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Silver Bells in the City marches back into downtown Lansing with an in-person event this month.

Silver Bells in the City marches back into downtown Lansing with an in-person event this month.

The 37th annual kickoff to the holiday season that brings more than 45,000 spectators to downtown Lansing runs from 5-8:30 p.m. Nov. 19 following last year’s televised event due to pandemic precautions.

The popular Electric Light Parade begins at 6 p.m. from the corner of Lenawee Street and South Washington Square. This year’s grand marshal, Lansing native on Tokyo Olympics bronze medal winner Taylor Manson, will lead the more than 60 lighted floats and regional marching bands that herald the arrival of Santa.

After the parade, crowds will gather at the Michigan Capitol for the lighting of the 2021 state Christmas tree, a 63-foot spruce harvested from the Upper Peninsula. After the ceremony, Detroit singer-songwriter and contestant on “The Voice” Zania Alaké will provide a festive performance. Capping off the evening is a Firefly Drone Light Show orchestrated by world-class artists and engineers who have done light shows for Amazon Music, the Capitol One Orange Bowl, Disney+ and Ford Motor Co.

Throughout the celebration, the Silver Bells Village will be open along Washington Square featuring shops and refreshments. The village will also be the place to purchase the commemorative Silver Bells ornament for 2021. The ornaments were handcrafted by Tiffany Marie, owner of La Fille Gallery, and are available for $25.

For those who don’t want to brave the cold, Silver Bells will be broadcast live on FOX 47 and locally on Channel 12 from 6-8 p.m. The broadcast will be hosted by Bob Hoffman, Mark Buzzitta and Erica Murphy.

On Nov. 20, be sure to stretch before the 11th annual Silver Bells 5K Race. Participants can also join in virtually, but for those who finish in-person will receive medals, a commemorative bib and a long-sleeve T-shirt. Sign up at runsignup.com/silverbells. For more information o the 37th annual Silver Bells in the City, visit silverbellsinthecity.com.

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