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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.  

VIEW THE 2014 PARADE VIDEO BELOW (3 PARTS)

Sleighbell Parade - Part 1

Sleighbell Parade - Part 2

Sleighbell Parade - Part 3



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.

Chamber Business After Hours, 6 – 8 p.m.
Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom, 101 Maple Street
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.

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

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

Festival of Trees, 1 – 8 p.m.
Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom, 101 Maple Street

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 

Sleighbell Bazaar and Craft Show, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Manistee High School , 525 12th Street 

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.

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, Noon – 7 p.m.
Friends Who Care, 318 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

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


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' via internet streaming as well as through various other television outlets.



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

7:15pm: Peace Love Music 
8:30pm: Tim and Tony
9:45pm: Sufferin Suckatash
11:00pm: Rock Supply

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, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom, 101 Maple Street