Holiday Parades in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

What better way to ring in the holidays than with giant balloons, floats and music? Find some of metro Detroit's best holiday parades in 2022.

Bundle up and hit the streets! Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties are packed full of awesome holiday parades perfect to ring in the season — from America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit to smaller community affairs.

Whether you’re looking for some fabulous floats, to glimpse your favorite holiday characters (including the famous jolly guy), or just looking for something fun to do with the kiddos, one of these holiday parades is sure to fit your needs.

And, best of all, they’re the perfect way to get your family in the holiday spirit.

Check out the 2022 list of holiday parades in metro Detroit, Ann Arbor and southeast Michigan. Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add it!

Lighted Christmas Parade in Allen Park 

Nov. 18, 2022

Floats and performers brightly lit for the holidays make their way through the downtown area.

Holiday Lighted Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony in Northville

Nov. 19, 2022

Twinkling lights are not only on the streets but also in them at this downtown Northville community favorite.

Mount Clemens Santa Parade

Nov. 19, 2022

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

Wyandotte Christmas Parade

Nov. 19, 2022

This annual Christmas Parade is said to be the largest Christmas parade in the area. It is viewed by thousands.

America’s Thanksgiving Parade

Nov. 24, 2022

Celebrating its 96th year, the parade has all of your favorite floats, balloons, marching bands and entertainment.

Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade in Downtown Grosse Pointe

Nov. 25, 2022

This community tradition features a parade complete with Santa. The year’s theme is “Christmas in Toyland.”

Annual Milford Christmas Parade

Nov. 26, 2022

Line the streets of the downtown area to watch local bands and floats celebrate the incoming holidays.

Garden City Santaland Parade 

Nov. 26, 2022

  • Address: Downtown Garden City area

It’s celebrating its 61st year. Santa Claus and all his pals make their way through the streets of Garden City accompanied by local bands and floats.

Holly Dickens Festival Lighted Parade

Nov. 26, 2022

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.

Berkley Holiday Lights Parade in Downtown Berkley

Dec. 3, 2022

This hometown tradition offers plenty of community fun along with its lighted parade, all to kick off your season in style.

Christmas Parade in Downtown Oxford

Dec. 3, 2022

This holiday tradition heads right through downtown Oxford. This year’s theme is old-fashioned Christmas. After the parade, meet Santa for photo ops in Centennial Park.

Christmas Parade in Downtown Trenton

Dec. 3, 2022

Families can head to Downtown Trenton to see the annual Christmas Parade. The parade begins on West Jefferson Avenue.

Holiday Extravaganza Parade in Downtown Pontiac

Dec. 3, 2022

Check out your favorite costumed characters, plus floats, balloons, marching bands, fire trucks, dancers and more at this annual event.

Holiday Parade in Saline

Dec. 3, 2022

Saline’s 47th annual family affair takes place at 5:30 p.m. Its theme this year is “Christmas Around the World.”

Hometown Holiday Light Parade in Downtown Chelsea

Dec. 3, 2022

This annual parade runs along Main Street in Chelsea from Old US 12 to Jackson Street.

Milan Area Chamber Annual Christmas Parade: A Storybook Christmas in Downtown Milan

Dec. 3, 2022

Line up for floats, music and performances and stick around for a visit with Santa Claus. Santa arrives on Thomas the Train at the end of the parade.

Orion Lighted Christmas Parade in Downtown Lake Orion

Dec. 3, 2022

Enjoy a holiday-themed parade through the downtown area. This year’s theme is “Kids in Candyland.”

Hometown Christmas Parade in Rochester

Dec. 4, 2022

  • Address: Downtown Rochester area

This annual procession will have Rochester dressed up in its holiday best. The parade rolls down Main Street and is brought to you by the Rochester Regional Chamber Foundation. 

This post is updated regularly. 


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