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34th Silver Bells in the City

Posted: 8:47 AM, Nov 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-16 08:47:54-05

It's beginning to look at a lot like Christmas and soon people will be singing carols at the top of their lungs when a holiday tradition returns to Lansing for its 34th year.

Of course, I'm referring to Silver Bells in the City.

Downtown Lansing transforms into a holiday wonderland and the streets get lit up by the 22nd annual Electric Light Parade.

The parade will have 76 illuminated floats and marching bands.

The parade starts at 6 p.m. from the corner of South Washington Square and Lenawee Street. It will head north on Washington Square, travel west on Ottawa, and south on Capitol Avenue.

"Leading the way are our grand marshals, the Detroit Lions cheerleaders and mascot, Roary. There's also Detroit Tigers mascot, Paws. He's a special guest in the parade," said Mindy Biladeau, executive director of Downtown Lansing Inc.

After the parade, the lighting of the state Christmas tree commences with caroling in the streets.

"It's a beautiful 62-foot-tall spruce from Alpena. Nearly 10,000 lights are on it so it's going to shine bright," said Biladeau.

However, visitors to the event will not see fireworks this year.

The City of Lansing said it's because of a geothermal field installation taking place on the west side of the Capitol. Organizers say that fireworks will return as part of the event next year.

The downtown area will be full of people enjoying the festivities, taking in the scene, and eating and drinking at local establishments, so get there early to get your best spot along the parade route.