Over the river and through the woods…experience a winter wonderland on these Northern Michigan sleigh rides in Empire, Gaylord, Traverse City and more sweet towns.

Giveaway! Enter to win a sleigh ride courtesy of Fantail Farms in Benzonia. Winners will be notified January 15, 2021.

Thunder Bay Resort | Hillman

Named a “Top 10 Event” by USA Today, the sleigh whisks you off to view elk and then enjoy a gourmet five-course dinner and wine tasting in a cozy log cabin. 

Boyne Mountain | Boyne Falls

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings throughout the winter, bundle up and settle in for a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Free to all resort guests.

Cook Family Farm | Gaylord

Two teams of Belgian horses jingle their way through a winter wonderland. The ride ends at a cabin where hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies await.

Crystal Mountain | Thompsonville

Climb aboard a horse-drawn surrey and clippity-clop around the resort grounds past festive winter lights and views of the ski runs. The ride ends with hot chocolate beside a campfire. 

Antler Ridge Farms | Williamsburg

At Dave and Sandy Hoxsie’s Antler Ridge Farm, Percherons Dixie and Danny pull an old-fashioned sleigh out to the woods, where a bonfire and hot chocolate and marshmallows await. 

Fantail Farm | Benzonia

Two-seater sleighs, bobsleds and wagon-style sleighs are pulled by American Brabants and a Percheron along 1.9 miles of wooded trails. Finish up with hot cocoa for you and a pat for Roscoe the pony-horse mascot. 

Ranch Rudolph | Traverse City

Belgians Prince and Monte (2,200 pounds each of grace and love) pull your sleigh through the Boardman River Valley.

Find this article and many others in the December 2020 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine; or subscribe to get Traverse delivered to your door all year round.