Christmas Parades in McHenry County for 2022

As the temps drop and the calendar year winds down, the holiday season is just starting! Before your calendar fills up, don’t forget to block off holiday festivities. Check our list for Christmas parades across McHenry County. Next to lighting the Christmas tree, Christmas parades provide a great way for the community to come together to officially celebrate and kick off the holiday season and begin the transition from autumn to winter.

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Our gift to you is the following list of Christmas parades for McHenry County. We’ve broken them out by city and provided a map detailing some point along the parade route…or hopefully, at least in the general vicinity.

It’s challenging to show the parade routes, so you’ll definitely want to check the respective websites for the specific route and timing details, as well as any last-minute changes.

While some of these Christmas parades may be standalone events, others may be combined with holiday Christmas tree lightings, visits with Santa, or other events, so be sure to factor that into your timing as well as your preparations…especially in dressing for the weather and extended time outdoors this time of year.

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McHenry County Christmas Parades

Kick off the 2022 holiday season with a Christmas parade near you! Check the details below before you make all of your plans.

NOTE: we’ve shaded those events below that are as of yet unconfirmed. We’ll continue to update as new information is available.


Merry Cary Parade & Festival

Date: Sunday, December 4, 2022

Start Time: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Location: 108 W. Main Street, Cary, IL 60013

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Cary Polar Express train.
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Crystal Lake

Festival of Lights Parade

Date: Friday, November 25, 2022

Start Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: N Williams St & Brink St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

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Fox Lake

Fox Lake Festival of Lights

Date: Saturday, November 26, 2022

Start Time: 5:00 pm

Location: 17 E School Ct, Fox Lake, IL 60020

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SS. Peter & Paul Catholic School parade float.
SS. Peter & Paul Catholic School parade float.


Holiday Magic Parade & Tree Lighting

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022

Start Time: 5:30 pm

Location: W Church St & St Johns Ave, Johnsburg, IL 60051

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2022 Marengo Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2022

Start Time: 5:00 pm

Location: 132 E Prairie St, Marengo, IL 60152

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Annual Woodstock Christmas Parade

Date: Sunday, November 27, 2022

Start Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location: 100 N Johnson St, Woodstock, IL 60098

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As always, all events are subject to change. Please be sure to check the event pages for the specific event for current information.

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