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. 7, 2019 in downtown East Lansing with a wide variety of fun-filled seasonal activities from 2-5 p.m. It’s free and rain or shine! 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. 

2019 Activities

This year’s Winter Glow will feature ice carving, horse and carriage rides, a special outdoor holiday farmers market, a heated music tent, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus (3-6 p.m. inside the Marriott, photos are $5), family friendly activities and games, winter photo scenes, marshmallow roasting, merchant activities, roasted nuts, a community art project and donation-based hot chocolate with the East Lansing Art Festival and much more.

Green Friday (& Saturday too!), Dec. 6-7

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 Farmers Market

A special outdoor holiday farmers market will feature many of the popular East Lansing Farmers Market vendors. Vendors will include Nut Brothers, Civil Ferments, Jenny's Sweets & Treats, Steffey Farm/Para Para Creamery, Guiding Light Garlic Farm, Where the Wild Things Bloom, Sapo de Solis and Droscha Sugarbush.

Jingle Jam Music Tent

The Jingle Jam Music Tent will feature a free, live performance by The Sea Cruisers from 2-5 p.m. There will also be special appearances by SIGH Studio of Music. 

Program Guides

Printed copies of the Winter Glow program guide will be available at the festival information booth in Fountain Square, located at the corner of M.A.C. and Albert avenues.


Community volunteers are needed for the 2019 Winter Glow! Those interested in serving as a volunteer can sign up here.


The 2019 Winter Glow event is produced by the City of East Lansing and is sponsored by the East Lansing Downtown Management Board, the Newman Lofts and the MSU Federal Credit Union. Additionally, in-kind support is provided by the East Lansing Marriott and the East Lansing Public Library.