Tonight downtown Lansing will light up for the 29th Silver Bells in the City. The event brings in tens of thousands of people from all over Michigan to celebrate the holiday season.
There will be holiday activities and outdoor performances, all highlighted by the 17th annual Electric Light parade which begins at 6:00 p.m., from the corner of South Washington Square and Lenawee.
Following the parade, crowds will count-down to the lighting of the State Christmas tree, followed by a fireworks display over the Capitol dome (weather permitting).
From Downtown Lansing Inc.
"Check out all of the exciting Silver Bells festivities this year:
*** Kick off the fun with the 3rd annual Silver Bells Fun Run! The run will include two loops of the parade route, and will benefit Silver Bells in the City and the Chris & Louise Holman Foundation. The run/walk starts at 5:00 p.m. at the corner of Ottawa and Capitol Avenue. Registration is $25, participants 12 and under with a long sleeve t-shirt is $10, and 12 and under without t-shirt is free. The run is limited to 1,000 participants. Visit <https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Lansing/SilverBellsFunRun> to register.
** The Silver Bells Shopping Village located on East Allegan Street between South Washington Square and Grand Avenue will feature holiday crafts, homemade treats and other delights for eager shoppers.
** The 29th Silver Bells in the City commemorative holiday ornament is available for purchase online at www.silverbellsinthecity.org <http://www.silverbellsinthecity.org>. The ornament has been hand-crafted by local artist, Tiffany Klein of La Fille Gallery in Lansing. They will be sold the night of the event at the Silver Bells Shopping Village, La Fille Gallery and at the Lansing City Market.
** Enjoy music, games and prizes with the Radio Disney Road Crew before the parade starts, from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on the steps of the Capitol building.
** The Festival welcomes talented boy band, IM5 to the stage as this year's headline performer. IM5 is hosted by Radio Disney and Citizens Insurance immediately following the fireworks show on the Capitol steps. Opening for IM5 is YouTube sensation Macy Kate.
** Returning this year is the Lansing Board of Water and Light Toy Mill, complete with an interactive water and light exhibit. Bring an unwrapped toy to the 200 block of North Washington Square to be distributed to underprivileged children through the Marine Corps' Toys-for-Tots program. The Toy Mill opens at noon on Friday, Nov. 22.
** Come visit with Santa and his reindeer at the Lansing City Market, and enjoy free juice and cookies (while supplies last).
Enjoy performances by nearly 50 regional arts and cultural organizations, school groups, storytellers, theatrical troupes, clowns,
hand-bell choirs and many others around downtown.
Other event entertainment includes free admission and entertainment at more than 15 downtown cultural institutions, self-guided tours of the State Capitol and a live big-screen telecast of the festivities at the Lansing Center for those who would rather watch the parade indoors.<i>
Get more information about tonight's festivities by clicking the link under the photo in this story.