Holiday Festivities in Michigan

Updated: November 2018

It is hard to believe that we are almost halfway through November; especially with the weather, we have had in Michigan lately! With so much going on this time of year, it is important to remember what matters most and that is friends and family. Be sure to spend some quality time with your loved ones, even if it is a holiday event, such as the ones below:

Kalamazoo Holiday Parade

Date: Saturday, November 10th at 11 am

Location: Kalamazoo

Downtown Kalamazoo will be alive with holiday spirit on Saturday. The parade will include marching bands playing great holiday music. Don’t forget about the impressive floats the parade is known for. The parade ends at the Kalamazoo Mall where after parade events go from noon to 2 pm.

Silver Bells in the City

Date: Friday, November 16th at 5 pm

Location: Lansing

Michigan’s capital city doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the tree lighting ceremony and parade. The parade officially begins at 6 pm, but parking can be tough since a lot of street parking is inaccessible due to the parade route so plan to arrive early. According to the event website, the tree will be lit at approximately 7:45 pm followed by fireworks. If you can’t make it downtown, the parade and tree lighting will be broadcasted on FOX 47. The evening is capped off with a performance by John Splithoff.

Art Van Santa Parade

Date: Saturday, November 17th at 9 am

Location: Grand Rapids

Each year Grand Rapids puts on the Art Van Santa Parade in Downtown Grand Rapids. This year the parade is presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees who selected “Sounds of the Season for the theme. The parade will feature carolers and marching bands. Oh, and Santa will be there riding on the historic Santa sleigh that dates back to the 1950s! After the parade, head over to the PNC Bank where Santa will be waiting to take pictures with you. The parade will be live on WOOD TV8 for those who can’t make it.

“A Downtown Christmas” Holiday Parade

Date: Saturday, November 17th at 11 am

Location: Saginaw

An annual parade featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus! The parade will include historical vehicles, marching bands, floats and more! The event really focuses on the kids! Following the parade, the city puts on a children’s party featuring the one and only Santa. Additional children’s activities include Christmas stores and a puppet show at the local library at 2 pm. For more information visit

Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration

Date: Friday, November 30th & Saturday, December 1st

Location: Mt. Pleasant

A two-day event in Mt. Pleasant gets you in the holiday spirit. The city kicks off the weekend by lighting the tree on Friday night. The event continues with events for the kids on Saturday. Events include storytelling at Candy Cane Lane, make & take crafts, Santa and his reindeer are in the city too. The day is capped off with a lighted parade that starts at 6 pm followed by fireworks. Learn more about the weekend’s activities here.

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