Kickoff the holiday season by heading to one of the many Christmas tree lightings. Even better, several of the tree lighting ceremonies include a Christmas parade. Festive lighting evening holiday parades are lots of fun – as long as it isn’t too cold. We also have information on daytime parades.
Note: If you know of one we missed, let us know in the comments.
Ann Arbor Christmas Tree Lightings
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Friday, November 15, 2019
Briarwood Mall is holding a Tree Lighting Ceremony in the JCPenney Court and a welcome to Santa. There will be cookies, cocoa, and cider. There will be music from Voice in Harmony, The Saline Fiddlers, and more.The Salvation Army will kick off their Kettle Ringing and Angel Tree Drive.
Sunday, November 24, 2019
Join Depot Town for a fun tree lighting event. Santa and his live reindeer will be at the lighting. The Ypsi Community Choir will lead Christmas Carols. There will be Free Hot Cider, Hot Chocolate, and Cookies.After the tree lighting, follow Santa to the Auto Museum across the street for more caroling and letters to Santa.Why not plan dinner at Maiz Mexican Cantina either before or after the lighting. They offer Kids Eat Free on Sunday nights.
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Join Kerrytown Market & Shops as Santa lights the tree in Kerrytown's courtyard. There will also be candle luminaries and Christmas carols.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Join Saline for their Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be cookies from Benny's Bakery and coffee and cocoa from Carrigan Cafe, and music. The Tree is in front of KeyBank at the corner of Michigan Ave & N. Ann Arbor St.
Join Northfield Township Library for their annual tree lighting.There will be music from the Whitmore Lake High School Band and a visit from Santa.Register for the event in advance.
Friday, December 6, 2019
Join Ypsilanti for a fun tree lighting event. Start at 5:30p with cookie decorating and hot chocolate. At 6p, there will be caroling led by Ypsilanti Community Choir followed by a visit from Santa. This will happen on the Plaza of the Ypsilanti District Library - Michigan Avenue branch. Note: The library event calendar says 4:30-5:30p & the details say it starts at 5:30p. Last year it was at 5:30p. We will follow up to confirm the time.
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Head to Milan for their annual Christmas Parade.Santa will arrive on Thomas the Train at the end of the parade.The parade is along Main Street, beginning on West Main and ending at the Old Fire Barn where the mayor will give Santa a key to the city. There will be music, tree lighting and then children can visit with Santa for photos and a goody bag. Downtown will have extended shopping hours, there will also be artisan vendors and food trucks.Be sure to check out the After the Parade Facebook event for more details on the other activities.
Superior Township is holding a Tree Lighting with Santa. There will be time for pictures with Santa, Christmas carols, and ice carving demo. There will also be cookies and hot chocolate.
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Join the Holiday Celebration at the Dixboro Village Green. There will be a tree lighting, carols, and a visit with Santa.
Ann Arbor Christmas ParadesNo Events
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Christmas Tree Lightings & Parades Near Me
Note, the map is still based on 2018. It will be updated for 2019 shortly.
We’ve summarized the Tree Lightings and Parades on this map. You’ll find links to the event on the legend
Southeast Michigan Christmas Tree Lightings & Parades
Tree lightings and holiday parades can be worth a drive. So, I’ve collaborated with several other sites to bring you events throughout Southeast Michigan.
Mrs Weber’s Neighborhood: Livingston County Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Christmas Parades
Metro Detroit Mommy Oakland County Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Christmas Parades
Redesigning Happiness Wayne County Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Christmas Parades
Ann Arbor Christmas
For more Ann Arbor Christmas fun, be sure to check out our Christmas Guide. It includes where to find Santa, Holiday Lights, Christmas Trees, and more.