Night Lights Christmas Parade & Festivities

Friday, December 6, 2019

7:00 PM
Downtown Grand Ledge

The 48th Annual Night Lights Christmas Parade is a spectacular night time parade packed full of lots of lights and music!  It starts at the Grand Ledge Fire Department at 500 North Clinton Street and then makes its way straight down Bridge Street.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their appearance at the end of the parade, trading in their red sleigh for a red fire truck.

​The Chamber welcomes all Chamber members, local businesses, civic organizations, churches, scouting groups, schools, and clubs to show their community spirit by participating in the parade. 

If you have any questions, please contact Shawn at 517.410.6409 or


Highlights from 2018 event:

2018 Night Lights Parade Line Up
Line up begins at 6 p.m.

1 American Legion Post #48
2 American Legion Post 48 & VFW Post 3293 Color Guard
3 Nick Cypher Agency Farm Bureau Insurance/Grand Marshall Karla Chamberlain
4 Grand Ledge High School Marching Band
5 Gasoline Alley
6 Awaken Church
7 Meijer
8 Aire Serv Michigan
9 Independence Village of Grand Ledge
11 EXIT Realty Select Partners
13 Eaton Federal Savings Bank
14 In Motion Dance Center
15 Two Men and a Truck
17 Ledge Craft Lane
18 Pams Pantry
20 Grand Ledge Lions Club
21 Bartlett Plumbing and Heating
22 WLNS TV-6
23 Girl scouts
24 Girl Scout Brownie Troop 30766
25 Girl Scout Troop 30696 from Beagle Elementary
26 Grand Ledge Area Girl Scouts
27 Heaven Sent GoldenDoodles
28 Grand Ledge Varsity Gymnastics team
29 Double M 4-H club
30 Grand Ledge Pompon - varsity and middle school
31 Michigan Plumbing
32 Old Newsboys Association of Greater Lansing
33 Free Shrugs Improv
34 International cultural exchange services
35 Holiday Wishes Community Program

36 Wacousta Creators 4-H Club
37 Capital Cheer Legends
38 Land Visions
39 Cub Scouts Pack 657
40 Cub Scout Pack 260 - Wacousta
41 Willow Ridge Cub Scout Pack 635
42 Cub Scout Pack 001 Delta Center
43 St. Michael Knights of Columbus - Council 7311
44 St. Michael Parish Knights of Columbus
45 St. Michael Parish School
46 Believers Christian Church / Little Believers Child Care Center
47 Our Savior Lutheran Church and School
48 The Liberty Church of Grand Ledge
49 Profiles hair salon
50 Spartan Motors
51 LIG Insurance & Financial Group
52 Top dollar salvage
53 PJ's Towing
54 Fire & Ice Lawn/Snow Care LLC
55 Granger Waste Services
56 Maurices
57 Lansing Area Jeep Club
58 The Hive Dance Studio
59 RWS Electric LLC
60 Massman Trucking Inc
61 Ledge's Sweat Shop
62 Woods Arbor Solutions
63 Pioneer Heating and Cooling
64 Keusch Tire & Towing
65 Looking Glass Child Development Center
66 Young Chevrolet Buick GMC of Ionia
67 ET Mackenzie Company
68 Grand Ledge Historical Society
69 Westside Beer Distributing
70 City of Grand Ledge
71 Grand Ledge Fire Department/ Santa and Mrs. Claus

Grand Marshal

Karla Chamberlain was born in Lansing, Michigan, and upon graduating from Sexton High School, she attended Michigan State University where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education. She and her husband, Captain John Chamberlain, built their home in the Grand Ledge area, and she resigned after twelve years of teaching to stay home to raise their two children. Karla and her husband started the J& K Steamboat Company and located it in Grand Ledge.

She has been a supporter of the Grand Ledge community for many years. Karla has served on the Grand Ledge Area Chamber of Commerce board, the Opera House board, volunteered as piano accompanist for many years for the Holiday Wishes musical program, and has been the chair of the Color Cruise and Island Festival since 2000. She has received the ATHENA Award, together with her husband John, received the Chamber’s Business Person of the Year Award, and in 2005 received the Michigan Week Volunteer Leadership Award from the State of Michigan.

Karla believes that it is important to give back to the Grand Ledge community, and you may find her selling concert tickets, volunteering at Yankee Doodle Days, stopping traffic at a street corner for a parade, making chili, or decking out a Christmas tree at the Opera House.


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
BEFORE the Parade

Join us as Mayor Thom Sowle lights up the Christmas tree in Bridge Street Plaza at 6:45 PM. Ornaments are decorated by Willow Ridge Elementary 3rd graders this year!

Free Kids Movie at Sun Theatre
After the Parade

Children and their families are invited to visit with Santa at the Sun Theater after the parade and watch a free Shrek the Halls movie.  The theater will collect canned goods for the Grand Ledge Food Bank too.

Other Happenings Around Town

Pre-Parade Party at GL Library

4:30 - 6:30 PM

Join us for stories in the Children's Department or enjoy cocoa and make a graham cracker "gingerbread" house in the 1931 Room.  GLADL's a great place to get ready for the parade downtown. Donations accepted of cash or new or gently used Children's books for Book on Every Bed program.  Help share a story this holiday season!

WLNS Weather Live from Grand Ledge 

5:00 PM and 6:00 PM

WLNS Meteorologist and local Grand Ledge resident David Young will be broadcasting the weather live from downtown Grand Ledge for the 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM news.

Grand Ledge Area Retailers (GLAR)
Night Owl Shopping featuring a Find the ELF on the LEDGE
5:00 - 8:00 PM

The Grand Ledge Area Retailers are sponsoring a Night Owl Shopping event featuring an 'Elf on the Ledge' contest on Friday, December 7 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM and invite the community to come shop local businesses before and after the Chamber's Night Lights Christmas Parade.

Rotary Club's Chili Cook-off
5:30 - 9:00 PM

The Grand Ledge Rotary Club will be sponsoring their annual chili cook-off near the Flour Child Bakery building located at 315 S. Bridge Street.  Join them and try out chilies of all types and then vote for your favorite. Admission is free, and all donated proceeds will go toward the Entertainment Stage at Jaycee Park.

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