Bundle up the family, grab the steaming cups of hot cocoa, and claim your spot along the crowded sidewalks. It’s time to deck the town with bright lights and jolly smiles during these Northern Michigan holiday parades from Ludington to Petoskey.

Ludington Aglow on the Aveune Holiday Parade

Saturday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m.

The parade will travel east on Ludington Avenue to Harrison Street and then head northbound to the public parking area.

Manistee’s Victorian Sleighbell Parade

Saturday, December 5 at 5:30 p.m.

The parade travels down River Street in downtown Manistee. Watch from home with the new live stream. Fireworks immediately follow the parade near the fountain on River Street.

Tawas Tree Lighting and Parade

Friday, November 27 at 5:00 p.m.

Join Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus for caroling, hot chocolate, and cookies. The parade starts at Newman Street.

Gaylord Santa Light Parade

Saturday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m.

Watch Mayor Jenkins hand Santa the official key to the City of Gaylord. After the parade, the newly planted Community Christmas Tree on the County Courthouse Lawn will be lit.

Boyne City Holiday Open House and Parade

Saturday, November 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (parade starts at 6:00 p.m.)

Boyne City’s downtown with be filled with all the sounds, sights, and smells of the Christmas season. The open houses begin at 5:00 p.m. and the parade starts at 6:00 p.m. After the parade, there will be hayrides, caroling, and Santa will meet with children.

Charlevoix Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration

Friday, November 27 at 5:30 p.m.

The parade will take place on Bridge Street between Hurlbut and Clinton Street. Enjoy music, lighted floats, and even a visit from the Grinch. Santa and his helpers who will stop in East Park to brighten the night by lighting the Community Christmas Tree. The tree will be lit at approximately 6:00 p.m. accompanied by holiday music provided by Dale Boss and the KCB Petunia Truck.

Alpena Annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 27 at 5:30 p.m. 

The parade ends with the tree lighting ceremony. You and your family won’t want to miss the glittering lights and holiday cheer.

Christmas in Indian River

Friday, November 27 at 6:00 p.m.

The Santa Parade ends with the tree lighting at the Village Green. Kids can meet Santa after!

Stafford’s Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade

Saturday, November 28 at 10:00 a.m.

The parade will wind through downtown and end at the Perry Hotel, where children will have a chance to talk with Santa. The parade will include performances by the Petoskey High School Marching Band, floats, and walking ensembles representing many businesses and nonprofits in the community.

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Photo(s) by Todd Zawistowski