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. 2, 2017 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 and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. Downtown parking will be free from 2-7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 for the event.

2017 Activities

This year’s Winter Glow will feature ice carving, 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 $5), family friendly activities and games, holiday ukulele music by Sigh Studio of Music, 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. 1-2

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. Participating vendors will include 45th Parallel Pickle Company, 517 Coffee Company, Droscha Sugarbush, Fresh Lake Whitefish Company + Finsnmore, Guiding Light Garlic Farm, Jenny's Sweets & Treats, Rust Belt Roastery, Sapo de Solis, The Cheese People of Grand Rapids, Fire & Rice, Beagle's Cafe & Bakery, For the Love of Grain and Circle F Ranch. 

Jingle Jam Music Tent

The Sea Cruisers will be performing in the heated Jingle Jam Music Tent from 2-5 p.m.

Program Guides

Printed copies of the Winter Glow Program Guide (PDF) and Green Friday Program Guide (PDF) 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 East Lansing Downtown Management Board, East Lansing Arts Commission and the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union