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Holiday Parades in Southeast Michigan

What better way to ring in the holidays than with giant balloons, floats and music? Find some of metro Detroit’s best fun, festive outdoor spectacles in 2014.

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Bundle up and hit the streets! Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties are packed full of awesome holiday-themed parades perfect to ring in the season. Whether you're looking for some fabulous floats, to get a glimpse of your favorite holiday characters (including the famous jolly guy), or just looking for something fun to do with the kiddos, one of these parades is sure to fit your needs.

Allen Park Lighted Christmas Parade

Nov. 21, 2014

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

This parade features all kinds of fun. It steps off behind Cabrini Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. sharp and ends at the Allen Park Community Center. After, Santa makes an appearance to get the key of the city from the mayor. Refreshments follow.

Holiday Lighted Parade in Northville

Nov. 21 2014

  • Address: Downtown Northville
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 248-349-7640

This traditional lighted parade is themed to "All I Want for Christmas Is."

Wyandotte Christmas Parade

Nov. 22, 2014

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

The city of Wyandotte is showcasing the talents of local marching bands, schools and organizations from Michigan and Canada. Be sure to stick around until the end to see the guest of honor himself – Santa Claus!

Holiday Magic Parade in Royal Oak

Nov. 23, 2014

  • Address: Downtown Royal Oak
  • Time: 2 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 248-246-3180

It's the 13th year of this downtown parade that boasts more than 80 floats, music groups, circus performers and more! Donate toys to the needy and visit with Santa after (3-5 p.m.).

America's Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit

Nov. 27, 2014

  • Address: Along Woodward Avenue, downtown Detroit
  • Time: 8:50 a.m. step off
  • Phone: 313-923-7400

It's America's Thanksgiving Day Parade, right in downtown Detroit! Families, line Woodward Avenue to see your favorite floats, balloons, Big Head Corps and, of course, Santa. This year's theme is "Walking on Sunshine." Parade steps off at 9 a.m. at Woodward Avenue and Kirby Street in Detroit.

Holly Dickens Festival Lighted Parade and Christmas Parade

Nov. 28 and Dec. 6, 2014

  • Address: Nov. 28 event starts at the Allstate Insurance parking lot, 124 N. Saginaw St.; Dec. 6 event starts at FVW Post #5587, 201 Airport Drive
  • Time: 7 p.m. Nov. 28; 2 p.m. Dec. 6
  • Phone: 248-431-1894

This year, Holly packs in two parades during its annual festival themed to the Charles Dickens era. A lighted parade is Nov. 28, and an afternoon Christmas parade is Dec. 6.

Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade

Nov. 28, 2014

  • Address: Begins on Kercheval Avenue and Lewiston Street; continues through The Village and ends at Cadieux Road
  • Time: 10 a.m. step off
  • Phone: 313-886-7474

This 39-year-old Detroit tradition features a parade, Toys for Tots toy drive, meetings with Santa and tons of fun.

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