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 ten 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.

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Parade Grand Marshals

This year’s Grand Marshals are Detroit Lions Cheerleaders and Roary!

New this year, the parade will have a special guest! Paws from the Detroit Tigers will be making an appearance in the Electric Light Parade.

While 2018 is the 21st Electric Light Parade, it is only the fifth year the parade had a Grand Marshal. In 2014, Mickey Mouse traveled from Walt Disney World Resorts in Florida to serve as the first ever Grand Marshal, in 2015 singer/songwriter Joshua Davis served as the Grand Marshal, in 2016 Todd Duckett was the Grand Marshal and in 2017 MSU’s Sparty was Grand Marshal.

Special Guest vehicle courtesy of Shaheen Chevrolet.

Special Guest vehicle courtesy of Shaheen Chevrolet.

Grand Marshal vehicle courtesy of Grand Ledge Ford Lincoln

Grand Marshal vehicle courtesy of Grand Ledge Ford Lincoln


2018 Parade Participants

  • A1 Mechanical

  • Capital Area District Libraries

  • CATA

  • Color Guard of USMC

  • Consumers Entergy

  • Consumers Professional Credit Union

  • Curwood Festival

  • Dean Trailways

  • Fire & Rice

  • Free Shrugs Improv

  • Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

  • Granger

  • Great Lakes Christian College

  • Greater Lansing Old Newsboys Association

  • Hager Fox Heating and Air Conditioning Co.

  • IBEW #665 & NECA

  • Lansing Board of Water and Light

  • Lansing Community College

  • Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority

  • Lansing Fire Department

  • Lansing Police Department-Gang Resistance Education and Training

  • Lansing Police Department-Neighborhood Watch

  • League of Michigan Bicyclists

  • Liskey's

  • MacDonald Broadcasting

  • Magnacharge Battery USA

  • Michigan Army National Guard

  • Michigan Department of Transportation

  • Michigan Plumbing

  • Michigan State University Rodeo Club

  • Mike Childers and Sons Excavating

  • Miracle League of Mid-Michigan/Sponsor LaFontaine Ford

  • Mobile Medical Response

  • Mr. Winter Services

  • Neogen Corporation

  • Northside Service Inc.

  • Peacock Road Tree Farm

  • PJ's Towing

  • Penway Church of God

  • Petoskey Steel Drum Band

  • R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

  • Salvation Army

  • Service Master Absolute

  • SERVPRO of Eaton, Clinton & Gratiot Counties, and Lansing and Holt

  • Simplified Tax and Accounting

  • Sohn Linen Service

  • Spartan Motors

  • Todd Martin Youth Leadership

  • Turner Dodge House

  • Two Men and a Truck

  • US Workvan Inc.

  • Wal-Mart

  • WILX News 10


2018 Parade Marching Bands


  • Bath High School Marching Band

  • Corunna High School Marching Band

  • Eastern High School Marching Band

  • Eaton Rapids High School Marching Band

  • Everett High School Marching Band

  • Holt High School Marching Band

  • Lansing Catholic High School Marching Band

  • Pewamo Westphalia High School Marching Band

  • Sexton High School Marching Band

  • St. Johns High School Marching Band

  • Waverly High School Marching Band




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.

2018 Silver Bells Village Vendors


Women’s clothing & accessories

Cinnamon Nuts and More

Roasted Nuts

Confectionately Yours

Baked goods

Delaina's Toys

Novelty and light-up toys

Dirine Crystal


Doll's Cookie Basket

Homemade cookies

Jak Jeckel Pepper Sauce

Hot sauce

Fudge & Frosting


Ethereal Acorns


Michigan Kettle Corn


The Bakewell Company

Baked goods (quiche)

Locker Lifestyle

Wrist wallets & headbands

Mud Lake Sodas


Silver Bells Ornaments

2018 Silver Bells Commemorative Ornaments

Wallace Scones

Scones & frozen scone dough

Soy Comfort Candles


Uncle Calvin's Sweet Potato Pies

Sweet Potato Pies

Two Stix 5 Stones

Fiber art

MI Hands Soap

Bath & body care

Cottage Inn