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Christmas & Holiday Activities Up North

November-December 2024


The holiday season in Northern Michigan begins Thanksgiving weekend. Unlike the big cities where Black Friday is a mad rush of people, the Christmas shopping season kicks off here with Christmas tree lightings, decorated stores, a holiday parade, merchant open houses, and smiles from shoppers and storekeepers. Shop local? Absolutely!

Christmas shopping in Northern Michigan is the way shopping is supposed to be. Friendly and knowledgeable shopkeepers can help you fulfill your gift list in a fun and enjoyable setting. Plan a weekend Christmas shopping get away to Northern Michigan and meander through Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix, Boyne City, Mackinaw City, or Indian River.

Things to Do

Did we mention snow? Our ski resorts generally open on Thanksgiving weekend and skiers can’t wait to get fresh wax on the skis and hit the slopes.

Northern Michigan has three of the country’s best ski resorts right here so spend a day at each to them: Nub’s Nob, Boyne Highlands, and Boyne Mountain. Check the daily ski conditions and look at the webcams for a current look at action on the hills.

Northern Michigan has  a great line up of fabulous places to explore while cross country skiing and snowshoeing with choices near Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Boyne City, and Charlevoix. And with ice rinks and sledding hills in every community, skating and sledding is great way to spend the holidays Up North.

For those who enjoy snowmobiling, you’re in luck Up North. Trails, trails, trails! Bundle up and hit the snowmobile trails for a great time for the entire family.

Here's the most updated schedule for 2024:

November 2024

  • Saturday, November 29th, 2024 from 5-9pm – Holly Jolly Boyne- Boyne City parade (at 6pm), open house, and tree lighting
  • TBA – Walloon Lake Village Lighting
  • TBA – Christmas in Indian River including a craft show, parade, and tree lighting with Santa
  • TBA – Charlevoix Merchant Open House, Holiday Parade, & Tree Lighting 
  • TBA – Harbor Springs Tree Lighting

December 2024

  • TBA – Mackinac Island Christmas Tree Lighting and caroling. Downtown Mackinac Island.
  • TBA – Petoskey Open House, Holiday Parade, and Tree Lighting
  • TBA – Christmas in Mackinaw City, visit for more info
  • TBA – Harbor Springs Merchants Holiday Open House
  • TBA – Sleigh Rides to “the North Pole” at Northern Michigan Equine Therapy- 5025 Church St., Boyne City
  • TBA – Colonial Christmas at Fort Michilimackinac
  • TBA – Alanson Community Open House
  • TBA – New Year’s Eve Celebration at Crooked Tree Art Center

Stay tuned for updated information on Christmas and holiday activities in Northern Michigan for 2024!

What's going on now in Northern Michigan?

Discover Northern Michigan Events throughout the year!

Emmett-Charlevoix County Fair

Emmett-Charlevoix County Fair

The Emmet-Charlevoix County Fair is held at the fairgrounds on Charlevoix Avenue, and is a mix of carnival rides, food, exhibits, and more.

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Activities & Attractions in Northern Michigan

Harbor Springs History Museum

Museums in Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan is home to several different museums for people of all ages which highlight the area’s businesses, history, and culture!

Cheboygan Opera House

Cheboygan Opera House

The elegantly restored Cheboygan Opera House is an acoustically superb, Victorian theatre that presents entertainment of many genres.