Manistee's Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend

December

When the Christmas season is upon us, the Victorian city of Manistee kicks off the festivities in a big way, with its annual Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend. This popular event brings as many as 10,000 visitors to Manistee to experience the wonder of a Christmas gone by. The highlight of the parade is the Belgian draft horses that pulls a 30' Christmas tree down River Street in downtown Manistee.

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The entire Old Christmas Weekend is filled with wonderful activities, including the Festival of Trees and guided tours of Dempsey Mansion every day at 1pm, 2pm & 3pm.

Manistee is a great place to pick up those gifts for everyone on your list, and downtown restaurants welcome you into their cozy establishments for a delicious meal. As the snow flies, enjoy the carolers, decked out in period dresses, coats, and top hats. It's certainly the right setting to put you in a festive holiday mood.

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The main feature of the Old Christmas Weekend is the Victorian Sleighbell Parade at 5:30pm on Saturday.


Get downtown early to enjoy hot cider at 4pm and roasted chestnuts at 4:30. It's also your chance to get a look at the Kiwanis Cops that mingle downtown. The Sleighbell Parade, complete with horse-drawn Christmas tree, is filled with the old-fashioned nostalgia of Christmases gone by. It's truly a don't miss highlight of the holiday season to share with family and friends.

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For the holiday season, make sure you include Manistee's Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend in your plans. If you are traveling from outside the area, check out Manistee lodging facilities for a great place to stay, and Manistee restaurants for your dining options.

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Here was the 2017 schedule of events:


Thursday


  • Christmas at the Lyman Building, 10am-5pm, Manistee Co. Historical Museum.
  • Christmas Cookie & Wine Pairing, 12pm-6pm, Douglas Valley Downtown, 431 River St.
  • Chamber Business After Hours, 6pm-8pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom.
  • Historic Vogue Theatre Open House, noon.
  • Manistee Choral Society Annual Victorian Dessert Concert, 7pm, Faith Covenant Church.
  • "A Tuneful Christmas Carol," 7:30pm, Ramsdell Theatre.

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Friday


  • Ashton Cigar Holiday Experience, 9am-3pm, Surroundings.
  • Christmas at the Lyman Building, 10am-7pm, Manistee County Historical Museum.
  • Christmas Cookie & Wine Pairing, 12pm-6pm, Douglas Valley Downtown, 431 River St.
  • Cookie Fun for Everyone, 1pm-6pm, United Methodist Church.
  • Downtown Soup Cook-Off, 4-6:30pm, downtown Manistee.
  • Festival of Trees, 1pm-8pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom.
  • Todd & Brad Reed Photography, 5pm-7:30pm, Ramsdell Theatre Hardy Hall.
  • Invogue Brass Ensemble, 5pm, 390 River Street.
  • Kids & Kupcakes, 6:30pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom Balcony.
  • "A Tuneful Christmas Carol", 7:30pm, Ramsdell Theatre.

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Saturday


  • Jingle Bell Jog 5k run/walk, 10am, Kennedy Elementary School.
  • Sleighbell Bazaar and Craft Show, 9am-4pm, Manistee High School.
  • Vogue Theatre Tours & Free Movies, 10am-5pm, Vogue Theatre.
  • Christmas at the Lyman Building, 10am-8pm, Manistee County Historical Museum.
  • Parents & Paint, 10am-noon, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom Balcony.
  • Cookie Fun for Everyone, 10am-3pm, United Methodist Church.
  • Christmas Craft Fun for Kids, 11am-2pm, Lighthouse Pregnancy Center.
  • Winter Flavored Coffee Samples, 11am-5pm, Swankyz, River St.
  • Scandinavian Christmas, 11am-2pm, Danish Lutheran Church, Walnut St.
  • Sleighbell Bash, 11am-1pm, North Channel Brewery.
  • Meet the Grinch, 12-1pm, Happy Owl Bookshop.
  • Christmas Cookie & Wine Pairing, 12-6pm, Douglas Valley.
  • Todd & Brad Reed, 12pm-7:30pm, Ramsdell Theatre Hardy Hall.
  • Carriage Rides down River Street, 12pm-4pm.
  • Historic Tour of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 12pm-2pm.
  • Festival of Trees, 1pm-8pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom.
  • Canvas & Cheer, 1-3pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom Balcony.
  • Invogue Brass Ensemble, 1:30pm & 3pm, 390 River Street.
  • Santa's Headquarters, 1-4pm, Manistee Municipal Marina.
  • Christmas at the Buckley House, 2-4pm, 450 Cedar St.
  • Maxwell Town Brass, 2-4pm, Corner of Oak & River Streets.
  • Roasted Chestnuts, 4:30pm-7:30pm, River Street.
  • Merry Trombones, 4-5:15pm, 390 River Street.
  • Victorian Sleighbell parade, 5:30pm, River Street. Caroling & luminaries follow.
  • Free Hot Chocolate & Popcorn, 5:30-7pm, United Way of Manistee.
  • "A Tuneful Christmas Carol", 7:30pm, Ramsdell Theatre.
  • "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," 7:30pm, Manistee High School.

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Sunday


  • Christmas at the Lyman Building, 10am-4pm, Manistee County Historical Museum.
  • Traditional Swedish Brunch and Worship Service, 10am, Portage Lake Bible Camp.
  • Traditional Victorian Worship Service, 10am, First Congregational Church.
  • Festival of Trees, 11am-1pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom.
  • Todd & Brad Reed, 12-4pm, Ramsdell Theatre Hardy Hall.
  • Christmas Cookie & Wine Pairing, 12-6pm, Douglas Valley.
  • Santa's Headquarters, 1-4pm, Manistee Municipal Marina.
  • "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever", 2pm, Manistee High School.
  • "A Tuneful Christmas Carol," 2pm, Ramsdell Theatre.
  • Lessons & Carols, 3pm, Trinity Lutheran Church.


Events are listed according to the information available at the time of the most recent update to this story. The schedule is subject to change. For the complete schedule and updated information, please see
Manistee Sleighbell Festival.


Enjoy the holidays in Manistee, Michigan!

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Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
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