It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Michigan Decembers are festive, eventful and fun. From holiday-themed events to winter celebrations, there is something for everyone no matter where you are in the state.
- Heritage Holidays
December 2 – 17, 2011, Ray
A nostalgic holiday celebration for kids of all ages at the Historic Center. Kids can visit Santa Claus in an old-fashioned setting and create holiday crafts. The mill grounds will be lit and decorated with a modern synchronized light show. There’s even a bonfire to enjoy s’mores and hot mulled cider over.
- Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
December 2- 27, 2011, Dearborn
Enjoy turn-of-the-century holiday fun with carolers, live reindeer and candlelit paths at the Henry Ford and Greenfield Village.
- K-9 Fanciers Dog Show and Weight Pull
December 9 – 11, 2011, Kalamazoo
This United Kennel Club regional event features obedience classes, weight pulling, conformation, and junior showmanship. Fri 3pm, Sat & Sun 8am, in Hazel Gray.
- Holidays at the Homestead
December 11, 2011, Kalamazoo
Step back in time at the DeLano Homestead. Explore the 1858 farmhouse and enjoy holiday traditions such as making gingerbread cookies and crafts. Take a stroll to the 1830s log cabin replica to glimpse at life during a Michigan winter in the wilderness and try your hand at candle making. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride (weather permitting) and afterwards warm up with warm cider and a cookie.
- Christmas in Calumet
December 10, 17, 2011, Calumet
Santa arrives in downtown Calumet via horse-drawn wagon and include free goodie bags at Rowe Furniture, free horse-drawn wagon rides, carolers and holiday music by strolling musicians.
- Homestead BBQ, Tubing & Sleigh Ride
December 22 – 31, 2011, Iron River
Ski Brule in Iron River offers an all you can eat barbecue and take the free sleigh to the barbecue from the bottom of Homestead trail on Thursday and Saturday nights. Live music on Saturday and Homestead tubing add to the fun.
- Downtown Marquette Ball Drop
December 31, 2011, Marquette
Celebrate the New Year and watch the annual ball drop from the Savings Bank Building starting at 11:30pm at the corner of Washington and Front Streets, Marquette.
- Winter Solstice Celebration
December 22, 2011, Grand Rapids
Come out to Blandford Nature Center to celebrate the first day of winter and the longest night of the year – The Winter Solstice. Learn about the science behind the winter solstice, make and decorate a paper luminary to take home, and help out the birds on this long night by making a take-home bird feeder.
- New Year’s Eve Waterpark & Snow Tubing Party
December 31, 2011, Rothbury
Join us at 6:30 for a family party to ring in 2012 with a splash! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, unlimited use of the Gold Rush Waterpark, snow tubing on Sundance Slopes, and lots of games & activities!
- Caro’s Gingerbread Village
December 1 – 7, 2011, Caro
An old-fashioned holiday in Caro, where true happiness is homemade. Events include gingerbread house competitions for all ages, baking contest, family fun fest, raffles and visits from Fred and Ginger Bread, the mascots of the event.
- Downtown Midland’s Holly Jolly Days
December 10–11, 2011, Midland
Enjoy a festive atmosphere in Downtown Midland while doing your holiday shopping or enjoying a bite to eat with your family. Experience free horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling carolers, 25 cent hot cocoa and great holiday deals at participating stores.
- Galloping Gourmet
December 8, 2011, St. Clair
Enjoy an evening of exquisite tastes and merriment. Cuddle up in a horse-drawn carriage that will carry you around to St. Clair’s delightful restaurants where you’ll be served their finest cuisine. A wonderful holiday evening to share with friends and family!
- Flea Market and Nascar Swap
December 18, 2011, Lapeer
The holidays are in full gear with Lapeer’s Flea Market and NASCAR Swap. There will be more than 40 plus tables of new and old items. Door prizes will be given every hour and there will be plenty of food. Come get your last minute Christmas gifts!
- Farm By Lantern Light
December 9 – 10 and 16 – 17, 2011, Grayling
Our popular annual event, Farm By Lantern Light, is an interpretive, historical play presented by local actors depicting life during the holidays on a farm in 1932. Be guided by a team of horses through the snow-covered trails of Wellington Farm, USA. Each building is lit with the gentle glow of lanterns as the story unfolds with you visiting our Visitor’s Center, Blacksmith’s Shop, Carpenter’s Shop, Grist Mill and Summer Kitchen. Join us for this unique journey back in time. This event is very popular and requires reservations.
- New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Celebration
December 31, 2011, Ludington
The Ludington New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Celebration includes an entertainment tent in James Street Plaza, A Pub Crawl around downtown Ludington and the Highlight of the event – The Ball Drop.