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Step back in time as you take part in one of Michigan’s most unique holiday celebrations.  An entire weekend of excitement including the Victorian Sleighbell Parade with horse drawn entries, bagpipers, dog sled teams and carolers elegantly dressed in Victorian style attire.  The highlights of the parade are the draft horses pulling a 30 foot Christmas tree down River Street followed by a beautiful display of fireworks.  The entire Old Christmas Weekend is filled with lovely events including Festival of Trees, ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ at the Historic Ramsdell Theatre and guided tours of the historic Buckley Home and Babcock House Museum.  Manistee is a wonderful place to pick up gifts for everyone on your list, catch a show at the recently renovated Vogue Theatre or simply enjoy the magical experience of the beautifully decorated historic Downtown.  

Special Events for 2015


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas in the British Isles, 10am – 5 p.m.
Manistee County Historical Museum, 425 River Street
An exhibit featuring Christmas trees, decorations, artifacts, and info that honors the heritage of Manistee's early residents from England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland. Classic toy train sets will be accompanying the exhibit. Admission: Students - $1, Adults - $3, Families - $6.

Elf Shoppe, 12 – 6 p.m.
345 River Street
Browse hand crafted works of arts that make perfect holiday gifts.  Local artists will be in attendance to showcase their artwork.

Tour the James Dempsey Mansion, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm (on the hour)
James Dempsey Mansion, 506 Maple Street
Enjoy a guided tour of this historic 1894 Lumber Baron Mansion, which now houses the Dempsey Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn and Victorian Tea Room.  You'll see the mansion's marvelous Neo-French Renaissance architecture, exquisite period furniture, artwork and decorative items.  You'll also meet James and Mary Dempsey, two of Manistee's most prominent Victorian-era residents.  Reserve at (616) 802-4588.  Per person admission $12 in advance / $18 at the door.  For a preview, visit www.dempseymanorbandb.com 

Chamber Business After Hours, 6 – 8 p.m.
Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom, 101 Maple Street
Held in the beautiful Ballroom of the Historic Ramsdell Theatre.  Business after Hours is a special opportunity to preview the Festival of Trees with delicious hors d'oeuvres and holiday music.  A cash bar will also be available.  This event is open the Chamber members, business professionals and the community. 
Business After Hours is SPONSORED BY SHELBY STATE BANK.
Open to the Public - $10


Manistee Choral Society's Annual Victorian Dessert Concert, 7 p.m.
Faith Covenant Church, 475 8th Street
Advance Tickets Required – To Purchase Tickets Please Call 231.398.0296


Friday, December 4, 2015 

Christmas in the British Isles, 10am – 7 p.m.
Manistee County Historical Museum, 425 River Street
An exhibit featuring Christmas trees, decorations, artifacts, and info that honors the heritage of Manistee's early residents from England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland. Classic toy train sets will be accompanying the exhibit. Admission: Students - $1, Adults - $3, Families - $6.

Elf Shoppe, 10am – 8 p.m.
345 River Street
Browse hand crafted works of arts that make perfect holiday gifts.  Local artists will be in attendance to showcase their artwork.


Cookie Fun for Everyone, Cookie Decorating, 11 – 8 p.m.
Manistee Inn & Marina, 378 River Street 

Tours of the Historic Ramsdell Theatre, 1 – 4 p.m.
101 Maple Street 
$5 Admission

Festival of Trees, 1 – 8 p.m.
Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom, 101 Maple Street
Creatively decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, tabletop items and other seasonal decor designed by local holiday enthusiasts.  Be ready to bid on these lovely holiday treasures, decorated by area schools, community organizations and businesses.  Bring a "Toys for Tots" donation for a chance to win a child's bike, drawing on Sunday at 1pm.  Bids close at 1 pm and pick up is from 1 pm – 3 pm on December 6. Free Admission.

Tour the James Dempsey Mansion, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm (on the hour)
James Dempsey Mansion, 506 Maple Street
Enjoy a guided tour of this historic 1894 Lumber Baron Mansion, which now houses the Dempsey Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn and Victorian Tea Room.  You'll see the mansion's marvelous Neo-French Renaissance architecture, exquisite period furniture, artwork and decorative items.  You'll also meet James and Mary Dempsey, two of Manistee's most prominent Victorian-era residents.  Reserve at (616) 802-4588.  Per person admission $12 in advance / $18 at the door.  For a preview, visit 
www.dempseymanorbandb.com 

For the Love of Children & Chocolate’ Sleighbell Chocolate Shop, 3 – 8 p.m.
Friends Who Care, 318 River Street

Brass Ensembles, 6 p.m.
390 River Street

Downtown Manistee Soup Cook-off, 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Results 7 p.m. Location TBD
SPONSORED BY THE IDEAL KITCHEN

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, 7:30 p.m.
Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street
Purchase Tickets online at www.manisteecivicplayers.org or call 800.836.0717
SPONSORED BY THE MANISTEE CIVIC PLAYERS

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Reindeer Meet & Greet, Time TBD
Location TBD 
Meet Live Reindeer from Reindeer Ranch
Sponsored by Manistee Veterinary Hospital

Jingle Bell Jog 5K Run/Walk, 10 a.m.
Kennedy Elementary School, 550 Maple Street 
Registration $17 before Thanksgiving, $22 on race day, all entrants receive a t-shirt or a hat.
Proceeds go to Manistee Schools Cross-Country Program. For more information: runmanistee.blogspot.com


Sleighbell Bazaar and Craft Show, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Manistee High School , 525 12th Street 
Vendor booths are full, for 2016 vendor registration please contact Gerri at 231.477.5646

Christmas in the British Isles, 10am – 8 p.m.
Manistee County Historical Museum, 425 River Street
An exhibit featuring Christmas trees, decorations, artifacts, and info that honors the heritage of Manistee's early residents from England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland. Classic toy train sets will be accompanying the exhibit. Admission: Students - $1, Adults - $3, Families - $6.


Elf Shoppe, 10am – 8 p.m.

345 River Street
Browse hand crafted works of arts that make perfect holiday gifts.  Local artists will be in attendance to showcase their artwork.


Lumberjack Luncheon, Cookie Decorating, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
First Congregational Church, 412 Fourth Street
Admission $8 per person. Homemade beef stew served over biscuits, homemade applesauce, pie and drink. Church tours available during this time.

Cookie Fun for Everyone, Cookie Decorating, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Manistee Inn & Marina, 378 River Street 

Carriage Rides Down River Street, 12pm - 4pm
356 River Street
SPONSORED BY MATT KNIZACKY INSURANCE & WATSONS MANISTEE CHRYSLER

For the Love of Children & Chocolate’ Sleighbell Chocolate Shop, 12pm – 7 p.m.
Friends Who Care, 318 River Street

Historic Tour of St. Paul's Lutheran Church,  12 – 2 p.m.
313 Fourth Street
Free Hot Chocolate and Kids Crafts 


Tours of the Historic Ramsdell Theatre, 1 – 4 p.m.
101 Maple Street
$5 Admission


Festival of Trees, 1 – 8 p.m.
Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom, 101 Maple Street
Creatively decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, tabletop items and other seasonal decor designed by local holiday enthusiasts.  Be ready to bid on these lovely holiday treasures, decorated by area schools, community organizations and businesses.  Bring a "Toys for Tots" donation for a chance to win a child's bike, drawing on Sunday at 1pm.  Bids close at 1 pm and pick up is from 1 pm – 3 pm on December 6. Free Admission.

Tour the James Dempsey Mansion, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm (on the hour)
James Dempsey Mansion, 506 Maple Street
Enjoy a guided tour of this historic 1894 Lumber Baron Mansion, which now houses the Dempsey Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn and Victorian Tea Room.  You'll see the mansion's marvelous Neo-French Renaissance architecture, exquisite period furniture, artwork and decorative items.  You'll also meet James and Mary Dempsey, two of Manistee's most prominent Victorian-era residents.  Reserve at (616) 802-4588.  Per person admission $12 in advance / $18 at the door.  For a preview, visit 
www.dempseymanorbandb.com 

Brass Ensemble, 1:30 p.m.
390 River Street

Jingle Mingle, 4:30 p.m. 
Ramsdell Inn, 399 River Street
$50 includes samplings of local appetizers, desserts, wines and beers. Tickets are limited to 50 people.  Please call 231.398.7901 for tickets. 

Grinder Gordie Street Organ with an Austrian Busker Organ and German Concertina, Time TBD.
Location TBD
Free Event


Merry Trombones, 4:30 p.m.
390 River Street

Victorian Sleighbell Parade, 5:30 p.m.
River Street – Downtown Manistee | The Parade will be broadcast 'live' thanks to sponsorship from Little River Casino & Resort.



Fireworks – Immediately Following Parade 
Near the Fountain on River Street

Jingle Bell Jam Concert, 6:30 p.m. doors open : 7:00pm start
Manistee Eagles Aerie #1675: 55 Division Street

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, 7:30 p.m.
Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street
Purchase tickets online at www.manisteecivicplayers.org or call 800.836.0717


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Festival of Trees, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom, 101 Maple Street
This is your final chance to bid on your favorite holiday items.  Bids close at 1pm today, winning bidders must pick up their items immediately after the bids close.  Free admission.

Tour the James Dempsey Mansion, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm (on the hour)
James Dempsey Mansion, 506 Maple Street
Enjoy a guided tour of this historic 1894 Lumber Baron Mansion, which now houses the Dempsey Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn and Victorian Tea Room.  You'll see the mansion's marvelous Neo-French Renaissance architecture, exquisite period furniture, artwork and decorative items.  You'll also meet James and Mary Dempsey, two of Manistee's most prominent Victorian-era residents.  Reserve at (616) 802-4588.  Per person admission $12 in advance / $18 at the door.  For a preview, visit 
www.dempseymanorbandb.com 


VIEW THE 2014 PARADE VIDEO BELOW (3 PARTS)

Sleighbell Parade - Part 1

Sleighbell Parade - Part 2

Sleighbell Parade - Part 3