Santa appearances in southeast Michigan).

Wyandotte Holiday Parade

Nov. 16, 2013

  • Address: downtown Wyandotte
  • Time: 10 a.m. step off
  • Phone: 734-324-4502

The city of Wyandotte is showcasing a very tuneful holiday parade this year, with over 10 different musical groups set to perform. Be sure to wait until the end of the parade to see the guest of honor himself, Mr. Claus.

Allen Park Lighted Christmas Parade

Nov. 22, 2013

  • Address: downtown Allen Park
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 313-928-0771

This annual lighted parade goes right through downtown Allen Park on Park Avenue. St. Nicholas is sure to make an appearance at the end of this dazzling nighttime celebration.

Northville Parade and Greens Market

Nov. 22-24, 2013

  • Address: downtown Northville
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. step off (parade) Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (market) Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (market) Sunday
  • Phone: 248-349-7640

Come for the lighted parade that loops through downtown Northville, but stay for the weekend-long market of holiday crafts and goods. This holiday kick-off parade steps off at 6:30 p.m. sharp.

Holiday Magic Parade in Royal Oak

Nov. 24, 2013

  • Address: downtown Royal Oak
  • Time: 2 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 248-246-3065

It's the 12th year of this downtown parade that boasts more than 80 floats, music groups, circus performers and more! Visit with Santa after the parade at the Royal Oak Emagine movie theater from 3 to 5 p.m.

America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit

Nov. 28, 2013

  • Address: along Woodward Avenue, downtown Detroit
  • Time: 8:45 a.m. step off
  • Phone: 313-923-7400

It's America's Thanksgiving Day Parade, right in downtown Detroit! This year's route expands a bit, making way for eight new floats and hundreds of thousands of spectators. Don't miss the Big Head Corps and arrival of Santa Claus. This year's theme is "Downtown Our Town," a celebration of not only Detroit, but also the entire region and state of Michigan. 

Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade

Nov. 29, 2013

  • Address: The Village, Downtown Grosse Pointe
  • Time: 10 a.m. step off
  • Phone: 313-886-7474

The holiday cheer begin here, starting at the corner of Lewiston Road and Kercheval Avenue through The Hill shopping district in Grosse Pointe Farms and The Village shopping district. After the parade, Santa visits with kids in The Village until 4 p.m.

Macomb County Santa Parade in Mount Clemens

Nov. 29, 2013

  • Address: downtown Mount Clemens
  • Time: 10 a.m. step off
  • Phone: 586-469-6818, ext. 325

This parade down Main Street has been an annual Mount Clemens celebration since 1975! This year's grand marshal is Michigan rock and country musician Ty Stone. After the parade, meet with Santa at the Macomb Music Theatre, where there will be crafts and more.


Huron Valley Annual Christmas Parade in Milford

Nov. 30, 2013

  • Address: downtown Milford
  • Time: 10 a.m. step off
  • Phone: 248-320-8167

A long-standing Milford tradition, families line downtown to get a look at the parade and see who can spot Santa first. Get there early; this morning parade begins at 10 a.m. sharp.

Santaland Parade in Garden City

Nov. 30, 2013

  • Address: starts at Garden City High School, 6500 Middlebelt Road, Garden City
  • Time: 10 a.m. step off
  • Phone: 734-793-1882

This classic parade is back with this year's theme, "Santa's Workshop." Bring toys to donate to Toys for Tots as they are collected along the parade route. Starts at Garden City High School and ends at the farmer's market area. Kids can meet Santa afterwards!

Holiday Parade of Lights in Wayne

Dec. 6, 2013

  • Address: downtown Wayne
  • Time: 6 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 734-502-3202

The city of Wayne's Rotary Club is changing things up this year for their first-ever nighttime Holiday Parade of Lights. Prepare to be dazzled, because every parade participant will be illuminated! The parade starts at 6 p.m. and Santa will hand out trophies for "best of" categories in a post-parade awards ceremony.

Hometown Holiday Light Parade in Chelsea

Dec. 7, 2013

  • Address: downtown and southtown areas, Chelsea
  • Time: 6 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 734-475-1145

Be dazzled as downtown Chelsea is illuminated by dozens of light-adorned floats and vehicles in the Holiday Light Parade. Cozy up with hot refreshments, treats and entertainment at an afterglow party at the Chelsea Teddy Bear Company. (Note: The entire Hometown Holidays event runs Dec. 6-8)

Christmas Parade in Milan

Dec. 7, 2013

  • Address: East Main Street, going west to Old Fire Barn, 153 E. Main St.
  • Time: 6 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 734-439-7932

Get cozy with this year's theme, "Lights Aglow and Mistletoe," at the Milan downtown parade. Line up for floats, music and a visit from jolly St. Nick. It all leads up to an awards ceremony for best float following the tree lighting ceremony that evening.

Orion Area Lighted Parade

Dec. 7, 2013

  • Address: downtown Lake Orion
  • Time: 6 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 248-802-5521

Downtown Lake Orion will glow with festive holiday lights as music from six musical groups fills the air. Equestrian groups will be making a new appearance this year, and you'll be sure to get a glimpse of Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Holiday Parade in Saline

Dec. 7, 2013

  • Address: downtown Saline
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 734-429-4494

You'll know "Christmas Time is Here" when you see the floats for this year's parade theme, A Charlie Brown Christmas! The 38th annual parade kicks off at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Harris Street with 1,200 parade participants including local bands, floats and vehicles.

Holiday Extravaganza Parade in Pontiac

Dec. 7, 2013

  • Address: downtown Pontiac
  • Time: 11 a.m. step off
  • Phone: 248-322-9800, ext. 1974

Balloons, floats, marching bands, fire trucks and choreographed dancers are all part of this morning parade in Pontiac. Your favorite costumed characters will be giving out free hugs as the parade makes its way from the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency on Cesar Chavez, heading down Huron to Saginaw Street and ending at the Phoenix Center.

Hometown Christmas Parade in Rochester

Dec. 8, 2013

  • Address: downtown Rochester
  • Time: 2 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 248-651-6700

It may be December, but you'll think you've just stepped off a cruise ship when you see the floats for this year's theme of "Caribbean Christmas." The festivities begin at 2 p.m. down Rochester Road and you can tune in on local Channel 7, too.

Add your comment:

More »Latest Articles & Blog Posts

Meet Asher, Metro Parent October 2014 CoverKid – VIDEO

Meet Asher, Metro Parent October 2014 CoverKid – VIDEO

He's a prankster who loves archery and looks pretty at home on the farm. Meet this Ann Arbor 10-year-old.

Repairing Cleft Palates in Kids

Repairing Cleft Palates in Kids

Since John Paul Orlosky was diagnosed with cleft palate, he's had surgeries and setbacks but now can speak clearly – an outcome that's more common in the many kids who have this condition.

Halloween Picture Frame for Parties: Craft Idea

Halloween Picture Frame for Parties: Craft Idea

It's time for costumes and creepy decorations – Halloween is right around the corner! Capture some spooky moments at your party with this photo booth-ready frame

Local Puzzle Company Plymouth Puzzles

Local Puzzle Company Plymouth Puzzles

Parents Jeff and Karen Sisolaks founded the company Plymouth Puzzles, which makes wooden puzzles in unique shapes. They pose a fun challenge for families.

Animals and Family Farm Fun in Fall in Southeast Michigan

Animals and Family Farm Fun in Fall in Southeast Michigan

October brings a harvest of corn mazes and hayrides, autumn colors and barnyard critters. Sample the simple life with your kids at these agricultural havens.

Bloomfield Hills-Based Nonprofit Wish Upon a Teen

Bloomfield Hills-Based Nonprofit Wish Upon a Teen

The organization helps local teens with cancer, chronic illness and autism spectrum disorder to have teenage experiences, like making friends and going to events.

Teens Take Charge on Teen Council at MOCAD

Teens Take Charge on Teen Council at MOCAD

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is giving artistic high school kids a safe place to network with peers, come up with programs, attend workshops, and make money, too.