The Laingsburg Business & Community Association is again offering its annual Winterfest on Saturday, Dec. 3 and is looking for organizations, businesses, or individuals wishing to enter the line-up for Santa’s Light Parade.

Things will be a little different this year, however, according to event co-chairs Gail Geasler and Greg Beavers. The parade will be “static,” meaning units will park along one side of Grand River Road in downtown Laingsburg between 5 to 7 p.m. instead of driving through town in traditional parade format. Parade line-up starts at 4:30 to 5 p.m.

“We don’t have very many entries, although we are interested in growing. Our families are anxious to see Santa and Mrs. Claus, and often miss the parade while waiting in line. With a static parade, the units are around longer for people to enjoy as they visit the many fun activities we’ll be offering that night,” explained Beavers. “It’s an experiment, and we’re hopeful it will pay off in making the festival that much more inclusive.”

As always, units are encouraged to be lit in the spirit of Christmas. Organizers also hope people will stay with their parade entries and talk to spectators who may have questions.

Winterfest will run from 4 to 8 p.m. to capture the lights and fanfare of a holiday evening in the ‘Burg. Events will again be held throughout downtown Laingsburg. Children’s activities start at 4 p.m. in the open lot between First Merit Bank and the dentist’s office in downtown Laingsburg. “This is a change from past years when the games were out at the Town Plaza on Woodbury Road,” said Geasler. “We want to make sure people know where to go.”

Antique and classic cars, tractors, youth groups, nonprofits, festivals, local businesses, churches and other types of organizations are encouraged to enter the parade. There is no charge to participate, and forms can be downloaded at or requested from parade chair Greg Beavers at (517) 449-8025.

Laingsburg Winterfest Seeking Entries for Parade was last modified: November 21st, 2016 by Karen Elford