From the start of holiday celebrations to end-of-fall festivities, November is packed with exciting Northern Michigan events. Dive in for holiday parades, tree lightings, handmade and local markets, wine dinners and much more.

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Introduction to Mindful Meditation | Traverse City | November 3

Are you interested in starting a meditation practice but not sure where to start? This introduction to mindful meditation will help you learn the origins and how to create your own practice.

Around the World Wine Dinner | Petoskey | November 3

This dinner special will take you on a journey across the globe. Feast on an indulgent five-course meal, prepared by Daniel Travis, Chef de Cuisine. Travel from Japan to France with delicious featured entrees.

Toast The Season | Leelanau County | November 4-6, November 11-13

Before the hustle and bustle of the holidays, start your winter festivities off with a celebratory toast along the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. This year’s event offers two weekends of wine tasting!

Wine & Wellness | Glen Arbor | November 4-5

Make your wine weekend a fall getaway in Northern Michigan. This Wine and Wellness Package includes two nights of lodging, a four-course meal with preferred wine pairing, daily breakfast at Cavanaugh’s, plus a complimentary Yen Yoga class and meditation hike.

BOS Wine Dinner | Bellaire | November 5

In need of a night out? Join Terrain and BOS Wine for a six-course paired dinner featuring quality dishes including lamb, pumpkin tart, and more fall favorites.

Shop and Sip 2022 | Traverse City | November 12

Get ahead of your holiday shopping this year! This local market will have a variety of unique and handmade gifts available, as well as a gift-wrapping station and craft beverages.

Joshua Davis & Rachael Davis | Cadillac | November 12

Immerse yourself in a night of original folk music with Gopherwood Concerts featuring two of Michigan’s favorite songbirds, Joshua Davis & Rachael Davis.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop | Kingsley | November 16 & 18

Get in the holiday mood! Learn how to create a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table at this floral workshop.

Christmas on the Farm | Williamsburg | November 17-20

Myrtle & Maude’s Christmas on the Farm will feature plenty of shopping (think holiday décor and Michigan-made gifts), a hot cocoa bar and wagon ride farm tours.

Ladies Opening Night | Petoskey | November 18

Kick off the holiday season and shop with your friends during Petoskey’s Ladies Opening Night. Stores stay open late and there will be Downtown Dollar prizes to win.

Holiday Celebration and Light Parade | Traverse City | November 19

Who’s ready for a night of pure holiday joy? The tree lighting, Santa’s arrival and light parade will make spirits bright in downtown Traverse City.

Christmas Walk | Grayling | November 19

Grayling’s Christmas Walk is the perfect time to hit Main Street and get in the holly jolly spirit. Local businesses will host entertainment, offer refreshments or set up special holiday displays. The evening is capped off with the annual tree lighting and parade.

Santa’s Workshop Craft & Vendor Expo | Gaylord | November 19

Get ready for Santa’s Workshop Craft & Vendor Expo at The Ellison Place. In addition to a wide array of vendors, activities will be going on all day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lighting of Walloon Lake Village | Walloon Lake | November 23

This annual celebration includes live performances from the Petoskey Steel Drum Band, reindeer and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy free hot chocolate, kids’ activities and a cash bar available from 5-8 p.m.

Turkey Trot | Traverse City | November 24

Happy Thanksgiving! Gather with family and friends (furry ones, too!) at the 15th annual Traverse City Turkey Trot race to make holiday memories.

Holly Jolly Boyne Celebration | Boyne City | November 25

The streets of downtown Boyne City will be filled with the sights, sounds and smells of the holiday season during this annual celebration, where businesses will be open for shopping, refreshments and hospitality during the festivities. The night begins with a tree lighting ceremony, and the Santa Parade starts at 6 p.m.

Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration | Charlevoix | November 25

Revel in the season at the Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration from 3-6 p.m. in downtown Charlevoix.

Light Up Leland | Leland | November 25

Go Pajama Party shopping in Fishtown from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by Light Up Leland at 6 p.m. Enjoy the holiday lights at the Christmas tree corner, down Main Street and to the Village Green.

Charming North Artisan & Vintage Market | Cadillac | November 25-26

This local, seasonal market features 16 booths of artwork, locally made goods, handcrafted items and more. Plus, it will take place in the newly renovated event space, The North Room, connected to Charming North in downtown Cadillac.

Holiday Illumination | Alden | November 26

The Alden Holiday Illumination and Open House will return from 5:30–7:30 p.m. to ring in the holiday season.

Family Day & Holiday Stroll | Suttons Bay | November 26

Enjoy a Family Day & Holiday Stroll in the village of Suttons Bay. Festivities include Caroling on the Corner, story time with Mrs. Claus, a tree lighting, mailing letters to Santa, gifts from Santa and extended business hours.

Tree Lighting Festivities | Northport | November 26

Get into the holiday spirit at Northport’s annual Tree Lighting Festivities located in the downtown area all day, with the tree lighting at 6 p.m.

Mingle & Jingle, Jubilee of Trees | East Jordan | November 26

Returning for a second year to East Jordan, Mingle & Jingle will feature the traditional lighting of the community Christmas tree, downtown business open houses and more. Also, head to the Jubilee of Trees at The Boathouse on Lake Charlevoix to bid on decorated Christmas trees.

Holiday Gala: Deck the Walls | Curtis | November 26

Take a trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for Erickson Center for the Arts’ annual holiday celebration, Deck the Walls, which features a silent auction, cash bar and holiday appetizers, this year held at the center.

Aglow on the Avenue | Ludington | November 26

Bring your family to Ludington’s Aglow on the Avenue Holiday Parade and welcome Santa to town. Enjoy shopping Small Business Saturday promotions, free horse-drawn carriage rides, the parade, a tree lighting, carols and cookies and juice with Santa.

Christmas Tree Lighting | Harbor Springs | November 26

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Harbor Springs features a Santa meet and greet for kids, a mailbox to Santa at the Lyric Theatre, carol singing, the tree lighting on Main Street, and announcement of the winners of the annual window decorating contest.