History of Silver Bells in the City
The extravaganza was developed in 1985 by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. Silver Bells in the City started as a small event, involving 2,500 people who lined up along the streets of downtown Lansing. A community melody was led by Mayor Terry McKane. The state tree wasn’t involved until 1987.
Over the years the event made additions that included carriage rides, ice sculptures and local venues that were free to the public. On a Friday night in 1997, the first Silver Bells Electric Light Parade brightened the streets, attracting large crowds. Santa, along with his sleigh and reindeer, made their first introduction in 2000 at the Lansing City Market, and in 2001 fireworks illuminated the downtown sky for the first time. In 2003, roof top lighting was added to downtown buildings to bring the city together as one.
In 2010, Downtown Lansing Inc. took over the responsibility of keeping the Silver Bells heritage restless.
Silver Bells in the City now attracts 100,000+ people to downtown Lansing to witness the millions of lights and celebrate the holiday season.
This year marks the 28th annual Silver Bells in the City, and for the first time in event history, it will be broadcasted LIVE on FOX 47 and WKAR on Friday, November 16 from 6:00-8:00 pm.