Get ready for the Art Van Santa Parade

Santa waves in the Art Van Santa Parade
Santa waves in the Art Van Santa Parade - November 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) A sure sign the holiday season is here is the Art Van Santa Parade. The festivities kicked off Thursday night with the flipping of the switch for the Art Van Wonderland.

The Art Van Santa Parade takes place on Saturday, November 21. 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 begins 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.

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