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Lansing’s favorite holiday tradition, Silver Bells in the City, continues

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32nd Annual Silver Bells in the City, Set for Friday, November 18 – Sunday, November 20

Downtown Lansing will be all aglow once again at the 32nd Annual Silver Bells in the City, presented by the Lansing Board of Water & Light and the City of Lansing, scheduled for Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20. The event brings together family and friends from all over Michigan to celebrate the start of the holiday season.

This year features even more activities and special outdoor performances, all highlighted by the 20th Annual Electric Light Parade complete with an assortment of 75 illuminated floats and bands, which will step off at 6 p.m. from the corner of S. Washington Sq. and Lenawee. Silver Bells in the City welcomes Todd Duckett who will serve as the Electric Light Parade’s Grand Marshal. Duckett is a Kalamazoo native and former NFL and Michigan State University football player, while holding the record as sixth all-time leading rusher in the school’s history.

Immediately following the parade, crowds will gather round the State Christmas Tree for a holiday sing-a-long led by East Lansing-based, The Steiner Chorale. After the highly anticipated countdown to the lighting of the tree, the skies will be aglow as a spectacular fireworks display cascades over the Capitol dome (weather permitting).

Check out all of the exciting Silver Bells festivities happening Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20.

Friday, Nov. 18:

  • The Silver Bells Village, sponsored by the Lansing State Journal, located on East Allegan Street between S. Washington Sq. and Grand Ave., will feature a variety of vendors selling novelty toys, baked goods, coffee, Michigan-themed items and other delights for eager shoppers.
  • The 32nd Annual Silver Bells in the City commemorative holiday ornament is available for purchase online at The handcrafted ornament, available in silver and gold, was made by local artist, Tiffany Marie of La Fille Gallery in Lansing. They will be sold the night of the event at the Silver Bells Village and La Fille Gallery. The cost is $20 each.
  • The festival welcomes country-pop duo Smithfield, who will be this year’s headline performer following the fireworks show from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Lansing Center.
  • Returning this year is the Lansing Board of Water & Light Toy Mill. Bring a new unwrapped toy to the corner of Ottawa and N. Washington Sq. starting at 12 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. All toys will be distributed to children in need through the Marine Corps’ Toys-for-Tots program.
  • In addition, the 10 high school bands participating in the Electric Light Parade will be competing to see which school can collect the most toys in the “Tunes for Tots” challenge. The winner will be announced during the parade.
  • Come visit with Santa and his reindeer at the Lansing City Market, and enjoy free cider and cookies (while supplies last).
  • Enjoy performances by nearly 50 regional arts and cultural organizations, school groups, storytellers, theatrical troupes, hand-bell choirs and many others around downtown.
  • Other event entertainment includes free admission and entertainment at more than 10 downtown arts and cultural institutions, self-guided tours of the State Capitol and a live big-screen telecast of the festivities at the Lansing Center for those who prefer watching the parade indoors.
  • In addition to these festivities, downtown stores and restaurants will be open late to kick-off holiday shopping and dining. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and stay late to take in all that downtown Lansing has to offer.

Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20:

  • Breakfast with Santa will be offered Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 with seating from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bring your children for a hot pancake breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Troppo. Includes cookie decorating, writing letters to Santa and holiday arts and crafts. Tickets are available at Troppo for $10 each, children under 2 receive free admission. For reservations call Troppo at 517-371-4000.
  • Silver Bells 5K starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. This chip-timed Run/Walk supports Silver Bells in the City and the Chris and Louise Holman Foundation. Prizes will be awarded for the best traditional Christmas costume. The Silver Bells 5K is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network and is coordinated by the Michigan Fitness Foundation. Register for the Silver Bells 5K at

For those who cannot make it to downtown Lansing for Silver Bells in the City, the Electric Light Parade, tree lighting and fireworks over the Capitol will be broadcast LIVE on Friday, Nov. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. on FOX 47, WKAR-HD and local Comcast Channel 12. The broadcast will be replayed on FOX 47 on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24 from 8 to 10 a.m. and from 12 to 2 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. Replays on WKAR World will be Thursday, Nov. 24 from 8 to 10 p.m. and WKAR HD on Saturday, Dec. 24 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Comcast will offer the broadcast on-demand starting Thursday, Dec. 1 while City-TV will replay it immediately after the program ends at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 and then on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. through New Year’s Eve.

Silver Bells in the City is a celebration of the lights, the arts and holiday cheer and is free and open to the public. A project of Downtown Lansing Inc., Silver Bells in the City is produced with the assistance of many dedicated community volunteers.

The 32nd Annual Silver Bells in the City is made possible through the support of many generous area sponsors, including Presenting Sponsors, the Lansing Board of Water & Light and City of Lansing. The Electric Light Parade sponsors are the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 665 and the Lansing Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association. The fireworks show is generously sponsored by Lake Trust Credit Union, the Community Sing is sponsored by Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau and the tree lighting is sponsored by Granger.

For more information, please visit or contact Mindy Biladeau at Downtown Lansing Inc., 517-485-3357.


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