Winter Glow

ReindeerThere is something for everyone at the popular Winter Glow event – East Lansing’s free, outdoor winter festival. This winter-inspired annual tradition will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 in downtown East Lansing with a wide variety of fun-filled seasonal activities from 2-5 p.m. It’s free.

The Winter Glow activities will be located in Ann Street Plaza, Fountain Square and inside the East Lansing Marriott. The outdoor spaces are adjacent to the intersection of Albert and M.A.C. avenues.

The Winter Glow is produced by the City of East Lansing and is sponsored by the MSU Federal Credit Union, Downtown East Lansing merchants, the East Lansing Arts Commission and D.L. Kessler Construction Inc. Download 2015 Program Guide (PDF).

2015 Activities

This year’s Winter Glow will feature ice carving, a winter barnyard, horse and carriage rides, a special outdoor holiday farmer’s market, a heated music tent, activities and games hosted by the Community Relations Coalition (CRC) and East Lansing Art Festival, wandering carolers with The Steiner Chorale, winter photo scenes, marshmallow roasting, merchant activities, hot chocolate and much more.

Green Friday (& Saturday too!), Dec. 4-5

Support local businesses! This year’s Green Friday shopping event will take place in conjunction with the Winter Glow! More than 30 businesses will bring a special East Lansing version of the popular day-after-Thanksgiving Black Friday sales to downtown East Lansing Dec.4-5.

Outdoor Holiday Farmer’s Market

A special outdoor holiday farmer’s market will feature many of the popular vendors of the East Lansing Farmer’s Market. This year's vendors include 45th Parallel, Applegarth, Botanik, Droscha, Jenny's Sweets and Treats, Rust Belt Roastery, Sara Smith Sweets, Spoonful of Granola and The Cheese People.

Jingle Jam Music Tent

The Jingle Jam Music Tent will host three musical performances in a heated tent, including Deacon Earl from 2-2:45 p.m., Ladies First from 3-3:45 p.m. and the Swift Brothers from 4-4:45 p.m. 

Pick up Visitor Pocket Guide

Winter Glow Program Guides (PDF) and Green Friday shopping guides will be available at the festival information booth in Fountain Square, located at the corner of M.A.C. and Albert avenues.

The Winter Glow is sponsored by the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, the East Lansing Downtown Management Board and the East Lansing Arts Commission. Special thanks also to DL Kesler Construction for in-kind support of the event.