Santa Claus is coming to towns all across Michigan, making his entrance in parades and spending time with the kiddies at all sorts of holiday events. Meet the Jolly One and his reindeer Holly at Dowagiac’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration November 19-21, where the streets are decorated with garlands and bows and shopkeepers hold in-house drawings for gifts.
Saginaw celebrates Holidays in the Heart of the City November 19 with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus and fireworks Friday evening, followed by The Star of Christmas Parade Saturday morning.
Santa will be busy on Saturday, November 20 as he zips from the Midland Santa Holiday Parade to the Hudsonville Holiday Parade in the morning, followed by the World’s Shortest Parade in Grayling that afternoon. Festivities in Grayling include a Living Nativity, juried art exhibition, Festival of Trees and Christmas movie for the kids at the Rialto Theater.
Detroit welcomes Santa with America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a Turkey Day tradition since 1924. One of the nation’s oldest holiday parades features giant balloons, floats, marching bands and celebrities plus the popular Turkey Trot fun run before the big event.
Downtown Traverse City welcomes Santa’s Arrival & Holiday Open House Friday, December 3, with the holiday tree lighting, music, and sales and prizes to enhance your shopping experience. On the same evening, Santa rides into Marquette aboard a fire truck for the Tree Lighting Ceremony to kick-off the holiday season.
The merchants serve refreshments, there’s entertainment in the streets, and Santa lights the Christmas tree in Pennsylvania Park at Petoskey’s Holiday Open House, a tradition on the first Friday of December each year.