What you should know about Silver Bells in the City in Lansing

Annual Silver Bells Holiday Celebration

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – “Silver Bells in the City” is a tradition that is 31 years in the making.

Christmas may be more than a month away but Lansing plans to kick-off the holiday season tonight.

The annual “Silver Bells in the City” festival and parade will pack Lansing with lights, people and music.

There will be no shortage of holiday spirit in downtown Lansing as tens of thousands of people are expected to pour into Lansing tonight to take in millions of lights.

The 16th annual “Electric Light Parade” steps off at 6:00 p.m. tonight.

Be sure you watch for the WLNS 6 News float and say hello to your friends from 6 News This Morning!

Immediately after the parade, and per tradition, crowds will gather round the state Christmas tree for the official tree lighting ceremony complete with a fireworks show over the Capitol dome (weather-permitting).

There are even more activities and events happening throughout the night including the “Silver Bells Village” where you can get an early start to your holiday shopping.

Visitors are also invited to walk through the State Capitol where guides will be available to answer questions and point out features of the historic building.

At the Lansing Center there will be a performance by Michigan-native Joshua Davis who was a finalist on a reality tv singing competition.

The parade route rolls right through downtown causing closures all around the Capitol building. Some roads will be closing early Friday for parade preparations.

Click here for a full list of closures.

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