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Doesn’t winter make you miss perusing the local farmers markets? The fresh produce, handmade goods and seasonal items are just so difficult to bid farewell to at the end of summer. But hang on for a minute; farmers markets are not limited to the summer months only. In fact, you can still add some summer flair back into your life this winter when you visit one of these indoor markets in Greater Lansing. 

Want to know what to do and see when you visit Greater Lansing? Need a great overview map of the area, a handy list of upcoming major festivals and events and 150 things to see and do? Find all the answers in our 2017 Greater Lansing Official Visitor Guide. With 80 pages of hotels, restaurants, attractions and an assortment of insider picks, we’re sure you’ll find just what you’re looking for.

2017 Event Planning Trends

Something people tend to do at the beginning of a new year is stop and take a good look forward. Everything is ahead; New trends, new challenges, new goals. The meetings and events industry is no different so here are the top five trends and things to watch in the Meetings and Events Industry for 2017.

There’s a lot to celebrate in January. The start of a new year not only means a fresh slate, but it also marks the start of a new event season here in Michigan’s Festival Capital. Winter might signify a slower pace for some, but that’s not the case in Lansing where the events just keep rolling in! So, without further ado, get your pens ready because it’s time to save some dates. Here are the top things to do in Lansing this month.

The start of a new year can seem overwhelming. Especially when it feels like it just began. But, time marches on; it’s just one of the inescapable truths of life. Instead of dwelling on the rapid succession and unfinished accomplishments of the past year, we like to look at what is ahead. Particularly, when what we see is a new class of restaurants and breweries offering up one-of-a-kind entrées and beverages. Here are three new restaurants in Lansing we can’t wait to try in 2017. 

When you're planning an event, just as important as who is speaking is the question - What is everyone eating? In today's complicated world more and more people have special diets due to the growing number of food allergies. A savvy event professional knows what most people tend to be allergic to and are ready to accommodate common special diets. Want a quick look at the must-knows of feeding the masses in 2016?

Whether you're visiting from out of town or have lived here your whole life, it's pretty clear that Michigan’s capital city Lansing looks pretty spectacular when December rolls around. With some big red ornaments, a rooftop-lit skyline and the state Christmas tree aglow, you can’t help but admire the view.

If you're planning an event but aren't sure which type of event seating plan is right for you, here are some questions to ask yourself before you decide which arrangement will work best for your event:

  •     How many people will be attending your event?
  •     What is the purpose of the event?
  •     Are there any restrictions due to the type of venue selected for the event?
  •     Will the guests need to interact with one another at any point during the event?
  •     Are there any special activities or circumstances that need to be taken into consideration?

What’s cold, white and celebrated all over? Winter break! Well, at least in Michigan. Sure, it might not be as lengthy as summer break and you can’t shouldn’t wear flip-flops, but it’s time off from school and that’s exciting enough. If you have one or more kids home from school, keep them entertained with one of these fun and affordable things to do. 

Whether you want to spark a memory, give the gift of time together, create a lasting experience or start a new tradition, these unique Lansing gift ideas will be a great alternative to the same old “stuff” and will be sure to please.