GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) The holiday season will officially arrive in Grand Rapids at 9 a.m. on November 21, with the Art Van Santa Parade presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees.
Families can gather in downtown Grand Rapids to see two giant balloons, nine marching bands, live entertainment, the Express Employment Clydesdales, and Grand Marshall Rachel Reenstra. Reenstra is a West Michigan native and hosts a television show The Wildlife Docs on ABC. The parade will also feature music by special guest Matt Giraud.
The parade starts at the corner of Michigan Street and Monroe Avenue at 9 a.m. If you can’t make it out, it will be televised live by WOOD TV8, hosted by eightWest’s Rachael Ruiz and Jordan Carson.
After the parade, stay for photos with Santa until 12:30 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Art Museum studio. Meet Santa’s reindeer and see the Clydesdales. There will also be meet and greets with Rachel Reenstra, Matt Giraud, and WOOD TV8’s Rachael Ruiz and Matt Kirkwood at PNC Bank downtown.
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., kids can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy hot chocolate, and view a tree lighting at the Grand Rapids Public Library. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., head to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum to help decorate materials for the Children’s Healing Center.