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Electric Light 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 p.m. 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 awards during the parade. The two high school bands that are most well-lit will win a $500 gift card to Marshall Music courtesy of Marshall Music and $500 courtesy of the Lansing Board of Water and Light. Winners are announced at the Main State prior to the lighting of the State Christmas Tree. The parade is proudly sponsored by IBEW Local #665 and NECA and is proudly staged by the Lansing Host Lions Club.

Parade Grand Marshal

Check back soon for information on the 2016 Electric Light Parade Grand Marshal!

While this is the 20th Electric Light Parade, it is only the third year the parade has had a Grand Marshal. In 2014, Mickey Mouse traveled from Walt Disney World Resorts in Florida to serve as the first ever Grand Marshal, and in 2015 singer/songwriter Joshua Davis served as the Grand Marshal.

Grand Marshal vehicle courtesy of Shaheen Chevrolet.

Grand Marshal vehicle courtesy of Shaheen Chevrolet.


Parade Participants

  • A1 Mechanical
  • Andy T's Farm Market
  • Capital Area District Libraries
  • Capital Area Transportation Authority
  • Child and Family Charities
  • Friedland Industries
  • General Motors
  • Goldfish Swim School
  • Goesline Runciman Funeral Homes
  • Granger
  • Greater Lansing Old Newsboys Association
  • Hager Fox Heating and Air Conditioning Co.
  • IBEW #665
  • IHM-St. Casimir School
  • ITEC Lansing
  • Lansing Board of Water and Light
  • Lansing Community College
  • Lansing Derby Vixens and Lansing Junior Vixens
  • Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority
  • Lansing Fire Department
  • Lansing Lugnuts
  • Lansing Makers Network
  • Lansing Police Department-Gang Resistance Education and Training
  • League of Michigan Bicyclists
  • Lions Club
  • Liskeys
  • Live Green Lansing
  • Lyons Elementary Choir
  • MacDonald Broadcasting
  • Marathon Petroleum Company
  • Meijer
  • Michigan Millers
  • Michigan National Guard
  • Michigan Plumbing
  • Michigan State University Rodeo Club
  • Mike Childers and Sons Excavating
  • Miracle League of Mid-Michigan/Sponsor LaFontaine Ford
  • Mobile Medical Response
  • Mooville
  • Neighborhood Watch Advisory Board
  • Northside Service Inc.
  • Peacock Road Tree Farm
  • PJ's Towing
  • R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
  • Salvation Army
  • Simplified Tax and Accounting
  • Smile FM
  • Sohn Linen Service
  • Sparrow
  • Stiles Landscaping and Snow Removal
  • Turner Dodge House
  • Two Men and a Truck
  • University Club of MSU
  • US Workvan Inc.
  • Valvoline Instant Oil Change
  • Wal-Mart
  • YMCA
  • Zonta Club of Lansing and Zonta Club of Lansing Everett

Parade Marching Bands


  • Bath High School Marching Band
  • Corunna High School Marching Band
  • Eastern High School Marching Band
  • Eaton Rapids High School Marching Band
  • Holt High School Marching Band
  • Lansing Catholic High School Marching Band
  • Lansing Everett Marching Band
  • Sexton High School Marching Band
  • St. Johns High School Marching Band
  • Waverly High School Marching Band
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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 Village Vendors

Another Life T-Shirt

T-shirts and apparel

Big Daddy Donuts

Donuts & Cider

Chocolate Moonshine

Chocolate bars

Cinnamon Nuts and More

Roasted Nuts

Confectionately Yours

Baked goods

Delaina's Toys

Novelty and light-up toys

Denton Coffee Co.

Roasted coffee beans and brewed coffee cups

Doll's Cookie Basket

Homemade cookies

El Burrito Mexicano

Mexican Food

Homemade Heartfelt

Felt toys and Christmas decorations

Kettle Corn of Michigan

Kettle Corn made on site: variety of flavors/caramel corn

Lisa LTD

Licensed game day jewelry & shirts

Smitten by the Mitten State

Jewelry and apparel

Smitten with Mittens


Soy Comfort Candles


Two Stix 5 Stones


U.P. Pasties Co.

Hot mini-bite pasties, frozen  Top Sirloin, Chicken, and Veggie to-go pasties

Uncle Calvin's Sweet Potato Pies

Sweet Potato Pies