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 2015.

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.

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Allen Park Lighted Christmas Parade

Nov. 20, 2015

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

Year 15 of this annual parade features tons of floats, performances, music and more. Refreshments follow.

Holiday Lighted Parade in Northville

Nov. 20 2015

  • 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. Steps off from the Northville Community Center.

Wyandotte Christmas Parade

Nov. 21, 2015

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

This 72nd annual procession showcases the holiday season with a Christmas/Winter Wonderland theme. Stick around until the end to see St. Nicholas, too.

Macomb County Santa Parade in Mount Clemens

Nov. 21, 2015

  • 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. 22, 2015

  • Address: Washington Avenue north, then west on Fourth Street to Lafayette Avenue, downtown Royal Oak
  • Time: 2 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 248-246-3180

It’s the 14th year of this downtown parade that boasts more than 80 floats, music groups, circus performers and more! Kids can run in the Santa Scamper fun run at 1:30 p.m., and visit Santa from 3 till 5 p.m.

America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit

Nov. 26, 2015

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

It’s an annual holiday tradition! Line Woodward Avenue to see your favorite floats, balloons, Big Head Corps and, of course, Santa. Year No. 89’s theme is “So Happy Together.”

Holly Dickens Festival Lighted Parade and Christmas Parade

Nov. 27 and Dec. 5, 2015

  • Address: Both parades step off from the Holly Elementary School Parking Lot, 801 E. Maple St., Holly, and head downtown
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27; 10 a.m. Dec. 5
  • 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. 27, and an afternoon Christmas parade is Dec. 5.

Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade

Nov. 27, 2015

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

This 40-year-old Detroit tradition is themed “A Storybook Christmas,” and features a parade, Toys for Tots toy drive, a story with Santa and tons of fun.

Milford Christmas Parade

Nov. 28, 2015

  • Address: Downtown Milford area
  • 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 and see who can spot Santa first.

Santaland Parade in Garden City

Nov. 28, 2015

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

This 55-year-old holiday tradition really brings a Michigan Christmas to life with its 2015 theme “Christmas in the Mitten.” Afterwards, enjoy a cup of cocoa and a visit with Santa.

Christmas Parade in Oxford

Dec. 5, 2015

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

This holiday tradition, which has a theme of “Rock & Roll Christmas,” heads right through downtown and is sponsored by Independence Village.

Hometown Holiday Light Parade in Chelsea

Dec. 5, 2015

  • 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 an appearance by the “real” Santa. Kicks off at 6 p.m. from Chelsea State Bank and ends on Jackson Street near the Historic Depot. Refreshments, treats and entertainment follow the parade. Note: The parade is just part of Chelsea’s Hometown Holiday Weekend, Dec. 4-6.

Christmas Parade in Milan

Dec. 5, 2015

  • Address: Tolan Square, 1 Tolan St., downtown Milan
  • Time: 6 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 734-439-7932

Line up for floats, music and performances themed to a “Winter Wonderland.” A tree lighting ceremony, artisan market and visit from Santa Clause follows the procession.

Orion Area Lighted Parade

Dec. 5, 2015

  • 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.

Holiday Parade in Saline

Dec. 5, 2015

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

This 40th annual family affair is themed to the “Sights & Sounds of Christmas.” Enjoy some 70 parade units and visit with Santa. Plus head back any time this week for other events during Saline’s Holiday Week.

Holiday Extravaganza Parade in Pontiac

Dec. 5, 2015

  • 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 34-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. 6, 2015

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

The theme of this annual procession will have Rochester buzzing with “The Sounds of Christmas” this holiday season.

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