Grand Rapids Festive Tree Lightings and Christmas Parades – Where and When

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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 peaceful about those little twinkling 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.

lighted truck at Zeeland Magical Christmas Parade
Zeeland Magical Christmas Parade

Tree lighting season is here and we have no shortage of beautiful outdoor holiday trees and merry parades in West Michigan.

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

Grab your thermoses and hats – outdoor Christmas fun is happening in nearly every town around.

kids with reindeer at Hudsonville Holiday Parade
Hudsonville Holiday Parade


Saturday November 16, 2019

Downtown Holland- 8th Street – 8th Street Holland
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Enjoy the kick-off event of the holiday season! Walk the decorated sidewalks while the sound of singing carolers echos through the streets and the smells of freshly roasted chestnuts fill your senses. Bring the kids for a photo with Santa Claus, and make sure they also get to pet the reindeer at the petting corral!  Stick |read more… Holiday Open House in Downtown Holland

Friday November 22, 2019

Downtown Sparta – Division Sparta
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sparta welcomes you downtown to kick off the Christmas holiday season on Friday November 22nd. Santa and his elves invite you to celebrate the 6PM tree lighting. If you are interested in becoming a craft vendor during this wonderful night of celebration, please contact Cellar Brewing, Dance with Me by |read more… Shop Sparta Community Christmas Celebration
Downtown Lansing – 100 South block of Washington Sq. Lansing
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The entire city will glow with thousands of lights for the Silver Bells in the City celebration, bringing together family and friends from across the state of Michigan and beyond to kick-off the holiday season. Silver Bells in the City is a Lansing tradition that is loved by generations of |read more… Silver Bells in the City (Lansing)
Downtown Sparta – Division Sparta
Time: 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Parade registration information to come! If you are interested in handing out Christmas Candy and participating with your light up float or vehicle please email Mary Ann Momber Wright at [email protected] Sparta's Merry & Bright Christmas Parade

Saturday November 23, 2019

Downtown Grand Rapids- Monroe Avenue – Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
The West Michigan holiday season will officially kick-off with the Art Van Santa Parade, presented by the Grand Rapids Junior Chamber. Downtown Grand Rapids will be filled the sweet sounds of local marching bands, carolers, and local performers. Entrants for the 2019 event will create unique entries around the theme, |read more… Art Van Santa Parade - 100 Years of Memories
Downtown Hudsonville – 3488 Kelly Street Hudsonville
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Watch the Parade and Get in on the Cookies + Crafts On the Saturday before Thanksgiving each year, you can see a lively holiday parade traveling from Highland Drive, along 32nd Ave., to Central Blvd. The parade ends at Terra Square where there is a community party complete with Santa, |read more… Hudsonville Holiday Parade + Party: Pics with Santa, Crafts, Hot Chocolate + More

Friday November 29, 2019

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. Santa Paws Pet Parade Downtown, 4:30 pm, Line up |read more… South Haven's Holiday in the Park
Regatta Plaza – Wealthy St. and Bagley East Grand Rapids
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Join our host, Kyle Underwood of WOODD TV 8 for a holiday season kick-off. Mayor Amna Seibold will be on-hand to lead a carol while children can meet Santa Claus and see live reindeer. Light-up wands will be available for children at various shops in the Village. To help keep warm, |read more… East Grand Rapids Tree Lighting Ceremony

Monday December 2, 2019

Downtown Zeeland- Main St. – Main Street Zeeland
Time: 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Zeeland's annual Christmas parade is a heartwarming, lighted parade, which is guaranteed to bring smiles to spectators of all ages! Among all the creative entries, walking groups & marching bands, the grand finale of the parade will be the entry that kids of all ages impatiently wait for…the appearance of |read more… Zeeland's Magical Christmas Parade
KDL Grandville Branch Library – 4055 Maple St. SW Grandville
Time: 7:00 pm
Please join us Monday, December 2 at the Grandville Library Amphitheater for our Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by your Grandville City Council. Sing some caroles and listen to the sweet voices of our area 3rd grader children.  Enjoy a short Christmas benediction from a local minister, and count down the |read more… Grandville Tree Lighting

Tuesday December 3, 2019

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 Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 starting at 4pm in Downtown Hudsonville. You and your family are invited for free kids activities, photos with Santa, complimentary snacks and beverages (while supplies last), horse and carriage rides throughout Hudsonville’s Downtown, and more! Thank |read more… Hudsonville Christmas Tree Lighting
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 December 5, 2019

KDL Kentwood Library Branch – 4950 Breton SE Grand Rapids
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for Kentwood's annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony! The event takes place in front of the Kentwood Library starting with the holiday light parade. There will also be carriage rides, kids activities, hot chocolate and cookies, holiday music, and of course a visit from Santa! Kentwood Tree Lighting and Holiday Light Parade

Friday December 6, 2019

Rosa Parks Circle – 135 Monroe Center St NW Grand Rapids
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be at Rosa Parks Circle again with plenty of dynamic attractions to officially kick off the holiday season and opening of the ice skating rink in Grand Rapids! Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Rosa Parks Circle
Peppler Park – 3 East Bridge Rockford
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us in Peppler Park on the Dam Overlook, Friday, December 6th for the official Holiday Lighting Ceremony featuring Christmas carols with the Rockford Public Schools Choir, a message of peace from the Mayor of Rockford, and a final countdown to the lighting of the Dam. There will also be |read more… Rockford's Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Ada Covered Bridge – 7490 Thornapple River Dr SE Ada
Time: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for a fun‐filled way to kick-off the holiday season in Ada Township! Enjoy the annual bridge lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m., followed by trolley rides with stops at area businesses from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. for specials and treats as businesses open their doors to welcome visitors |read more… Tinsel, Treats, and Trolleys 2019
Downtown Coopersville – Main Street Coopersville
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Christmas is just around the corner and you know what that's time for the 39th Annual Coopersville Nighttime Parade! Coopersville is host to one of Michigan's first and longest running nighttime parades. Join us for this wonderful Community tradition. The Parade starts on Main street and travels East to |read more… 39th Annual Coopersville Nighttime Christmas Parade
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 be |read more… Downtown Grandville Christmas Parade

Saturday December 7, 2019

Downtown Fennville – Main Street Fennville
Time: 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
Our annual Holiday Celebration is on Saturday December 7th! Join us for tons of FREE family fun around town throughout the day with special visits from Santa and the Grinch! 9:30 - 11:30a Sensory-Friendly Santa Visit @ Golden Orchards 10:00a - 2:00p Train Show @ Fennville District Library (additional shows |read more… 2019 Fennville Holiday Celebration
Downtown Rockford – 17 Squires St Rockford
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The 76th Annual Santa Parade through Rockford will be held on Saturday, December 7th starting at 11AM Santa will be visiting with all the children immediately following the parade from approximately noon until 2PM. Enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies along with children’s activities and free carriage rides! 76th Annual Rockford Santa Parade!
Ada Fire Department – 6990 East Fulton Ada
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
HO! HO! HO! Santa is coming to Ada Village! Join us for the Ada Santa Parade on Saturday, December 7 at 11 a.m. Want to participate in the parade? No sign-up necessary. Just make your way to the parade line-up on River Street near Zeytin and the Ada Village General |read more… Santa Parade
Downtown Saugatuck – Butler and Main St. Saugatuck
Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Downtown Saugatuck.  Bring your family for an entire day of Holiday Cheer! 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Visit Santas Workshop at the Coral Gables Annex, for photo opportunities, Children’s crafts, tree decorating, music, refreshments and more (yes Santa will be making an appearance!). 1 PMLine up for the Annual Christmas Parade! |read more… Saugatuck's Christmas Celebration & Christmas Parade
Main Street in Caledonia – Main Street Caledonia
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us for an evening of holiday family fun at the annual Christmas in Caledonia on Main Street, Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Stroll down Caledonia's Main Street, warm-up next to a fire pit and celebrate the sights and sounds of the season with friends and family. |read more… Christmas in Caledonia
City of Hastings – State Street Hastings
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us Downtown Hastings on Saturday, December 7th at 5:30-7:00pm for our special Christmas Parade hosted by the Hastings Rotary Club.  See Santa in the parade! Hastings Christmas Parade
Downtown Grand Haven- Washington Ave. – Washington Ave. Grand Haven
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for the 28th Annual Jingle Bell Parade on December 7th, presented by the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg! Holiday fun for the whole family. ? The parade starts at 6:00pm and weaves through downtown Grand Haven. It concludes with the lighting of the Christmas Tree |read more… Grand Haven Jingle Bell Parade
Washington Square- Holland – 453 Washington Ave Holland
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Christmas Tree Lighting in Washington Square Saturday, December 7 @ 7:00pm Join us for the special Christmas Tree lighting in Washington Square featuring our guest tree lighter! Lighting followed by sing-a-longs, hot chocolate, coffee, cider & cookies at Brew Merchant! Bring your canine friend for a Christmas dog costume parade |read more… Tree Lighting in Washington Square!

Saturday December 14, 2019

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 14, 2019 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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