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Silver Bells kicks off the holidays in Lansing

Posted at 12:22 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 12:22:56-05

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 S. Washington Square and Lenawee Street.

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

Check out all of the Silver Bells festivities Nov. 16 through Sunday, Nov. 18. here:
Friday, Nov. 16:
• The 22nd Annual Electric Light Parade steps off at 6 p.m.
• Following the parade, the State Christmas Tree will be lit with
a performance by Meagan McNeal and Phil Denny.
• The Silver Bells Village, sponsored by the Lansing State
Journal, located on East Allegan Street between S. Washington
Sq. and Grand Ave., will feature a variety of vendors selling
novelty toys, baked goods, Michigan-themed items and other
• The 2018 Silver Bells in the City commemorative ornament is
available for purchase online at The
handcrafted ornament was made by local artist, Ti any Marie
of La Fille Gallery in Lansing. They will also be sold the night of
the event at the Silver Bells Village and La Fille Gallery. The
cost is $20 each.
• The festival welcomes vocalist John Splithoff, who will be this
year’s headline performer from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Lansing
Center. The concert is presented by Lake Trust Credit Union.
Returning this year is the Lansing Board of Water & Light Toy
Mill. Bring new unwrapped toy and books to the corner of
Ottawa and N. Washington Sq. starting at 12 p.m. Friday, Nov.
16. All toys will be distributed to children in need through the
Marine Corps’ Toys-for-Tots program.
• Additionally, new books will be collected at the downtown
Capital Area District Libraries branch.
• Come visit with Santa and his reindeer on the riverfront plaza
near the Lansing Center, and enjoy free cider and cookies
(while supplies last).
• Enjoy performances by nearly 50 regional arts and cultural
organizations, school groups, storytellers, theatrical troupes,
hand-bell choirs and many others around downtown.
• Other event entertainment includes free admission and
entertainment at more than 10 downtown arts and cultural
institutions, including self-guided tours of the State Capitol.
• In addition to these festivities, downtown stores and
restaurants will be open late to kick-o holiday shopping and
dining. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and stay late
to take in all that downtown Lansing has to o er.
Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18:
• Brunch with Santa will be offered Saturday, Nov. 17 and
Sunday, Nov. 18 with seating from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your
children for a special brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus at
Troppo. Includes a digital photo with Santa, cookie
decorating, writing letters to Santa and holiday arts and crafts.
Reservations can be made after Oct. 24 at for $20 each, children 2 and under
receive free admission.
• Silver Bells 5K starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. This
chip-timed run/walk supports Silver Bells in the City and the
Chris and Louise Holman Foundation. The Silver Bells 5K is
sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue
Care Network and Dean Trailways and is coordinated by the
Michigan Fitness Foundation. Register for the Silver Bells 5K at