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Silver Bells, Jackson Christmas Parade: What you need to know

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Posted at 9:25 AM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 09:25:10-05

The official kickoff to the holiday season happens tonight in Mid-Michigan. Thousands of people are expected in downtown Lansing for the 32nd annual Silver Bells in the City celebration.

The good news is for the first time in a long time, people won't have to bundle up while watching the Electric Light Parade. Temperatures in the 60s are expected today. The parade steps off at 6 p.m. at the corner of Washington Square and Lenawee in Lansing. There will be dozens of floats strung with bright lights and ten high school area marching bands.

Following the parade, people will gather around the state Christmas tree in front of the State Capitol for the lighting of the tree. Fireworks over the Capitol Dome will follow.

If the kids want to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus they can do so at the Lansing City Market from 5-9 p.m. There will be live music, free cider and cookies and live reindeer. Children can also write letters to Santa. The Lansing City Market is located at 325 City Market Drive, Lansing.

Jackson residents will also gather downtown tonight to kick off the Christmas season. The city's 26th annual Christmas parade steps off tonight at 6 p.m. The theme: Christmas in Toyland.