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If you’re driving in downtown Lansing today and thinking “what the what”? Why are all the streets closed?!?”

First, you’ll be exaggerating for entertainment purposes. They’re not all closed, but several are, or will be soon, for Silver Bells in the City festivities this evening (see map below).

If you've never attended the Silver Bells event when thousands of people show up in our fine Capitol to observe a parade of 76 lighted floats and marching bands, all led by the Detroit Lions cheerleaders and the beloved Lions mascot, “Roary”…after the conclusion of the parade, there will be the official lighting of the state Christmas tree, which came from Alpena this year.

Here's a rundown from the City of Lansing on tonight's schedule:

Silver Bells Village 5:00-9:00 PM

The Silver Bells Village is the perfect place to start your holiday shopping, get some refreshments and purchase your Silver Bells commemorative ornament. The Village is located on the 100 E. Block of Allegan Street between South Washington Square and Grand Avenue. 

22nd Annual Electric Light Parade Steps off at 6:00 PM

Corner at Lenawee and S. Washington Sq.

More than 70 units all decked out with thousands of lights, local High Schoo Marching Bands, horse drawn carriages, the arrival of Santa and more! The parade is brought to you by IBEW Local #665 and NECA.

Lighting Of The Official State Christmas Tree Approximately 7:45 PM

The tree lighting takes place in front of the State Capitol.

Community Sing Approximately 7:45 PM

Billboard chart topping Saxophonist Phil Denny and vocalist Meagan McNeal, from Season 13 of NBC’s “The Voice,” will lead the crowd.

Sign up to receive weather, traffic and emergency alerts for Silver Bells ONLY by texting "silverbells" to 888-777. #silverbells2018


Courtesy City of Lansing
Courtesy City of Lansing

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