Holiday Parades to Put You in the Spirit of the Season

Get details on fan-favorite holiday parades stepping off in metro Detroit.
America's Thanksgiving Day Parade.// Photograph courtesy of The Parade Co.

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in Detroit is the unofficial start of the holiday season in southeast Michigan, but there are plenty of other community parades that celebrate the season, too.

From the Holiday Extravaganza parade in Pontiac to Wyandotte’s annual Christmas Parade, bundle up and enjoy these hot holiday processions in metro Detroit and beyond in 2022.

22nd Annual Lighted Christmas Parade

Allen Park’s annual tree lighting kicks off this event, which makes its way down Park Ave to the Allen Park Community Center. Nov. 18. Free. Downtown Allen Park;

2022 Holiday Lighted Parade

This nighttime procession offers performances by local marching bands and dancers, along with floats and a visit from Santa Claus. Stick around after the event for the official community tree lighting. Nov. 19. Free. Downtown Northville;

Mount Clemens Santa Parade

Santa Claus is coming to town! Join him, Mrs. Claus, the elves, and some of your favorite local businesses and organizations as they ring in the holidays at this annual event. Nov. 19. Free. Downtown Mount Clemens;

Wyandotte Christmas Parade

Mr. Wally Merritt is the Grand Marshall of this year’s parade, which features local marching bands, dancers, and floats by community organizations. It steps off at dusk at Sycamore and Biddle and makes its way down Biddle. Nov. 19. Free. Downtown Wyandotte;  

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 96th annual event, which is presented by Gardner White, fills the streets of Detroit with area marching bands, floats, big heads, clowns, and more. Nov. 24. Free. Woodward Ave., Detroit;

The Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade

Line up on Kercheval Ave. between Lewiston and Cadieux to watch Santa ring in the season at this morning procession. Nov. 25. Free. Downtown Grosse Point Park;

Santaland Parade

This year’s event will take you “To the North Pole and Beyond” with spectacularly decorated floats, performances by local bands and dance teams, and much more. Nov. 26. Free. Downtown Garden City;

Milford Christmas Parade

Area dance companies perform alongside community floats, bands, and Santa Claus during this annual hometown event. Nov. 26. Free. Downtown Milford;

Holly Dickens Festival

This 49th annual will take you back in time to the days of Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol. Stroll the Village of Holly to see carolers, dancing ladies, juggling, and more. There will be a lighted parade the first Saturday of the festival. Plus, shopping and horse-drawn carriage rides. You may even run into Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge while you’re there. Nov. 26-27, Dec. 3-4, and Dec. 10-11. Free. The Village of Holly;

Chelsea Hometown Holidays

This monthlong holiday tradition offers a shopping bazaar, live music, crafts, a tree lighting ceremony, and the Hometown Holiday Light Parade. Line up along Main Street to see brilliantly lit and decorated floats from area organizations. Dec. 1-31, with the parade on Dec. 3. The parade is free, but fees may apply for other activities. Downtown Chelsea;

Kids in Candyland Christmas Parade

The largest lighted Christmas Parade in Michigan is back with decorated floats, illuminated vehicles, holiday music, and more. It ends with Santa and Mrs. Claus waving from their sleigh. Dec. 3. Free. Downtown Lake Orion;

Holiday Extravaganza

Auburn Hills, Pontiac, Waterford, and White Lake join forces to put on this massive holiday party. Kick off your day with a petting farm, live reindeer, crafts and a visit to the Gallery of Ice at the WinterFUN Festival. Then, enjoy the 41st annual parade, which features professional floats from The Parade Company. Dec. 3. Free. Downtown Pontiac;

Oxford Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas Parade

Join Santa as he rolls into town for an “old-fashioned Christmas.” Be sure to stop at the gazebo in Centennial Park before the parade for hot chocolate and cookies before the parade. Dec. 3. Free. Downtown Oxford;

St. Clair Shores Holiday Lights on Wheels Parade

Dress your car in its holiday best, and then show it off at Veteran’s Memorial Park. At dusk, all the decorated cars will drive through town for the holidays. Dec. 3. Free. Veteran’s Memorial Park and Downtown St. Clair Shores;

Rochester Area Hometown Christmas Parade

This annual holiday tradition has been a part of the Rochester community for more than 70 years. This year will feature more than 100 entries including local bands, dance groups, and floats. Dec. 4. Free. Along Main Street in downtown Rochester;

Royal Oak Jingle and Light Parade

This event features a cookie crawl, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, live reindeer, and visits with Santa, all leading up to the Light Parade at 7 p.m. Dec. 10. Free. Main Street area, downtown Royal Oak;

Looking for even more holiday fun? Check out our lists of holiday light displays and upcoming Nutcracker and holiday performances.

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