'Silver Bells' lights up Lansing Nov. 18
"Silver Bells in the City" on Nov. 18 in downtown Lansing will include music, fireworks, a parade and a drone show. Courtesy photo
By Chloe Gregg
Lansing is hosting its 38th Silver Bells in the City celebration this year on Friday, Nov. 18. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the 25th annual Electric Light Parade, followed by the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree.
“Following the tree lighting, 20th season American Idol contestant Jacob Moran will take to the
Stage,” said Mindy Biladeau, the vice president of Sales and Services for Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities. “A Dansville, Mich. native, Jacob grew up in a multigenerational musical family and made it into the top 20 contestants of American Idol.”
Lansing is upgrading from a 100 Drone Light Show to a 200 Drone Light Show this year. The show will be synchronized to Moran’s music.
Children and adults can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and their live reindeer at the Riverfront Plaza next to the Lansing Center. A stunning fireworks display behind the Capitol building is also planned, according to Biladeau.
Beyond the entertainment, there will be shopping available for attendees.
“The Silver Bells Village is filled with vendors from throughout Michigan,” Biladeau said. “Shop for the holidays, grab refreshments or purchase a commemorative ornament. The Village is located on the 100 block of East Allegan Street, between South Washington Square and Grand Avenue.”
On Saturday, Nov. 19, the Silver Bells 5K Race begins at 9 a.m. Participants have the choice to walk or run, as well as whether to attend physically or virtually. All finishers will receive a medal, commemorative bib, and a long sleeve T-shirt. To sign up, click here.
Leah Gruber, a student at LCC, said that she is planning on attending the Silver Bells festivities with a date and some friends.
“Silver Bells is one of my favorite Michigan traditions,” Gruber said. “I’ve been going to it ever since I was a little girl with my family, and now as an adult. It really sets the point, for me, of when to start celebrating Christmas. After Silver Bells, Christmas music and Christmas decorations are in full-swing!”
For more information on Silver Bells, visit its website here.