Thousands To Celebrate Holiday Season At Silver Bells In The City

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Thousands of people will line the streets of downtown Lansing tonight for the 28th Annual Silver Bells in the City.

In the past, Silver Bells in the City has brought crowds of more 120,000. For many, it's the official kick-off to the holiday season, and a special holiday tradition in Lansing.

There will be plenty to see and do tonight, including the big electric light parade, high school marching bands, and free horse-drawn wagon rides. The grand finale is the lighting of the state's Christmas tree. This year's tree is the largest in Silver Bells history. It's a 75-foot tall blue spruce from Jackson, and it will be decked out with more than 6,000 lights.

After the lighting of the tree and a fireworks show, Disney star Coco Jones will take to the capitol steps to perform. The teen can be seen in several Disney channel TV shows and movies. She will be singing songs from her highly-anticipated new album.

A timeline of tonight's events:
--- The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a 2 1/2 mile "fun run" at the corner of Ottawa and Capitol Avenue. Costumes are encouraged.
--- The 16th Annual Electric Light Parade kicks off just after 6 p.m. with more than 70 different entries.
--- The Christmas tree will be lit at about 7:20 p.m. with fireworks to follow.
--- Disney star Coco Jones will perform at approximately 7:45 p.m.

Kids can also visit Santa and his reindeer, and enjoy free cookies and cider, at the Lansing City Market.

Downtown stores and restaurants will also be open late for holiday shopping and dining. The city encourages people to come early and stay late to enjoy all downtown Lansing has to offer.

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