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.
Stay tuned for an announcement on the 2017 Grand Marshal!
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.
Enjoy a 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.
T-shirts and apparel
Donuts & Cider
Novelty and light-up toys
Roasted coffee beans and brewed coffee cups
Felt toys and Christmas decorations
Kettle Corn made on site: variety of flavors/caramel corn
Licensed game day jewelry & shirts
Jewelry and apparel
Hot mini-bite pasties, frozen Top Sirloin, Chicken, and Veggie to-go pasties
Sweet Potato Pies