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The Holiday Season in Lansing

Michigan Creative
The Holiday Season In Lansing

Tomorrow is already October 1st, which means the holiday season is starting! Whether you consider yourself a Lansing native or are simply visiting, you may still be surprised by all our capital city has to offer, especially during the holiday season!  We, at Michigan Creative, like to consider ourselves in the know when it comes to all things fun and entertaining in Lansing and its nearby districts.

If you’re looking for something to do, you’re sure to find it on this list!


  • How-To Halloween: This 2nd annual festival is family-friendly and promotes the DIY and creative aspects of the October season. The event is held on October 3rd at the Lansing Center from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and tickets are $6.00
  • Zombie Walk: Come dressed in your best zombie attire and join the walk for its 6th year running! The walk begins in the Lansing Center lobby and ends at the capital. This event is held at noon on October 3rd and used as a kickoff to How-To Halloween.
  • Lansing Maker Week: This event may not have too much to do with the normal holiday season, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting! The 2nd annual Lansing Maker Week is being held from October 6th-12th and will be filled with tours, hands-on projects, and guest speakers from all areas, including food and drink, textiles, printing, electronics and programming, and the intersection of 21st century jobs and maker skills.
  • Old Town Oktoberfest: This two-day event is held October 9th-10th and running for its 10th annual year. Oktoberfest features German food, live music, dancing, and 12oz souvenir mugs filled to the brim with German-style beer. Tickets are $20 at the door ($17 if purchased before October 8th/$15 senior discount) and include admittance to the tent, a souvenir beer mug, and food/drink tickets. This event is 21+ only!
  • Trick-or-Treat On the Square: This family-friendly event is free and is celebrating its 7th year downtown at Washington Square. Attendees can enjoy collecting treats at candy stations along the square, as well as cider and donuts, dancing in the street with Halloween-themed music, face-painting, magic tricks, hay rides, and entertainment from fire dancers and even stilt walkers! This event is held October 26th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, so be sure to be there for a great evening.
  • Doggie Trick-or-Treating: On October 26th, let your dogs out and about at this free event in Old Town. Participating businesses will be featured on a map that will be made available beginning the week of October 22nd. There will be a costume contest, dog trick-or-treating and Yappy Hour at Preuss Pets throughout the evening.


  • Silver Bells in the City: The 31st annual event is scheduled for November 20th in Downtown Lansing from 5:00 – 9:00 pm and is sure to be packed full with exciting events for the entire family! Some of the events include the Electric Light Parade and Silver Bells Village, just to name a few of the many things to do!
  • Lansing Turkey Trot: This 15th annual 5K run/walk is held November 26th at 9:00 am, with the starting line at Lansing Community College. Tickets are priced at $20 and include a long-sleeved shirt.


  • Night Lights Parade: The 44th annual Christmas parade is held at the Grand Ledge Chamber on December 4th at 7:00 pm.
  • Winter Glow: This free event is held in downtown East Lansing on December 5th from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. This year’s Winter Glow features ice carving, a reindeer petting zoo, horse and carriage rides, a special outdoor farmer’s market, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts, and so much more!
  • MSU Arts & Crafts Holiday Show: The Michigan State University Holiday Arts & Crafts Show is one of the largest arts and crafts shows in the state, held December 5th-6th. This year’s show features more than 130 artisans from across the nation and offers something for everyone, especially if you’re having trouble finding gifts!
  • Christmas in the Village: On December 13th, join the Friends of Historic Meridian for an old-fashioned Christmas in the Village! Historic buildings will be open and decorated for the holidays. Volunteers in period dress will share some of the old traditions of Christmas a long time ago. You can enjoy music of the season in the Village Chapel, visit with Santa, enjoy old-fashion cookies and sip cider during this annual holiday event.

Think you’ve got enough dates marked on your calendars now? It’s going to be another great holiday season in Lansing!

– Marissa Katz


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