Electric Light Parade

The Electric Light Parade welcomes the holiday season in the Capital City with lighted floats and the arrival of Santa. The Electric Light Parade steps off at 6 p.m. at the corner of Lenawee and South Washington Square. Over sixty units and ten area high school marching bands will sparkle with thousands of lights as they make their way through the streets of downtown Lansing. 

The participating high school marching bands will compete for the Best Illuminated Band awards during the parade. The two high school bands that are most well-lit will win a $500 gift card to Marshall Music courtesy of Marshall Music and $500 courtesy of the Lansing Board of Water and Light. Winners are announced at the Main State prior to the lighting of the State Christmas Tree. The parade is proudly sponsored by IBEW Local #665 and NECA and is proudly staged by the Lansing Host Lions Club.

Parade Grand Marshal

The 2017 Grand Marshal is Sparty! 

While this is the 21st Electric Light Parade, it is only the fourth year the parade has had a Grand Marshal. In 2014, Mickey Mouse traveled from Walt Disney World Resorts in Florida to serve as the first ever Grand Marshal, in 2015 singer/songwriter Joshua Davis served as the Grand Marshal, and in 2016 Todd Duckett was the Grand Marshal.

 Grand Marshal vehicle courtesy of Shaheen Chevrolet.

Grand Marshal vehicle courtesy of Shaheen Chevrolet.

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2017 Parade Participants

  • A1 Mechanical
  • Andy T's Farm Market
  • Capital Area District Libraries
  • Capital Area Transportation Authority
  • City of Lansing Public Service
  • Color Guard
  • Consumers Entergy
  • Consumers Professional Credit Union
  • Dean Trailways
  • Friedland Industries
  • General Motors
  • Goldfish Swim School
  • Goesline Runciman Funeral Homes
  • Granger
  • Greater Lansing Old Newsboys Association
  • Hager Fox Heating and Air Conditioning Co.
  • IBEW #665 & NECA
  • Ingham County Road Department
  • Lansing Board of Water and Light
  • Lansing Community College
  • Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority
  • Lansing Fire Department
  • Lansing Police Department-Gang Resistance Education and Training
  • Lansing Police Department-Neighborhood Watch
  • Lansing United
  • League of Michigan Bicyclists
  • Lions Club
  • Liskey's
  • Lyons Elementary Choir
  • MacDonald Broadcasting
  • Marshall Music
  • Michigan Army National Guard
  • Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Michigan Plumbing
  • Michigan State University Rodeo Club
  • Mike Childers and Sons Excavating
  • Miracle League of Mid-Michigan/Sponsor LaFontaine Ford
  • Mobile Medical Response
  • Northside Service Inc.
  • Outdoor Expressions Landscaping
  • Peacock Road Tree Farm
  • PJ's Towing
  • Penway Church of God
  • Petoskey Steel Drum Band
  • R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
  • Salvation Army
  • Service Master Absolute
  • Simplified Tax and Accounting
  • Smile FM
  • Snyder's Landscape
  • Sohn Linen Service
  • Spartan Motors
  • Stiles Landscaping and Snow Removal
  • Turner Dodge House
  • Two Men and a Truck
  • UAW Local 602
  • US Workvan Inc.
  • Valvoline Instant Oil Change
  • Wal-Mart

2017 Parade Marching Bands


  • Bath High School Marching Band
  • Corunna High School Marching Band
  • Eastern High School Marching Band
  • Eaton Rapids High School Marching Band
  • Everett High School Marching Band
  • Lake Fenton High School Marching Band
  • Lansing Catholic High School Marching Band
  • Sexton High School Marching Band
  • St. Johns High School Marching Band
  • Waverly High School Marching Band



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Enjoy a fireworks show following the lighting of the State Christmas Tree. Weather permitting, fireworks will cascade over the Capitol dome.




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

2017 Silver Bells Village Vendors

Beagles Cafe

Bakery items

Cinnamon Nuts and More

Roasted Nuts

Confectionately Yours

Baked goods

Delaina's Toys

Novelty and light-up toys

Dirine Crystal


Doll's Cookie Basket

Homemade cookies

El Burrito Mexicano

Mexican Food

J & A Woodworking

Wood products

Lisa LTD

Licensed game day jewelry & shirts

Mud Lake Sodas


Silver Bells Ornaments

2017 Silver Bells Commemorative Ornaments

Smitten with Mittens


Soy Comfort Candles


Uncle Calvin's Sweet Potato Pies

Sweet Potato Pies