Weekend Event Schedule


Thursday, December 1

“The Stee” Social District
11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Downtown Manistee from River Street and the Riverwalk downtown business district, from Division Street to Pine Street
“The Steel” Social District is a designated area where patrons ages 21+ can purchase an alcoholic beverage from participating
establishments and can carry/consume it outdoors. Please drink responsibly.
For details, please visit https://manisteedowntown.com/social-district/

Chamber of Commerce UnTapped

5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom, 101 Maple Street

Join the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce for an evening of great food, drinks and good company! Reconnect with friends and colleagues at Chamber UnTapped. Tickets required. More information can be found at www.manisteechamber.com.

Victorian Concert
7 p.m.Manistee First Congregational Church, 412 Fourth Street
Admission: $15
The Manistee Choral Society is hosting a traditional Victorian concert. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Goody’s Juice and Java in downtown Manistee or by calling Shirley Harden at (517) 723-7536.

 

Friday, December 2

“The Stee” Social District
11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Downtown Manistee from River Street and the Riverwalk downtown business district, from Division Street to Pine Street
“The Steel” Social District is a designated area where patrons ages 21+ can purchase an alcoholic beverage from participating
establishments and can carry/consume it outdoors. Please drink responsibly.
For details, please visit https://manisteedowntown.com/social-district/

Event: 6 x 6 Art Exhibition

noon to 5 p.m., Ramsdell Theatre, Hardy Hall Art Gallery, 101 Maple Street

The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts presents this community show featuring 6 x 6 canvases by area and regional artists and enthusiasts. The square canvases will be for sale for $20. Be inspired by art! Purchase and support the Hardy Hall Art Gallery. Free and open to the public.

Food Trucks Open
noon to 7 p.m., Grab a bite to eat at Cluck Bucket at Oak and River streets.

Lakeside Club’s Festival of Trees & Holiday Decor

1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom, 101 Maple Street   
Admission: $1 minimum donation
View and bid on creatively decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, gift baskets, and other seasonal decor designed by local holiday enthusiasts. “Buy it Now” options available. Bring canned goods to vote for your favorite entry for the “People’s Choice” award. Bring unwrapped toys for Five CAP’s “Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens”.  Bidding closes at 8 p.m. Saturday, December 3. Proceeds benefit two local nonprofits.

To enter a tree, please visit https://www.lakesideclubmanistee.org/2022-festival-of-trees-designer-form.html.

Holiday Wine Tasting
2 p.m. to 4 p.m., The Ideal Kitchen, 421 River Street
Love wine? Sample exciting and approachable options for your Sleighbell, Christmas and New Year’s Eve gatherings. 

Friday Fish Fry
5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Manistee Elks #250, 432 River Street
Public is welcome!
Prices vary.

“Truck & Tree” Sip & Paint Party
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Purple Paintbrush, 338 River Street
$35 per painter. Reservations are required.
Call or text 231-747-9430 or purchase tickets online at https://artful-creations-2.square.site/

Live Music at the Elks Lodge
7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Manistee Elks #250, 432 River Street
Join us for live music with John and Angela. 

Lakeside Club’s “1885: Come Alive”
7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Ramsdell Theatre Ballroom, 101 Maple Street
Admission: $35 per person; $60 per couple
Step back in time! This event is an authentic Victorian Christmas gathering. Black tie with a Victorian theme required. Enjoy entertainment, Victorian appetizers, sweets and a cash bar. Purchase advance tickets online at lakesideclubmanistee.org

Saturday, December 3

Pancake Breakfast

8 a.m. to 11 a.m., VFW, 1211 28th Street, Manistee
The Filer Township Fire Department Auxiliary is hosting a pancake breakfast.  

Cookie Fun for Everyone
8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Manistee United Methodist Church, 387 First Street
Support Manistee County Habitat for Humanity and decorate Christmas cookies! Leave the mess for us! We provide frosting, sprinkles and fun.
Cost: $11 per dozen; $6 per half-dozen

Saturday Breakfast Buffet
9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Manistee Elks #250, 432 River Street, Manistee
$10 per person; children under five eat free.
Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar, $5 each
Sloppy Joes with Chips, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Public welcome all day. The Elks Lodge is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Christmas Craft Bazaar

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wagoner Community Center, 260 St. Mary’s Parkway
This year’s bazaar features holiday and other handmade crafts, handmade quilts and quilt racks, Christmas cookie sales and both a “50/50” and a unique Michigan “Pudding Stone” raffle. Lunch will be available for purchase. For additional information, contact Kathy Yoder at 231-723-6926.

Food Throughout the Day

9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Elks Lodge #250, 432 River Street
Stop by the Elks Lodge and grab a bite to eat. Open to the public. Prices vary.  

25 cents Holiday Movie

10 a.m., The Vogue Theatre, 383 River Street

Hot Chocolate from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Jingle Bell Jog 5K Run / Walk
10 a.m.The Tabernacle Church, 77 Hancock Street, Manistee

Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/Manistee/ManisteeJingleBellJog5K 
Advanced registration is $20 per runner, $25 on race day.   

Scandinavian Christmas Open House

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Old Kirke Museum, 304 Walnut Street

Christmas trees decorated in the traditional Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian manner and traditional Scandinavian cookies in the 1868 sanctuary along with a display of Christmas “Tiny Towns and Trains II” and the Madsen Lumbering Dioramas in the lower exhibit hall.

Tours of the Ramsdell Theatre

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (every 30 minutes), Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street

$5 per person. Available at www.RamsdellTheatre.org


Drop-in Ceramics Painting

11 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Purple Paintbrush, 338 River Street
Drop-in ceramics painting and make-your-own fused glass ornaments! Prices vary, no reservations required.
Call or text 231-747-9430 for more information. 


Event: 6 x 6 Art Exhibition

11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ramsdell Theatre, Hardy Hall Art Gallery, 101 Maple Street

The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts presents this community show featuring 6 x 6 canvases by area and regional artists and enthusiasts. The square canvases will be for sale for $20. Come in and be inspired by art! Purchase and support the Hardy Hall Art Gallery. Free and open to the public

Ramsdell Theatre Box Office is open from 11 a.m. to 4  p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m.

Lakeside Club’s Festival of Trees & Holiday Decor

11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Ramsdell Ballroom, 101 Maple Street 
Admission: $1 minimum donation

View and bid on creatively decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, gift baskets, and other seasonal decor designed by local holiday enthusiasts. “Buy it Now” options available. Bring canned goods to vote for your favorite entry for the “People’s Choice” award. Bring unwrapped toys for Five CAP’s “Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens”.  Bidding closes Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit two local nonprofits.

“The Stee” Social District
11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Downtown Manistee from River Street and the Riverwalk downtown business district, from Division Street to Pine Street
“The Steel” Social District is a designated area where patrons ages 21+ can purchase an alcoholic beverage from participating
establishments and can carry/consume it outdoors. Please drink responsibly.
For details, please visit https://manisteedowntown.com/social-district/

Crafts & Activities for the Whole Family
noon to 2 p.m., Manistee County Library, 95 Maple Street
Did you know that science was once considered festive during Victorian Christmases past? Kids can keep the tradition alive at our Cloud Dough STEM station. Create a Bah-Humbug pinback button or take your picture at our holiday themed photo booth.  
Admission is free. No reservations required. While supplies last. 
For additional information, visit https://www.manisteelibrary.org/library-calendar#/events/

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Open House
noon to 2 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 313 4th Street
Admission: Free
Built in 1890, here’s your chance to visit one of Manistee’s oldest churches. 
For more information, please visit stpaulsmanistee.com

Kelley Niles Playing the Brass Hand Bell Tree
1 p.m. to 3 p.m., The Ideal Kitchen, 417 River Street

Carriage Rides
1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., River Street, downtown
Take a horse-drawn carriage ride before the parade. The last carriage ride will leave at 3:45 p.m. so the horses can prep for the parade. 
Rides are free, courtesy of Essential Real Estate. Please consider tipping for exceptional service.

Santa’s Headquarters

1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Manistee Marina, 480 River Street

Santa himself will be there for photo ops and to receive Christmas lists from all the good girls and boys. Santa has to leave promptly at 4 p.m. to line up for the Victorian Sleighbell Parade.

Sponsored by: RE/MAX Randy Zakrajsek 

Food Trucks Open
noon to 7 p.m., Grab a bite to eat at the food trucks at Oak and River streets.

Sleighbell Warming Station
3 p.m. to 6 p.m., West Shore Community College, Downtown Manistee, 400 River Street
Admission is free!
Sponsored by: Consumers Energy, West Shore Community College, and Manistee County Community Foundation

Victorian Open House / Hallmark’s Trim the Tree Event
3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Kellie’s Hallmark, 445 River Street
Shop specials, including BOGO 50% off Hallmark Ornaments, Christmas wrapping paper and Christmas boxed cards while you enjoy delicious raspberry cocoa, winter wassail and Christmas cookies.

Roasted Chestnuts: Annual Sleighbell Tradition

4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Downtown Manistee, various locations on River Street

Sponsored by: Kendra C. Thompson Architects, PC

Victorian Sleighbell Parade

5:30 p.m., Downtown Manistee, 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, bagpipers and much more. The parade concludes downtown’s west end near the fountain with community caroling and lighting of the tree. 
Sponsored by: West Shore Bank

 

Sleighbell Fireworks

Immediately following the Victorian Sleighbell Parade

Sponsored by: Jeff Reau Edward Jones

Jingle Jam

7 p.m. to midnight, American Legion, 10 Mason Street

Musical event following the Sleighbell Parade. Public welcome.
Admission is a new, unwrapped gift or $10 to benefit Toys for Tots.

 

A West Shore Community College Holiday Rock Spectacular Reunion

8 p.m., Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street

The West Shore Community College Performing Arts Series, in collaboration with Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, will present the Holiday Rock Spectacular Reunion. This is an opportunity to ring in the holiday season with a powerful musical production featuring the music of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, For King and Country, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, and U2 to name a few. Tickets are required and range from $15 to $50. Available at www.RamsdellTheatre.org.

 

Sunday, December 4

Lakeside Club’s Festival of Trees & Holiday Decor

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Ramsdell Ballroom, 101 Maple Street

Pick-up time for Winning Bidders

“The Stee” Social District
11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Downtown Manistee from River Street and the Riverwalk downtown business district, from Division Street to Pine Street
“The Steel” Social District is a designated area where patrons ages 21+ can purchase an alcoholic beverage from participating
establishments and can carry/consume it outdoors. Please drink responsibly.
For details, please visit https://manisteedowntown.com/social-district/

Scandinavian Christmas Open House
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Old Kirke Museum, 304 Walnut Street
Christmas trees decorated in the traditional Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian manner and traditional Scandinavian cookies in the 1868 sanctuary along with a display of Christmas “Tiny Towns and Trains II” and the Madsen Lumbering Dioramas in the lower exhibit hall.

Hand-Rung Christmas Carols from the Historic Bell Tower 

noon, Historic Guardian Angels Church, 371 Fifth Street
Self-guided tours and open house: noon to 1 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Piano concert by Nikita Sokolov (free will offering)

 

Event: 6 x 6 Art Exhibition

noon to 3 p.m., Ramsdell Theatre, Hardy Hall Art Gallery, 101 Maple Street

The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts presents this community show featuring 6 x 6 canvases by area and regional artists and enthusiasts. The square canvases will be for sale for $20. Be inspired by art! Purchase and support the Hardy Hall Art Gallery. Free and open to the public.

Ramsdell Theatre Box Office is open from 1 to 2 p.m.

 
Santa’s Headquarters

1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Manistee Marina, 480 River Street

Santa headquarters will also be open on Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sponsored by: RE/MAX Randy Zakrajsek 

 

A West Shore Community College Holiday Rock Spectacular Reunion

2 p.m., Ramsdell Theatre, 101 Maple Street

The West Shore Community College Performing Arts Series, in collaboration with Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, will present the Holiday Rock Spectacular Reunion. This is an opportunity to ring in the holiday season with a powerful musical production featuring the music of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, For King and Country, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton and U2 to name a few. Tickets are required and range from $15 to $50. Available at www.RamsdellTheatre.org.

Lessons and Carols

3 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 420 Oak Street
Admission is free. 
Please enjoy the Advent and Christmas story in word and song. Dessert and social hour will follow.

Submit an Event

Are you hosting or organizing an event as part of the Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend? Please let us know about it so we can add it to the schedule and promote it.

Send an email to Rachel Brooks at sleekorenda@gmail.comPlease include:

  • Name of event
  • Date and time 
  • Location
  • Admission cost
  • Where to go for additional information