Silver Bells in the City 2020 to be celebrated at home with live broadcast


WEDNESDAY, Sept. 16 — Lansing’s traditional holiday celebration Silver Bells in the City will be especially cozy this year. Like countless other live events affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Silver Bells is moving to a livestream format that will be broadcast by FOX 47 on Friday, Nov. 20

The telecast, announced as a “spinoff” of Silver Bells in the City, will include all of the key elements of the event, such as the lighting of the state Christmas tree, holiday sing-alongs, shout outs from Michigan celebrities and other diverse holiday offerings.

“We are happy to be putting this television program together to give so many people in the Lansing region something positive and uplifting to look forward to and a way to kick off the holiday season safely during these challenging times,” said LEPFA CEO and President Scott Keith in a press release.

Mid-Michigan residents are also encouraged to submit photographs of their family and friends participating in at-home traditions. Categories for pictures include ugly sweaters, matching holiday pajamas, holiday trees and menorahs, unique ornaments and festive holiday décor. Select submissions will be featured during the broadcast. The program will also feature Santa Claus reading letters sent in by children. If you are interested in participating, simply submit your photos and letters to by Oct. 23.

The Silver Bells 5k Race is slated to take place in Downtown Lansing on Saturday, Nov. 21 beginning at 9 a.m. Participants can run or walk the 3-mile race at-home virtually or in-person with open timing. Register at


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