‘Tis the season of Santa sightings, street carolers and twinkling parades. Hit all the highlights with MyNorth’s guide to Northern Michigan holiday events 2019.
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Harbor Springs Holiday Events 2019
November 16: Ladies Night Out, 6–9 p.m.
Enjoy sales, live music and restaurant specials at participating businesses downtown. Get a passport at any open businesses, make purchases and get them initialed. Turn in your passport at the end of the evening for a post-evening celebration at the New York at 9 p.m. and raffle drawing at 9:30 p.m.
November 16: Market at the Shay, 5–9 p.m.
An indoor market at the iconic Shay Hexagon House with live music, handmade merchandise and refreshments.
November 16: Holiday Arts & Crafts Bazaar, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Crafts, Christmas ornaments, decor, jewelry, vintage treasures and more. There will also be a homemade cookies sale and soup luncheon. All proceeds benefit United Methodist Women missions helping women, children and families.
November 23: Holiday Portraits at the Harbor Springs Library, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
There will be a festive backdrop set up among the bookshelves and a photographer on hand to take your holiday photos. Each family will receive two edited photographs. Mini sessions are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. In lieu of a sitting fee, it’s suggested you make a donation to the Harbor Springs Library’s Building Fund, which will go toward repairs to the library’s 111-year-old building.
November 29: Cross Village Holiday Open House, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Join the community at the crossroads of Levering and State streets for music, food and festivities. The 18th annual community tree lighting begins at 5:30 p.m. Mrs. Claus will be at the Cross Village General Store from 3–5 p.m. Three Pines Studio will have events from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Black Barn Farm and Highland Roots Farm will have lots of family-friendly activities.
November 30: Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, 6:30–8 p.m.
A holiday tradition for more than 100 years. The tree lighting takes place on Main and State streets.
Start off Shop Small Saturday with a visit to the Lyric Theatre for a holiday movie followed immediately by a visit from Santa right outside the theater. Walk down to the intersection of Main and Spring a little later and pat Santa’s visiting reindeer!
At 6 p.m., Celebrate 104 years of a magical tradition in downtown Harbor Springs at the Christmas Tree Lighting. Gather with your friends and neighbors to sing carols, enjoy the lighting of the tree on Main Street and celebrate the winners of the annual window decorating contest. The public is then invited to attend an ecumenical chili dinner in the Holy Childhood Parish Hall, just adjacent to the tree, where you can also enjoy homemade cookies and hot cocoa, courtesy of the American Legion Auxiliary. At 8 p.m., the Lyric Theatre will be showing the classic “Miracle on 34th Street” free of charge!
Saturdays Nov. 30–Jan. 11: Old Fashioned Christmas
Glide through the woods in Cross Village on a horse-drawn sleigh pulled by two handsome Clydesdales, Levi and Barney. Then, select your Christmas tree and holiday decorations (wreaths and garland!). Warm-up with a cup of hot chocolate and do a little holiday shopping, for yourself or friends. You’ll find goodies like homemade pasta, pancake mix, Maple Moon maple syrup, local literature and more in the farm store. Reservations are required. Call Black Barn Farm at 231.526.2486. Entry is $8 per person. Children 3 and under free.
December 7: Merchants Holiday Open House, 6–9 p.m.
An evening of shopping and treats. Main Street shuts down so visitors can stroll between stores and the Petoskey High School Steel Drum Band provides special music.
Petoskey Holiday Events 2019
November 15: Ladies Opening Night, 5–10 p.m.
Shop downtown from 5–9 p.m. then head over to Stafford’s Perry Hotel for Doe Camp, open at 8:30 p.m. Prize drawings off the buck pole begin at 9:30 p.m.
November 21: Holiday Swirl, 5–7 p.m.
Put on your best Christmas sweater and enjoy wine, beer, appetizers and festive tunes at Crooked Tree Center for the Arts’ galleries. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 day of.
November 24: Holiday Craft and Gift Show, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Free admission and a wide variety of vendors at Odawa Casino.
November 30: Stafford’s Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade, 6–7 p.m.
Performances by the Petoskey High School Marching Band, floats and walking ensembles representing many businesses and nonprofits in the community, and much more. You can visit with Santa and his reindeer at the Perry Hotel before the parade begins! As part of the Toys for Tots program, the U.S. Marines will be collecting new, unwrapped toys during the parade for families who will be unable to afford gifts during the holiday season.
Saturdays Nov. 30–Dec. 21: Santa’s Workshop, Noon–2 p.m.
Bring your camera and family to Stafford’s Perry Hotel to meet Santa. It’s free!
December 1: Sugar Plum Fairy Tea, 1–3 p.m.
For boys and girls of all ages, attendees will sip tea and cocoa with principal performers of Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” including Clara, the Nutcracker, the Snow Queen, the Dew Drop Fairy, Mirliton, and of course, the Sugar Plum Fairy at Stafford’s Perry Hotel. Admission includes two tickets to a performance of “The Nutcracker.”
December 6: Holiday Open House, 6–9 p.m.
Santa Claus flies in to light the giant Christmas tree in Pennsylvania Park, followed by live music, caroling and visits with children in the gazebo. The streets close down and merchants open their doors with holiday greetings.
December 8: Santa Brunch at Stafford’s Bay View Inn, 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Enjoy a delicious holiday buffet and a visit with the Big Guy. Call for reservations, 231-347-2771. $25.95 per adult, $13.95 per child.
December 8, 15, 16: Holiday Madrigal Dinner & Performance
Petoskey High School’s award-winning show, complete with a gourmet dinner at the Perry Hotel; $45 per guest. For tickets, call 231.347.4000.
December 14 & 15: CTAC School of Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker will be performed at Great Lakes Center for the Arts. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the CTAC Dance Scholarship Fund.
December 15: Santa Breakfast at Stafford’s Perry Hotel, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
A la carte menu and a visit with Santa! Reservations: 231-347-4000.
December 19 & 20: Handel’s Messiah
The quintessential musical crown of the season, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents Handel’s Messiah with dazzling vocal solos, instrumental fireworks and splendid choral writing at Great Lakes Center for the Arts.
Charlevoix Holiday Events 2019
November 22–December 23: Holiday Circle mARkeT
Featuring more than 30 local artists and designers’ handmade gifts. Monday–Saturday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Closed Sundays.
November 29: Tree Lighting & Holiday Parade, 3–6 p.m.
Black Friday deals and restaurant specials all day. From 3–5 p.m. children invited to make craft projects at Charlevoix Circle of Arts and head to Charlevoix State Bank to sit on Santa’s lap for a free photo. From 4–6 p.m. complimentary cookies and cocoa served at East Park. Holiday Parade comes down Bridge Street at 5:30 p.m. between Hurlbut and Clinton streets. Tree lighting at 6 p.m. in East Park.
December 7: Holiday Merchant Open House, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Merchants will have entertainment, samples, snacks, refreshments, special sales, raffles and more. At 2 p.m., the Charlevoix Cinema III will offer a free movie. For entry, bring a canned good to benefit the Charlevoix Food Pantry.
December 4 & 11: Twinkle Light Dinner, 6–8 p.m.
Experience the magic of Castle Farms and see the extravagant holiday decor inside the Castle. Enjoy an enchanted evening listening to classic Christmas carols and a three-course meal catered by Otsego Grand Catering. One glass of red or white wine from 1918 Cellars included.
December 4: Holiday Jazz Concert, 7–8 p.m.
The Charlevoix Public Library hosts its annual jazz concert featuring local favorites Katherine Ryan and Charlie Millard.
December 5: Holiday Centerpiece with Bloom Floral, 6:30–8 p.m.
Join Jennifer Haf and Samantha Sell of Bloom Floral for a holiday floral design workshop. Make and take home a seasonal arrangement. Class size is limited to 30 participants and a $5 materials fee is required. Call 231.237.7340 to register.
December 6: Holly Daze, 5:30–10:30 p.m.
Proceeds from Munson Healthcare’s annual Holly Daze event will support the Charlevoix Hospital. The benefit dinner is held at Castle Farms.
December 7, 8, 14, 15: Story Time with Santa at Castle Farms
Santa will read a story and there will be a craft activity, cocoa and treats, plus a special gift and photo with Santa. Space is limited to 20 children per session. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.
December 7 & 8: Train Wonderland, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Kids of all ages will love the model and interactive train displays, including the popular Polar Express and riding trains. Holiday games, scavenger hunt, crafts, snacks and cocoa are included. Santa will be making appearances throughout the day! Tram rides around the Castle are included, weather permitting. Admission is $5 per person ages 3 and up.
December 11: Downtown Ladies Night, 5–8 p.m.
Your favorite stores will be open late offering specials and treats for your last-minute holiday shopping needs. Keep your receipts and turn them in—every $50 spent = 1 entry into the Gift Local Shopping Contest!
December 26: A Children’s Winter Spectacular, 4–6 p.m.
Meet the Snow Queen and Ice Princess at Castle Farms. Get creative at the hot cocoa bar and decorate your own sugar cookies. Plus, craft a fun tree ornament. Space is limited to 30 children. Tickets are $25 per child and each child includes one adult. Extra adults are $5.
Boyne City Holiday Events 2019
November 23: Earlier Than the Bird, 7–11 a.m.
Friends, family, coffee and holiday shopping specials—all while in the comfort of your pajamas. Two dozen merchants invite customers to get an “early bird” preview of all the great holiday shopping available plus special deals and refreshments. Shoppers wearing their pajamas will receive a special gift of the Earlier Than the Bird coffee mug, while supplies last, by visiting the Sunset Park Log Cabin.
November 27: Lighting of the Village in Walloon Lake, 6–9 p.m.
November 29: Santa Parade/Downtown Open House, 5–9 p.m.
Downtown businesses offer specials and refreshments during the festivities. Santa makes his first appearance of the season at the Santa Parade (6 p.m.) that leads to a tree lighting and an opportunity for children to visit with Santa!
December 7: Holiday Craft Fair, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
A craft show and bazaar with 150 vendors to raise funds for the Booster Foundation, which supports arts, academics and athletics at Boyne City Public Schools.
December 7: Holiday Open House and Book Sale, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Santa will visit from 10 a.m. to noon and other fun activities and a used book sale at Boyne District Library.
December 7 & 8: Sleigh Rides to the North Pole, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Ride a horse-drawn sleigh to meet Santa at Northern Michigan Equine Therapy. Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and pictures with Santa then meet the therapy horses and get in the holiday spirit. This event raises funds for those in need of therapy scholarships. Tickets are $15 per person and must be purchased before the day of the event. Please email [email protected] to reserve your spot, or call 231.881.5590.
December 11 & 14: Jolly Gingerbread
Make a gingerbread house at Boyne District Library. Each session will be limited to 25 children, who must have a helper. Registration opens on November 23. Call 231.582.7861.
Boyne Falls: Don’t forget about holiday events at Boyne Mountain like Lunch with Santa, Six-for-One Day (six tickets for the price of one), the holiday open house and more.
Traverse City Holiday Events 2019
November 16: Traverse City Shop & Sip, 1–7 p.m.
This handmade holiday craft market is at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and will feature more than 75 makers. The VIP Preview runs from 1–3 p.m. and the event opens to everyone for free from 3–7 p.m.
November 22 & 23: Merry Makers Marketplace
Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City will be transformed into a holiday shopping market with artists’ booths, a festive spread of cookies, cocoa and holiday cheer. Admission is free.
November 23: Downtown Light Parade, Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting, 5:30–9 p.m.
Holiday music on Cass and Front starts at 5:30 followed by the tree lighting at 6 p.m. and the parade (Franklin to Union) at 7 p.m. Santa visits Cherry Republic after the parade.
November 23 & 24: The Nutcracker
The Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker for three performances at Traverse City’s Milliken Auditorium. With beautiful choreography by Thomas Morrell, stunning costumes by Donna Hood and breathtaking set design by Amber Harker, you won’t want to miss this holiday classic.
December 1: Irish Christmas in America, 7–10 p.m.
Celebrating its 15th year, this hugely popular holiday show is a fascinating performance of music, song, dance and stories. The family-friendly event at Traverse City’s Milliken Auditorium will feature lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp, along with thrilling Irish old-style dancing from Samantha Harvey. Evocative photographic images provide a backdrop of some of Ireland’s rich historical traditions.
December 6–8: Walking in a Window Wonderland, All Day
Vote on your favorite store’s window display and find all the special hidden objects in the windows and you could win a Downtown gift certificate. Ballots will be available at participating stores.
December 6: Unsilent Night at Left Foot Charley, 6–9 p.m.
A free, outdoor participatory sound sculpture played through roving mp3 players, iPhones, etc. (Unsilent night app available on iTunes store). Each person brings their own music player and walks through The Village at Grand Traverse Commons—the more people, the better it sounds! Reservations required.
December 7: Biggest Little Holiday Party, 6 p.m.
A combined holiday party for businesses, non-profits, friends and couples at Grand Traverse Resort. There will be a reception with snacks and a cash bar followed by a dinner buffet with dancing and live music.
December 8: Cocoa Crawl, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Shop downtown and sip free hot cocoa at participating locations. Vote for your favorite.
December 10: NMC Concert Band Concert – A Winter Wonderland, 7:30–9 p.m.
What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with festive melodies and trills of Christmas cheer brought to you by the NMC Concert Band directed by Pat Brumbaugh. The concert will be at Traverse City’s Milliken Auditorium.
December 12: Ladies’ Night Holiday Shopping, 5–9 p.m.
Specials, food and refreshments at downtown shops.
December 13–15: Christmas in the Village
A weekend celebration filled with music, carriage rides, visits with Santa, shopping specials and more at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.
December 14–31: Festival of Trains
The Festival of Trains has been a holiday tradition since 1991. See the massive model train layout and a special one for kids where the young (and young at heart) can operate the controls. Admission is $5 for individuals and $20 for families. The event is held at the Historic Carnegie Library on 6th Street, home to the Crooked Tree Art Center. With 6,000+ visitors each year, the festival is one of the largest fundraisers for Traverse City charities.
November 15–December 1: Elf The Musical at Old Town Playhouse
Embrace your inner elf! A young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Raised as an elf, he is unaware he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Then he sets out to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York City find the true meaning of Christmas.
December 15: Breakfast with Santa and his Reindeer, 8–9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Great Wolf Lodge is hosting a kid-inspired breakfast buffet with Santa and his reindeer. Santa will read one of his self-authored books, followed by visits and photos. Music, live reindeer, balloon animals and more during the event. The menu includes a scrambled egg bar, smoked sausage, crispy bacon, lodge potatoes, smoked pit ham, sugar pearl waffles with Michigan maple syrup, Bay Bread Cherry Sourdough French toast, cereals with milk, fresh fruits and pastries, hot chocolate and a coffee bar.
December 19: Men’s Night Holiday Shopping, 5–9 p.m.
Food, refreshments and specials at downtown shops.
December 19: The Bergamot Holiday Concert at City Opera House, 7:30 p.m.
This indie folk duo will warm your heart for the holidays. Nathaniel and Jillian, the founding members of the band The Bergamot, have interwoven their epic tale along with holiday-inspired music into one night of music and storytelling.
December 22: Jingle Bell Run, 5 p.m.
The course heads down favorite neighborhood streets decked out in holiday lights and decorations. Wear your favorite costume to the non-timed, 3-mile run. Free to current Traverse City Track Club members; $20 for nonmembers. Soup bar (for purchase) at Workshop Brewing Company.
December 25: Christmas Day Buffet at Grand Traverse Resort, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Let the chefs at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge do the cooking. Call 231.534.6800 for reservations.
Elk Rapids & Bellaire Holiday Events 2019
November 23: Downtown Bellaire Holiday Open House, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Participating shops, tasting rooms and restaurants will be ready for the holidays with specials, discounts, product samples and much more.
November 30: Shop Small with Downtown Bellaire, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Support your favorite local businesses on Shop Small Saturday.
November 30: Winter Fantasy Art Show, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
This annual art show is at the Elk Rapids Town Hall the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
November 30: 3rd Annual Cider & Crafts Celebration, 1–8 p.m.
Head to Townline Ciderworks for fun crafts and local ciders.
November 30: Holiday Illumination, 5–8 p.m.
Alden’s annual tree lighting celebration with caroling and refreshments.
December 7: Bellaire Light Up the Night & Soup Cook-Off, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
It’s a full day of holiday events with a free kids’ movie, ornament making, a Soup Cook-Off, visits with Santa, the Parade of Lights, community tree lighting and much more.
December 7: Holiday Wreaths and Centerpieces, 1–3 p.m.
Make and take your own centerpieces at Grass River Natural Area using candles, cedar, bark, berries and other natural items you find along the trail. All supplies provided (cost $10).
December 8: Antrim County Community Choir Concert, 4–5p.m.
Head to Bellaire High School to celebrate the holidays. A free-will offering will be accepted to benefit the Susie Hutchings Memorial Music Scholarship.
December 14: Merry Little Christmas Party at Shanty Creek Resorts, 6 p.m.–midnight
The perfect party for small companies and groups of friends with a holiday buffet, live music and dancing.
December 14: Elk Rapids Santa Saturday, 2–4 p.m.
Visit Santa at Bayfront Beach & Bike.
December 19: Elk Rapids Ladies Night, 5–8 p.m.
Specials at downtown shops.
December 24: Christmas Eve at Townline, Noon–5 p.m.
Suttons Bay Holiday Events 2019
November 23: Suttons Bay Saturday – The Holiday Edition
Local merchants are excited to show you their new holiday merchandise and great gift ideas. Refreshments and snacks will be served by many. Each participating merchant will donate up to 10% of their sales to an area non-profit (selected by you!).
December 21: Brunch with Santa
Kids will visit with Santa while filling their bellies at the pancake bar and other brunch stations. Seatings at 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12 p.m.
Northport & Omena Holiday Events 2019
November 24: Deck the Village of Omena, 3–5 p.m.
Help decorate the fire hall, post office and Omena Historical Society for the holidays.
November 30: Merchant’s Open House & Northport Tree Lighting
A small business scavenger hunt, cookie decorating, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more events for the whole family to enjoy before the tree lighting at 6 p.m.
- 12:00-4:00 Elsa and Anna visit at Around the Corner Food
- 2:00-4:00 Cookie Decorating at The Union
- 3:00-7:00 Horse drawn carriage rides (weather permitting)
- 4:00-5:30 Storytime and letters to Santa at Village Hall
- 4:00-5:30 Victorian Carolers strolling the village (confirmation TBD)
- 5:00-6:00 Northport Community Band at Mitten Brewing
- 5:45-6:00 Blessing of the Tree
- 6:00 The Lighting of the Tree
November 30: Christmas in the Village, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
The 4th annual Christmas in the Village Artisan Market is a great place to do your Christmas shopping and support local artists and businesses in Northport.
December 1–7: Old Fashioned Christmas at the Lighthouse, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Celebrate the heritage of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse keepers from 1858-1880. Each room in the lighthouse will be Christmas themed, portraying the traditional time period and showcasing the keeper heritages. Also learn about the history of the Christmas Tree ship Rouse Simmons that sank in Lake Michigan in 1912. Extend hours and a modern-day Santa’s Workshop on December 7 from 3–6 p.m.
December 7: The Nutcracker, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre presents the timeless holiday classic with choreography by artistic director Thomas Morrell. Stunning costumes, elaborate sets, and the beloved Tchaikovsky score bring a young girl’s Christmas dreams dancing to life.
December 15: A Winter Dinner with Abra Berens, 6–9 p.m.
This gourmet event begins with a variety of appetizers followed by a multi-course meal paired with the best of Big Little Winery and Earthen Ales and Leelanau Cheese. Don’t miss the lively conversation, delicious food and wine, pairing and cuisine education at Willowbrook Mill. Each ticket includes a signed copy of Beren’s cookbook, Ruffage. Benefiting World Central Kitchen.
December 15: Christmas Up in Northport, 3–5:30 p.m.
Join The Village Voices and Northport Community Band for their annual Christmas concert. Enjoy an afternoon of old favorites and new.
Leland Holiday Events 2019
November 27: Light Up Leland for the Holidays, 5:30 p.m.
Tree lighting at Christmas Tree Corner followed by a parade with Santa riding in a fire engine to the Village Green for caroling and treats.
November 29–30: HollyPOP!, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
An artful holiday pop-up at the Old Art Building. Inside, shop incredible products from more than 50 artists and vendors. Outside, enjoy crepes by the firepit, visit with reindeer, take a sleigh ride through town, decorate gingerbread houses or attend holiday-themed workshops.
November 29: Leland Holiday Early Bird Sale, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Special early-bird discounts from 8–10 a.m. and sales continue all day.
November 30: Small Business Saturday Scavenger Hunt, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Pick up a map and ornament base, then visit each business to piece together your ornament while you shop.
December 14: May Erlewine & The Motivations Holiday Dance Party, 8–9 p.m.
Join the Motivations at the Old Art Building. Come as you are and bring your dancing shoes. We’ve got the grooves if you’ve got the moves. Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door.
Empire & Glen Arbor Holiday Events 2019
November 29: PJ Party, 6:30–9 a.m
Roll out of bed and head to downtown boutiques and shops for great deals.
November 29: Bed Parade, 9–9:30 a.m.
This quirky third annual parade is for those who’d rather sleep in on Black Friday. Decorate a bed and wheel it out on Western Avenue! Open to the public.
November 29: Holiday Marketplace Opening, 6:15–8 p.m.
The tree lighting and caroling begin at 6:15 p.m. Then be the first to shop the Holiday Marketplace at 6:30 at the Glen Arbor Township Hall. Donuts and cider will be provided by Art’s Tavern.
November 30: Empire Artisan Marketplace, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Find truly unique, handcrafted gifts created by local artists at Empire Township Hall.
November 30: Glen Arbor Holiday Marketplace, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Shop handcrafted, locally made goods from more than 30 artisans at the Glen Arbor Township Hall.
December 5: GAAC Glen Arbor Holiday Open House, 4–6 p.m.
Shop 100 works of local art for sale under $150. Enjoy holiday music with a hand bell choir, create family crafts and savor food and drinks.
December 13: Winter Songs & Carols, 7:30–9 p.m.
Manitou Winds will be performing their annual “Winter Songs & Carols” at The Leelanau School. The event is free to attend; goodwill donations to benefit art/music programs at The Leelanau School and Manitou Winds.
December 15: Shop & Sweets Sunday, All Day
A family-friendly shopping event in Glen Arbor, open all day during business hours. Children are invited to “find a sweet treat” at each participating business location, plus discover additional activities like cookie decorating, gingerbread houses, special refreshments and more.
Beulah & Thompsonville Holiday Events 2019
November 30 & December 1: Benzie Habitat for Humanity Festival of Trees
Visit the Benzie Area Historical Museum for beautiful holiday decor and trees.
November 30: First Light Celebration, Crystal Mountain, 5–6 p.m.
Meet between the Lodge and Crystal Center to light the tree at 5:30.
December 13: Benzie County Community Chorus Christmas Concert, 7:30 p.m.
A family-friendly event “Carols and Lullabyes,” a choral concert for the Christmas season at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.
December 14: Christmas Magic in Downtown Beulah, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Kids’ activities, cookies and visits with Santa. Dress up your pets, kids and yourself for the parade at 5:15 p.m. Stores will be open late for holiday shopping.
December 15: Winter Sounds at the Art Park, 5–7 p.m.
A free, family-friendly holiday concert at Michigan Legacy Art Park featuring hot cocoa, a warm bonfire and a winter hike through the woods to the outdoor amphitheater. Bring warm blankets or camp chairs to sit on.
December 24: Ski with Santa, Crystal Mountain, 1 p.m.
Join Santa for some on-hill fun!
Frankfort & Elberta Holiday Events 2019
November 30: Holly Berry Arts & Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
The indoor holiday art fair features more than 100 artists at Frankfort-Elberta High School.
November 30: Santa & Mrs. Claus
The Claus family will be at Frankfort-Elberta High School passing out candy canes. There will also be horse-drawn carriage rides. The merry couple is arriving at 10 a.m.
November 30: Frankfort Community Tree Lighting, 7–8 p.m.
Singing, donut holes and hot chocolate at Rotary Park on Main Street.
December 7: Annual Silver Tea Party, 1–3 p.m.
Enjoy tea, a bake sale, coziness and the beginning of the holiday season at First Congregational Church in Frankfort.
December 8: Free Family Holiday Event at Oliver Art Center, 3–5 p.m.
Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy arts and crafts, storytime, activities with Cognition and a hot cocoa bar.
December 14: Mistletoe Magic, Noon–6 p.m.
Many downtown retailers and restaurants participate in the annual event with retail sales, prize drawings, product samples and more. For the kids, keep an eye out for a special appearance from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. And don’t miss “A Charlie Brown Christmas” showing at The Garden Theater at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
December 20: Ugly Sweater Party, Stormcloud Brewing Co., 7:30–10:30 p.m.
Live music from Barefoot begins at 8 p.m. Ugly sweater judging begins at 9:30 p.m.
Manistee & Ludington Holiday Events 2019
November 23 & 24: Christmas in Onekama & Celebration of Lights
Enjoy a craft show (10 a.m.–3 p.m.), chili cook-off (11 a.m.–2 p.m.) and more on Saturday at Onekama Schools. Make reservations for dinner at M22 Grill from 5–7:30 p.m. The lighting of the community tree and reading of memorial names, followed by caroling and refreshments, is at the Farr Center on Sunday, November 24 starting at 6 p.m.
November 30–December 31: Sparkle in the Park, Bear Lake, 5–10 p.m.
Opening night festivities include free chili, cocoa, coffee and cookies compliments of the Bear Lake community at 5 p.m. From 6:30–7:30 p.m. enjoy treats and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Toyland Bear Lake. Free admission; donations appreciated—consider bringing items for the Bear Lake Area Food Bank. Join carolers every Saturday at 6 p.m. at Toyland. Horse-drawn carriage rides available on Saturday, December 21 & 28 from 6–9 p.m. Light displays are provided by more than 50 businesses, organizations and residential friends stretching throughout the US 31 corridor and Hopkins Park Campground. Free daily.
November 30: Aglow on the Avenue, Ludington
Downtown merchants will be offering deals from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Small Business Saturday. There will also be a craft show at Ludington Area Center for the Arts and a Christmas tree lot at James Street Plaza. Watch the holiday parade along Ludington Avenue from Lewis to Harrison at 6 p.m., followed by the tree lighting, caroling and visits with Santa at Sandcastles Children’s Museum.
December 1–31: Wintertime in the City
A special exhibit of photographs displaying the winter season in Manistee over the last 150 years at the Manistee County Historical Museum.
December 5–8: Victorian Sleighbell Parade and Old Christmas Weekend
Meet reindeer and the Grinch, tour a lumberjack mansion, eat roasted chestnuts from a street vendor, take a carriage ride and more. Don’t miss the Victorian Sleighbell Parade as it makes its way down River Street beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 7. The highlight is a team of draft horses pulling a 30-foot Christmas tree down the street. Many more events throughout the weekend!
Dec. 6–7 & 13–14: Annual West Michigan Bed & Breakfast Christmas Cookie Tour
The halls are decked during the West Michigan B&B Christmas Cookie Tour, and merry innkeepers in Whitehall, Ludington and Bear Lake share holiday treats, recipes and decorating inspiration. Many of the inns also have pop-up shops with products from area artisans ranging from honey and coffee to paintings and jewelry. On the tour, guests will get four freshly baked holiday cookies from each of the eight B&Bs (and the recipes!), a handcrafted ornament from one of HumaniTea’s global partners, special discounts to local businesses and entry into a drawing for a $250 gift certificate to be used toward a future stay at one of the B&Bs. Find out more.
December 7: Jingle Bell Jog 5K Run/Walk, 10 a.m.
Run through the streets of Manistee to the sound of jingle bells. Come ready to run a fast time, walk with friends or wear a great holiday-themed outfit. It’s a wonderful time for all! Support the Manistee cross-country team and get your one-of-a-kind, famous “ugly sweater” shirt.
December 7: Laith Al-Saadi – Manistee Sleighbell
During Manistee’s famous Old Christmas Weekend, Laith Al-Saadi will be taking the stage at Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts. In 2016, Laith Al-Saadi won America’s hearts and a spot in the finale of NBC’s “The Voice.” For more than 25 years, he’s been a staple of the Michigan music scene. Now he’s bringing his authentic blend of blues, soul and classic rock to audiences around the nation and the world.
December 13 & 14: 2nd Annual White Pine Christmas, 4–7 p.m.
Experience Christmas as your ancestors celebrated it more than 125 years ago. Visitors can stroll the grounds and visit several buildings that will be open and decorated in true pioneer Christmas fashion, in addition to hearing caroling and music. Stop in the Town Hall for Christmas snacks!
December 21: Edgar Struble Presents: A Nashville Family Christmas
Hometown musical hero Edgar Struble has outdone himself assembling a powerhouse of many of the nation’s best country musicians including musical director and musicians from the Grand Ole Opry band. Visit West Shore Community College’s Peterson Auditorium for two showings of a country music extravaganza including traditional and contemporary holiday favorites, guest appearances, treats and pictures with Santa!
Cadillac Holiday Events 2019
November 23: Toy Town Toy Trot, 9 a.m.–noon
Toy Town of Cadillac will once again partner with the Salvation Army of Cadillac to host the annual Toy Trot 5k. This event will raise money for Toys for Tots of Wexford and Missaukee counties.
November 29: Christmas in the Park, 5:30 p.m.
Christmas carols, candy for kids and the lighting of the City Christmas Tree and lights. Primos BBQ will have a food truck starting at 5 p.m. with food for sale. Hot Chocolate provided by Salvation Army (free). Take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
December 7: Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Raffle prizes, handcrafted gifts, a bake sale and luncheon at First Congregational Church.
December 7: Holiday Home Tour, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the holiday season at four beautiful homes. Maps are on the tickets.
December 25: 3 for 1 XMAS Day, 1–8 p.m.
Purchase one adult lift ticket and get two free. Purchase one adult rental and get two free.
Grayling & Gaylord Holiday Events 2019
November 16: Grayling Christmas Walk, 3–8 p.m.
Main Street will be aglow as local businesses offer entertainment, holiday displays and in-store specials.
November 16–30: Grayling Festival of Trees
See 50 beautifully decorated Christmas trees at the Grayling Mini-Mall. You can purchase raffle tickets, then choose your favorite tree and place a ticket stub in the corresponding container. If you are lucky, you could win that tree! Numerous baskets are also part of the raffle. Hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
November 29 & 30: Treetops Light Spectacular, 5–8 p.m.
Free to the public. Donations accepted at Photos with Santa for Toys for Tots. Cookie decorating, Christmas movie and an elf on stilts from 5–8 p.m. Lighting of the trees at 6 p.m. inside the convention center. Photos with Santa and crafts from 5–7:30 p.m. Schedule the same for both days.
December 1: The Christmas Shop Vendor & Craft Show, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
More than 100 vendors and crafters to liven up your holiday shopping. Plus a mimosa bar!
December 4: Jason Hudy: The Magic of Christmas, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Get ready to be immersed in a show that will amaze and amuse you. World-renowned Jason Hudy of Michigan performs mesmerizing magic with a Christmas twist at the Kirtland Center.
December 7: Gaylord Santa Parade, 5:30 p.m.
This parade along Main Street brings Santa to town on his sleigh. After the parade, there will be visits with Santa, a photo booth center letters to Santa with the post office, sleigh rides, caroling and more.
December 7: Kids Christmas Party, 1–4 p.m.
Santa will be at Grayling Moose Lodge with a gift for every child. Open to the public.
December 14: Downtown Gaylord Christmas Stroll, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Downtown merchants invite you over for special sales, refreshments and activities. As you stroll the streets, check inside stores for carolers, demonstrations and a very special guest from the North Pole. Santa will make his rounds throughout the day, visiting with children. Everyone shopping that day will be eligible to win DMA bucks. Participating businesses will hand out tickets at the door and everyone who makes a purchase will receive an additional ticket. Head to Snowbelt Brewing Company at 6 p.m. for prize drawings. You do not need to be present to win.
December 14: Full Moon Snowshoe Hike at Hartwick Pines, 7:30–9 p.m.
Meet at the contact station for a 2-mile guided hike through moon lit unbroken snow. Limited pairs of snowshoes are available to borrow. Shoe fitting will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. The hike will depart at 8 p.m. Hikers do not need to go all two miles and all ages and abilities are welcome. Remember to dress for the weather. This event will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. For the most up-to-date information call the Hartwick Pines Visitor Center.
December 15: Santa Brunch at Otsego Resort, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Kids can meet Santa and have fun at the cookie workshop. Reservations are set for every hour. Call 989.732.5181.