Celebrating your holidays Up North in Petoskey, Charlevoix, Harbor Springs or Boyne City? From the perfect holiday gifts to tips and tricks for your post-shopping adventure, here is everything you’re going to need for a successful Northern Michigan holiday season.

2021 Petoskey Holiday Guide

Twinkling lights shine throughout the historic Gaslight District, home to dozens of shops, and be sure to stop at the greenery-studded gazebo in neighboring Pennsylvania Park for photos.

Shop Local in Petoskey

Mitchell, Lake and Howard streets bustle with shoppers stopping into cute children’s boutiques like Fox & Hound and The Circus Shop, and cooks and entertainers know that Cutler’s is a must.

Petoskey’s Merriest Sips

Beards Brewery seems like a natural fit for Santa and his signature mane of white, but even if you only have a few whiskers, you’ll love the outdoor fire pits, view of Little Traverse Bay and 24 taps of imaginative brews.

Santa’s Secret Petoskey Gift

Downtown has several cozy coffee shops for warming up while shopping, but also be sure to ask about these gifts: Populace offers custom labels, so you can put a photo and line of text on a coffee bag, and Roast & Toast has prepaid coffee cards (Awesome for stockings!)

Explore Petoskey’s Winter Wonderland

The 168-acre Allan and Virginia McCune Nature Preserve is just 10 minutes from downtown, but it feels like a distant realm. Explore nearly 3.5 miles of trails (many shorter loops for families), stopping at the two bridges for magical photo moments.

Petoskey Holiday Events

Visit the MyNorth events page, petoskeyarea.com and petoskeydowntown.com for Santa sightings, tree lightings and more. Find everything you need for a Petoskey outing on our Petoskey town page.

The Ultimate Petoskey Gift Guide

In this year’s Petoskey gift guide, we’re featuring items from Fox & Hound, Cutler’s and Bearcub Outfitters. These three local businesses are the perfect spot to get something for everyone on your list. From kitchenware to children’s toys, here are the can’t-miss holiday items in Petoskey.
Petoskey Fox & Hound
Fox & Hound is located at 204 Petoskey St. in Petoskey and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This shop features stylish children’s clothing and accessories. Here are the Fox & Hound gifts featured in our 2021 guide:

  • Olive Green Sweater, See Price In-Store
  • Mushie Dinner Bowls & Plates, $15 for 2 bowls, $16 for 2 plates
  • Child’s Holiday Pajama Set $44
Petoskey Cutlers
Cutler’s is located at 216 Howard St #2412 in Petoskey and is open Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. This shop features kitchen supplies, home decor, gifts for all occasions and various home goods.

Here are the gifts from Cutler’s featured in our 2021 guide:

  • Smeg Espresso Machine, $514.95
  • Waterford Double Old-Fashioned Crystal Glasses, Set of 6 $395
  • Mackenzie-Childs Courtly Check Enamel Compote, $178
Petoksey Bearcub Outfitters
Bearcub Outfitters is located at 321 E. Lake St. in Petoskey and is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This shop features outdoor goods for each and every member of the family! Here are the Bearcub Outfitters gifts featured in our 2021 guide:

  • Joy Susan Classic Hobo Handbag, $72.99
  • Smartwool Kids Hike Socks, $14.99
  • Nocs Provisions Waterproof Binoculars, $95.99

Harbor Springs Holiday Guide

Celebrate the season in this harborside hamlet on Little Traverse Bay where the glow from the city’s Christmas tree has welcomed visitors and downtown shoppers since 1915.
Downtown Harbor Springs

Shop Local in Harbor Springs

Make your way down Main Street, stopping at Rocking Horse Toy Company, which is celebrating 40 years, Huzza, a lifestyle store with timeless clothing and décor, and Hilda of Harbor for unique-to-Michigan clothing styles from Europe. Over on State Street, Boyer Glassworks has one-of-a-kind handblown pieces, including the famous glass pumpkins.

Harbor Springs Merry Sips

Warm-up with a whiskey flight and small plates at One Thirty Eight Cocktail Lounge. Ask about Flight Club (a great gift for whiskey aficionados).

Santa’s Secret Gift in Harbor Springs

The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society has a wonderful gift store with postcards, plat maps, plus items for kids including Petoskey stone polishing kits. (The museum is a fun place to spend a winter afternoon!)

Explore the Winter Wonderland in Harbor Springs

Explore more than 4.5 miles of trails at Offield Family Working Forest Reserve. The sparkling crown jewels of this preserve are icy views of Little Traverse Bay and the Inland Waterway.

Holiday Events in Harbor Springs

Visit the MyNorth events page and harborspringschamber.com for Santa sightings, tree lightings and more. And find everything you need for a Harbor Springs outing on our Harbor Springs town page.

Ultimate Harbor Springs Gift Guide

In this year’s 2021 Harbor Springs guide we’re featuring some of our favorite gifts from Rocking Horse Toy Co. and Boyer Glassworks. Both local shops feature gifts for all ranging from glass-blown goods to educational games for kids.
Petoskey Rocking Horse Toy
Rocking Horse Toy Co. is located at 201 Howard St. in Petoskey and is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This shop has been bringing toys and games to kids (and kids-at-heart) for more than 40 years in Northern Michigan. Here are the items from Rocking Horse featured in our 2021 Petoskey Gift Guide:

  • Scrabble Deluxe 2-in-1 Wall Edition, $119.95
  • Sling Puck Game, $39.95
  • Pinball Challenge, $69.95
  • Magna Tablet, $25.95
Harbor Springs Boyer Glassworks
Boyer Glassworks is located at 207 State St. in Harbor Springs and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. This shop features unique glass-blown gifts from birds and pumpkins to bowls and sculptures. Here are the glass-blown items featured in our 2021 gift guide:

  • Glass Pumpkin, $350
  • Glass Bird, $225
  • Glass disc, $965
  • Metal stand, $100

Charlevoix Holiday Guide

Charlevoix shines during the holiday season with festively decorated galleries, boutiques and restaurants. The city’s bright red lighthouse is the icing on top (and a beautiful photo op).
Overlooking Charlevoix in the winter

Shop Local in Charlevoix

Shop on Bridge Street (and look for a sign to the tucked-away Van Pelt Alley). The Lake House has gifts for all ages, from home décor to Shinola watches and pet items, and The Clothing Company, Thistle and Grey all have wonderful apparel.

Charlevoix’s Merriest Sips

We can’t think of a cozier spot than beside the massive boulder fireplace at Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant, designed by famed architect Earl Young. Pair it with a glass of Bowers Harbor’s pinot grigio or Right Brain’s CEO Stout, and enjoy the view of the Pine River Channel.

Santa’s Secret Charlevoix Gift

Ho ho ho! Brian’s Ice Cream Experience has a Pint Club! Members get a special pint of ice cream each month that’s exclusive to subscribers, plus other perks. Find membership details at thatfrenchplace.com/ice-cream-membership.

Explore Charlevoix’s Winter Wonderland

Mt. McSauba has it all: lighted downhill skiing, snowboarding/ terrain park, groomed cross-country trails, 80 acres of ungroomed trails, a sledding hill, skating rink and more.

Charlevoix Holiday Events

Visit the MyNorth events page, charlevoix.org and visitcharlevoix.com for Santa sightings, tree lightings and more. And find everything you need for a Charlevoix outing on our Charlevoix town page.

2021 Ultimate Charlevoix Gift Guide

This year we’re featuring gifts from The Lakehouse and The Clothing Company in our 2021 gift guide. From home decor and goods to everything you need for an outdoor adventure, these two local shops are sure to make your holiday shopping a breeze.
Charlevoix The Lakehouse
The Lakehouse is located at 403 Bridge St. in Charlevoix and is open Monday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This shop features goods and gifts for the home, cottage or boat. Here are the Lakehouse items featured in our 2021 gift guide:

  • Beach Stone Coasters $21 each
  • Lake Charlevoix Tile $25
  • Lake Charlevoix Lazy Susan $169
  • Bamboo Cutting & Serving Board $85
  • Golf Club Clock $89
  • Golf Club Bottle Opener $25
  • Driftwood & Beach Stone Sign $79
Charlevoix The Clothing Company
The Clothing Company is located at3 39 Bridge St. in Charlevoix and is open Sunday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. This shop features outdoor and lifestyle clothing for Up North. Here are the Clothing Company items featured in our 2021 gift guide:

  • Frost River Accessory Bag, $20
  • Rumpl Puffy Blanket, $99
  • Glerups Slippers, $89
  • Men’s Wooly Dry Goods Plaid Shirt, $79

2021 Boyne City Holiday Guide

Winter is a celebration in this small town set on the shore of Lake Charlevoix with Boyne Mountain’s ski hills just 10 minutes away in friendly Boyne Falls.
Downtown Boyne City

Shop Local in Boyne City

Cruise along Water Street to Inspired Living, where you’ll find organic home goods, children’s games and much more. Then turn onto Lake Street to stop by Mary’s of Boyne for women’s clothing and accessories.

Boyne City Merry Sips

Order a giant charcuterie and cheese platter to share at Provisions Wine Lounge, then browse the extensive beverage menu for a bottle to pair. This buzzy destination also has a neighboring wine market, deli and party store for cozy nights at home.

Santa’s Secret Boyne City Gift

The guides at Boyne Mountain’s Adventure Center will help you plan a perfect day of winter fun, fat tire biking, tubing, snowshoeing, skiing, ice skating or a zipline tour. Gift a stay at this snow-loving resort.

Explore Boyne City’s Winter Wonderland

The Hill Nature Preserve has two miles of trails that are groomed for cross-country skiing and lead to views of Lake Charlevoix at its highest point.

Boyne City Holiday Events

Visit the MyNorth events page, boynechamber.com and petoskeyarea.com for Santa sightings, tree lightings and more. And find everything you need for a Boyne City outing on our Boyne City town page.

Ultimate Boyne City Gift Guide

In this year’s Boyne City gift guide we’re featuring items from Provisions and Inspired Living. From home goods and handmade gifts to organic home goods and bath and body products, Boyne City is the perfect spot to shop this holiday season for the self-care lover in your life.
Boyne City Provisions
Provisions Wine Emporium & Market is located at 123 Water St. in Boyne City and is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. This shop features sommelier-selected wines, wine accessories, cheeses, gifts and more.

Here are the items from Provisions featured in our 2021 gift guide:

  • “Shut Up Liver” Twisted Wares Towel, $13
  • T-shirt Rooted in Michigan Tee, See Price In-Store
  • “Sometimes I Drink Water” Sips Drinkware, $10
  • Drunk ‘n Mosquito Bug Spray, See Price In-Store
  • Michigan Glass, $16
Boyne City Inspired Living
Inspired Living is located at 119 Water St. in Boyne City Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This shop features organic home goods, bath and body products, and other accessories from recycled materials.

Here are the Inspired Living gifts featured in our 2021 guide:

  • Agate Bookends in Small, $40 for set
  • Mango Wood Candle Holder – Ying Yang Set, $40 for set
  • Small Chakra Stand Hanging Art, $40
  • Orange Buddha Head, $24
  • Crystal Litez Salt Lamp, $40
  • Gift of Enlightenment Healing Game, $34.95
  • Goddess with Chakras Figurine, $28

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Photo(s) by Dave Weidner

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