This popular parade features about 30 floats and groups of walkers loaded with Christmas lights, live reindeer, plus Santa & Mrs. Claus’ grand entrance! A short program and reading of "The Night Before Christmas" and tree lighting ceremony takes place after the parade in front of the downtown Chemical Bank branch and there will be plenty of Hot Chocolate stations throughout downtown. Santa is available for visits after the ceremony. Prizes awarded to the most creative float, float with the most lights, largest group of walkers, and best Christmas/ Winter Scene.
If you wish to enter a float the cost is $10 payable to the DBA of Big Rapids. Line up will begin at 4pm and you must be completely set up by 5pm. Walkers enter the parade at the Public Library (Corner of Oak Street & Michigan Avenue), only Christmas music shall be played on floats, no throwing of candy from floats it must be handed out by walkers, all floats must be lighted.