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Holiday Traditions Light Up Northville, Starting With Lighted Parade

A round-up of the weekend's holiday attractions in downtown Northville, from the first-ever art Christmas Market to the annual Holiday Lighted Parade.

The streets of downtown Northville were lined on Friday night with local residents awaiting the annual Holiday Lighted Parade.

Cold temperatures did not deter the attendees, who stood six rows deep in some spots, from waiting for the 10 floats and walking groups to come by.  Winter coats, gloves and hats were the attire of the evening.

About 5,000 people attended the parade, according to Jeri Johnson of the Northville Chamber of Commerce.

The parade consisted of several boys and girl scouts from the area dressed up for the holiday theme. This year llamas and free range sheep were also a part of the parade. The "Uptown Girls," a group of Northville moms who perform in the Victorian Festival as well, danced their way through the entire parade.

Mayor Chris Johnson waited in the town square to welcome Santa and give him the key to the city. Santa made his way through the crowd along the parade route, lagging behind the rest of the participants, to say hello to each group. The bearded icon then stayed outside all night to hear the Christmas wishes from little ones.

The festivities in Northville continued all day Saturday and into Sunday. For the first time, the weekend included an outdoor Christmas Market on Main Street that drew artists and other vendors from throughout the area.

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