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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, reindeer meet and greet 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, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat’ at the Historic Ramsdell Theatre and guided tours of the historic 1894 Lumber Baron Mansion, which now houses the Dempsey Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn and Victorian Tea Room. 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.  

2016 Parade Entry Form: Here

Special Events for 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Lilliputian Christmas, 10am – 5 p.m.
Manistee County Historical Museum, 425 River Street
Honoring the area's German heritage with exhibits of traditions, decorations, dollhouses, miniatures, toys and trains in the historical settings of the Museum.
Admission is $1 for students, $3 for adults, $8 for families.


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 

Cigar Tasting at Surroundings, 5 p.m.
Surroundings, 423 River Street
Join Surroundings and Ashton cigars for a fantastic evening of fine Nicaraguan cigars featuring the critically acclaimed San Cristobal line with special guest Alex Merick.  Tickets are required for this event, which cost $10 each and will be available for purchase November 15th (pre-orders are welcome). Upon arrival you will receive a San Cristobal cigar to taste, a drink to pair it with and a $10 voucher to use towards any event specials. Must be 21 to attend.

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 2, 2016 

A Lilliputian Christmas, 10am – 7 p.m.
Manistee County Historical Museum, 425 River Street
Honoring the area's German heritage with exhibits of traditions, decorations, dollhouses, miniatures, toys and trains in the historical settings of the Museum.
Admission is $1 for students, $3 for families, $8 for parents and their minor children.

Cookie Fun for Everyone, Cookie Decorating, 2pm – 8 p.m.
Manistee Inn & Marina, 378 River Street
$5 Half dozen and $9 Dozen

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 

Sleighbell Warming Tent, 2 – 7 p.m.
Sponsored by Family Fare
Corner of River & Oak Street
Looking for a place to warm up during Sleighbell Weekend?  Come down to the new Warming Tent located at the corner of River Street and Oak Street.  Douglas Valley will be providing hot cider, hot chocolate, wine hard cider and coffee in a warm tent just beside their new tasting room on River Street. Free Admission.


For the Love of Children & Chocolate’ Sleighbell Chocolate Shop, 3 – 7 p.m.
318 River Street
Proceeds benefit Manistee County Child Advocacy Center


Brass Ensembles, 5 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 3, 2016

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


A Lilliputian Christmas, 10am – 8 p.m.
Manistee County Historical Museum, 425 River Street
Honoring the area's German heritage with exhibits of traditions, decorations, dollhouses, miniatures, toys and trains in the historical settings of the Museum.
Admission is $1 for students, $3 for families, $8 for parents and their minor children.


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, 11a.m. – 5p.m.
Manistee Inn & Marina, 378 River Street 
$5 half dozen; $9 dozen

Carriage Rides Down River Street, 12pm - 4pm
356 River Street
Free Admission, First Come - First Serve
Carriage rides will be provided by a Team of Percherons with a white carriage and a team of Clydesdale Hackney Pony Cross with a white carriage provided by the Common Gentry Carriage Co.
SPONSORED BY MATT KNIZACKY INSURANCE & WATSONS MANISTEE CHRYSLER

For the Love of Children & Chocolate’ Sleighbell Chocolate Shop, 12pm – 7 p.m.
318 River Street
All proceeds benefit Manistee County Child Advocacy Center

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

Christmas Tea at the Buckley, 2 - 4 p.m.
450 Cedar Street
Enjoy a lavish Christmas tea in the third-floor ballroom of one of Manistee's premier Victorian homes. Three full courses will be served in a relaxing and charming atmosphere, with a tour of this beautiful residence after the meal. Reservations must be made by Tuesday, December 1st by calling 231 398-2561. $35.00 per person. 

Santa's Headquarters, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Manistee Municipal Marina, 480 River Street
Santa himself will be there for photo ops and to receive Christmas lists from all the good girls and boys. Complimentary balloons provided by Mr. Don Olszewski the balloon man and face painting by Debbie Tiefenthal. Also enjoy the balancing talents of an elf on stilts.
Sponsored by Century 21 Boardwalk & The Outpost of Manistee

Sleighbell Warming Tent, 2 – 8 p.m.
Sponsored by Family Fare
Corner of River & Oak Street
Looking for a place to warm up during Sleighbell Weekend?  Come down to the new Warming Tent located at the corner of River Street and Oak Street.  Douglas Valley will be providing hot cider, hot chocolate, wine hard cider and coffee in a warm tent just beside their new tasting room on River Street. Free Admission.

Sponsored by Family Fare


Reindeer "Meet & Greet", 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Manistee Inn & Marina, 378 River Street
Meet the reindeer team of Reindeer Ranch.
Sponsored by Manistee Veterinary Hospital & Famous Flynns

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. 

Roasted Chestnuts, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Manistee on River Street
Sponsored by Kendra Thompson Architects, PC

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


Merry Trombones, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 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 4, 2016

A Lilliputian Christmas, 10am – 4 p.m.
Manistee County Historical Museum, 425 River Street
Honoring the area's German heritage with exhibits of traditions, decorations, dollhouses, miniatures, toys and trains in the historical settings of the Museum.
Admission is $1 for students, $3 for families, $8 for parents and their minor children.


Traditional Swedish Brunch & Worship Service, 10 a.m. Service – 11 a.m. Brunch
Portage Lake Bible Camp, 4158 Camp Delight Rd. Onekama
$10 Adults, $5 five and under, Please RSVP at 231.889.5911


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 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, 2:00 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

Lessons and Carols, 3:00 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 420 Oak Street
Music, singing and bible readings



VIEW THE 2014 PARADE VIDEO BELOW (3 PARTS)

Sleighbell Parade - Part 1

Sleighbell Parade - Part 2

Sleighbell Parade - Part 3