2019 Event Schedule

31st Annual Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend

*The parade begins at 5:30pm on Saturday December 7th.* 


Manistee County Historical Museum
10am-5pm, 425 River Street
A special exhibit of photographs displaying the winter seasons in the city of Manistee over the last 150 years. Curated from the museum’s archives, this exhibit will feature photographs of buildings, people, fires and various events during the winter seasons of yesteryear. Cost: $1 per student, $3 per adult, $8 per family (parents and their minor children)
SNO SNAKE SHO (art exhibit)
10am-8pm, Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street (in Hardy Hall)
A special winter exhibit sampling the artwork of over ten area artists is scheduled for the newly renovated gallery space in Hardy Hall at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts. Everyone is cordially invited to an opening reception with the artists on Friday, December 6, from 6pm – 8pm
Sleighbell Spiced Wine Release
11:00-5:00pm, Douglas Valley, 431 River Street
Join us for the release of our commemorative Holiday wine! This is a Limited Edition wine to celebrate the Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend
Ramsdell Theatre Box Office Open
Noon-4pm, Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street
Visit our Theatre box office through the theatre doors under the marquee. One of our staff or volunteers will be glad to help you secure tickets to an upcoming event. Upcoming shows feature Laith Al-Saadi (Saturday, Dec 7 with Cousin Curtiss opening)
Tours of the James Dempsey Mansion
1pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm, 506 Maple Street
Step into Manistee history at this 19th-century Lumber Baron mansion, now the home of the Dempsey Manor B&B Inn & Victorian House Museum. Hollywood set designer James Colburn paired the Dempsey’s stunning architecture and beautifully-restored woodwork with exquisite antique furnishings and original Victorian artwork to replicate the city’s Golden Age. $12 in advance/$17 at the door. Reservations strongly recommended. (616) 802-4588.
Business After Hours
5:30-7:30pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom,101 Maple Street
Here is your exclusive opportunity to be the first to preview the Festival of Trees! As you network there will be delicious hors d’oeuvres, holiday music, a cash bar and giveaways. Admission is $10 per person or $9 if you register online. Bring a can good or
animal food to vote for your favorite entry. We will also be collecting unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots/Gift for Teens

Victorian Dessert Concert
7pm, First Congregational Church, 412 Fourth Street
Wassail and Victorian sweats reception following concert. Tickets available at Goody’s or calling 847-477-2702, $10 Donation

Manistee County Historical Museum
10am-6:30pm, 425 River Street
A special exhibit of photographs displaying the winter seasons in the city of Manistee over the last 150 years. Curated from the museum’s archives, this exhibit will feature photographs of buildings, people, fires and various events during the winter seasons of yesteryear. Cost: $1 per student, $3 per adult, $8 per family (parents and their minor children)

SNO SNAKE SHO (art exhibit)
10am-5pm, Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street (in Hardy Hall)
6 pm-8 pm | RECEPTION (exhibit closed for 1 hour from 5pm – 6pm to set up)
See event description on Thursday
Ramsdell Box Open 12pm-4pm
Christmas Cookie + Wine Pairing
Noon-5:00pm, Douglas Valley,431 River Street
Your favorite Christmas Cookies perfectly paired with wine, $15 per person
Tours of the Ramsdell Theatre
1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm (on the hour), 101 Maple Street
Schedule your tour today at the historic Ramsdell theatre! Learn about critical figures such as Thomas Jefferson Ramsdell, the philanthropist, Solon Beman, the architect, Fredrick Winthrop Ramsdell, the painter, among others. Learn about what this building has meant to the community over the years and how it helped launch the career of two distinguished actors, James Earl Jones, and Toni Trucks. $5 admission. Meet in the theatre lobby. Call 231-398-9770 to RSVP
Festival of Trees
1-8pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom,101 Maple Street
Come to view & bid on creatively decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and other seasonal decor designed by local holiday enthusiasts. Bring a can good or animal food to vote for your favorite entry. We will also be collecting unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots/Gift for Teens. Bidding will close on December 8, Free
Tours of the James Dempsey Mansion
1pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm, 506 Maple Street
See Thursday for details

Sleighbell Warming Tent
4:00-7:00pm, Corner of River and Oak
Sponsored By: Spicer Group, Republic Services, Blarney Castle and Top Line Relax, unwind and warm up. Family friendly, heated tent open to the public with mulled wine, coffee and hot chocolate
Downtown Soup Cook-off
Sponsored By: The Ideal Kitchen
4:30-6:30pm, Downtown Manistee
Explore the shops of Downtown Manistee and enjoy the flavors of fresh homemade soups (see location map on reverse side)
Kids & Kupkakes
6:30-7:45pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom,101 Maple Street Decorate cupcakes with your child or grandchild. Culinary Artist Connie Watson will guide you through creating your own festive holiday treats! The $30 admission includes supplies and step-by-step instruction. Register online at www.manisteechamber.com
Hope of Christmas Concert
7pm – Faith Covenant Church: 475 Eighth Street
Celebrate the Hope of Christmas with Christian recording artist Mark Smeby. This highly-entertaining and interactive evening will be filled with familiar holiday classics and inspirational original tunes. No charge

Cookie Fun For Everyone

8am-2pm, Manistee United Methodist Church, 387 First Street -Come decorate baked Christmas cookies and leave the mess for us. We provide frosting, sprinkles & fun. $11/dozen, $6/half dozen

Sleighbell Craft Show and Bake Sale

9am-4pm, Manistee High School, 525 12th Street

Festival of Trees

9:30am-8pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom,101 Maple Street – See Friday for event details

Parents & Paint

10am-Noon, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom,101 Maple Street – Enjoy time painting with your child or grandchild. Local artist Joann Snay will guide you step by step in creating your own holiday canvas masterpiece! The $45 admission includes all your supplies, detailed instructions, cookies and hot chocolate! Register online at www.manisteechamber.com

Free Holiday Film Classics at The Historic Vogue Theatre

10am and 11am, 383 River Street – popcorn, cold and hot drinks, & other concessions available for purchase 10am – 8pm

SNO SNAKE SHO (art exhibit)

10am – 4pm, Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street (in Hardy Hall) – See event description on Thursday Ramsdell Box Open 12pm-4pm (see info on Thursday)

Manistee County Historical Museum

10am-6:30pm, 425 River Street – A special exhibit of photographs displaying the winter seasons in the city of Manistee over the last 150 years. Curated from the museum’s archives, this exhibit will feature photographs of buildings, people, fires and various events during the winter seasons of yesteryear. Cost: $1 per student, $3 per adult, $8 per family (parents and their minor children)

Jingle Bell Jog 5K Run/Walk

10am, Kennedy Elementary, 550 Maple Street – $18 prior to Nov 29th, $23 on race day 5K Run through the streets and picturesque neighborhoods. Prizes to the top finishers. Costumes encouraged. For more info email runmanistee.blogspot.com

The Old Kirke Museum

11am-2pm, 304 Walnut Street – Scandinavian Christmas Open House with traditional treats along with the new Christmas Villages exhibit and the permanent display of the Madsen Lumbering Dioramas

Sleighbell Chocolate Shoppe

11-5 pm, Christian Faith Church International, 55 Division Street – A variety of homemade chocolates will be available for purchase and the Grinch will be in attendance

Meet the Grinch

11:30-1pm, Happy Owl Bookstore, 358 River Street – 1-3pm Meet 3 local authors and book signing

Carriage Rides Down River Street

East of Maple Street Noon – 3:30pm, 356 River Street – Sponsored By: Matt Knizacky Insurance Agency and Watson’s Manistee Chrysler Carriage rides end promptly at 3:30pm

Carriage Rides Down River Street – West of Maple Street Noon – 3:30pm, 429 River Street – Sponsored By: Snyder’s Shoes Carriage rides end promptly at 3:30pm

Christmas Cookie + Wine Pairing

Noon-4:00pm, Douglas Valley, 431 River Street – See Friday for event details

Ramsdell Theatre Tours

1pm, 2pm, and3 pm (on the hour), 101 Maple Street – See event description on Friday

Santa’s Headquarters Sponsored

By: The Tabernacle Church 1-3:45pm, Manistee Marina, 460 River Street – Santa himself will be there for photo ops and to receive Christmas lists from all the good girls and boys. Santa leaves promptly at 4pm to lineup for the Victorian Sleighbell Parade

Canvas & Cheer

1-3pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom,101 Maple Street – Grab a friend and unwind as you paint with local artist Joann Snay. Let Joann guide you step-by-step to create a holiday themed canvas masterpiece! The $45 admission includes supplies, detailed instructions along with holiday beverages and a sweet treat! Register online at www.manisteechamber.com

Tours of the James Dempsey Mansion

1pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm, 506 Maple Street – See Thursday for details

Christmas Tea at the Buckley House

2 – 4 pm, 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 along with a complete tour of the home. Reservations required by Wednesday, December 4, 231 690-2743 $35.00/ person

Pony Rides

2-4pm, in front of Manistee Marina, 460 River Street Pony rides are for children 13 and under, 150lbs weight limit and ends promptly at 4pm

Sleighbell Warming Tent

2:00-7:00pm, Corner of River and Oak – See Friday for event details

Christmas at Moving Spirits

3-5pm, 429 River Street Enjoy complimentary wine samples while watching a live ballerina gracefully perform in the window

Jingle Mingle

4:30-7:30pm, Ramsdell Inn, 399 River Street – Watch the parade from a spectacular view while enjoying live music, all you can eat appetizers and three drink tickets, $50 RSVP 231-398-7901 advance ticket purchase required

Roasted Chestnuts

Sponsored By: Kendra C. Thompson Architects 4:30-7:30pm, Downtown Manistee on River Street

Chili & Dog Warm Up

4:30-7:30pm, Manistee United Methodist Church, 387 First Street Chili, Hot Dogs, Chips, Popcorn, Hot Cocoa, $5 Donation

Victorian Sleighbell Parade

Sponsored By: Chemical Bank and Manistee Downtown Development Authority 5:30pm, Downtown Manistee on River Street – Experience one of Michigan’s most memorable holiday traditions. This authentic parade features horse drawn carriages, turn of the century characters, 30 foot Christmas tree pulled upright by a beautiful horse team, elf on stilts, high school marching bands, bagpipers, MaxwellTown Brass band, ponies and alpacas. The parade concludes in downtown’s west end near the fountain with community caroling and lighting of the tree.

Sleighbell Fireworks

Sponsored By: Jeff Reau – Edward Jones After the Victorian Sleighbell Parade and Lighting of the Tree

16th Annual Jingle Bell Jam

7pm-Midnight, American Legion, 10 Mason Street Musical event following the Sleighbell Parade. Public Welcome. Admission is one new unwrapped gift or $10.00 to benefit Toys for Tots

Laith Al-Saadi (Cousin Curtiss opening 7:40pm)

8-10:00 pm, Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple StreetIn 2016, – Laith Al-Saadi won America’s hearts and a spot in the finale of NBC’s “The Voice”. Now he’s bringing his authentic blend of blues, soul and classic rock to audiences around the nation and the world. Tickets start at $20. Visit www.RamsdellTheatre.org or call 231-398-9770.

Traditional Swedish Brunch & Worship Service

10am Service, 11am Brunch, Portage Lake Bible Camp, 4158 Camp Delight Road – $10 Adults, $5 five-twelve years, free for 4 and under. RSVP 231-889-5911

SNO SNAKE SHO (art exhibit)

10am – 5pm, Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street (in Hardy Hall) – See event description on Thursday, Ramsdell Box Open 12pm-2pm

Manistee County Historical Museum

10am-2pm, 425 River Street – A special exhibit of photographs displaying the winter seasons in the city of Manistee over the last 150 years. Curated from the museum’s archives, this exhibit will feature photographs of buildings, people, fires and various events during the winter seasons of yesteryear. Cost: $1 per student, $3 per adult, $8 per family (parents and their minor children)

The Old Kirke Museum

11am-2pm, 304 Walnut Street – Scandinavian Christmas Open House with traditional treats along with the new Christmas Villages exhibit and the permanent display of the Madsen Lumbering Dioramas

Festival of Trees

11am-1pm, Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom,101 Maple Street – This is your last chance to bid on your favorite holiday items! Bidding closes at 1 pm today; winning bidders please pick up your items promptly after bids close.

Tours of the James Dempsey Mansion

1pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm, 506 Maple Street – See Thursday for details

Santa’s Headquarters

Sponsored By: The Tabernacle Church 1-3pm, Manistee Marina, 460 River Street