Step back in time as you take part in one of Michigan’s most unique holiday celebrations. An entire weekend of excitement including the Victorian Sleighbell Parade with horse drawn entries, bagpipers, reindeer meet and greet and carolers elegantly dressed in Victorian style attire. The highlights of the parade are the draft horses pulling a 30 foot Christmas tree down River Street followed by a beautiful display of luminaries, caroling, and the lighting of the tree.
The entire Old Christmas Weekend is filled with lovely events including Festival of Trees, ‘A Christmas Story’ at the Historic Ramsdell Theatre and guided tours of the historic 1894 Lumber Baron Mansion, which now houses the Dempsey Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn and Victorian Tea Room. Manistee is a wonderful place to pick up gifts for everyone on your list, catch a show at the recently renovated Vogue Theatre or simply enjoy the magical experience of the beautifully decorated historic Downtown.
Volunteers are an essential part to any festival and this one requires active volunteers to participate in a wide variety of projects before, during and after the festival. To just name a few we need volunteers for Special event set-up; Parade Planning and organization, & Festival Planning Committee