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Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend

EVENT DATE:
December 4 - 7, 2014

LOCATION:
Downtown Manistee

PRESENTED BY:
Manistee Mainstreet DDA


EVENT DESCRIPTION/DETAILS:

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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 2014


Thursday, December 4, 2014

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.

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 5, 2014 

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.

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. at Blue Fish, Live music by Jon Archambault Band 8-10 p.m.
SPONSORED BY THE IDEAL KITCHEN

Miracle on 34th Street, 7:30 p.m.
Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street
SPONSORED BY THE MANISTEE CIVIC PLAYERS

Saturday, December 6, 2014

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.

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

Guided Tour of Historic Babcock House Museum, 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8 p.m. (please arrive on the hour)
420 Third Street

A Lumber Barons Christmas - Tour of Historic Buckley Home, 12 – 4 p.m.
450 Cedar Street: Admission $10

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

Meet and Greet the Sled Dog Team, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
East end of River Street, NO PETS PLEASE

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. 


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

Miracle on 34th Street, 7:30 p.m.
Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Festival of Trees, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom, 101 Maple 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.


Traditional Swedish Brunch and Worship Service, 10 a.m. (service) – 11 a.m. (brunch)
Portage Lake Bible Camp, 4158 Camp Delight Road
$10 Adults / $5 5-12yrs / Free Four & Under Please RSVP to 231.889.5911


A Lumber Barons Christmas - Tour of Historic Buckley Home, 12 – 4 p.m.
450 Cedar Street: Admission $10

Miracle on 34th Street, 2 p.m.
Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street

Lessons & Carols, 3 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 420 Oak Street
Free Music and Lessons 



The success of the event is largely credited to our sponsors!  Thank you!

2014 Premiere Sponsor




DTE ENERGY
JEFF REAU - EDWARD JONES
KENDRA THOMPSON ARCHITECTS
PACKAGING CORPORATION OF AMERICA
WATSON’S OF MANISTEE
MATT KNIZACKY
MORTON SALT
MANISTEE CIVIC PLAYERS
THE IDEAL KITCHEN
THE BOYER AGENCY
THE BRINY BUILDING
THE OUTPOST OF MANISTEE

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