Lansing rings in the season with Silver Bells in the City

November 28, 2018 by  

For the 34th year, Lansing kicked off the holidays with its Silver Bells in the City celebration, an evening that included an electric parade and the lighting of the state Christmas tree.

The annual event is presented by the City of Lansing and the Lansing Board of Water and Light, and put together by a Coordinating Committee working with Downtown Lansing, Inc. Nearly 100 sponsors from throughout the area, assisted by the city and the State of Michigan, keep the event free to all. A small army of volunteers made the whole thing work.

The centerpiece of the evening was the millions of lights that outlined the buildings downtown, as well as the floats in the parade.

The event attracts as many as 80,000 people from throughout the area. Organizers of events like this can use brochure printing to create a booklet that lists the events, times, and vendors.

The electric light parade featured over 60 units, from city buses, to 18-wheelers, to fire engines, all draped with thousands of lights. High school marching bands from throughout the region joined the fun, competing for the title of ‘Best Illuminated Band’.

Everyone joined in a community sing of favorite Christmas carols, and those who wanted to get in some early shopping visited the Silver Bells Village, where local vendors offered their products, including toys, candy, and crystal ware.