Howell Celebrates Annual Fantasy of Lights

By Autumn J. Moricz November 24, 2023

Add Howell's Fantasy of Lights to your Thanksgiving weekend traditions.

Downtown will be aglow this Friday. Enjoy local dining and shopping, meet Santa and his reindeer and watch an amazing parade.

On State Street there will be plenty to do and eat. Grab refreshments from vendors, pop in to local stores, enjoy live entertainment and, of course, visit with Santa and his reindeer.


The Fantasy 5K race and one-mile family fun walk is like no other. Runners wear whimsical holiday apparel, costumes and lights while racing along the parade route. 


The main event of the evening is the Fantasy of Lights Parade, hosted by the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It has been the official kick-off to the holiday season in Howell for almost 40 years, becoming a holiday favorite for many families. 

Our family has attended every year. Back when my daughter was in Girl Scouts it was a troop holiday tradition to build a float for the parade. All of the girls and their families would be involved for weeks leading up to the holiday weekend.

Be sure to grab a hot chocolate and watch all the light covered floats gliding down Grand River along with local marching bands, first responders, special guests and Santa!


Schedule of Events

3:30 PM  |  Cleary University’s Peppermint Path Opens (State Street)

4:00 PM – 5:45 PM  |  Photos with Santa

6:00 PM  |  Fantasy 5K & Family Run/Walk

As a safety precaution, please note dogs are not permitted in the race/walk

7:00 PM  |  Fantasy of Lights Parade

Entertainment Schedule

Howell Carnegie Library

4:00 | Livingston Lamplighters

5:00 | HHS Chorale

5:30 | Costume Contest

6:00 | Parker Middle School Choir

6:30 | Livingston County Chorale

State Street/Veteran’s Memorial

3:00 | Community Theater of Howell Carolers

5:00 | Keith Ozment and Musicians

Detour Details

Closing Grand River for the parade takes a lot of coordination with our partners at the City of Howell and Howell Police Department.  Please take note of the following detours that will be in place for the Fantasy of Lights.

Grand River will be closed between Catrell street and Highlanderway. (5 pm)

Michigan avenue will be closed between Sibley and Clinton streets.

Byron road will be closed between Grand River and Clinton street.

West bound traffic will be detoured onto Catrell street. Traffic will be directed to National and then to west bound Clinton Street. At Michigan avenue, traffic will be directed north on Michigan avenue toward M-59

East bound traffic at Highlanderway may turn left (north) toward M-59 or right (south) on Highlanderway for the detour back to Grand River. Traffic will be directed to turn left (east) onto Mason road, directed to Dearborn street, to Fowler, to east bound Sibley and then to east bound Grand River at National street.

South bound traffic on Michigan avenue will be detoured west on Clinton street.

North bound traffic on Michigan will be detoured east on Sibley street.

Traffic south bound Byron road will be detoured east on Clinton Street.

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