Silver Bells Ring Through Lansing Nov. 19

Holiday celebration returns to an in-person event

A holiday tradition returns to downtown Lansing this month as Silver Bells in the City takes over the downtown district to mark the start of the holiday season.

The 37th annual event runs from 5-8:30 p.m. Nov. 19, making a reunion with its rain-or-shine roots after taking a detour in 2020 with a televised “home edition” due to pandemic precautions. The return to the in-person extravaganza this year includes all the familiar and favorite holiday hallmarks of the celebration, such as the electric light parade, the lighting of the state Christmas tree and other outdoor family-friendly events.

“I am thrilled that the 37th edition of Silver Bells in the City will return to be an in-person event in downtown Lansing this November,” said Lansing Mayor Andy Schor. “Silver Bells in the City is a Lansing tradition that brings together family and friends from all over Michigan to celebrate the holiday season in the capital city.”

Scott Keith, president and CEO of the Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority, which hosts the event, said Silver Bells will still see some slight modifications from past years to keep safety at the forefront during the ongoing pandemic, but being able to celebrate in a festive atmosphere will help everyone revel in the season.

“The holidays are a great time for people to gather, safely, and enjoy the positive feelings and emotions of events and memories such as Silver Bells in the City,” said Keith.

In October, the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget announced it had selected a 63-foot spruce as the official 2021 state Chrstmas tree for the lawn of the Michigan Capitol. The tree was harvested from Marenisco in the western Upper Peninsula’s Gogebic County after being donated by Carla Fletcher and her family.

“We came to the cabin for the weekend and saw a note posted that said the state of Michigan was interested in a tree growing close to the cabin,” said Fletcher. “I thought it was a joke at first but decided to call the number. It’s amazing that our tree will travel to Lansing for the holidays.”

The tree was transported to Lansing with the assistance of the Michigan Association of Timbermen and the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association. The Michigan Capitol Commission and the Lansing Board of Water and Light developed the lighting scheme and will decorate the tree for the 2021 event.

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