Holiday season kicks off in Calhoun County with lights and parades

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Thousands converged on downtown Battle Creek on Saturday, as decorated vehicles and floats rolled through the streets, marching bands played holiday music and faces were illuminated and warmed by passing hot air balloon burners before an appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus capped off the evening.

The Harper Creek Optimist Club hosted the 41st Battle Creek Christmas Parade, marking the return of the event after it was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic. The event also signaled the start of the 30th annual Festival of Lights in downtown Battle Creek, where local organizations and businesses decorate the city with holiday lights.

Scenes from the Battle Creek Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.
Scenes from the Battle Creek Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

The Calhoun County Fairgrounds at 720 Fair St. in Marshall is hosting a tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The fairgrounds is also celebrating the return of the "Merry Mile," offering a sneak peek of the drive-thru light displays from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.on Friday and Saturday. The Merry Mile will from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.each Wednesday through Sunday in December.

The 57th annual Marshall Christmas Parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29 down Michigan Avenue in downtown Marshall.

Contact reporter Nick Buckley at nbuckley@battlecreekenquirer.com or 269-966-0652. Follow him on Twitter:@NickJBuckley

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