Nov. 15 2018 10:21 AM

Are you ready for one of Lansing’s favorite traditions? Friday, at 6 p.m., in the City will illuminate downtown while marching bands, horse-drawn carriages, mascots and glowing floats roll by the crowd. This year’s grand marshals are the Detroit Lions Cheerleaders and the team’s beloved mascot, Roary. If you want to make the most of Silver Bells, take a look at City Pulse’s guide of Silver Bells events going down this weekend.

Silver Bells Parade Parking: Free parking after 5 p.m. in all City of Lansingowned parking ramps during the event, along with the LCC Ramp, State of Michigan Roosevelt Ramp, the state lots behind the Hall of Justice off of Ottawa and Allegan streets, the Lewis Cass lot off of Kalamazoo Street, and the lots south of the Michigan Historical Museum, also off of Kalamazoo. Riding the bus? Check for event detours.


The 22nd Annual Electric Light Parade kicks off at 6 p.m. Due to safety regulations from Capitol building construction, there will be no firework display following the parade. Fireworks are scheduled to return for 2019.

After the parade, the State Christmas Tree will be lit while “The Voice” contestant Meagan McNeal and Billboardcharting saxophonist Phil Denny lead a community sing.

Silver Bells Village, a holiday market featuring vendors dealing Christmas-themed goods, will be located on East Allegan Street between South Washington Square and Grand Avenue.

The 2018 Silver Bells in the City commemorative ornament can be purchased at

The ornament was designed by Lansing’s own Tiffany Marie of La Fille Gallery. You can purchase the $20 ornament Friday at La Fille Gallery and Silver Bells Village.

Vocalist John Splithoff is this year’s headline performer. He performs from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Lansing Center.

Starting at noon, Friday, the Lansing Board of Water & Light Toy Mill will bring unwrapped toys and books to the corner of Ottawa Street and North Washington Square. Toys will be disturbed to children in need through the Marine Toys for Tots Program.

New books will also be collected at the Downtown Lansing Branch of Capital Area District Libraries.

Santa and his reindeer will visit the riverfront plaza near the Lansing Center, where there will be free cider and cookies (while supplies last).

There will be performances by nearly 50 regional arts and cultural organizations, school groups, storytellers, theatrical troupes, hand-bell choirs and many others around downtown.

There’s free admission and entertainment at more than 10 downtown arts and cultural institutions, including self-guided tours of the Capitol.

Downtown stores and restaurants will be open late to kick off holiday shopping and dining.

Saturday & Sunday

You can have brunch with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus Saturday and Sunday, with seating from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Troppo on 111 E. Michigan Ave. Brunch includes a digital photo with Santana, cooking decorating, writing letters to Santa and holiday arts and crafts. Reservations can be made at for $20. Free admission for children 2 and under.

The Silver Bells 5K, coordinated by the Michigan Fitness Foundation, starts Saturday at 9 a.m. The chip-timed run/walk supports Silver Bells in the City and the Chris and Louise Holman Foundation and is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network and Dean Trailways. Register at