The parade begins at the corner of Eighth Street and Columbia Avenue, and continues down Eighth Street until it reaches the Eighth Street Market Place, home of the Holiday Kerstmarkt.
The lineup for this year’s Parade of Lights includes nonprofit organizations, marching bands, families, businesses and radio stations from across West Michigan. The main requirement for participating in the parade is decorating with lots of holiday lights — meaning that parade floats, commercial and passenger vehicles, and even individuals themselves will all be decorated with sparkling lights from top to bottom.
Included in the lineup again this year will be the Macatawa Area Express Transit Trolley, appearing as part of the organization’s “Stuff The Bus” annual food drive for the Community Action House. Parade attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods and other nonperishable food items with them to the parade, which will be collected by volunteer “elves” pushing shopping carts along the parade route.
The biggest highlight of the Parade of Lights, however, is Santa Claus, who will arrive in downtown Holland on a Parkway Electric truck. At the end of the parade, Santa will greet children at the Eighth Street Market.
To allow for a wider parade route, and to ensure the safety of the parade attendees, vehicles will be prohibited from parking downtown on Eighth Street between Columbia and Pine avenues from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday. Free parking will still be available in the parking lots on Seventh and Ninth streets, at the Eighth Street Market Place, and on the Seventh Street Parking Deck.