Make it a Bright Start to the Holiday Season

Bring on the holiday cheer and get into the spirit with tree lighting ceremonies and parades around Southwest Michigan.

The holiday season is approaching and we have no shortage of beautiful holiday trees and holiday parades to experience in the Kalamazoo community.

Find the when and where right here for parades and tree lightings. Now, bundle up and head out to experience the magic.

Know of any area holiday events that we missed? Click here to submit your event to our Event Calendar.

Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Holiday Parades in Greater Kalamazoo

Saturday November 10, 2018

Kalamazoo Holiday Parade

Location: Downtown Kalamazoo – 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo

Welcome to the 2018 Kalamazoo Holiday Parade presented by Maple Hill Auto Group! This years’ parade will include the traditional holiday themed floats and music everyone has grown to love over the years!

Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Saturday November 17, 2018

Texas Township Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Location: Texas Township Farmers’ Market – 7110 West Q Avenue Kalamazoo

Texas Township will be hosting its sixth annual Holiday Farmers’ Market and Tree-Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Joyce I. Neubauer Farmers’ Market Pavilion to bring the community together and get in the holiday spirit. Thirty local farmers’ market vendors will be selling [...]

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Battle Creek Holiday Parade

Location: Downtown Battle Creek – 1 Michigan Ave E Battle Creek

The 2018 Parade is scheduled for Saturday, November 17, 2018  5:45pm in Downtown Battle Creek, Michigan. Theme- Parade of Trees Come to downtown Battle Creek to kick off the start of the holiday season with the Battle Creek Christmas Parade! The International Festival of Lights will be kicked off starting with [...]

Time: 5:45 pm

Tuesday November 20, 2018

Marshall Community Tree Lighting Ceremony/Caroling

Location: Calhoun County Fairgrounds – 720 Fair St. Marshall

Free to the Public! We are pleased to host the Annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony of our 25 foot Christmas Tree on Tuesday, November 20th at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds beginning at 6pm. Join us for caroling and hot cocoa and walk through our vendor show as we light the [...]

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday November 23, 2018

Holiday in the Park

Location: Dyckman Park – 536 Phoenix Street South Haven

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.

Time: 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Glenn Circle of Lights

Location: Glenn United Methodist Church – 1395 Blue Star Hwy South Haven

- 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 [...]

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Kalamazoo’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Location: Bronson Park – 200 W South Street Kalamazoo

A Kalamazoo Classic - The City of Kalamazoo’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will once again be held at Bronson Park, the heart of Kalamazoo. The Mayor, City Commissioners, City Manager and Santa will all be on hand to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, light Kalamazoo’s Christmas trees, and kickoff [...]

Time: 5:00 pm

Monday November 26, 2018

Marshall's 54th Annual Christmas Parade

Location: Downtown Marshall – W Michigan Street Marshall

Marshall’s Annual Christmas Parade brings thousands of families to see the beautiful lights of Michigan Avenue and the festive parade. Downtown is filled with spectators as floats, bands, fire trucks and more parade the streets. The fountain lights are turned on at  6:45 pm to the oohs and aahs of [...]

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday November 30, 2018

2018 Albion Aglow

Location: Downtown Albion – S. Superior St. Albion

Join us from 5 to 9 pm Friday, Nov. 30 for the Albion Aglow Parade & Downtown Open House. Parade at 7:30 pm, open house from 5 to 9 pm.

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Paw Paw Village Tree Lighting

Location: Carnegie Center – 129 S. Kalamazoo Street Paw Paw

Join us for the annual Community Tree Lighting at the Carnegie Center. Join the many who come to sing carols, enjoy refreshments and light the tree! Keep warm with friends by the fire and cups of hot cocoa in hand.

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Saturday December 1, 2018

Hometown Christmas in Otsego

Location: Downtown Otesgo – Main Street Otsego

Otsego Main Street and the Otsego/Plainwell Area Chamber of Commerce are proud to present this year's Hometown Christmas special event, December 1st, with activities running all day! Enjoy the festivities with the event and the local business specials. We have a lot of fantastic activities planned! See below for details: [...]

Time: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Paw Paw Children's Christmas Parade

Location: Downtown Paw Paw – 129 S Kalamazoo S Paw Paw

Enjoy an annual Paw Paw Christmas tradition - the Children's Christmas Parade! The parade is routed through downtown Paw Paw. Santa Claus arrives and greets all children at the end of the parade at the DPS facility (110 Harry Bush Blvd) where refreshments and crafts for children are available. There [...]

Time: 10:30 am

Plainwell Holiday Parade

Location: City of Plainwell – 141 N. Main Street Plainwell

Join us for our Holiday Parade as we ring in the Christmas Spirit for the season. Santa is always pulling up to our parade and sticks around for all the kids to speak with him after the Parade. You can find him at Design Street, 115 W. Bridge St. right [...]

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Saugatuck's Annual Christmas Parade

Location: Downtown Saugautck – Water Street Saugatuck

1 PM.  Butler Street, Saugatuck.  This is a free event. Dress up as your favorite “Whoville Character” and join in Saugatuck’s festive holiday parade!  Sponsored by the SDACVB.  For more information call 269-857-1701. 

Time: 1:00 pm

Portage Tree Lighting

Location: Celery Flats – 7366 Garden Lane Portage

Bring your family to experience the spirit of the holiday season. Festivities begin at the City Centre with caroling and a tree lighting ceremony. Join in caroling and a stroll down Bicentennial Trail behind a horse drawn wagon with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet the [...]

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wednesday December 5, 2018

Galesburg Winter Wonderland

Location: Downtown Galesburg – 47 W. Michigan Galesburg

Winter Wonderland is always the first Wednesday in December! Parade starts at 6pm. Lots of fun happening downtown that night! Fireworks and Santa and Mrs. Clause at the Methodist Church right after the parade

Time: 6:00 pm

Friday December 7, 2018

Live from Downtown! St. Joseph's Tree Lighting

Location: Lake Bluff Park – 201 Lake Blvd St. Joseph

Getting into the holiday spirit is easy when you visit the Victorian-era downtown in St. Joseph during the month of December. Light up the Bluff will transform Lake Bluff Park on Friday, December 7, when the mayor flips the switch at dusk and a million lights twinkle on the community [...]

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Saturday December 8, 2018

Christmas in the Village 2018

Location: Downtown Vicksburg – Main & Prairie Streets Vicksburg

Christmas in the Village is an annual event that is FREE for the entire community. This year, there will be more entertainment, a reindeer petting zoo, more wagons for the wagon rides, the night time parade, shopping, kids crafts, and more!

Time: 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

20th Annual Reindog Holiday Parade in St. Joseph

Location: Downtown St. Joseph – 301 State Street Saint Joseph

Come down to St. Joseph, Michigan, for a fantastic way to kick off the holiday season. The annual Reindog Holiday Parade features dressed up pets and their owners in a variety of holiday garb. Be preparted to see all kinds of costumes from "Santa Bernards" to "Reindeer Rotweilers" - this [...]

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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