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Silver Bells in the City: 2018 schedule of events

Lighting up Lansing
Posted at 8:43 AM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 08:43:21-05

The 34th Annual Silver Bells in the City kicks off at 5:00 pm Friday, November 16th. See a list of events and activities here! 

Friday, November 16

Silver Bells Village
5:00-9:00 pm

The Silver Bells Village is the perfect place to start your holiday shopping, get some refreshments and purchase your Silver Bells commemorative ornament. The Village is located on the 100 E. Block of Allegan Street between South Washington Square and Grand Avenue. 

22nd Annual Electric Light Parade
Steps off at 6:00 pm

Corner at Lenawee and S. Washington Sq. 

Bring the whole family to enjoy the Electric Light Parade. More than 70 units all decked out with thousands of lights, local High School Marching Bands, horse drawn carriages, the arrival of Santa and more! The parade is brought to you by IBEW Local #665 and NECA.

Lighting Of The Official State Christmas Tree
Approximately 7:45 pm

The tree lighting takes place in front of the State Capitol.

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Community Sing
Approximately 7:45 pm

Billboard chart topping Saxophonist Phil Denny and vocalist Meagan McNeal, from Season 13 of NBC’s “The Voice,” will lead the crowd in holiday favorites for the Community Sing.

Live Broadcast
6-8 p.m.

The Silver Bells in the City Electric Light Parade is going to be broadcast LIVE on FOX 47 and local Comcast Channel 12 from 6-8 p.m.

Replays on FOX 47

  • Nov. 22, 2018 (Thanksgiving) from 8-10 a.m.

  • Nov. 23, 2018 (Black Friday) from 9-11 a.m.

  • Nov. 25, 2018 (Post-NFL) from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

  • Dec. 25, 2018 (Christmas) from 7-9 a.m.


  • Immediately after live broadcast, and on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. through New Year's Eve.

Opening of BWL Toy Mill

12 p.m.

Bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and join us for the opening of the BWL Toy Mill at Ottawa and N. Washington Square. The Toy Mill is open for toy donations from 5-9 p.m. the night of Silver Bells.

Lansing City Hall

  • 5:00-6:00 pm: Water Wonderland Chorus of Sweet Adelines International

  • 6:30-7:00 pm: Tom Jones Trio

  • 7:15-8:00 pm: Glen Erin Pipe Band

Main Stage (corner of Michigan & Capitol)

  • Following Parade: Lighting of Michigan’s Official State Tree

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 W Ottawa

  • 7:30-8:30 pm: Refreshments and Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long

  • 7:30-8:30 pm: St. Cecilia Chorale and St. Paul’s Bells

Washington Square, 100 S Block

  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Strolling Clowns

Washington Square, 200 S. Block

  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Strolling Clowns

  • 6:30-7:30 pm: State of Fifths

  • 7:30-8:30 pm: Capitol City Chordsmen

Washington Square, 300 S. Block 

  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Strolling Clowns

Insty-Prints, 209 S. Washington Sq.

  • 5:00-7:00 pm: Hand Bell Choir

For Crepe Sake, 221 S. Washington Sq.

  • 5:00-7:00 pm: Dennis Preston, Caricature Artist

Lansing Art Gallery, 119 N. Washington Sq.

  • 5:00-9:00 pm: Holiday Art Exhibition (shop gifts from 100+ Michigan artists)

  • 5:00-7:00 pm: Ugli Paul, Caricature Artist

  • 5:00-8:30 pm: Hands-on art activities

La Fille Gallery

  • 5:00-9:00 pm: Silver Bells Ornaments

  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Steven Thomas, Saxophonist

  • 6:30-7:30 pm: Doug Berch, Dulcimer

Capital Area District Libraries-Downtown Lansing Branch

  • 5:00-8:30 pm: Meet and Greet Superheros from the League of Enchantment

  • 5:00-9:00 pm: Batman’s Batpod in Front Lobby

  • 5:00-9:00 pm: Activity: Superhero Button Making

  • 5:00-9:00 pm: Activity: Crafts and Giant Games

Impression 5 Science Center

  • 5:00-6:30 pm: Science Center is open for free, admission for special exhibit only

  • 5:00-6:00 pm: Wanda Degen, Hammered Dulcimer

State Capitol Building

  • 5:00-5:30 pm: Lansing Children’s Choir

  • 5:30-6:00 pm: Olivet College Gospel Choir

  • 5:30-6:00 pm: Waverly Reflections

  • 5:30-8:00 pm: Self-Guided Tours of the Capitol

  • 6:00-8:00 pm: Deidreanna Porter, Harpist*

Lansing Center — Riverfront Plaza

  • 7:00-9:00 pm: Live Reindeer and Santa & Mrs. Claus*

Lansing Center – Main Concourse

  • 5:00-6:30 pm: Marina Stojanovska, Pianist

  • 6:45-7:15 pm: A'CaFellas

  • 7:30-8:00 pm: Spartan Dischords

Lansing Center -- Exhibit Hall C

  • 8:00-9:00 pm: Artist TBA

Lansing Community College, Dart Auditorium, 500 N. Capital Ave.

  • 8:00-9:00 pm: Live Radio Broadcast of “The Imminent Return of Anti-Claus," on 89.7FM and Studio audience welcome for this radio play.

Lansing Central United Methodist Church-Fellowship Hall

  • 6:00-7:00 pm: TBD*

Michigan Library and Historical Center

  • 5:00-9:00 pm: Activity: Make a hand-warmer station

  • 5:00-9:00 pm: Activity: Design a Lighthouse

  • 5:00-9:00 pm: Mid-Century Ornaments

  • 5:00-6:00 pm: Patch Chords (Barbershop Quartet)

  • 6:00-7:00 pm: Alex Mendenall

  • 7:00-8:00 pm: Deacon Earl

  • 8:00-9:00 pm: Coolidge

Library of Michigan, 702 W. Kalamazoo St.

  • 5:00-9:00 pm: Activity: Book and Bookmark Making