Electric Light Parade, Firefly Drone Light Show, Tree Lighting, Holiday Market & More!

After a hiatus in 2020, downtown Lansing is welcoming back Silver Bells in the City, a beloved event that kicks off the holiday season in Michigan’s capital city. Visitors can experience millions of lights, a superb electric light parade with more than 60 units along with high school marching bands, the lighting of Michigan’s official Christmas tree in front of the Capitol Building and a community sing-along with a special guest. This year, instead of the usual fireworks finale, attendees can delight in a Firefly Drone Light Show. All throughout the evening, a Silver Bells Village will be set up on Allegan Street between Grand and Washington Square and Michigan vendors will be selling all kinds of treats and merchandise.

Silver Bells fire truck

What: Silver Bells in the City

Where: Downtown Lansing (primarily on Washington Square and Capitol Avenue.)

When: Friday, November 19, 2021. Festivities from 5 - 8:30 p.m.

How to get to Downtown Lansing: Here are some directions to get you to the Lansing Center, about a two blocks away from the thick of it.

Where to park: Parking in Lansing is free after 5 p.m. for this event and there is plenty of parking available. 

Silver Bells parking 2021

For the agenda times and details check out the Silver Bells in the City website or reference this handy brochure.

The State Capitol Building will be open for self guided tours, the Lansing Art Gallery's Holiday Market will be open as will La Fille Gallery where you can purchase a commemorative Silver Bells ornament.

Silver Bells ornament 2021

...and there's even more! 

Saturday November 20, 2021 Register for the 11th annual Silver Bells 5K Race at www.runsignup.com/silverbells or on site the morning of the event.        

This year the traditional Breakfast with Santa will be held on November 27 at Troppo.

Silver Bells in the City 2021 from Media Advantage on Vimeo.

Make it a Weekend!

Book now for one of the downtown Lansing hotels within walking distance like the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol or the Courtyard by Marriott Lansing Downtown. Plus you can add on an assortment of events like live theatre (The Lion in Winter or This Wonderful Life,) Reggie Harris in concert or the Capital City Tennis Classic. 

Silver Bells is an annual celebration has been a tradition in downtown Lansing for 37 years and promises to warm the hearts of even the smallest hearted Grinch. Come out to beautiful downtown Lansing and help ring in the holiday season! 

Photo credit: James Lenon

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