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.

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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Old Christmas Festival Events--The schedule for 2014 will be posted when it becomes available.

Sleighbell Princesss & Prince Pageant
Victorian Dessert Contest
Ramsdell Theatre Tours
Sleighbell Chocolate Shop "For the Love of Children and Chocolate"
"Pay What You Can" Christmas Tree Sale
Sleighbell Craft Show & Bazaar
Victorian Gingerbread House Contest
Jingle Bell Jog
Historic River Street Merchant Open House
Lumberjack Luncheon
Horsedrawn Carriage Rides
Michigan Audubon Chickadee Christmas
Historic Manistee Firehouse Tours
In Vogue Brass Ensemble
Santa's Arrival
Meet the Sled Dog Team
Vogue Theatre Welcome Center
Manistee Community Band Christmas Concert
Hot Drinks & Cool Treats
Jingle Mingle
Muskegon Regional Police Pipes & Drums
Victorian Sleighbell Parade
Gaslight Guided Tour of Babcock House
Jingle Bell Jam
Santa's Headquarters
Men's Club Breakfast
Victorian Church Service
Craft Sale
Photos with Santa Paws
Santa's Headquarters
A Service of Lessons and Carols

Events are subject to change. Information was obtained from the Manistee County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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.

Enjoy the holidays in Manistee, Michigan!

More Holiday Information in West Michigan...

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

Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Take a tour at Historic White Pine Village or Amber Elk Ranch--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.
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 West Michigan Business Directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.
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