The holidays are right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a festival of lights at the 29th annual Silver Bells in the City celebration on Friday, Nov. 22 in downtown Lansing.
Silver Bells in the City is an annual event coordinated by Downtown Lansing, Inc. The event draws thousands of people from across Michigan for entertainment, a parade and a spectacle of lights. Started in 1985 by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, the event has grown over the years, adding more attractions such as ice sculptures and carriage rides available to the public free of charge. In 1995, a Santa Parade was introduced and two years later the first Silver Bells Electric Light Parade took place. In 2010, the event was passed to Downtown Lansing, Inc.
“Silver Bells in the City is the premier holiday celebration for the Capitol City. It brings together the business community and typically brings in around 100,000 spectators for a night filled with holiday festivities,” said Cathleen Edgerly, communications & marketing manager for Downtown Lansing, Inc. “Many people have fond memories of this event and come back home to visit family or friends in the area, which means they are making hotel reservations, dining downtown, shopping; they schedule their holiday celebrations around the event. It’s truly the start of the holiday season for thousands.”
Silver Bells features a host of fun activities, such as the Silver Bells Shopping Village, the Silver Bells Holiday Fun Run, the lighting of the State Christmas Tree, musical performances by artists such as Disney’s IM5 band and much more. The event’s activities start at 5 p.m. and take place at various locations across the downtown Lansing area. Each location hosts a different activity. The event schedule and list of locations is available on the event’s website.