Thank You!

Thanks for everyone who participated making the 2013 Art Van Santa Parade bigger and better than ever! We'll see you next November! Happy Holidays West Michigan!


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Founded in the late 1800's, the Grand Rapids Santa Parade was designed to bring people downtown for a kickoff to holiday shopping. Seeking new leadership, the parade was taken over by the Grand Rapids Jaycees. Of note, our most well known member to date is late great President Gerald R. Ford. The Jaycees have insured that the parade is a great community event with leadership and volunteer opportunities. In 2010, title sponsor Art Van Furniture was added bringing large scale attractions and a partnership with WOODTV8 to host the event on live television. It's going to be another great Art Van Santa Parade presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees! We'll see you there!

2013 Parade Special Features

The Art Van Santa Parade is excited to announce that this year’s Grand Marshal is Peyton List!

Peyton List was hand picked for Red Pages’ 2012 U.S. ‘Hot 100 list’ which predicts the up and coming talent in the world of film, TV, music, fashion, sport, literature and politics.

Peyton plays Emma Ross, a bubbly teenager eager to reorder the world as she sees fit. She is the only biological child to a high-profile celebrity couple, in the Disney Channel comedy series "JESSIE."

List is also recognized for her role as Holly Hills in the feature films "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days." Additional film credits include Disney’s "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice," opposite Nicolas Cage, "Remember Me," with Robert Pattinson and Chris Cooper and "27 Dresses," opposite Katherine Heigl.

"The Art Van Santa Parade features the Express Employment Professionals Clydesdales"

Join us for Free photos with Santa sponsored by ITC Holdings at Rosa Parks Circle inside the Sponsor Hospitality Tent immediately following the parade until 12:30pm. Plus enjoy children’s activities and interact with Santa’s live Reindeer.

Music will fill the streets of Grand Rapids! A total of 10 bands will be performing in the parade. There will also be 4 performing musical acts.

The 2013 parade will feature multiple large 20 foot plus tall cold-air balloons!

Photos from the 2012 Santa Parade

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