While Lansing’s Silver Bells in the City is behind us, communities across the tri-county area are still spreading holiday cheer. With events ranging from parades to local shopping days, many entertainment options are available to residents seeking festive fun this weekend.
SATURDAY, DEC. 5 >> WINTER GLOW IN EAST LANSING Ice carving, horse and carriage rides, marshmallow roasting and much more come to Ann Street Plaza for East Lansing’s Winter Glow festival. This year’s installment also includes a holiday farmers market and the Jingle Jam Music Tent, featuring performances by Deacon Earl, Ladies First and the Swift Brothers. Attendees can also check out special offers from local businesses that are participating in that weekend’s Green Friday (and Saturday too!) event, East Lansing’s local alternative to Black Friday. 2-5 p.m. FREE. Ann Street Plaza, Albert and M.A.C. avenues, East Lansing. (517) 319- 6888, cityofeastlansing.com/winterglow.
SATURDAY, DEC. 5 >> HOLIDAY HULLABALOO IN OLD TOWN The Old Town Commercial Association invites residents to enjoy a day of holiday-themed family fun. Many of Old Town’s locally owned businesses are participating in the Hullabaloo, offering visitors live music, sales and holiday-themed refreshments. Santa makes a special appearance at Mother & Earth Baby Boutique from noon to 4 p.m. to hear children’s yuletide wishes free of charge, and several businesses offer various kid’s activities like Christmas crafts and scavenger hunts. For the 21-and-over crowd, adult beverages are available at a few participating locations, including Sweet Custom Jewelry, Curvaceous Lingerie and Leopold Bloom and Co. Noon. FREE. Old Town, Lansing. (517) 485- 4283, iloveoldtown.org.
FRIDAY, DEC. 4 >> NIGHT-LIGHTS CHRITSMAS PARADE IN GRAND LEDGE The 44th annual Night-Lights Christmas Parade in Grand Ledge kicks off Friday night. This holidaythemed parade will feature lights, music and a variety of festive floats. After the parade, the Sun Theatre hosts a free showing of “Shrek The Halls” and a Santa meet-and-greet. 7 p.m. Downtown Grand Ledge. (517) 627-2383, grandledgechamber.com.
SATURDAY, DEC. 5 >> DOWNTOWN DEWITT CHRISTMAS MARKET Did you miss small business Saturday? Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time to support local shops this holiday season. The DeWitt Downtown Development Authority has teamed up with over 10 downtown DeWitt businesses to present the 10th annual Downtown DeWitt Christmas Market. In addition to holiday shopping, the event offers horse-drawn carriage rides, a bonfire and live music. A Christmas parade swings through downtown at 5:30 p.m., and the event concludes with a 6:20 p.m. tree lighting. 2-6:30 p.m. FREE. Downtown DeWitt. (517) 669-2441, dewittdda.org.
SATURDAY, DEC. 5 >> HOLIDAY LIGHT PARADE IN WILLIAMSTON For Williamston residents looking for some holiday fun, the 19th annual Holiday Light Parade makes its way through downtown Williamston Saturday. The parade includes illuminated floats and vehicles, a marching band performance, live animals and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will help light the tree in front of City Hall following the parade. Children are invited to bring their wish lists to Santa in Keller’s Plaza after the tree lighting. Many downtown businesses are offering extended shopping hours for the occasion, with some even handing out refreshments like popcorn and hot cocoa. 6 p.m. FREE. Downtown Williamston. (517) 655-1549, williamston.org.