Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

A Grand Rapids holiday tradition will once again roll through downtown on Saturday, November 17th, 2018 at 9 a.m. with the Art Van Santa Parade, presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees. The Jaycees are excited to announce the theme for this year’s parade will be “Sounds of the Season.”

“Some of the most cherished memories of the holidays are associated with the songs and music we hold dear,” said Sarah Fales, Vice President of the Grand Rapids Junior Chamber and 2018 Parade Chair. “Our theme will bring the joyous spirit of Christmas to our audience gathering on Monroe and watching at home.”

The Parade kicks off at the corner of Michigan St. N.W. and Monroe Ave. and continues south on Monroe past Rosa Parks Circle. The parade will conclude just past the intersection of Fulton St. and Monroe Ave., and feature various entries, including musical acts, large balloons, professionally designed floats, and more! Entrants for the 2018 event will be asked to create unique entries around the theme, including costumes, music, and floats based on popular and classic holiday songs.

The parade’s most sought after entry, Santa Claus, will be flying into West Michigan in style! Santa will ride in the historic Jaycee’s sleigh that dates back to the 1950s, the sleigh will soar Santa over snow covered Grand River and the iconic Blue Bridge.

Meet Saint Nick directly after the parade and take your photo with him!
This free event will take place in front of the PNC Bank.


Rosa Parks Circle
135 Monroe Center St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Cost: Free
Event Website: Click to Visit
Organizer: Grand Rapids Jaycees
Organizer Phone: Not Provided
Organizer Email: [email protected]


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