From tree lightings to holiday parades, here are six festive Northern Michigan events you’re not going to want to miss this November. We promise you’ll leave each one feeling ready to kick off the holiday season. View our events calendar or the MyNorth Tickets website for additional events this winter.

Saturday, November 13 | Shop Your Community Day

For every purchase you make at participating downtown Traverse City stores during Shop Your Community Day, 15 percent of the sale will be donated to the nonprofit of your choice. There are more than 60 participating merchants which makes it so easy to get a jump on your holiday shopping this month.

While you shop, think about which nonprofit you want to support! Here are the options for 2021:

  • AAUW Traverse City
  • AC Paw
  • Arts for All of Northern Michigan
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of NW Michigan
  • Boots for Kids
  • Cherryland Humane Society
  • City Opera House
  • Crooked Tree Arts Center
  • Dann’s House
  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library-GT Region
  • For Love of Water (FLOW)
  • For Animals TC
  • Generations Ahead
  • Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools
  • Habitat for Humanity GT Region
  • Justice for Our Neighbors Michigan
  • Kids on the Go-Traverse City
  • Michael’s Place
  • Norte
  • Old Town Playhouse
  • Parallel 45 Theatre
  • Planned Parenthood of Michigan
  • Safe Harbor
  • The Children’s House
  • Thrive Medical Clinic
  • TART Trails, Inc
  • Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Traverse City Music Boosters
  • Traverse Health Clinic
  • Up North Pride

Monday, November 15 | Gaylord Opening Day of Shopping

The woods aren’t the only place you can hunt for a “buck.” Gaylord’s Downtown Merchants Association invites you to be their guest as they celebrate the “Opening Day of Shopping” with discounts, gifts and refreshments at participating retailers.

Related Read: For more Up North events, visit our Northern Michigan Events page or the MyNorth Tickets website.

Saturday, November 20 | Traverse City Tree Lighting

This year, Traverse City’s Downtown Tree Lighting and Light Parade will return to its original format on Front Street. The event will feature Santa Claus, carolers, thousands of lights and live music. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with Santa and the Mayor lighting the tree at 6 p.m. and a light parade following at 6:30 p.m.

Photo by Angela Brown

Friday, November 26 | Santa Parade & Holiday Open House

Set the mood for the holidays at the Boyne City Santa Parade and Holiday Open House. Festive streets and a tree lighting ceremony mark the start of a special season. Shop and celebrate around town and then join Santa at 6 p.m. as he makes his way to the tree lighting in Old City Park.

Friday, November 26 | Charlevoix Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting

Join your friends and family at the Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. in downtown Charlevoix. Shop, enjoy the lights and get into the holiday spirit!

Saturday, November 27 | Holly Berry Arts & Crafts Fair

Visit the 27th Annual Holly Berry Arts & Crafts Fair to find gifts for everyone on your list. Held at Frankfort High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., this event features horse-drawn wagon rides from 10 a.m. to noon and a tree lighting afterward at Rotary Park.

Photo(s) by Dave Weidner