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 2016.

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 – from the America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit to the Milford Christmas Parade and more. 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. 18, 2016

  • Address: Downtown Allen Park area
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 313-928-1400

Year 16 of this annual parade features tons of floats, performances, music and more. Refreshments follow.

Holiday Lighted Parade in Northville

Nov. 18 2016

  • Address: Northville Community Center, 303 W. Main St.
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 248-349-7640

This traditional lighted parade fills the downtown blocks with handmade floats and favorite holiday characters. A tree lighting and refreshments follow. Steps off from, and ends at, the Northville Community Center parking lot.

Wyandotte Christmas Parade

Nov. 19, 2016

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

This 73rd annual procession showcases the holiday season with a Christmas/Winter Wonderland theme, and plenty of music. Stick around until the end to see St. Nicholas, too.

Macomb County Santa Parade in Mount Clemens

Nov. 19, 2016

  • Address: Downtown Mount Clemens
  • Time: 10 a.m. step off
  • Phone: 586-469-4168

Line up on Main Street to enjoy floats, music and all of your favorite holiday characters at this annual Macomb County tradition.

Holiday Magic Parade in Royal Oak

Nov. 20, 2016

  • Address: North on Washington Avenue starting at Lincoln to Fourth Street, then west on Fourth Street to Lafayette Avenue, downtown Royal Oak
  • Time: 2-3 p.m.
  • Phone: 248-246-3180

It’s the 15th year of this downtown parade that boasts more than 80 floats, music groups, circus performers and more! After the parade, visit with Santa at Mrs. Claus at Skyward Real Estate from 3 to 5 p.m. and see his reindeer at the Fifth Street Walkway until 4:30 p.m.

America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit

Nov. 24, 2016

  • Address: Woodward Avenue between Kirby and Congress streets, Detroit
  • Time: 8:50 a.m. step off, 10 a.m.-noon/TV time
  • Phone: 313-923-7400

Line Woodward Avenue to see your favorite floats, balloons, Big Head Corps and holiday characters at this 90th annual procession.

Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade

Nov. 25, 2016

  • Address: Kercheval Avenue from Lewiston to Cadieux roads
  • Time: 10 a.m. step off
  • Phone: 313-881-4722

This 41-year-old Detroit tradition is themed “Jingle Bells,” and features a parade, Toys for Tots toy drive, a story with Santa and tons of fun.

Holly Dickens Festival Lighted Parade

Nov. 25, 2016

  • Address: Steps off from the Holly Elementary School Parking Lot, 801 E. Maple St., Holly, and heads downtown
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 248-431-1894

The annual festival that turns downtown Holly into a scene from a Charles Dickens Christmas story kicks off with a festive parade followed by a tree lighting and a special appearance of the big guy in red. Head back Nov. 26-27, Dec. 3-4 and 10-11 for even more holiday fun.

Milford Christmas Parade

Nov. 26, 2016

  • Address: Downtown Milford
  • Time: 10 a.m. step off
  • Phone: 248-684-9719

Families line the streets of downtown Milford for a parade of beautifully decorated floats, marching bands and more. Get there early to get the best spot because Santa closes out this procession.

Santaland Parade in Garden City

Nov. 26, 2016

  • Address: Steps off from Garden City High School, 6500 Middle Belt Road
  • Time: 10 a.m. step off
  • Phone: 734-793-1882

This 56-year-old holiday tradition really brings the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas to life with its 2016 theme, “It’s a Gingerbread Thing.” Afterwards, be sure to stick around to visit with Santa.

Holiday Extravaganza Parade in Pontiac

Dec. 3, 2016

  • Address: Downtown Pontiac
  • Time: 11 a.m. step off
  • Phone: 248-322-9800, ext. 2571

Check out your favorite costumed characters, plus floats, balloons, marching bands, fire trucks, dancers and more at this annual 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 (8:30-10:30 a.m.) for the WinterFUN Festival too, featuring ice-carving competitions, horse-drawn wagon rides and more.

Christmas Parade in Oxford

Dec. 3, 2016

  • Address: Downtown Oxford
  • Times: 2 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 248-628-0410

This holiday tradition, which has a theme of “Christmas at The North Pole,” heads right through downtown Oxford during the annual holiday market. Enjoy the procession and pick up some holiday goodies, too.

Berkley Hometown Holidays Lights Parade

Dec. 3, 2016

  • Address: Downtown Berkley
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 248-658-3300

Among the petting zoo, vintage trolley rides, games and treats of the annual Hometown Holidays tradition is the lights parade, which will kick off your holiday season in style.

Holiday Parade in Saline

Dec. 3, 2016

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

This 41st annual family affair has the theme “A Saline Christmas Carol.” Enjoy 70 holiday-themed parade units and visit with Santa.

Hometown Holiday Light Parade in Chelsea

Dec. 3, 2016

  • Address: Main Street to Jackson Street, downtown Chelsea
  • Time: 6 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 734-474-9187

This annual parade dazzles with dozens of lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands and even an appearance by the “real” Santa. Kicks off from Chelsea State Bank and ends near the Historic Depot. Refreshments, treats and entertainment follow the parade. Note: The parade is just part of Chelsea’s Hometown Holiday Weekend, Dec. 2-4.

Christmas Parade in Milan

Dec. 3, 2016

  • Address: Michigan Avenue, downtown Milan
  • Time: 6 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 734-439-7932

Line up for floats, music and performances. The theme is “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Steps off from Paddock Elementary, and ends with a Christmas tree lighting and visits with Santa Claus.

Orion Area Lighted Parade

Dec. 3, 2016

  • 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.

Christmas Parade in Trenton

Dec. 3, 2016

  • Address: Downtown Trenton
  • Time: 6 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 734-675-7300

Hand-held candles illuminate the streets of downtown Trenton as this annual procession makes its way to City Hall for the annual tree lighting ceremony and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Hometown Christmas Parade in Rochester

Dec. 4, 2016

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

The 65th annual procession will have Rochester dressed up in its holiday best with its theme “Holiday Masquerade.”

This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated for 2016.

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