Manistee's Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend

December 4-7, 2014

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 Gingerbread House contest, Festival of Trees, and guided tours of Babcock House, a grand lumberman's mansion. 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.

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


This 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.

Old Christmas Festival Highlights


Thursday, December 4
Christmas in the British Isles, 10am-5pm, Manistee County Historical Museum.
Manistee Choral Society Annual Victorian Dessert Concert, 7pm, Faith Covenant Church.

Friday, December 5
Christmas in the British Isles, 10am-7pm, Manistee County Historical Museum.
Cookie Fun for Everyone, 11am-8pm, Manistee Inn & Marina.
Festival of Trees, 1pm-8pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom.
For the Love of Children & Chocolate Sleighbell Chocolate Shop, 3pm-8pm, Manistee Inn & Marina.
Brass Ensembles, 6pm.
"Miracle on 34th Street", 7:30pm, Ramsdell Theatre.

Saturday, December 6
Jingle Bell Jog 5k run/walk, 10am, Kennedy Elementary School.
Sleighbell Bazaar and Craft Show, 9am-4pm, Manistee High School.
Christmas in the British Isles, 10am-8pm, Manistee County Historical Museum.
Cookie Fun for Everyone, 11am-8pm, Manistee Inn & Marina.
For the Love of Children & Chocolate Sleighbell Chocolate Shop, 3pm-8pm, Manistee Inn & Marina.
Festival of Trees, 1pm-8pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom.
Brass Ensemble, 1:30pm.
Meet and Greet the Sled Dog Team, 2:30pm-4:30pm, River Street east end.
Jingle Mingle, 4:30pm, Ramsdell Inn.
Merry Trombones, 4:30pm, River Street.
Victorian Sleighbell parade, 5:30pm, River Street. Fireworks follow.
"Miracle on 34th Street", 7:30pm, Ramsdell Theatre.

Sunday, December 7
Festival of Trees, 10am-2pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom.
Christmas in the British Isles, 10am-8pm, Manistee County Historical Museum.
Traditional Swedish Brunch and Worship Service, 10am, Portage Lake Bible Camp.
"Miracle on 34th Street", 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
Visit Manistee/Sleighbell Festival.

Enjoy the holidays in Manistee, Michigan!

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For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:


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 river walk, 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, harbor town village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.

Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced WestMichigan.MichBiz.com for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.
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