Michigan’s holiday season officially begins with Lansing’s annual Silver Bells in the City event on Friday, November 18, 2016, from 5-9 PM. This exciting parade has been bringing friends and family in and around Michigan together to celebrate the beginning of a joyful holiday season for 32 years. It’s truly a holiday extravaganza with over 80,000 people regularly in attendance every year, thousands of sparkling light features, activities, floats, carriage rides, a visit from Santa, and more. See the full list of events below:
This year, the Electric Light Parade in downtown Lansing starts at 6:00 PM at the intersection of Lenawee and South Washington Square. 11 high school marching bands from Lansing and surrounding areas will be decorated with countless lights as they march through the city center, competing for the Best Illuminated Band award – a $1,000 cash prize!
With over 50 parade participants, including Granger, Meijer, and Sparrow, this year’s Electric Light Parade is sure to be both breathtakingly beautiful and endlessly fun for the whole family.
Silver Bells in the City also features a holiday-themed village, full of local vendors representing the state of Michigan’s craftsmanship, skill, and a wide variety of products. It’s the perfect spot to grab free cider and cookies, shop around for locally made holiday gifts for loved ones (or for yourself!), and visit with one another. It is located at 100 E Block of Allegan Street.
Starting at 7:35 PM, The Steiner Chorale will lead a community singing event after the parade. The Steiner Chorale was founded in 1968, and is a 35-40 voice choir with an excellent reputation for quality performances in both traditional and non-traditional music styles.
Lighting of the Official State Christmas Tree
The massive official state Christmas tree will be lit at approximately 7:45 PM in front of Lansing’s State Capitol Building.
A fireworks show will follow the lighting of the tree at approximately 7:50 PM.
Live Concert at the Lansing Center
At 8:00 PM, SmithField will be playing at the Lansing Center. SmithField, comprised of Trey Smith and Jennifer Fiedler, are a rock country duo from Texas with a growing base of dedicated fans. With popular songs such as, “Hey Whiskey,” and, “The Good Old Days,” they’re sure to be an amazing show to see!