PHOTO STORY: Annual Candlelight Christmas Parade rolls through downtown Dowagiac

Published 11:46 am Saturday, December 2, 2023

DOWAGIAC — Visitors from across southwest Michigan lined the downtown Dowagiac sidewalks, cup of hot cocoa in hand, in order to experience some homegrown Christmas magic Friday night.

The Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Candlelight Christmas Parade Friday. Kicking off at 7 p.m., the parade featured more than 100 floats and units. Heralded as one of the largest Christmas parades in southwest Michigan, it featured many floats, including the Miss Dowagiac Court of Honor, Southwestern Michigan College, Santa Claus and many more.

In addition to the parade, visitors to downtown Dowagiac Friday evening frequented stores such as Deck the Halls, Cottage Gallery, Caruso’s Candy & Soda Shop and more, which were open late for guests to do some Christmas shopping.