It’s Time to Light up the Season and Bring on the Christmas Cheer

Nothing does the celebratory trick like a grand tree lighting or Christmas parade, does it? In addition, most tree lighting events and parades offer tons of fun activities for families like musical performances, crafts and visits from Santa.

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.

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Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Holiday Parades Around Kalamazoo

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

Saturday November 16, 2019

Kalamazoo Holiday Parade

Location: Downtown Kalamazoo – 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall Kalamazoo

The Kalamazoo Parade has been a community event for the past 57 years featuring a variety of floats, balloons, marching bands and a wide variety of businesses and organizations. The parade attracts up to 30,000 spectators making this event the single largest gathering in a single 90-minute period. 11 a.m. [...]

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday November 23, 2019

Texas Township Holiday Farmers' Market and Tree-Lighting

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

Join us for the annual Texas Township Holiday Farmers' Market and Tree-Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 23 from 4-7 p.m.! With more than 30 vendors selling your favorite Fresh on Q! goodies, you're sure to find something great to kick off the holidays as you enjoy the festivities and holiday [...]

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Battle Creek Holiday Parade

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

The Harper Creek Optimists continue their tradition of launching the holiday season with the Battle Creek Christmas parade. Downtown Battle Creek will be full of bands, floats, firetruck's, and Cereal City characters November 23rd. The Christmas Parade launches the seasonal Battle Creek International Lights exhibits & events.

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday November 29, 2019

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. Light up the Season – What an amazing turn [...]

Time: 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Glenn Circle of Lights

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

Aways the Friday after Thanksgiving... - Free family pictures taken in a vintage sleigh at 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 [...]

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Kalamazoo’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Location: Bronson Park – 200 W South Street Kalamazoo

Join us in Bronson Park on Friday, November 29 for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. including live music, crafts, hot chocolate, visits with Santa, and other holiday fun. The Tree Lighting Ceremony is always free, and everyone is welcome to join the fun! Hop on [...]

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Monday December 2, 2019

Marshall's 55th Annual Christmas Parade

Location: Downtown Marshall – W Michigan Street Marshall

Marshall has been known for it’s Christmas parades for over 50 years and this year will be no different.  We welcome everyone of all ages to come celebrate the holidays with the 55th Annual Marshall Christmas Parade.  There will be bands, floats, horses, cars, trucks, clowns and of course, the [...]

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday December 6, 2019

Allegan Festive Fridays 2019

Location: Downtown Allegan – Locust Street Allegan

Positively Allegan and participating businesses are making spirits bright in Downtown Allegan this holiday season! EXTENDED SHOPPING HOURS Every Friday · 5pm - 8pm Also enjoy free horse drawn wagon rides, free hot chocolate, and free visits with Santa. PARADE & TREE LIGHTING December 6 · Parade at 7pm Santa [...]

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

2019 Albion Aglow

Location: Downtown Albion – S. Superior St. Albion

Join us for the annual Albion Aglow Parade through downtown Albion, Michigan! We'll be marching from the Washington Gardner School to Superior St., then south past the Albion District Library. In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled.

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Light up the Bluff

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

The Community Tree Lighting ceremony always takes place on the first Friday of December; this year December 6th. The St. Joseph High School Choir begins Christmas carols near the tree located at the corner of Broad and Lake Boulevard at 6 p.m. with the ceremony taking place at 6:30 p.m. [...]

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Plainwell Tree Lighting Celebration

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

The Annual Tree Lighting will take place on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7 p.m. on the Plaza. More details to come.

Time: 7:00 pm

Saturday December 7, 2019

Hometown Christmas in Otsego

Location: Downtown Otesgo – Main Street Otsego

Hometown Christmas returns to downtown Otsego again for 2019! On December 7th, visit downtown Otsego all day for a wide range of activities at various downtown businesses, culminating in the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting in the evening. While you're downtown remember to shop local for the upcoming holidays! There [...]

Time: 8:00 am - 7:00 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. Line-up begins at 8 am and step-off is at 10 am. The parade route travels though downtown on Michigan Avenue turning left onto Gremps Street and continuing to Commercial. Meet [...]

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Saugatuck's Christmas Celebration & Christmas Parade

Location: Downtown Saugautck – Water Street Saugatuck

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 PM Line up for the Annual [...]

Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

21st Annual Reindog Holiday Parade

Location: St. Joe Today – 301 State Street St. 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 prepared to see all kinds of costumes from "Santa Bernards" to "Reindeer Rotweilers" - this [...]

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hastings Christmas Parade

Location: Downtown Hastings – State Street Hastings

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!

Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Grand Haven Jingle Bell Parade

Location: Downtown Grand Haven- Washington Ave. – Washington Ave. Grand Haven

The Jingle Bell Parade is held the first Saturday in December in downtown Grand Haven, and is gaining in popularity each year. Area non-profits and businesses ring in the holidays with lighted floats, music, costumes and good cheer. The parade is followed by the lighting of the community Christmas tree [...]

Time: 6:00 pm

Traditional Holiday & Tree Lighting Celebration

Location: City Centre and Celery Flats Historic Area – Throughout Area Portage

Experience the spirit of the holiday season. Festivities being at the City Centre with caroling and a tree lighting ceremony. Sing carols as you stroll down Bicentennial Trail behind a horse drawn wagon with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children can share their Christmas wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus at [...]

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday December 14, 2019

Christmas in the Village

Location: Downtown Vicksburg – Main & Prairie Streets Vicksburg

Celebrate the season by joining family and friends this year at Vicksburg Christmas in the Village hosted by the Vicksburg Downtown Development Authority. Featuring: 10am-8pm Model Train Display (Historic Village) 2pm-5pm Shopping, Carolers, Children's Elf Workshops, Entertainment, Horse Wagon Rides, & More (Downtown) 2pm-5pm Family Activities (Historic Village) 5:30pm-6pm Christmas Parade [...]

Time: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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