Santa and Mrs. Claus won’t be arriving in their Grosse Pointe-themed sleigh this year — it was recently sold at auction by Grosse Pointe Park — but they will still be waving to crowds from a special vehicle during the Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade Nov. 26.

Santa and Mrs. Claus won’t be arriving in their Grosse Pointe-themed sleigh this year — it was recently sold at auction by Grosse Pointe Park — but they will still be waving to crowds from a special vehicle during the Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade Nov. 26.

File photo by Erin Sanchez


Santa Claus is coming back to town

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published November 19, 2021

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GROSSE POINTE CITY/FARMS — After being canceled last year due to the pandemic, the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce is vowing that this year’s Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade is going to be a spectacle unlike anything the community has ever seen.

From pre-parade food trucks brought in by the Village’s Main Street Grosse Pointe program to a flyover at the beginning, the post-Thanksgiving tradition is getting a fresh start, and that’s just the intro to the big event.

“This parade will be the largest parade Grosse Pointe has ever experienced,” GPCC Executive Director Jennifer Palms Boettcher said in an email interview.

Catie DeLoof, a Grosse Pointe Park native and Grosse Pointe South High School grad, will serve as the parade marshal. DeLoof took home a bronze medal in swimming in the 4X100 freestyle relay in the Summer Olympics in Tokyo this year.

In addition, Palms Boettcher said there will be princesses, floats from the Parade Company, military vehicles, performances by local dance groups and seven marching bands, and appearances by the Redford Unicycle Club, Detroit Ghostbusters and more.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. Nov. 26 at Lewiston Road and Kercheval Avenue in Grosse Pointe Farms, making its way a little over a mile to Kercheval and Cadieux Road in Grosse Pointe City. It will take place, as is traditionally the case, the day after Thanksgiving.

Palms Boettcher said the GPCC is supplying candy cane glow sticks to paradegoers that will be distributed by public safety officers along the route. The Central Branch of the Grosse Pointe Public Library in Grosse Pointe Farms will be handing out hot cocoa, doughnuts and to-go craft kits, she said.

The GPCC began been putting on the parade in 2012.

This year’s theme is “A Frosty Magical Christmas” and business owners have been invited to create foam snowmen to decorate their establishments and have a chance to win a prize. The GPCC said maps showing the locations of the snowmen will be made available Nov. 26.

While Santa’s Grosse Pointe-themed sleigh and the Toys for Tots train were both recently sold at auction by Grosse Pointe Park, organizers say Santa will still be arriving in suitable style.

“Although it was and still is a great disappointment, the Chamber is not about to let Santa and Mrs. Claus down, so we quickly secured the carriage owned by Bill Bresser, which was the original Santa Carriage before the Santa Sleigh was built,” Palms Boettcher said. “The carriage is currently in one of Santa’s helper’s workshops being tuned up so it will be bright and shiny for Santa on November 26th.”

At the end of the parade, after Santa and Mrs. Claus are given the key to the city, Palms Boettcher said they’ll be heading to the new Coreander’s Children’s Bookshoppe down the street, at 15118 Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe Park, to meet with children for photos.

During the holidays, Santa will be meeting with youngsters in the former Calico space in the Village, where parents can get free photos and where children can make an ornament and more.

The parade will be preceded by the Grosse Pointe Lions Club’s 22nd annual Jingle Bell Family Fun 2.2 mile Walk/Run, which will start at 9 a.m. on the parade route. Registration and packet pickup will start at 8 a.m. that morning. For more information or to register for the run/walk, visit the Grosse Pointe Lions Club Facebook page.

Main Street Executive Director Cindy Willcock said everyone in the Village is delighted to see the return of the parade.

“I think we’re all looking forward to getting back to a new normal while staying safe,” Willcock said.

Willcock added that the GPCC has “some great things planned” for the parade.

Although Kercheval Avenue will be closed to traffic during the parade, all parking lots and the parking garage in the Village will be open, Willcock said. She said they’ll have food trucks with breakfast items before the parade.

“Hopefully it encourages (people) to come down early and stay (after the parade) for a meal or to do some shopping,” Willcock said.

Organizers are hoping to see smiling faces of all ages along the parade route once more this year.

“We are so excited the community will get to experience this great event together!” Palms Boettcher said.

For more information, contact the GPCC at (313) 881-4722 or visit www.grossepointechamber.com.

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