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Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend

EVENT DATE:
December 4th-7th

LOCATION:
Downtown Manistee

PRESENTED BY:
Manistee Mainstreet DDA


EVENT DESCRIPTION/DETAILS:

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 craft 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

Chamber Business After Hours, 6 – 8 p.m.
Ramsell 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


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Friday, December 5, 2014 

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

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.
Location TBD

Downtown Manistee Soup Cook-off, 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Results and Live Music 7 p.m. at Blue Fish

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

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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 

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

For the Love of Children & Chocolate’ Sleighbell Chocolate Shop, Noon – 7 p.m.
Location TBD

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

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, 1 – 4 p.m.
517 First Street 

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


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. 


Live Trombone Concert, 4:30 p.m.
Location TBD

Victorian Sleighbell Parade, 5:30 p.m.
River Street – Downtown Manistee

Fireworks – Immediately Following Parade 
Near the Fountain on River Street

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

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

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

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 Five & Under / Free Four & Under Please RSVP to 231.889.5911


A Lumber Barons Christmas - Tour of Historic Buckley Home, 1 – 4 p.m.
517 First Street

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





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