The new year is right around the corner, so enjoy every last moment of 2018. Celebrate the holidays with loved ones and pop a few bottles with friends as we close out the year at these Northern Michigan events in December.
Eat, Drink & Be Merry
Ladies’ Night in Traverse City | December 6
Ladies’ Night is always a fun way to kick off, or finish up, your holiday shopping. Head downtown for a night filled with deals and treats/drinks with friends. Restaurants and shops will have specials from 5–9 p.m. Hours vary at each business. (Traverse Magazine has an awesome deal for Ladies’ Night. Visit us on Park Street.)
9th Annual Unsilent Night | December 7
Pull out those boomboxes and iPods and be a part of Traverse City’s sound sculpture. Save your spot, download the music and play it aloud on your portable device as the group travels through The Village grounds. The more participants, the better it sounds. The sound sculpture ends at Left Food Charley Winery for cookies and music by Jeff Brown. $1 from every glass and $10 for every boombox donated will go to Boots for Kids. Reserve your spot.
Breakfast with Santa | December 15
Santa Claus is coming … to breakfast. Enjoy a family-friendly buffet at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick will be on hand for photos and to visit with children. There will also be face painting, balloon artists, a DJ, Christmas cookie design station and more holiday magic than you can shake a candy cane at.
Brunch with Santa | December 16
Bring the family to Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay for a special brunch with Santa. The festive Inn will be the backdrop for this strolling brunch, including a fun pancake bar that will delight your little ones. Santa will be on hand for those priceless photo ops and to hear Christmas wish lists. There’s something for Mom and Dad too, wine will be available by the glass or bottle.
Coloring Between the Wines | December 18
Escape the frenzy of holiday planning and cozy up with some wine and a good coloring book. Coloring is clinically proven to reduce stress and anxiety (the wine helps too). 123 Speakeasy will provide the food, drinks, coloring supplies and a frame for your art. You bring your creativity and appetite.
Aonach Mor Moonlight Dinner | December 26–30
Take a sleigh ride to a delicious 3-course meal served by crackling firelight at Boyne Highlands Resort. On clear nights, you’ll see the lights of the Mackinac Bridge while enjoying your meal. Whether it’s your first date, anniversary or a family celebration, this winter wonderland experience creates an atmosphere that’s simply unforgettable. View the menu and full list of dates.
Ringin’ in the New Year
Black Star Farms New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner | December 31
Make the end of 2018 one to remember at Black Star Farms. Dress your best (black tie optional) for a very special 5-course, wine-paired dining experience for you and your loved ones hosted in the luxurious Inn. Limited seating.
New Year’s Eve at Grand Traverse Resort | December 31
There’s no better way to ring in the new year than with three parties in one night. Start the evening at Aerie Restaurant for a dinner celebration with an exclusive menu and wine pairings. Then head to the Governor’s Ballroom before or after your midnight plans for retro-style arcade games, a rocking DJ and cash bar. Parents can let the kids have their own New Year’s fun at the indoor water playground. There will be crafts, games, swimming and a balloon drop and toast at midnight. A kid-friendly pizza party is included. More information on all the parties.
CherryT Ball Drop | December 31
There’s no NYE party like a Downtown Traverse City NYE party. Live DJ starts at 10 p.m. so you can dance the night away in the streets until the cherry drops and the fireworks launch. Dress warm and get ready to party.
Roaring 20’s New Year’s Eve | December 31
Ring in the new year by traveling back in time for a Prohibition-Era celebration at 123 Speakeasy. Celebrate with a 7-course meal, festive party favors, photo booth, champagne toast and raffle as you count down the new year and ring in good luck for 2019. No outfit is too fancy or flashy. Get ready to celebrate like you’re in the roaring ’20s.
Bridge Drop | December 31
A new year celebration that lasts all day long in downtown Charlevoix. Horse-drawn wagon rides, s’mores and hot cocoa, snowman contest and a free family movie all take place from 1–4 p.m. Tommy Tropic’s One Man Circus will get the crowd fired up before the spectacular fireworks shows at 9 p.m. and midnight. The Memorial Bridge will be dropped at midnight to welcome in 2019.
New Year’s Eve Parties at Treetops Resort | December 31
Get ready for not one, but three parties. (1) Family Party has fun for all with a DJ, photo booth, party favors and an elf on stilts. Enjoy snacks and drinks, cash bar for the parents and fireworks at midnight. (2) The Grown-Up Party is at the Top of the Hill in Legends from 9:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. with live entertainment from Strait Shooters. Enjoy party favors, a champagne toast, bonfire just outside with s’mores and fireworks. (3) The Hunter’s Grille party is perfect for a more private experience as it only comes with the Platinum & Diamond Buffets.
This year has been filled with plenty of good times and memories made in Northern Michigan. Thank you to all for checking out my top picks each month. Let me know what kind of event articles you would like to see in 2019—comment below or drop me a note: [email protected]
Cheers to a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! —Hannah