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 2021.

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 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 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 2021 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!

Wyandotte Christmas Parade

Nov. 20, 2021 

This 78th annual procession showcases the holiday season with 90 units flaunting a Christmas/Winter Wonderland theme. Stick around until the end to see St. Nicholas, too.

Allen Park Lighted Christmas Parade

Nov. 19, 2021

This annual parade features plenty of festive floats, performances, music and more.

Macomb County Santa Parade in Mount Clemens

Nov. 20, 2021

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

America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit

Nov. 25, 2021

Line Woodward Avenue to see your favorite floats, balloons, Big Head Corps and holiday characters at this 95th annual procession — a national icon among holiday parades.

Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade

Nov. 26, 2021

This community tradition features a parade complete with Santa.

Milford Christmas Parade

Nov. 27, 2021

  • Address: Downtown Milford area
  • Time: 10 a.m.

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. 27, 2021

For its 60th year, the holiday tradition really brings the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. The theme of this year’s parade is “Six Decades of Christmas Magic.”

Holly Dickens Festival Lighted Parade

Nov. 27, 2021

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

Dec. 1, 2021

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

Holiday Extravaganza Parade in Pontiac

Dec. 4, 2021

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. and heads down Saginaw Street, with fun continuing till 1 p.m.

Christmas Parade in Milan

Dec. 4, 2021

Line up for floats, music and performances and stick around for a visit with Santa Claus at this pick among the holiday parades.

Holiday Parade in Saline

Dec. 4, 2021

This 46th annual family affair packs in 100 parade participants from animals to dancers. Plus Santa, of course!

Hometown Holiday Light Parade in Chelsea

Dec. 4, 2021

This annual parade dazzles with dozens of lighted floats and vehicles, marching bands and even an appearance by Santa.

Orion Lighted Christmas Parade

Dec. 4, 2021

Downtown Lake Orion will glow with festive holiday lights and the sounds of music, followed by a special visit from Santa. This year’s theme is Christmas in Toyland.

Christmas Parade in Trenton

Dec. 4, 2021

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. 5, 2021

  • Address: Downtown Rochester area
  • Time: 2 p.m.

The 70th annual procession will have Rochester dressed up in its holiday best.

Christmas Parade in Oxford

Dec. 6, 2021

This holiday tradition heads right through downtown Oxford during the annual holiday market. Enjoy the procession and pick up some holiday goodies, too.

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