Must-See Santa Parades & Holiday Tree Lightings in Grand Rapids

Make the start to the season merry & bright at these Santa parades & holiday tree lighting ceremonies in Grand Rapids!

Hudsonville Holiday Parade
Saturday, November 20, 2021 @ 10:00 AM

Watch festive floats cruise through town, then join the party at Terra Square. Santa will be there to talk wishlists — and so will an elf on stilts handing out balloon animals! Enjoy kids’ crafts, hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies.

Gaslight Village Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 26, 2021 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Take a carriage ride and snack on s’mores while you wait for reindeer to arrive, followed by Santa & Mrs. Claus themselves! Don’t leave before the official tree lighting — or before snapping a photo with the guy in the big, red suit!

Kentwood Holiday Light Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony
Thursday, December 2, 2021 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Santa visits, live music, carriage rides, and a parade of colorful lights make this event a can’t-miss holiday classic! Stick around for the tree lighting and live caroling after the parade.

Hudsonville Christmas Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 2, 2021 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Kick off the holiday season in Hudsonville! Enjoy free kids’ activities, photo-ops with Santa, complimentary snacks & drinks, and horse-drawn carriage rides through Downtown.

Tinsel, Treats, and Trolleys
Friday, December 3, 2021 @ 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

See Ada’s historic covered bridge come to life with holiday lights, then hop aboard a festive trolley to tour your way through town. Enjoy multiple trolley stops — with local shops staying open late to offer specials & treats!

Rockford Holiday Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 3, 2021 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Head to the Dam Overlook in Peppler Park for an epic holiday lighting event, set to a soundtrack of classic Christmas carols. Be sure to take a free carriage ride before you leave!

Rockford Santa Parade
Saturday, December 4, 2021 @ 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Watch this holly, jolly parade fill Downtown Rockford with cheer when 60-plus floats pave the way to welcome Santa in his white carriage! After, the kids can share their wishlists — and enjoy free cookies & milk and carriage rides!

Lowell Christmas Festivities & Annual Night-Time Santa Parade
Saturday, December 4, 2021

Spend a joyful day in Lowell enjoying holiday shopping, Santa visits, an artisan craft show, and live nativity scenes. Then, come back for the festive finale — the annual Night-Time Santa Parade!