Schedule of Events


Silver Bells Fun Run: 5:00 pm

3 mile Fun Run (walk) starts in front of the State Capitol. Free long-sleeve tee with registration and costumes are encouraged. Prizes awarded for best costumes. The Fun Run is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and is coordinated by Playmakers and the Chris & Louise Holman Foundation.

Register for the Fun Run at

Radio Disney Road Crew: 5:00-6:00 pm

Come sing, dance, play and win prizes with the Radio Disney Road Crew on the steps of the State Capitol, powered by Citizens Insurance.

Silver Bells Shopping Village: 5:00-9:00 pm

The Silver Bells Village is the perfect place to start your holiday shopping, get some refreshments and purchase your 2013 Silver Bells commemorative ornament. The Village is located on the 100 E. Block of Allegan Street between South Washington Square and Grand Avenue.

17th Annual Electric Light Parade: Steps off at 6:00 pm

Bring the whole family to enjoy the Electric Light Parade. Over 60 units all decked out with thousands of lights, local High School Marching Bands, horse drawn carriages, the arrival of Santa and more!

Lighting Of The Official State Christmas Tree: Approximately 7:20 pm

The tree lighting takes place in front of the State Capitol.

Fireworks: Approximately 7:30 pm

Enjoy a dazzling fireworks display (weather permitting) over the Capitol dome.

Macy Kate opening for IM5: Approximately 7:45 pm

Macy Kate

At the age of 15, Macy Kate’s mature, soulful voice has already drawn comparisons to Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys. Macy Kate is one of a handful of artists to appear on the YouTube channel of music producer Kurt Hugo Schneider, one of the top 25 largest music channels on YouTube. Her videos have made an impressive impact in a mere six months with more than 1.3 million views on her “Pink Medley” and her newly released “Radioactive” video with 3.4 million views in 90 days. Macy Kate has opened up on tour for national acts including Aaron Carter, OMG Girlz, Seven Nations and Alex G. She is currently working on her debut album with writers/producers that work with the likes of Justin Beiber, Beyoncé, Selena Gomez. Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson and more. She has also just signed a management deal with Chris Borchetta, who's family is known for the success of such artists as Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw.

IM5 hosted by Radio Disney: Approximately 8:15 pm

IM5 Headshot Logo

Silver Bells in the City welcomes Radio Disney’s talented boy band, IM5 to the stage as this year’s headline performers. IM5, the multi-cultured quintet comprised of band members Cole Pendery, Dalton Rapattoni, Dana Vaughns, Gabe Morales and Will Jay, is quickly making waves as the world’s next dominant boy band. The band boasts a unique style that fuses together hook driven pop melodies, authentic vocal harmonies and full blown dance routines, while incorporating real instrumentation to their performances and recordings.

IM5 was discovered in 2011 by “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller, media icon Perez Hilton and acclaimed tour director Jamie King. In April 2012, IM5 was featured on the Tyler James Williams song “Don’t Run Away” which was also the lead track from the Disney feature film “Let It Shine.” “Everything About U,” the band’s first digitally released song, released in June 2012, caught the attention of Radio Disney programming directors who put the song in heavy rotation for the remainder of the year. The music video for their next release “Zero Gravity” had a strong debut on CBS’ “The Insider” and their current single, “Can’t Stay Away,” features “Shake It Up” Disney star Bella Thorne. Learn more about IM5 by visiting


Lansing City Hall

7:15-8:00 pm: Glen Erin Pipe Band
8:00-8:30 pm: Capitol City Jass Society

Main Stage (corner of Michigan & Capitol)

Following Parade, Lighting of Michigan’s Official State Tree and Fireworks Display (Weather Permitting)

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 W Ottawa

5:30-6:00 pm: St. Paul’s Handbell Choir
7:30-8:00 pm: St. Paul’s Handbell Choir

Washington Square, 100 S Block

5:30-6:30 pm: Strolling Clowns
7:30-8:30 pm: Water Wonderland Chorus of Sweet Adelines International

Washington Square, 200 S Block

5:30-6:30 pm: Strolling Clowns
5:30-8:30 pm: First Celestial Congregational Church Celestial Handbell Ensemble
7:30-8:30 pm: Capitol City Chordsmen(Barbershop Quartet)

Washington Square, 300 S Block

5:30-6:30 pm: Strolling Clowns

CATA Transportation Center

5:00-6:00 pm: Lansing Concert Band (Woodwind Quartet)
6:00-7:00 pm: Taylor Taylor
6:30-8:30 pm: Caricature Artists
6:30-8:30 pm: Clowns and Face Painting
7:30-8:15 pm: Patsy Watson School of Dance
8:15-9:00 pm: Children’s Ballet Theater

Capital Area District Libraries-Downtown Lansing Library

5:00-8:00 pm: Make-A-Button
5:00-8:30 pm: Model Railroad Exhibit
5:30-8:30 pm: Clowns (Balloon Animals and Face Painting)
6:30-8:30 pm: Instant Photo Booth, Capture memories in an instant
7:30-8:00 pm: Joel Tacey’s Comedy & Magic Show
8:15-8:45 pm: Joel Tacey’s Comedy & Magic Show

Lansing City Market

5:00-9:00 pm: Live Reindeer and Santa & Mrs. Claus
5:30-6:30 pm: Alex Mejia Trio
6:30-7:30 pm: Lil Ditties
5:30-8:30 pm: Children’s Crafts
7:30-8:30 pm: Dan MacLachlan

Lansing Center – Exhibit Hall A

5:00-6:00 pm: Irish Dance Company of Greater Lansing
6:00-7:30 pm: Live Broadcast of the Electric Light Parade, Christmas Tree Lighting and Fireworks (broadcast to be shown on big screen)
6:15-7:15 pm: Winans Holiday Choir
7:30-8:30 pm: Meridian Community Band

Lansing Community College, Dart Auditorium, 500 N. Capitol Ave.

8:00-9:00 pm: Live Broadcast of “A Suessified Christmas Carol,” on 89.7FM & Studio audience welcome.

Michigan Library and Historical Center

5:00-6:00 pm: Patch Chords (Barbershop Quartet)
5:00-9:00 pm: Michigan Historical Museum Exhibit Galleries- Medieval Manuscript Art
6:00-7:00 pm: Wanda Degen & Kay Rinker-O’Neil (Dulcimer/Autoharp/Singer)
7:00-8:00 pm: Tangent Band
8:00-9:00 pm: Walter Cano Trio

Radisson Hotel, Corner of Michigan and Grand Avenues

5:00-6:00 pm: Full House Band
6:00-7:00 pm: El Ballet de Maria Luz
7:00-8:00 pm: Ruhala Performing Arts
8:00-9:00 pm: Alexis Dawdy Violinist

Riverwalk Theatre

8:00 pm: White Christmas
8:30 pm: White Christmas

State Capitol Building

5:30-8:00 pm: Self-Guided Tours of the Capitol
6:00-8:00 pm: Deidreanna Potter, Harpist (Capitol Rotunda)

(Schedule of events as of 9-23-13 is tentative and subject to change)

Saturday, November 23

Breakfast with Santa

Twas the morning after Silver Bells in the City... Bring your children for a hot pancake breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus! The morning includes cookie decorating, writing letters to Santa and holiday arts and crafts.

For reservations, please call Troppo at 517-371-4000.

Breakfast With Santa