LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — After eight months in the making, “Silver Bells in the City” is back for its 38th year.
“We have several partners and vendors working on this,” said Mindy Bilado, vice president of sales and services for the Lansing Recreation and Community Facilities Authority.
The holiday tradition will begin at 5:00 p.m. with an electric procession at 6:00 p.m
The city decorates the halls from head to toe with 50,000 lights on the roofs of more than 130 buildings, more than 200 red bows, 3,300 feet of garlands and more than 8,000 LED lights on trees.
Marching bands, floats and more than 70 floats with lots of lights will help get you in the holiday spirit.
“The minimum is 5,000, I think the largest number of lights on a float is 22,000, so we will definitely light up the night,” Biladov said.
Several vendors will fill the downtown streets with what has become a staple that community members look forward to.
“Silver Bells Village is on the 100 block of E. Allegan St. so you can get food trucks, tons of cotton candy sodas, almonds, cinnamon, almonds, popcorn, fudge, whatever, it’s there and they have vendors of everything of Michigan State,” Biladew said.
This year, the city sells jewelry, handmade silver bells.
“They are beautiful, each one is unique, each one is made by hand, they cost only 27 dollars,” Biladiev said.
The city is also bringing back fireworks, which will be lit over the Capitol for the first time since the pandemic, and the night will also include a massive holiday light show from drones.
“Last year in 2021 we introduced the drone light show and this year we’re upping the ante to 200 drones and flying 100 feet above, so it’s going to be a great show, it’s going to be exciting, you’re not going to want to miss it.” Biladov said.
At the end of the celebration, there will be an official lighting of the state holiday tree in front of the Capitol.
The free annual tradition is made possible by 65 sponsors and about 300 volunteers.
The city hopes that this season can bring joy to all.