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.

Holiday Parades in Southeast Michigan

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.

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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.

Macomb County Santa Parade in Mount Clemens

Nov. 28, 2014

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

This Black Friday, forget the shopping and enjoy floats, music and all of your favorite holiday characters at this tradition dating.

Huron Valley Annual Christmas Parade in Milford

Nov. 29, 2014

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

Families line downtown Milford for this parade. Get there early and see who can spot Santa first.

Santaland Parade in Garden City

Nov. 29, 2014

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

This 54-year-old holiday tradition really brings Christmas to life with this year’s theme, “Christmas through the Ages.” Bring toys to donate along the parade route and then meet Santa.

Holiday Parade of Lights in Wayne

Dec. 5, 2014

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

Prepare to be dazzled as parade participants are illuminated at this nighttime event. Afterwards, Santa hands out trophies for “best of” categories in an awards ceremony – and greets the kids – over at the State Wayne Theater.

Christmas Parade in Oxford

Dec. 6, 2014

  • Address: Downtown Oxford
  • Times: 2 p.m.
  • Phone: 248-628-2543

This holiday tradition heads down Main Street and is followed by a raffle plus hot chocolate and cookies at a warming station at the local veterans hall, along with vendors selling goodies. Sponsored by the chamber of commerce. Note: The previous day, the city’s DDA hosts a tree lighting, sweet/soup stroll and more.

Hometown Holiday Light Parade in Chelsea

Dec. 6, 2014

  • Address: Downtown and South Town areas, Chelsea
  • Time: 6 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 734-475-1145

This annual parade dazzles with dozens of lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands and even Santa. Kicks of at 6 p.m. from Chelsea State Bank’s south-end lot and ends at Chelsea Teddy Bear Company. Note: The entire Hometown Holidays event runs Dec. 5-7.

Christmas Parade in Milan

Dec. 6, 2014

  • 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 ready to experience how other countries celebrate the holiday with this year’s theme “Christmas Around the World.” Line up for floats, music and a visit from jolly St. Nick. Best float receives and award and a tree lighting ceremony follows.

Orion Area Lighted Parade

Dec. 6, 2014

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

Downtown Lake Orion will glow with festive holiday lights and the sounds of music from the more than 75 parade entries, followed by a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Holiday Parade in Saline

Dec. 6, 2014

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

This 39th annual family affair is themed “Your Favorite Christmas Memories.” Enjoy up to 70 parade units and visit with Santa. Plus head back anytime this week for other events during Saline’s Holiday Week.

Holiday Extravaganza Parade in Pontiac

Dec. 6, 2014

  • Address: Downtown Pontiac
  • Time: 11 a.m. step off
  • Phone: 248-858-8347

Check out your favorite costumed characters, plus floats, balloons, marching bands, fire trucks, dancers and more at this 33-year-old event. The parade steps off at 11 a.m. on Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, continues down Saginaw Street and ends at Pontiac City Square. Note: Visit early – 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. – for the WinterFUN Festival too, featuring ice, horse-drawn wagon rides and more.

Hometown Christmas Parade in Rochester

Dec. 7, 2014

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

You may be in Rochester, but this year’s theme “A Movie Time Christmas,” will have it feeling like Hollywood with floats decked out to portray new and classic holiday films.


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