There are nearly 60 destinations in Michigan travelers and residents alike can enjoy while visiting this northern state. This holiday season, explore a few of these marvels in Michigan that bring spirit of Christmas to life.
Walk through the storybook town of Mackinac Island, a 3.8-square-mile island above Michigan’s northern shore where cars are prohibited and everyone gets around by foot or by horse and buggy. Stroll past historic homes decked with lights in the annual Christmas Bazaar then venture to Main Street for tree-lighting and caroling. Join the locals who don snowshoes or cross-country skis to explore the sights of this picturesque holiday retreat.
In Holland, visitors can meet Sinterklaas, the Netherlands’ version of Santa. On Sinterklaas Eve, he ventures through the town in a parade, and afterward, townspeople participate in a tree-lighting ceremony. Enjoy a taste of Europe with mulled wine, listen to area bands and watch floats go by in the Holland Parade of Lights. Visitors can explore shops like Holiday Kerstmarkt and gaze at the holiday décor of the Cappon House.
Come see Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford Museum which lasts throughout the month of December. The village is transformed into a festive wonderland with chestnuts roasting by a bonfire, carolers singing classic Christmas tunes and a lantern-lit path that winds down the road to see Santa. Downtown, families can enjoy the Christmas Celebration at The Arab American National Museum or stop by the Pop-Up Holiday Gala and Auction.
It’s Christmas all year long with Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, the world’s largest Christmas store, where Santa and Mrs. Claus often drop in to spread cheer. Visitors are in for a treat with the annual Holiday Celebration and Candlewalk as well as the Bavarian-inspired shops downtown. Local artists also showcase their wares at Christkindlmart, adding to the festive flair of Frankenmuth.
Spend Christmas in this friendly village as you watch the annual Holiday Parade which includes fancy floats, enthusiastic carolers, and of course, Santa Claus. The community tree lighting is always a treat and the town is full of cheer for the annual Merchant’s Holiday Open House. Charlevoix is a short drive from Boyne Mountain Resort for those who want to ski or snowboard during their stay.
Nestled at the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, Houghton is a charming town perfect for travelers who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Your day can be filled with skiing at Mt. Ripley or Michigan Technological University’s Tech Trails, shopping at the Holiday Craft Fair in Calumet 10 miles north or enjoying beer with the locals beneath the Christmas lights at Keweenaw Brewing Company.
Come to Detroit to experience outdoor skating at Campus Martius Park, LED light displays as part of Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo or a festive holiday touring show at the Fox Theater. The newly revitalized downtown area comes alive with the sights and sounds of the holidays, making the state’s largest city a cozy winter retreat families can enjoy.