The 16 Jolliest Christmas Parades in West Michigan – And When to See Them

Christmas Parades & Santa Parades

Kicking off the holiday season with a Christmas parade is one of the most festive Christmas Events of the season.

Santa Parades are a wonderful way to usher in the holiday season.

Showstoppers include the Grand Rapids Santa Parade (back for 2023!), Holland and Hudsonville celebrations.

lighted truck at Zeeland Magical Christmas Parade
Zeeland’s Magical Christmas Parade

For an extra treat, look for Santa parades on the event list that happen at night, like Zeeland’s Magical Christmas Parade (as seen in the feature image for this article).

These nighttime parades are filled with lights and bring a whole new element to the holiday parade experience.

Nov 16, 2023

1 Parade


*NEW TIME* Hudsonville Nighttime Holiday Parade

Thurs Nov 16, 2023
4:30 PMSanta Photos, Refreshments
6 PM Tree Lighting
6:30 – 7:30 PM – Nighttime Holiday Parade

Downtown Hudsonville, Harvey St, Hudsonville, MI 49426

Annual Hudsonville Holiday Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting
Hudsonville is excited for an enchanting evening of holiday celebrations!

Hudsonville Nighttime Holiday Parade

Santa Photos, Reindeer, Refreshments
Starting at 4:30 PM, visit the Fountain of Honor near Gemmens to take photos with Santa, warm up with hot chocolate, and get a chance to pet a reindeer. Plus, local businesses have lined up fun-filled (and free!) activities for kids. Patty Matters will be also be serving burgers from their food truck.

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6 PM: Tree Lighting Ceremony Mark your calendars for the highlight of the evening – the tree lighting ceremony at 6 PM.

6:30 PM: HOLIDAY PARADE – New Date, Time, and Route!
Hudsonville is turning things up a notch this year with their first-ever nighttime parade through downtown.

Starting at 6:30 PM, this revamped parade ( date, time, and route) promises a magical experience under the shimmering holiday lights.
Organized by the Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce and Hudsonville Family Dentistry.

Nov 17, 2023

1 Parade


Light Up Sparta Parade & Fireworks!

Fri Nov 17, 2023 – 5 PM – 8 PM

Kick off Christmas at the Shop Sparta Event.

In Sparta Town Square, from 5 PM – 8 PM, enjoy:
– S’mores roasting hosted by Tom’s Hometown Bakery
– Free hot cocoa with Scout Troop 704
– Food Trucks & Roasted Chestnuts

Watch a light-up parade through downtown Sparta at 6 PM, then see Santa light the Grand Tree after the parade.

sparta lights christmas parade

6-8 pm in the Civic Center:
West Michigan Arts Council will have live music, a doll display, cider, cookies, and a cash bar. The Sparta Lions Club will be doing their annual Turkey and Wreath Giveaway.

Sparta Christmas Santa and Mrs Claus in front of tree

A fireworks finale is scheduled for 7:30 pm! There will be vendors at Dance with Me by Amber Marie and the North Kent Eagles.
*Fireworks viewing from Sparta Town Square at 201 E Division, Downtown Sparta, MI.

Plus, Take a stroll on Candy Cane Lane, a lighted walking path located along Nash Creek from the bridge to behind the library. The Lights, Candy Canes, & inflatable Christmas Characters will help to get you in the spirit!
November 17 – January 31, 2023
80 N Union St, Sparta

Christmas Lights Downtown Sparta 2020

Sparta Christmas fireworks over lit Christmas tree with snow falling

Nov 18, 2023

1 Parade

Grand Rapids

Gentex Grand Rapids Santa Claus Parade

Sat Nov 18, 2023 – 10 AM

After news of its cancellation saddened the community, Gentex, Meijer, Experience Grand Rapids, AHC Hospitality and WOOD TV8 were among several sponsors to come to the rescue and bring it back.

The beloved Gentex Grand Rapids Santa Claus Parade begins on Lyon & Monroe.

grand rapids santa parade

The parade will head down Monroe to Monroe Center, continue to Division Avenue and then east on Fulton Street to Jefferson Street.

It will end at First United Methodist Church.

GR Santa Parade 2020

It ends with a party in the church parking lot where Santa will also make an appearance.

santa parade grand rapids

Nov 27, 2023

1 Parade


Zeeland’s Magical Christmas Parade

Mon Nov 27, 2023
Downtown Zeeland, Main Ave, Zeeland, MI 49464

Zeeland’s Annual Christmas parade is a heart-warming, lighted parade, which is guaranteed to bring smiles to thousands of spectators of all ages!

zeeland christmas parade

Among all of the creative entries, walking groups & marching bands, the grand finale of the parade will be Santa Claus himself!

The parade beings at the corner of Main Ave and Centennial Street. It will then proceed west down Main Ave to Elm Street. It will then turn south on Elm Street to Central Ave. Turning left (east) onto Central St. down to the finish at Central and Maple Street.

West Michigan Christmas Parades Zeeland

Nov 28, 2023

1 Parade


Holland Christmas Parade of Lights

Tue, Nov 28, 2023
6:30 pm
Downtown Holland 150 W 8th St, Holland, MI 49423

Santa Claus arrives in Downtown Holland during the annual Parade of Lights on Tuesday, November 28 at 6:30 PM.

He’ll be escorted by 75 floats, trucks, antique cars, walkers, and marching bands…all decked out from top to bottom in thousands of sparkling lights!

holland christmas parade of lights

This brightly lit holiday procession is fun for the entire family and a holiday tradition for the entire community.

The Parade of Lights will begin at the corner of 8th Street and Columbia Avenue at 6:30 PM and proceed west down 8th Street until it reaches the Holland Civic Center, home of the Holiday Kerstmarkt.

*Look into the Magic at the Mill light show.

Parade of Lights Holland Christmas Parade
Parade of Lights Holland Christmas Parade

dec 1, 2023

2 Parades


Greenville Christmas Parade

Fri Dec 1, 2023
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Greenville Downtown Historic District, Greenville, MI 48838

Head to downtown Greenville, to Tivoli Square, for a fun and festive holiday event!

Greenville Christmas Parade band playing

Santa & Mrs. Claus will be on-hand for pictures
Free hot cocoa bar
Photo opportunities
Christmas carols

Christmas parade down Lafayette St. (Cass to Grove)

7:45p Christmas Tree lighting at Tivoli Square

Greenville Christmas Parade Santa and Mrs Claus waving


Coopersville Christmas Parade

Fri Dec 1, 2023
6:00 PM
Downtown Coopersville, Main St, Coopersville, MI 49404

Coopersville’s favorite winter event is almost here! This year marks the 43rd Annual Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is “Parade of Lights”. We want to light up the sky around Coopersville!

Start the evening at Pocket Park as the Community Christmas Tree is lit up to kick off the Holiday Season before the parade heads through town.

The parade Line up will be on Main Street, West of Eastmanville. Floats will head East and end on Coopersville Schools Campus.

Lineup is first come basis, no holding spots. 

After the parade, head to the Community Service Building for Hot Chocolate & Cookies, listen to some Christmas Music presented by the Coopersville Community Band and SANTA CLAUS!

Dec 2, 2023

8 Parades

Cedar Springs

Cedar Springs Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting & Kris Kringle Mingle

Sat Dec 2, 2023
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Cedar Springs Public Library, 107 N Main St NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

The first Saturday in December the CSACoC and friends host A Cedar Springs Christmas “Mingle with Kris Kringle.”

cedar springs christmas parade

Spend the Day Celebrating Christmas in Cedar Springs
It’s an all-day event starting with:
– events at the Cedar Springs Public Library
– going to Story Time with Mrs. Claus at Perry’s Place
– Christmas Parade
– Christmas Tree Lighting
– ending with Mingling with Kris Kringle (and pictures) by the fireplace in the Cedar Springs Public Library.

Cedar Springs Christmas Parade


Holiday Magic in Downtown Fennville

Sat Dec 2, 2023
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Downtown Fennville, Fennville, MI 49408

Spend all day celebrating Christmas in Fennville.

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Visit Holiday Magic locations throughout downtown Fennville to experience:

– Santa Snaps (pictures with Santa)
– Christmas Carol-oke
– holiday market
– live reindeer
– train show
– holiday stories
– giving tree
– cookie decorating
– scavenger hunt
– craft walk.

Finish your day enjoying the Holiday Lights Parade at 5:30 followed by the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Community Sing.

Fennville Holiday Magic 2023


Rockford Santa Parade

Sat Dec 2, 2023
11:00 AM2:00 PM
Downtown Rockford, 25 Squires Street Square NE, Rockford, MI 49341

Join us at the 79th Annual Santa Parade in Rockford to welcome Santa to town for the Holiday!

Parade starts at 11 AM at Lewis & Main Street. They will go South on Main, turn on Courtland, and continue down Monroe Street.

Rockford Christmas Parade Band playing in costumes

The Quiet Zone will finish the parade from Tamarack Run to Lewis Street on Monroe.

Santa will be in the Rotary Pavilion following the parade to visit with children until 2 PM.

Rockford Santa CHristmas Parade


Ada Christmas Parade

Sat Dec 2, 2023
11 AM
Downtown Ada, Michigan

Ada Firefighters are again welcoming Santa to town on Saturday, December 2.

The parade kicks off at 11 AM with lineup along River Street starting at 10 AM. No registration is required to participate in the parade. (The parade route leaves River Street, then right onto Thornapple River Drive, left onto Ada Drive, then right on Thornapple River Drive, ending at the Fire Station

After Santa parades through the village, he will make a stop at the Fire Station for some hot chocolate and cookies – and of course, a photo opp or two. So bundle up and come on out! The event is free and open to all.

Ada Christmas Parade Santa FB

White Lake

White Lake Area Christmas Parade

Sat Dec 2, 2023
2:00 pm
Whitehall City Hall, 405 E Colby St, Whitehall, MI 49461

Santa’s comin’ to town!

Join the White Hall community on December 2nd at 2 PM for the Annual Christmas Parade in downtown Montague and Whitehall.

With over 50 festive entries, the parade is a very special slice of “small town America” and a great way to celebrate this holiday season with family, friends, and neighbors.

Santa will make his entrance as the grand finale.

White Lake Christmas Parade Santa waving


Christmas in Caledonia Parade, Santa, Tree Lighting & More

Sat Dec 2, 2023
4:00 pm
Downtown Caledonia, Caledonia, MI 49316

The Event starts at 4 PM on Main St. of Caledonia on Saturday, December 2.

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors for an evening of celebration in Downtown Caledonia for an evening of food, warm fires, and festivities!

Santa will make his first of two appearances from 4 – 5:30 PM.

The parade of lights starts at 6 PM, with Santa leading the parade.

Caledonia Dance & Music Center will perform immediately following the parade, allowing Santa to return to the Village Christmas Tree for the ceremonial lighting.

Christmas in Caledonia Parade

Food trucks will be on-site plus wood-burning outdoor fireplaces. Choral and musical groups will be wandering the streets.


Grandville Stationary Christmas Parade, Market & Tree Lighting

Sat Dec 2, 2023
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Downtown Grandville, Grandville, MI

Once again, in place of a traditional parade, the City of Grandville will be closing Chicago Drive mid-day on Saturday, December 3 and staging a stationary parade.

Parade viewers can stroll along Chicago Drive and view all of the “floats.” There will also be holiday animals, Dickens Carolers, North Pole houses, character photo stops, and stages for Christmas musicians.

In the lots around the stationary parade, they will have train rides, food vendors, a mini Christmas market, the mega tree, a synthetic ice rink, and more.

grandville christmas parade and celebration

The tree lighting, hosted by Grandville City Council and accompanied by the GHS marching band, will take place at 5:30 PM by the big tree along Chicago Drive.

Festivities may be enjoyed anytime throughout the evening from 5-8:30 pm.

All activities (except skate rental) are free.  Bring your own skates or rent for $5.00.  All lines will be long. 

The parade and Christmas market will end at 8:30 pm.  The Rudolph train ride and synthetic ice rink will run until 9:00 PM.  Food vendors will set their own prices. 

Grand Haven

Grand Haven Jingle Bell Parade & Central Park Tree Lighting

Sat Dec 2, 2023
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Downtown Grand Haven, Grand Haven, MI

Join us for the Annual Jingle Bell Parade on December 2, presented by the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg! Holiday fun for the whole family. 

The parade starts at 6:00 PM and weaves through downtown Grand Haven.

It starts on Franklin Street, goes West to Harbor Drive, North on Harbor to Washington, and East on Washington to Central Park for the lighting of the Christmas Tree.

grand haven jinglebell parade


Lowell’s Annual Night-Time Santa Parade

Sat Dec 2, 2023
6:00 PM
Downtown Lowell, Main Street, Lowell, MI

Christmas lights, light up the night at Annual Night-Time Santa Parade.

The parade wraps up a day of holiday activities on December 2 in Lowell that include:
– a pancake supper
– a book sale
– a live nativity
– Rudolph’s Craft Workshop
– Santa visits on the Lowell Showboat VI
– Hot Chocolate and Cookies in the Chamber

Lowell Christmas Parade 2023

The parade is the highlight of the day-long festivities, and the holiday entries light up the darkness with this year’s theme of “12 Days of Christmas.”

The parade begins on Riverside Drive heading east on Main Street and ends at the Lowell United Methodist Church.

Lowell Christmas Parade toy float 2022 website

Dec 7, 2023

1 Parade


Kentwood Tree Lighting & Holiday Light Parade

Thu Dec 7, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Kent District Library – Kentwood Branch, 4950 Breton Rd SE, Kentwood, MI 49508

Join Kentwood for their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony!

The event takes place in front of the Kentwood Library starting with the holiday light parade.

There will also be:
– kid’s crafts
– holiday music,
– and of course a visit from Santa!

Kentwood Christmas parade 2023 website

They will be accepting non-perishable food donations for their Little Free Pantry to help through the winter season.

The Holiday Light Parade will begin at 6 PM.

The parade route will start at Kentwood Public Works parking lot at 5068 Breton SE. Parade will exit out the driveway on Breton and travel north and end at Kentwood Justice Center.

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