Frequently asked Questions
What time does the Event Start?
Christmas Magic in Monroe Parade & Winter Wonderland will run Saturday, December 15 from 3 PM - 9 PM. The parade will start at 6 PM sharp, and the Winter Wonderland festivities will run from 3 PM - 9 PM. For a complete breakdown of event times, please refer to the schedule.
Where will the event take place?
Christmas Magic in Monroe Parade & Winter Wonderland will be in Historic Downtown Monroe. Click here for a map of the event, including the parade route, Vendor Village, Santa’s Pavilion & more!
Where will the Parade route be?
The parade begins at 6 p.m. The route begins on West Front St near Harrison Street, proceeding east on Front and then south on Washington through Loranger Square. Christmas Magic visitors will want to note the route is reversed from last year.
What will be going on downtown besides the parade?
Our Winter Wonderland will be open the duration of the event, starting at 3 PM. This means that our vendor tent will be open, as well as the outdoor and indoor nativity scenes, food trucks, and carriage rides. The ice skating rink will open at 5 PM, and Santa’s Pavilion will open at 7 PM. For a neat and tidy graphic of the schedule, click here.
Many of our local downtown business will be open as well, giving you a place to warm up and shop as you wish. Our local library will also be hosting fun activities for kids, including a LEGO display of our town!
What will happen at Santa’s Pavilion?
Santa will arrive on an antique fire truck with some especially good children and will be the last entry in the parade, as he is VERY busy with the elves getting everything ready for his world wide Christmas delivery of packages. He will be in the Loranger Pavillion AFTER the parade is finished where he will be available for photos. Please have your phone or camera ready as you will be taking photos with Santa and your loved ones. There will be Parade Staff members to assist you as well. He will likely not arrive before 7:15 pm at the earliest.
Where should I Park if I’m a visitor?
Much of the Riverfront Parking lot, which is off the 100 block of West Front Street on the south side of the River Raisin, is reserved. Maps have been made available so that downtown residents and merchant parking will know where they can park along that block.
The rest is set aside for resident and merchant parking, employee and vendor parking; the parade staging area; large float parking; and parking for the school buses that are transporting band and choir students and cheerleaders.
Everyone who is accessing Riverfront parking lot is asked to use the east entrance, the one just west of S. Monroe Street, to enter, so that they can check in and be directed to the appropriate spot.
The parking lot at the Monroe Council 1266, Knights of Columbus, will be open for permit parking only today.
Other downtown public parking lots will be open and available to visitors, including St. Mary’s Park, which is on the north side of the River Raisin and accessible from West Elm Ave. The Martin Luther King Jr. pedestrian bridge connects St. Mary’s Park to Riverfront Parking Lot; visitors also can cross at the Monroe Street bridge.
What time are streets closed?
The streets in the area of East First and Washington streets at Loranger Square will be closed starting at 9 a.m. to allow for Winter Wonderland activity setups. Barricades will be set up at the nearby alleys to prevent traffic from entering the square.
East Front Street along the parade route will have parking restrictions starting at 3 p.m.; and the street itself on the route will be closed at 5 p.m.
Monroe Street (M-125) will be closed from West Elm Ave. to East Third Street starting at 5:45 p.m
After the parade concludes, which is expected to be about 7 p.m., the barricades will be removed from the area of Front and Monroe streets. The streets in the area of Loranger Square will remain closed until about 9 p.m.
Where should i park if i’m a vendor?
There is one designated area for all vendors located at the large municipal lots facing the Raisin River. It is designated with GREEN on the staging & parking map. In general, you will need to park outside of the footprint of the street closures and controlled areas.
I am a merchant or I am planning to visit a merchant on the Parade route, how long and where can I park or access these businesses?
The Riverfront Parking Lot will be open on the East end only on Saturday. The rest will be closed to stage the parade. East First and Washington Streets will be closed beginning Saturday at 9:00 a.m. East Front will be OPEN until 5:00 p.m. There will be signs indicating that No Parking will begin at 3:00 p.m. They are aware of the businesses being open and will not prohibit parking until 3:00 p.m.
how do I find out about weather & event related emergencies?
You can sign up with the Monroe County Emergency Management text message service for event and weather-related information and notifications. Text Magic18 to 888-777.
Will there be food options available?
Yes! We will have food trucks downtown on First street across from Loranger Square. There will also be plenty of sugary treats at our Vendor Village. For more information, click here.