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Main Attractions


Main Attractions

Friday, November 16

Silver Bells 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 Silver Bells commemorative ornament. The Village is located on the 100 E. Block of Allegan Street between South Washington Square and Grand Avenue. 

22nd Annual Electric Light Parade
Steps off at 6:00 pm

Corner at Lenawee and S. Washington Sq. 

Bring the whole family to enjoy the Electric Light Parade. More than 70 units all decked out with thousands of lights, local High School Marching Bands, horse drawn carriages, the arrival of Santa and more! The parade is brought to you by IBEW Local #665 and NECA.

Community Sing
Approximately 7:35 pm

The Steiner Chorale will lead the sing. Learn more about the chorale at

Lighting Of The Official State Christmas Tree
Approximately 7:45 pm

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

Approximately 7:50 pm

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

Live Broadcast
6-8 p.m.

The Silver Bells in the City Electric Light Parade is going to be broadcast LIVE on FOX 47 and local Comcast Channel 12 from 6-8 p.m.

Replays on FOX 47

  • Nov. 22, 2018 (Thanksgiving) from 8-10 a.m.

  • Nov. 23, 2018 (Black Friday) from 9-11 a.m.

  • Nov. 25, 2018 (Post-NFL) from 4:30-6:30 p.m.


  • Immediately after live broadcast, and on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. through New Year's Eve.

Live Concert

8:00 pm at the Lansing Center.

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers will be performing live in concert. Welcomed by 97.5 NOW FM.

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Downtown Entertainment

Downtown Entertainment

Friday, November 16

Opening of BWL Toy Mill

12 p.m.

Bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and join us for the opening of the BWL Toy Mill at Ottawa and N. Washington Square. The Toy Mill is open for toy donations from 5-9 p.m. the night of Silver Bells.

Lansing City Hall

  • 5:00-6:00 pm: Water Wonderland Chorus of Sweet Adelines International

  • 6:30-7:00 pm: Tom Jones Trio

  • 7:15-8:00 pm: Glen Erin Pipe Band

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

  • 7:30-8:30 pm: St. Cecilia Chorale*

Washington Square, 100 N Block

  • 6:30-7:00 pm: State of Fifths

Washington Square, 100 S Block

  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Strolling Clowns

  • 7:00-7:30 pm: State of Fifths

Washington Square, 200 S. Block

  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Strolling Clowns

  • 7:30-8:30 pm: Capitol City Chordsmen

Washington Square, 300 S. Block 

  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Strolling Clowns

The Runway, Knapp's Centre-entrance on Washtenaw St.

  • 5:00-9:00 pm: Shop good from local designers

  • 6:30-8:30 pm: Caricature Artist

Lansing Art Gallery, 119 N. Washington Sq.

  • 5:00-9:00 pm: Holiday Art Exhibition (shop gifts from 100+ Michigan artists)

  • 5:00-8:30 pm: Art Activities

  • 5:00-7:00 pm: Caricature Artist

La Fille Gallery

  • 5:00-9:00 pm: Silver Bells Ornaments

  • 5:30-7:00 pm: Taylor Taylor

Capital Area District Libraries-Downtown Lansing Branch

  • 5:00-8:30 pm: Sally Mae Britton ace Painting & Balloon Animals

  • 6:30-8:30 pm: Family Photo Booth*

  • 7:30-8:00 pm: Joel Tacey's "Let it Snow Holiday Show"*

  • 8:15-8:45 pm: Joel Tacey's "Let it Snow Holiday Show"*

Impression 5 Science Center

  • 5:00-6:30 pm: Science Center is open for free, admission for special exhibit only

  • 5:00-6:00 pm: Wanda Degen, Hammered Dulcimer

State Capitol Building

  • 5:00-6:00 pm: MSU Community School of Music Children & Youth Choirs

  • 5:30-8:00 pm: Self-Guided Tours of the Capitol

  • 6:00-8:00 pm: Deidreanna Porter, Harpist*

Lansing City Market

  • 5:00-9:00 pm: Live Reindeer and Santa & Mrs. Claus*

  • 5:30-6:30 pm: Steve Thomas, saxophonist

  • 6:30-7:30 pm: Deacon Earl

  • 7:30-8:30 pm: Olivet College Gospel Choir


Lansing Center – Main Concourse

  • 5:00-6:30 pm: Marina Stojanovska, Pianist

  • 6:45-7:15 pm: A'CaFellas

  • 7:30-8:00 pm: Spartan Dischords

Lansing Center -- Exhibit Hall C

  • 8:00-9:00 pm: Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

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

  • 8:00-9:00 pm: Live Radio Broadcast of “Little Shop of Horrors," on 89.7FM and Studio audience welcome for this radio play.

Lansing Central United Methodist Church-Fellowship Hall

  • 6:00-7:00 pm: The Men of Orpheus*

Michigan Library and Historical Center

  • 5:00-9:00 pm: Make a hand-warmer station

  • 5:00-9:00 pm: Make-a-Book*

  • 5:00-9:00 pm: Michigan History Museum Exhibits

  • 5:00-6:00 pm: Patch Chords (Barbershop Quartet)

  • 6:00-8:00 pm: Alex Mendenall

  • 7:00-8:00 pm: Drew Kilpela Trio

  • 8:00-9:00 pm: Coolidge

Saturday, November 17

Brunch With Santa


8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Bring your children for a special brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Troppo. The day includes cookie decorating, writing letters to Santa and holiday arts and crafts.

Reservations will become available at on October 25.


Silver Bells 5K

9 a.m.
This is a 3 mile Run/Walk to support Silver Bells in the City and the Chris and Louise Holman Foundation. Christmas traditional costume contest, chip timed, finisher medals for all participants and awards for top finishers. The Silver Bells 5K is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network and is coordinated by the Michigan Fitness Foundation.

Register for the Silver Bells 5K at or on site the morning of the event.

Sunday, November 18


Brunch With Santa

8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Bring your children for a special brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Troppo. The day includes cookie decorating, writing letters to Santa and holiday arts and crafts.

Reservations will become available at on October 25.

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Note: all of the arts & cultural entertainment is sponsored by Dewpoint unless it has an *