LCC to host ‘Silver Bells’ watch party
By Shauna Stocken
Editor in Chief
Celebrate the 35th anniversary of “Silver Bells in the City” at LCC, Friday, Nov. 22 in the Gannon Commons. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
“We are having another, the second annual, ‘Silver Bells in the City Watch Party,’” said Kelly Hekler, LCC’s Conference Services manager.
“It will be similar to last year’s event in the fact that the Silver Bells parade will be broadcasted on the TV. We’ll have therapy dogs, cookie decorating, a family photo booth and crafts.”
Hekler explained the origin of the watch party. She said the college wanted to partake in the holiday tradition that attracts thousands of people to downtown Lansing each year.
“We were looking for just a way just to get community members inside LCC and the (Gannon) Commons,” Hekler said. “(They can) see how LCC has changed since maybe some of those people bringing their kids have gone to school here.
“It’s just a really great time that we can showcase this facility and this campus to the community at really very little cost to LCC.”
According to Mindy Biladeau, the director of Special Events & Programming for the Lansing Entertainment & Public Facilities Authority, 55,000 people on average attend the holiday event each year in downtown Lansing.
“Silver Bells in the City is a proud Lansing tradition and an established event,” Biladeau said. “Each year the event brings together tens of thousands of people from across the state and beyond to kick off the holiday season in the Capitol city.”
Following the parade at 6 p.m., the lighting of Michigan’s official state tree will commence, followed by a “Community Sing” and fireworks.
Those who want to avoid the crowds and the cold weather can attend the free LCC “Silver Bell’s in the City Watch Party.” They will not only keep warm indoors, but can enjoy an array of featured events.
“New this year we have Anna and Elsa (from Disney’s “Frozen”) coming, and they are doing a couple of songs and photographs with all of the kids,” Hekler said.
“We are also going to have food trucks – we didn’t last year – and they will be outside Circle Drive near where the reindeer will be again.”
Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite holiday movie character for the holiday costume contest.
For additional information on LCC’s watch party and a chance to RSVP, visit www.lcc.edu.
After the watch party, guests can walk across campus to the 14th annual LCC Radio play in Dart Auditorium. This year’s presentation is called “Back to the Present.” Doors open at 8 p.m.
More information about the play is available at https://lcc.edu/radio/