Northern Michigan Holidays: Anxious to soak up every bit of festive fun? Here's Northern Michigan's best, from A to T.
Alden: Nov. 24 Holiday Illumination, 5:30-7pm, village lighting, carol sing and refreshments, 231.331.4643. Dec. 2 Children’s Christmas Party, 1-4pm. Pictures with Santa, activities and refreshments, Helena Township Community Center. 231.331.4643.
Atwood: Dec. 1 Friske’s Holiday Open House & Christmas Celebration, 9am-5pm. 231.599.2604.
Bear Lake: Nov. 24-Jan. 1 Sparkle in the Park. 231.864.4300.
Bellaire: Dec. 1 5K Elf Run, 9am. Light Up the Night: Santa, tree lighting, soup cook-off, caroling, 4-6:30pm. 231.533.6023.
Boyne City: Nov. 23 Holiday Open House; Santa Parade, 5pm; Dec. 1 Holiday Hobby Craft Show, Boyne City High School, 9am-3pm; Weihnachtsmarkt German Christmas Market, 11am-6pm, Water Street Mall. 231.582.6222.
Boyne Mountain: Dec. 22 Village Tree Lighting and holiday cheer, 5-9pm. 231.549.6000.
Cadillac: Nov. 23-24 Storybook Christmas in Cadillac, tree lighting, singing and Santa. 231.775.0657. Dec. 1 Holiday Home Tour, 10am-3pm. 231.510.9047.
Charlevoix: Nov. 23 Kids make ornaments for community tree, parade, Santa arrives, Christmas Tree Lighting, 4-6pm. 231.547.2101.
Cheboygan: Dec. 1 Parade of Lights, bands, floats, 6pm; Santa lights the Christmas tree in Washington Park at dusk. Dec. 6 Downtown Hospitality Night, 5-8pm. 231.627.9931.
Cross Village: Nov. 23 Annual Tree Lighting with music, food and more at Three Pines Studio, 5:30pm. 231.526.9447.
East Jordan: Nov. 18-Dec. 16 Members Art Sale, Jordan River Arts Center, 231.645.2220. Dec. 6 Community Night, Santa parade, soup cook-off, live nativity, tree lighting, 5:30-8pm. 231.536.7351.
Elk Rapids: Nov. 24 Holiday Open House, 10am-6pm. Dec. 31 Community PJ Party, 7am-noon. 231.264.8202.
Ellsworth: Dec. 12 Wooden Shoe Holiday Festival, tree lighting, caroling, Santa’s arrival, photos with Santa located at Banks Township Hall. 231.588.7411.
Empire: Nov. 24 Artisans Marketplace, music, food, tree lighting. Empire Township Hall, noon-5pm. 231.334.3349.
Gaylord: Nov. 30 Santa Parade, tree lighting, Santa & Mrs. Claus, free horse-drawn carriage rides, 6pm. 989.732.4000.
Glen Arbor: Nov. 23 Merchants Pajama Party, 5am. Tree lighting, carols, Glen Arbor Township Hall, 7pm; Nov. 24 Holiday Market Place, Glen Arbor Township Hall, 10am-4pm. 231.334.3238.
Grayling: Dec. 7-8, 14-15 Farm by Lantern Light, 6:30pm, Wellington Farm Park. 989.348.5187.
Frankfort: Nov. 24 Holly Berry Arts & Crafts Fair, Frankfort High School, 10am-4pm. Santa & Mrs. Claus, 1-3pm. Community Tree Lighting and refreshments, 7pm, Rotary Park. 231.352.7251.
Harbor Springs: Nov. 24 Caroling, chili, Santa and Community Tree Lighting, 6pm; Dec. 8 Merchant’s Holiday Open House. 231.526.7999.
Indian River: Nov. 23 Christmas Craft Show, Inland Lakes School, 10am-4pm. Christmas in Indian River with parade, Santa & Mrs. Claus, tree lighting, 5pm. 231.238.9325.
Interlochen: Dec. 1-21 Mitten Tree, Interlochen Public Library. 231.276.6767. Dec. 7 Community Tree Lighting, Santa and treats. Dec. 8 Christmas in the Village, Merchant’s Open House, 10am-4pm. 231.276.7141.
Kaleva: Dec. 2 Special Christmas Celebration at the Bottle House Museum, noon-4pm; Dec. 21 Annual lighting of the Kaleva Cemetery, a Finnish tradition on the longest night, where hundreds of luminaries are placed on graves, 4pm. 231.362.2080.
Leland: Nov. 23 Where the Holiday Begins, PJ Party and Sale. 231.256.0079. Dec. 1 Merry Marketplace, Old Art Building. 231.256.2131. Dec. 2 Christmas in the Village. Santa, Christmas Tree lighting, caroling and refreshments, 5pm. 231.256.0079.
Ludington: Nov. 24 Center for the Arts Christmas Holiday Craft Show, 10am-4pm. 231.845.2787. Nov. 24 Ludington Aglow on the Avenue Parade, Santa and festivities. 231.845.0324. Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. 231.845.6237.
Mackinac Island: Dec. 2-4 Christmas Bazaar, arts, crafts and meals. Community Hall. 906.847.3783.
Mackinaw City: Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Christmas in Mackinaw, parade and tree lighting Nov. 30, 5pm. 231.436.5574.
Manistee: Nov. 24 Holiday Bazaar at the Armory, 9am-3pm. 231.425.0839. Dec. 6-9 Victorian Sleigh Bell Parade and Old Christmas Weekend. 231.723.2575. Dec. 12 Ladies Night Downtown. Dec. 19 Men’s Night Downtown. 231.398.9355.
Pentwater: Nov. 24 Festival of Lights, caroling, tree lighting, Santa’s arrival, merchant open houses, carriage rides, 5:30pm. 231.869.4150.
Petoskey: Nov. 17-Dec. 19 Holiday Art Bazaar, Crooked Tree Arts Center. 231.347.4337. Nov. 24 Stafford’s Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade, 10am. Dec. 7 Downtown Holiday Open House, 6-9pm.
St. Ignace: Dec. 1 Home for the Holidays Parade, Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive, tree lighting, 6pm; Dec. 1-24 Merchant’s open house with refreshments, special sales, drawings, noon-6pm.; Santa Land, pictures with Santa, 6pm. 800.970.8717.
Suttons Bay: Dec. 2 Antlers & Elves, live reindeer at Enerdyne, noon-3pm. 231.271.6033.
Village at Grand Traverse Commons: Dec. 1 Tree Lighting Celebration with carols and horse-drawn carriage rides, 2-6pm; Dec. 8 Village Open House, 5-9pm; Dec. 15 Santa Lucia Celebration, 2-6pm. 231.941.1900.
Traverse City: Nov. 30 Holiday Open House, Santa’s arrival and tree lighting, 5-9pm; Dec. 6 Ladies Night. Dec. 13 Men’s Night. Dec. 9, 16 The Wellington Inn at Christmastime. Tours of the 1905 mansion’s decked halls. 231.922.9900. Dec. 31 Cherry-T Ball Drop, downtown. 231.922.2050.