The Parade

The Electric Light Parade welcomes the holiday season in the Capital City with lighted floats and the arrival of Santa. The Electric Light Parade steps off at 6:00 pm at the corner of Lenawee and South Washington Square. Over sixty units and eleven area high school marching bands will sparkle with thousands of lights as they make their way through the streets of downtown Lansing. 

The participating high school marching bands will compete for the Best Illuminated Band award during the parade. The high school band that is most well-lit will win $1,000 courtesy of the Lansing Board of Water and Light. 

The parade is proudly sponsored by IBEW Local #665 and NECA and is proudly staged by the Lansing Host Lions Club.

The Village

The Silver Bells Village is the perfect place to start your holiday shopping, get some refreshments or purchase your Silver Bells commemorative ornament. The Village is made up of local vendors from throughout the state and is located on the 100 E. Block of Allegan Street between South Washington Square and Grand Avenue.


Silver Bells in the City is a family event with something for everyone. Main attractions include the Electric Light Parade, the Community Sing, lighting of the State Christmas tree, fireworks over the Capitol dome (weather permitting) and a family-friendly concert.  In addition, over forty local arts and cultural groups provide entertainment for event-goers throughout the streets of downtown and at a variety of arts and cultural institutions open during the event.