It's been described as Lansing's premiere holiday event attracting over 65,000 people and displaying millions of lights but this year Silver Bells in the City is going to look very different.

For those who have never experienced Silver Bells in the City it started as a tradition in 1984 with a simple 2,500 light display to usher the city into the holiday spirit. It's evolved into a spectacular celebration complete with a parade, a village for holiday shopping, fireworks, concerts, and lighting of the Christmas Tree.

However, according to a recent Facebook post, the organizers have decided to take the event virtual in order to comply with restrictions due to Covid-19.

In their post they said,

Hey Mid-Michigan, it is almost time to cozy up on the couch with family and friends in the warmth of your home to kick off your 2020 holiday season with Silver Bells Home Edition

They continued with,

This special telecast is a spin-off of Silver Bells in the City and will feature elements of the traditional event like the state Christmas tree lighting, family holiday singalongs, celebrity shout outs, diverse holiday offerings and more.

Judging by the number of sad face and thumbs down emojis, it's safe to say that people are disappointed. And I can understand. There's nothing I love more than the trasition into the holiday season. But, better to be safe than sorry, right?

The Silver Bells Home Edition will air on Fox will air on 47 News - WSYM on Friday, November 20 from 6-8 p.m. You can look forward to elements of familiarity like the lighting of the Christmas tree, family sing alongs and more. 

For more information on this year's Silver Bells celebration click here.

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