AUBURN HILLS (WWJ) – The heart of Oakland County is ushering in the holiday season with the annual Holiday Extravaganza Parade & Children’s WinterART Festival on Saturday, December 3.

Celebrating 30 years of cheer, this seasonal celebration is presented through the community efforts of Auburn Hills, Pontiac, Waterford Township and White Lake Township.

The event officially opens at 8:30 a.m. at the Children’s WinterART Center, 30 N. Saginaw, where kids can make holiday crafts alongside the Palace Patrol from the Palace of Auburn Hills before the parade.

Also from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. is the Petting Farm on Saginaw and Huron Streets, starring Santa’s reindeer, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, the art action experience, hot cocoa and more.

The Parade, which begins at 11:00 a.m. at the corner of State and Huron Streets in Pontiac, will feature all the pageantry a holiday parade can offer.

Community floats, professional floats and balloons from the Parade Company, hundreds of favorite characters, the Palace Patrol, horses, choreographed dancers, area high school marching bands, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will proceed in a memorable spectacle for all ages.

There will also be a “Gallery of Ice” open from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the corner of Saginaw and Huron featuring a display of original ice carvings and a live demonstration at 8:30 a.m.

All activities at the Holiday Extravaganza are free. For more information about the parade route and a full schedule of events, visit


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