Bundle up this holiday season for a Christmas Light Parade near Ann Arbor. There are a number of Christmas parades throughout Washtenaw County, but no Ann Arbor Christmas Parade or Ypsilanti Parade. Check out light parades in Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, and Manchester. Plus parades beyond Washtenaw County in Tecumseh and Ida.
The Christmas Parades bring the cheer of holiday lights, but that also brings the after dark chill. Be sure to bundle up. Make sure to bring a blanket or chairs to sit as the curb will be cold. It’s also a great idea to either bring a warm drink or stop for one before or after the parade.
Why leave the lights to the parade route? Get your glow on by wearing some lights
Christmas Parades Near Ann Arbor
Check out these Christmas parades – and be sure to bundle up if it’s cold outside.
Cabela’s – 110 Cabela Blvd E Dundee
Join Cabela's for a Christmas parade to welcome Santa to their Santa's Wonderland. I could not find any details for this year - just a countdown to his arrival and that there will be a festive parade. Last year, they said Santa would ride on a boat and suggested bring blankets and chairs. Santa's Wonderland will open the next morning. Reservations are required to visit Santa, so make your reservation now.
Downtown Manchester – Main Street Manchester
The Manchester Christmas Parade is part of the Christmas in the Village Celebration on December 2 & 3. The parade features lit floats and vehicles. The parade begins near the Emmanuel Church and heads down Main St to the Manchester Mill. We attended about 10 years ago. The parade ended with Santa's arrival and he then greets children at the Mill.
Downtown Tecumseh – Chicago Boulevard & S Maumee Tecumseh
Head to Tecumseh for their 2022 Christmas Parade through Downtown Tecumseh. The parade runs along Chicago Blvd from S Maumee to S Union. Santa will be in the parade and after you can visit him at his house at the corner of Pearl and Chicago.
Downtown Saline – 10 North Ann Arbor St Saline
Saline will be holding their 47th Annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 3. This year's parade theme is Christmas Around the World
Downtown Chelsea – Main St and Middle St Chelsea
Join Chelsea Hometown Holidays for their Annual Chelsea Lights Parade along Main Street from Old US 12 to Jackson St. The parade will include lights, floats bands, and of course Santa. Parade starts Old US 12 and ends at Jackson After the parade, head to the Main Street Church for Lights Out After the Parade. There will be hot cocoa, live music, fire pits, and s'mores. Other Hometown Holiday Events Learn more about Hometown Holiday. We have also identified a few other Family Friendly events as part of Hometown Holiday
Downtown Milan – Main St Milan
Milan's annual Christmas parade has a Storybook Christmas Parade theme this year. Santa will arrive at the end of the parade on Thomas the Train and then greet all children at Marble Memorial Methodist Church. There will be photo opportunities, hot cocoa, and cookies. The parade will be along West Main to Park Street.
Downtown Ida – Lewis Avenue Ida
Ida Michigan hosts a large light parade with more than 130 illuminated and animated entries. The evening fun kicks off with a fun run at 6p, fireworks at 6:30p, and the parade at 7p. Note road closures start at 5p, they suggest arriving early Be sure to bundle up for the weather. The 2021 parade video is 1hr and 38 minutes Arrive earlier in the day for more Christmas fun like craft & vendor shows, Santa's Zoo, Children's Lunch with Santa, Story time with Mrs Claus, and more.