Grand Rapids Festive Tree Lightings and Christmas Parades – Where and When

Grand Rapids Santa Parade

2020 is the Year of the Drive Through Christmas Parade

Not even a pandemic can stop Christmas! Sure, we won’t be attending our favorite Christmas plays or Tree Lightings in the same way, but Grand Rapids is coming up with creative ways to keep some of our longtime traditions.

And the tradition of a good old Christmas Parade is continuing in 2020. It’ll just be different. It’ll just be a little warmer for some of us.

Grand Rapids Christmas parades are changing it up in two ways: you can drive through popular parades, looking at floats and special guests (like Santa!) from the warmth of your own car. And with kids safely buckled into carseats. WIN.

Lakeshore residents can enjoy a parade possibly from their own front window, as Grand Haven’s Santa’s Cruise is going on a 12-mile route through Ferrysburg, Grand Haven and Spring Lake. This extra long routes allows parade goers to remain distanced as they take in the merry caravan, and even watch from their own homes if along the route!

It looks like tree lightings may not happen with the same fanfare this year, but if we learn of any public events for this, they’ll be published here.

Use this list of Christmas parades (and maybe even tree lightings) to help you find your next local holiday celebration.


Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Christmas Parades Near Grand Rapids

Grab your thermoses and hats – outdoor Christmas fun is happening in nearly every town around.

CANCELED! Santa Parade 2020
Downtown Grand Rapids
Wealthy St SW (between Indiana and Garfield), Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» November 21, 2020 | 10am-1pm
Update: This event has been CANCELED! 2020 GR Jaycees Reverse Santa Parade. Entrants will be parked on Wealthy between Indiana and Garfield. All viewers should come in their cars to see the parade and drive through to see the holiday entrants.

68th Annual Christmas Parade
Downtown Montague and Whitehall
Business 31/Colby Street, Montague, MI 49437
» December 5, 2020 | 2pm
Santa’s comin’ to town! December 5th at 2pm is the 68th Annual Christmas Parade in downtown Montague and Whitehall. Please wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. No candy will be handed out this year.

Allendale Rotary Club’s Holiday Lights Parade
Allendale Park
11069 68th Ave, Allendale, MI 49401
» December 5, 2020 | 5-8pm
A drive-thru event at Allendale Community Park! It will run as a reverse parade where the community will drive their vehicles around through the route in the park and see the lights and floats. Enter the park from Lake Michigan Drive just east of the township building.

Santa’s Cruise
Hosted by Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg Chamber
12-mile route through Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and Ferrysburg, MI
» December 5, 2020 | 5:30pm
The Cruise starts at 5:30 pm and is a processional that weaves through Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and Ferrysburg on a 12 mile route. This is an opportunity for individuals and families to watch the cruise in a safe distance from one another and be able to spread out among the 12-mile route and for some, watch it right outside your home!

Lowell’s Annual Night-time Santa Parade: Drive-Thru Edition
Kent County Fairgrounds
225 S Hudson St, Lowell, MI 49331
» December 5, 2020 | 6-8pm
This year has looked different for so many things and the parade will be one of them. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we will be hosting a drive-thru style, lighted parade at the Kent County Fairgrounds from 6pm to 8pm. The theme is Winter Wonderland!

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Christmas Tree Lighting 
Covenant Community Church

4276 Baldwin St, Hudsonville, MI 49426
» November 21, 2020 | 6pm
Come help us kick-off the Christmas season by lighting up Baldwin Street! We’ll have cocoa, donuts, coffee, and a cozy fire! Invite your neighbors!

Georgetown Township Tree Lighting
Georgetown Township Public Library
1525 Baldwin St, Jenison, MI 49428
» December 1, 2020 | 6pm
The tree lighting will begin with remarks by Township Supervisor Jim Wierenga at 6PM, followed by the West Michigan Community Choral and a performance by Body Language Dance Company. All activities will take place outdoors.

Walker’s Tree Lighting Ceremony
City of Walker
Virtual Event
» December 3, 2020 | 5:45pm
To prevent crowding around the tree, we will offer the official tree lighting ceremony via Facebook live. You will find that on the City of Walker’s Facebook page.

Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Hosted by City of Kentwood Parks and Recreation Department
Virtual Event
» December 3, 2020 | 6:30pm
Mayor Stephen Kepley will give a holiday greeting before lighting the tree. Viewers also will get a glimpse of the holiday lights and decorations around city campus. Ceremony will be streamed on Facebook

Festive Fridays 2020 & Virtual Tree Lighting
Hosted by Downtown Allegan
Virtual Event
» December 4, 2020 | 8pm
View a Facebook Live broadcast on Positively Allegan of the annual tree lighting at 8pm.

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