8 Festive Holiday Parades in Metro Detroit

By: Scott Davis | November 23, 2016

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown Detroit is arguably the richest holiday tradition in southeast Michigan and is one of the great parades in the country. If you can’t make it downtown on Thursday because you’ll be too busy preparing a feast, here are eight other local parades you could attend to help you get in the holiday spirit.

Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade, 11/25

The 41st annual Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade will take place this Saturday and will feature the theme of “Jingle Bells.” The parade will start marching at 10 a.m. on Kercheval Avenue.

Milford Christmas Parade, 11/26

With local dance studios, school marching bands, and Santa closing out the parade (and then available for pictures at the Village Center Mall after the parade), the Milford Christmas Parade has everything you need to start the holiday season off right.

Santaland Parade, 11/26

The Santaland Parade will hit the streets of Garden City this Saturday for its 56th year. This year’s theme is “It’s a Gingerbread Thing” and will also be streamed on the city’s Facebook page and broadcasted on GCTV.

Orion Lighted Parade, 12/3

The annual nighttime parade in Lake Orion will take place once again on the first Saturday in December. This year’s theme is “Super Orion Heroes” and will feature over 75 parade entries such as marching bands, scouting troops, dance studios and, of course, Santa.

Christmas Parade in Trenton, 12/3

Downtown Trenton will host their annual Christmas parade starting at 6 p.m. The parade will lead to the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Trenton City Hall, where there will be an afterglow and awards passed out.

Oxford Christmas Parade, 12/3

The annual holiday tradition, with the theme “Christmas at the North Pole,” not only features everything you love about parades, but will also take place during the city’s annual holiday market where you can get some of your Christmas shopping done.

Hometown Holiday Light Parade in Chelsea, 12/3

Taking place over the Hometown Holiday weekend in Chelsea, the Light Parade will feature plenty of holiday lights and cheer. There will also be a “Toys for Tots & Teens” drive where you can donate new, unwrapped toys at Palmer Auto Service on Main Street.

Downtown Rochester Christmas Parade, 12/4

The 65th annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade will stroll down Main Street with a “Holiday Masquerade” theme and plenty of holiday floats.