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Charlotte, Grand Ledge and Eaton Rapids gear up for their holiday festivities

Night Lights Christmas Parade in Grand Ledge
Posted at 8:00 AM, Nov 22, 2021

CHARLOTTE, Mich. — The holiday season is here and cities in Eaton County are gearing up for holiday festivities.

In Charlotte, the Chamber of Commerce will host the Lighted Holiday Parade on Saturday, Nov. 27. The parade kicks off at 6 p.m. in downtown and runs down Cochran Avenue.

People are walking in the Lighted Holiday Parade
People are walking in the Lighted Holiday Parade

The event is typically small, and, so far, 10 groups are participating but people can still expect to see a lot of lights.

“I think this community is really strong in the sense that we do like to gather we do like to celebrate, like I said. And it’s just that small town charm that everybody takes real good pride in,” said Courtney Mead, the executive director of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.

The Lighted Holiday Parade in Charlotte is back
The Lighted Holiday Parade in Charlotte is back

After the parade, there is a tree lighting at the courthouse square and families will be able to go inside the courthouse to meet Santa.

Grand Ledge will host their Night Lights Christmas Parade and Festivitieson Friday, Dec. 3 in downtown.

The fun starts with lighting more than 6,000 lights on the tree in Bridge Street Plaza around 6:45 p.m. After that, people can watch the parade, which starts at the fire station and ends on South Bridge Street.

The holiday parade in Grand Ledge is back
The holiday parade in Grand Ledge is back

So far there are close to 40 businesses signed up for the parade and sign ups go until Nov. 29.

“We’re just happy to be able to bring it back and spread the holiday cheer and bring everybody together in this festive time," said Amy Hoyes, the executive director of the Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce.

Families can visit with Santa after the parade and can get a gingerbread-making kit, listen to Christmas carols and keep warm by the fire pit throughout the event.

Holiday season
Holiday season

The holiday fun doesn't stop there. Eaton Rapids will have its Hometown Family Christmas event on Saturday, Dec. 4. There will be businesses showing people how to decorate their homes for the holidays, a parade, and a tree lighting.

Hometown Family Christmas
Hometown Family Christmas

“This year the Hometown Family Christmas parade starts at 6 p.m. and it goes from the corner of State and Main Street down to Knight Street. And the Christmas tree lighting will happen in Hamlin Square directly after the parade," said Jerry Robinson, president of the Eaton Rapids Chamber of Commerce.

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