Winter Glow

There is something for everyone at the popular annual Winter Glow event – East Lansing’s free, outdoor winter festival. This winter-inspired annual tradition will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 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 East Lansing Downtown Management Board, MSU Federal Credit Union and East Lansing Arts Commission.

2016 Activities

This year’s Winter Glow will feature ice carving, an ice sculpture walk, a winter barnyard, horse and carriage rides, a special outdoor holiday farmer’s market, a heated music tent, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus (3-6 p.m. inside the Marriott, photos are $3), family friendly activities and games, wandering carolers with The Steiner Chorale, winter photo scenes, marshmallow roasting, merchant activities, hot chocolate, roasted nuts and much more.

Free Parking

Parking will be free in downtown East Lansing's gated lots and garages on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 2-6 p.m. for the event. Enjoy the Winter Glow festivities from 2-5 p.m. and then grab a bite to eat while you're out and about in the downtown!

Green Friday (& Saturday too!), Dec. 2-3

Support local businesses! This year’s 
Green Friday shopping event will take place in conjunction with the Winter Glow! Shoppers are invited to downtown for a special East Lansing version of the popular day-after-Thanksgiving Black Friday sales.

Outdoor Holiday Farmer’s Market

A special outdoor holiday farmer’s market will feature many of the popular East Lansing Farmer’s Market vendors. This year's participating vendors will include Jenny's Sweets and Treats, Small House, Beagle's Cafe & Bakery, Droscha Sugarbush, The Cheese People of Grand Rapids, 45th Parallel Pickle and Clothing Company, Good Eats Diva, Rust Belt Roastery and Applegarth Honey.

Jingle Jam Music Tent

The Jingle Jam Music Tent will host a live musical performance by The Sea Cruisers from 2-5 p.m. This four-piece professional band has been bringing the best sounds of the 50's, 60's and 70's to mid-Michigan for more than 30 years.

Program Guides

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

The Winter Glow is sponsored by the East Lansing Downtown Management Board, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union and East Lansing Arts Commission.