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Bring on the Christmas, West Michigan!

One of my favorite parts of the Christmas season is when the Christmas tree is the only light in the room. There is something so magical about those little twinkling lights. Tree lighting season is here and we have no shortage of beautiful holiday trees around West Michigan.

Holland Parade of Lights

Lighting up our Christmas tree at home is one thing, but watching one light up in the community square with your neighbors carries an extra measure of joy.

Our big list of tree lightings and parades will help you find your next local holiday celebration.

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Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Holiday Parades in Greater Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Santa Parade

Saturday November 17, 2018

Rosa Parks Circle – 135 Monroe Center St NW Grand Rapids
Time: 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 |read more… Art Van Santa Parade
Downtown Hudsonville – 3488 Kelly Street Hudsonville
Time: 10:00 am
Sponsoring our 25th annual holiday parade is Sunset Retirement Communities and Services, and what better way to celebrate the Holidays than a parade in your community with your family and neighbors. The parade will begin at 10am on Saturday, November 17. The floats will take off from the Pinnacle Center Drive and travel north on 32nd, ending |read more… Hudsonville Holiday Parade
Downtown Holland- 8th Street – 8th Street Holland
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Each November, the merchants of Downtown Holland host the annual Holiday Open House, a highly anticipated holiday tradition for both visitors and local residents alike. Stroll the decorated streets filled with holiday carolers, sample a roasted chestnut and shop the day away at stores, boutiques and galleries all featuring unique |read more… Holiday Open House in Downtown Holland

Friday November 23, 2018

Downtown South Haven- Phoenix St. – Phoenix Street South Haven
Time: 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Light up the season during the official lighting of our community holiday tree. Ice skating, karaoke, Santa Paws Pet Parade, luminaries, holiday treats and more will jumpstart the holiday spirit and make memories you can reminisce on for years to come. South Haven's Holiday in the Park
Glenn United Methodist Church – 1395 Blue Star Hwy South Haven
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
- Free family pictures taken in the Glenn Square - Festive merchants with treats at each stop - Bake sale and town historian at the Historic Glenn Schoolhouse - Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 6pm for annual tree lighting in the Glenn Square - Children visit with Santa and |read more… Glenn Circle of Lights
Regatta Plaza – Wealthy St. and Bagley East Grand Rapids
Time: 6:30 pm
Tree Lighting Ceremony is hosted by the Gaslight Village Business Association.  The event is always held the Friday after Thanksgiving starting at 6:30 PM.  The ceremony is held in Regatta Plaza near the intersection of Wealthy St. and Bagley in East Grand Rapids.  All activities are FREE. Activities: Greeting from |read more… East Grand Rapids Tree Lighting Ceremony

Saturday November 24, 2018

Hackley Park – 350 W Webster Ave Muskegon
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Come to Downtown Muskegon this winter to celebrate the holidays with us!  “Holidays in the City” kicks off with Small Business Saturday on November 24 and continues on weekends through the Saturday before Christmas!  Shop local to support our community’s businesses.  The Muskegon Farmer’s Market, Western Market Chalets, Century Club |read more… Holidays in the City

Monday November 26, 2018

Cannonsburg Village – Cannonsburg Rd NE Cannonsburg
Time: 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm
We are not sure how we are going to follow up last year where the crowd was just amazing. We had beautiful weather that made for our very own Norman Rockwell setting here in the Village. Join us again this year as we will be celebrating the start of the |read more… 28th Annual Cannonsburg Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration
Downtown Zeeland- Main St. – Main Street Zeeland
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Zealand's Annual Christmas parade is a heart-warming, lighted parade, which is guaranteed to bring smiles to the thousands of spectators of all ages! Among all of the creative entires, walking groups & marching bands, the grand finale of the parade will be Santa Claus himself! The parade beings at the |read more… Zeeland's Magical Christmas Parade

Tuesday November 27, 2018

Downtown Holland- 8th Street – 8th Street Holland
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
During the annual Parade of Lights, Santa will arrive in Downtown Holland escorted by reindeer, bands, floats, trucks, family and friends…all decked out in thousands of sparkling holiday lights! More than 70 entries will illuminate the streets of Downtown Holland during this highly anticipated holiday event. At the end of |read more… Parade of Lights in Holland

Thursday November 29, 2018

Downtown Hudsonville – 3488 Kelly Street Hudsonville
Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
It’s the annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Hudsonville! Celebrate the holiday season with us on Thursday, November 29, 2018 starting at 4pm in Downtown Hudsonville. You and your family are invited for free kid’s activities, photos with Santa, complimentary snacks and beverages (while supplies last), horse and carriage rides throughout |read more… Hudsonville Christmas Tree Lighting
Harmony Brewing Company – 1551 Lake Dr SE Grand Rapids
Time: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Join us for Eastown's first Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Party! November 29th at 6:00pm Commissioner Ruth Kelly will light the tree at 6:30 PM. Bring an ornament for the tree that reflects your family's traditions and community! Fundraiser for the Eastown Business Association & Eastown Community Association Santa and Mrs. |read more… First Annual Eastown Tree Lighting Party

Friday November 30, 2018

Peppler Park – 3 East Bridge Rockford
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us for a ceremony to light up downtown Rockford for the Holiday Season. This includes carols by the RHS choir, a message of peace, and a final countdown to the flip of the switch to turn on all the lights! Free carriage rides will be available after the ceremony |read more… Rockford's 2018 Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Ada Covered Bridge – 7490 Thornapple River Dr SE Ada
Time: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Village comes alive with the Holiday spirit. Watch the covered bridge light up at the Bridge Lighting Ceremony which begins at 5:30. The rest of the event starts at 6pm. Ride a trolley around town and visit local businesses to get treats and have fun. Visit Santa in Santa's |read more… Tinsel, Treats, and Trolleys 2018
Downtown Grandville – Chicago Dr. Grandville
Time: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
This year’s parade once again promises to provide an evening filled with Holiday magic and cheer. The night begins with a pre-parade stop in the Franklin St. Corridor for refreshments$, Reindeer viewing, Dickens Carolers, North Pole houses, photo stops, a short ride on the Holiday Train (free, but lines may |read more… Downtown Grandville Christmas Parade

Saturday December 1, 2018

Downtown Lowell – Main Street Lowell
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Join us for a day of fun and holiday cheer. Unique Shopping and Eateries, Rogue River Artisans Show, Friends of the Englehardt Library Giftable Book Sale, Santa Visits on the Riverwalk, Entertainment by Luc James Studio, Rudolph’s Craft Workshop, Pancake Supper, Sweet Tooth Jubilee and the Annual Night-Time Santa Parade |read more… Lowell Christmas Festivities and Parade
Downtown Rockford – 17 Squires St Rockford
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Join us for the 75th Annual Santa Parade through Rockford! This parade is great entertainment for the whole family! Starting at 11AM the floats and parade participants will go through downtown Rockford! After the parade, make sure to visit Santa in the Pavilion and enjoy a free carriage ride. http://bit.ly/2018RockfordHoliday |read more… 75th Annual Rockford Santa Parade!
Ada Fire Department – 6990 East Fulton Ada
Time: 11:00 am
HO! HO! HO! Get in the holiday spirit and join us for the Santa Parade through Ada Village beginning at 11:00 a.m. Parade route begins at Ada Drive/Thornapple River Drive and ends at Fire House 1 on Fulton Street. Be sure to stop inside the fire station for hot chocolate |read more… Santa Parade
Downtown Saugatuck – Butler and Main St. Saugatuck
Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
11 AM – 4 PM Visit Santa’s Workshop at Coral Gables Annex / 5 PM The Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Saugatuck Village Square. For more information call SDABA at 269-857-1626. Saugatuck's Annual Tree Lighting & Santa's Workshop
Downtown Saugatuck – Butler and Main St. Saugatuck
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This year’s Annual Christmas Parade will take place on December 1 at 1 p.m. The parade will begin lineup starting at noon at the corner of Mason and Griffith streets in downtown Saugatuck. 2018 Parade Route: - Parade kicks off at the corner of Culver and Griffith Streets - Turns |read more… Saugatuck's Annual Christmas Parade
Heritage Town Square Plaza – North West Corner of 60th and Lake Michigan Drive Allendale
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Hometown Holiday Celebration Christmas Tree Lighting. From 5-7pm we'll have family friendly fun and at 6pm, we'll gather around to light up the Christmas tree and sing carols together. You'll get to visit with Santa, have your face painted, enjoy hot chocolate, cookies |read more… Allendale's Hometown Holiday Celebration
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum – 303 Pearl ST NW Grand Rapids
Time: 5:00 pm
Kick off the holiday season in style with this NEW holiday tradition that combines the Holiday Open House and the Annual Tree Lighting into one blockbuster event. Listen to holiday music and visit with Santa and his reindeer. On display inside the Museum will be the Breton Village Train. No |read more… Light Up Downtown
Washington Square- Holland – 453 Washington Ave Holland
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hang out in The Square as President Dennis and Betty Voskuil from Hope college light the biggest Christmas Tree in Holland as this years' special dignitaries! Caroling provided by Avalon School of the Arts from 6:30-8pm Holiday Dog Costume Parade from 6:45-7:15 sponsored by Paws In The City. Dress up |read more… Tree Lighting in Washington Square!

Sunday December 2, 2018

Walker Park – 1521 Ruddiman North Muskegon
Time: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Circle of Trees is held on the first Sunday in December.  Trees are decorated in Walker Park, the annual “Dog Parade” is held on Ruddiman Ave. and the tree lighting ceremony, refreshments and visits with Santa follow immediately after.  If you wish to participate or for more information, contact Lee Ann Clausen at 231-744-1621. 12:00pm – |read more… Circle of Trees & Dog Parade

Friday December 7, 2018

Downtown Wayland – Main Street Wayland
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
On December 7, 2018, Downtown Wayland will be transformed into a festive Art Hop. The streets will be closed so guests may walk safely between venues. Artists will appear in various downtown businesses showcasing or selling their art. In addition to art, there will be many free family friendly activities |read more… Art Hop 2018
KDL Kentwood Library Branch – 4950 Breton SE Grand Rapids
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for the Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony! The event takes place in front of the Kentwood Library starting with a holiday light parade. There will also be carriage rides, hay rides, hot chocolate and cookies, live music, caroling, and of course a visit from Santa! Don't forget to |read more… Kentwood Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Light Parade
Downtown Coopersville – Main Street Coopersville
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Christmas is just around the corner and so is the 38th Annual Coopersville Nighttime Christmas Parade! This year?s theme is It’s a Magical Christmas?.  Our Grand Marshalls will be, Lori’s Voice.  The purpose of Lori’s Voice is to provide equipment, educational resources, and medical assistance to children with neuromuscular, degenerative diseases, |read more… 38th Annual Coopersville Nighttime Christmas Parade

Saturday December 8, 2018

Brann’s Sizzlin’ Steaks & Sports Grille – 4132 S. Division Wyoming
Time: 10:00 am
Help the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Santa! Saturday, December 8, 2018 10 am Stepping onto S. Division from 34th Street (34th Street Mall Parking Lot, formerly Hope Network) and marching southbound to Chase Bank (Murray Street) Bring your camera to Brann's Sizzlin' Steaks & Sports Grille at 4132 |read more… Wyoming-Kentwood Santa Parade

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