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Event List Northern Michigan

Now-Nov 24…Registration is open for the 15th Annual Turkey Trot in Traverse City. 5K run/walk and 5 mile flier (new course). Proceeds benefit the TART Trails. Info:


Now – Dec 12…Holiday Assistance registration is now open through the Traverse City Salvation Army. Online visit or in person at the community center on Barlow – Traverse City. Info: 231-946-4644 ext 308


The Cheboygan County Humane Society is selling raffle tickets for an autographed acoustic country guitar, signed by Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Randy Travis, Jason Aldean and many others. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. Tickets can be purchased at the CCHS, or over the phone. Drawing Nov. 30th Contact Deb: 734-756-4042


Week of Nov 20


Now - Nov 24…Oleson’s Food Stores in Petoskey & Charlevoix are hosting a “Dollar Drive” to raise funds to support survivors of domestic abuse and their families. Info:


Nov 22…Cheboygan County Humane Society Bake sale 9a-4p at Family Fare – Cheboygan. Homemade pies, cakes, cookies & breads. Info:


Nov 22…Desserts and Drama 6:30pm at Harbor Light Christian School – Harbor Springs. Music, skits, dessert dash, tip wars. General admission $5, seniors/students $3, full table for 8 $25. Info: 231-347-7859


Nov 23…Walloon Lake Village Lighting 5-8pm. Free hot cocoa, kids activities, cash bar, Petoskey Steel Drum Band, Santa & Mrs. Claus, bring a donation to benefit Toys for Tots. Info:


Nov 23…Community Thanksgiving Drive-thru Dinner at Black River Church – Cheboygan starting at 4pm. Info: 906-630-7247


Nov 23…Thanksgiving Dinner Community Meal, dine-in or to go 11:30-2p at the Salvation Army Community Center – Traverse City. Info: 231-946-4644


Nov 24…Kiwanis Boyne City Turkey Trot 9a-noon. 5K & 1 Mile. $30 before event, $35 day of. Info:


Nov 24…5K Turkey Vulture Trot 8a-11a at Crystal Mountain – Thompsonville. Info:


Nov 24…Traverse City Turkey Trot 9a-noon at St. Francis High School. Info:


Nov 24…Thanksgiving Community Dinner noon-2p at the Boyne City Eagles Club. Accepting monetary or non-perishable food items for the Manna Food Project. Info: 231-582-6904


Nov 24…Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner 2-5p at 422 Division St. –Traverse City.


Nov 25…40th Annual Christmas Craft Show 9a-4p at Inland Lakes High School – Indian River. Info:


Nov 25…Christmas in Indian River 4-7p. Business open house, story hour with Mrs. Claus at Township Hall, live music, kids activities; 5-7 free soup & hot dogs, parade at 6p, tree lighting after parade. Info:


Nov 25…Glen Arbor Tree Lighting & Carol Sing-a-long 6:30-8:30p at the Glen Arbor Townhall. Info:


Nov 25…Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting – downtown Charlevoix. 3-5 holiday craft & photos with Santa, 5:30p Parade, 6p tree lighting. Info:


Nov 25…Bed Parade 9am Glen Arbor. Cheer on participants as they roll their festively decorated bed on wheels down Western Avenue. Info:


Nov 25…Firelit Friday & Tree Lighting – downtown Elk Rapids. Info:


Nov 25-27…Benzie County Habitat for Humanity Festival of Trees at the Benzie County Historical Museum and Outdoor Pavilion. Silent auction online. Fri 4-6, Sat noon-6, Sun noon-3p. Info:


Nov 26…Holly Berry Arts & Crafts Fair 9a-3p at Frankfort High School. $2 admission. Info: 231-352-7251


Nov 26…Harbor Springs Tree Lighting 6-8pm downtown. Santa, chili dinner. Info:


Nov 26…Northport Tree Lighting & Holiday Celebration. 9-noon Santa & Mrs. Claus Brunch at Northport High School, arts & crafts 10-4p at Northport Arts Assoc. and Willowbrook; gingerbread house competition, letters to Santa & kids crafts, wreath making, soup cookoff, holiday movie and more. Info


Nov 26…Holiday Celebration – Suttons Bay. Noon-5p, scavenger hunt, noon-2 visit with reindeer, help decorate the village tree, family activities; 2-3p Santa arrives, caroling. Info:


Nov 26…Alden’s Christmas Celebration 5-8pm. Santa arrives via fire truck at 5:30p, tree lighting to follow. Info:


Nov 26…Antrim Ski Academy Ski Swap 9a-3p at Shanty Creek Resort. Downhill, cross country, snowboard, ice skates, clothing & accrssories. Info:


Dec 1…Hospitality Night 3-8p downtown Cheboygan. Santa’s Elves pass out goodies, shopping, treats and more. Info:


Dec 2…The Annual Christmas Bazaar returns to Mackinac Island during the first weekend in December.  The Tree Lighting and Santa’s arrival is Dec. 2nd. The Community Hall is open Dec. 3rd & 4th with a silent auction, bake sale and ice cream. The Snowmobile raffle is that Sunday, 5-pm. Proceeds help local churches and the Mackinac Island Medical Center. For info, call 231-620-7264


Dec 2…Petoskey Holiday Open House 6-9pm downtown. Treats, caroling, shopping and more. Info:


Dec 2…Extreevaganza 6pm at the Ellison Place – Gaylord. Live/silent auction, raffles, live music, cash bar, heavy hors D’oeuvres. Benefits the Otsego Community Foundation. Info:


Dec 3…Jingle Jog 5K & 1 Mile Reindeer Run/Walk 9am start and finish at The Dam Shop on Bridge St. – Elk Rapids. 5K $20 by 11/30, $25 after; 1 Mile $15 by 11/30, $20 after. Prizes and awards. Proceeds benefit Elk Rapids Project Graduation.


Dec 3…Mom 2 Mom Sale at North Central Academy – Mancelona. New & gently used items for babies and kids (no household items). Booth space available. $2 admission for adults, children free. Info: 231-676-4134


Dec 3…Free Community Dinner 4-6p at St. Paul’s – Elk Rapids. Donations of canned goods accepted. Info: 231-620-5707


Dec 3…Christmas Cookie Walk 9a-11a at 1st Congregational Church – Charlevoix. $7 a pound. Info: 231-547-9122


Dec 3…Annual Cookie and Limited Craft Sale 10-2p (or until cookies sell out) at St. John Lutheran Church – Cheboygan. Info:


Dec 3…Christmas in the Village 2-4p at Heritage Village – Mackinaw City. Info:


Dec 3..Light Up the Night & Soup Cook Off noon-7pm downtown Bellaire. Celebrate with family and friends with a day full of Holiday Events. From a free kid’s movie, ornament making to the annual “Soup Cook-Off” with 10+ participating restaurants, a visit with Santa after the “Parade of Lights.” Info:


Dec 3…Switchback performs live at 7pm in the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall (HERTHA). Doors at 6:15, cash bar. Tickets $30 advance/$35 at the door. Proceeds benefit HERTHA. Info:


Dec 3…Stuff a Blue Goose 3-7p at Cheboygan Walmart. Collecting toys for area children. Info:


Dec 3…Holiday Extravaganza Arts & Craft Show/Business Expo 9a-3p at Rogers City High School. Info:


Dec 3…Arts & Craft Show 10-3p at St. Mary School – Lake Leelanau. Live music, kids crafts, vendors, Santa arrives at 1pm. Info: 231-256-9636


Dec 3…Parade of Lights 6pm downtown Cheboygan. Info:


Dec 3…Christmas in Kalkaska! Holiday craft show 10-4p at the middle school, bonfires, hot cocoa & cookies, caroling, light Parade 7p downtown Kalkaska. Info: 231-258-2810


Dec 3…Harbor Springs Holiday Open House 6-9p. Info:


Dec 3…Chandler Park Tree Lighting 6pm - Onaway


Dec 3…Christmas in Atwood 10-3p. Info:


Dec 3…Holiday Open House & Hot Cocoa Contest noon-5pm follow the Hot Cocoa Trail, enjoy the Polar Express at 1pm with a non-perishable food donation at the Charlevoix Cinema III. Info:


Dec 3 & 4…Sleigh Rides to the North Pole at Northern Michigan Equine Therapy – Boyne City. Take a sleigh ride to the North Pole on a horse-drawn sleigh to meet Santa and enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and crafts at Santa's Workshop. Meet the wonderful therapy horses, NMET staff and volunteers. $15.00 seat ticket. All proceeds support therapy scholarships at Northern Michigan Equine Therapy. Sleigh rides are every half hour between 10 am -2 pm and require reservations. Please email with questions.


Dec 4…An Night of Christmas Magic 2-4pm at the Cheboygan Library. Meet real-life reindeer!  Also, a part of the fun is the Friends of the Library’s annual Gift of Reading book give-away to the community’s youth! Each child (teens too!) that comes to the event may pick out a book to keep! Free.  Info:


Dec 8…Ladies Night 5-9p downtown Traverse City. Info:


Dec 9…Hometown Christmas Light Parade & Tree Lighting 6-7p Mackinaw City Marina. Info: 231-436-5574


Dec 9…Christmas with the Agee Family Drive-in Concert 6pm at the Salvation Army – Cheboygan. Hot cocoa and popcorn available, donations accepted for the Red Kettle Campaign. Info:


Dec 9…Northwestern Michigan College Concert Band Holiday Concert 7:30pm at Milliken Auditorium – Traverse City. $8-$12. Info:


Dec 9…Cheboygan High School Drama presents Miracle on 34th Street 7pm in the school auditorium. Info:


Dec 9…Homes for the Holiday Ball 6-9p at the Cheboygan Eagles Club. Buffet dinner, silent auction, raffle, bake sale and more. Tickets $50, available at Habitat ReStore. Limited tickets. Benefits Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity Info:


Dec 10…A Colonial Christmas 3-7p at Fort Michilimackinac. Lanterns light the path where storytellers recount traditions of the past. Crafts, games, snacks. $10 adults, age 5-12 $6, 4 & under free. Info:


Dec 10…Holiday fun on the Children’s Trail of Cheboygan 1-2:30p. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be there to share hot cocoa and cookies. Info:


Dec 10…Photos with Santa 11a-3p at Jim Wernig Chevrolet – Gaylord. Bring a donation to benefit the Otsego County Toys for Tots.  Treats & crafts. Info:


Dec 10…Cookies and Cocoa with Santa noon-3pm at Inland Lakes High School. Have a photo taken with Santa, make an ornament, decorate a cookie. $10 person, children must be chaperoned. RSVP by text or phone 231-818-5239 Benefits the Class of 2025


Dec 11…Toys for Tots Celebrity Poker Tournament at Odawa Casino-Petoskey. Cash prizes. Bring an unwrapped toy. To register, 877-442-6464 ext 8876


Dec 11…Elk Lake Community Choir Christmas Concert 4pm at the First Presbyterian Church – Elk Rapids. Info: 231-264-8167


Dec 15…Men’s Night 5-9p downtown Traverse City. Info:


Dec 16…Polar Express Pajama Party 6pm at the Cheboygan Public Library. Hot chocolate, snacks, movie. Free. Info:


Dec 17…Holiday fun at the Elk Rapids District Library 10:30am. Cocoa and cookies, letters to Santa craft station, Polar Express Movie. Info: 231-264-9979


Dec 17 – Dec 31…Festival of Trains at Creekside Community Church – Traverse City. Mon-Sat 10-6p, Sun noon-4p. $5, kids 4 & under free. $30 festival pass for unlimited visits per household-includes 2 adults and up to 3 kids. Info:


Dec 18…Jingle Bell Run 5pm starts at the Workshop Brewery – Traverse City. Info:


Dec 23…Christmas at the Old Art Building – Leland. It’s a variety show spectacular hosted by Andrew Dost, includes caroling, comedy and holiday cheer. Tickets $40. Info:


Dec 25…Ski Free with Santa 9a-4:30p at Schuss Mtn. – Bellaire. Info:


Dec 31…CherryT Ball Drop – Downtown Traverse City. $3 donation. Gates open 10p, event ends at 12:20am. Benefits local charities. Info:



TFN…Harbor Light Community Chapel of Harbor Springs is collecting cans and bottle returns to help the less fortunate at 8220 Clayton Rd. All bottles and cans should be left next to their central trash bin in the main parking lot. Info: 231.347.5001 


Every Monday and Wednesday from noon-1pm Free Food Market is open in the parking lot of the Salvation Army Community Center on Barlow-Traverse City. Info:


TFN…The St. Thomas food pantry is open on a drive-thru basis every Monday 10a-1pm. Bring photo ID with current Cheboygan address, proof of household income and proof of address for all household residents. 332 Western Ave. Info: 231-627-3167


TFN…The Acme Christian Thrift Store is in need of volunteers 3-5p any day Tues-Sat. Info: 231-267-3002


Now-TFN…Hospice of Michigan is available to help families in need of compassionate hospice care for a loved one. Call 888-247-5701 or visit


TFN…The Cheboygan Rec Center is open on Monday and Wednesday for boys and Tues/Thurs for girls from 5:30-8pm. High school and adults 8pm-10:30pm. Must wear mask at all times.


TFN- The Northern Care Center is a medical clinic for those uninsured or underinsured. Patients are seen on Tuesday afternoon/evenings. Located at W State Street, Cheboygan. You need to wear a mask and when you come to the parking lot you need to call the clinic, first come first seen. They also have vouchers for product at Goodwill and personal hygiene products for those in need. Please knock on the door for product. Please call with any questions 231-333-3019.


TFN… Cheboygan County Veterans host a coffee hour the 4th Wednesday of the month, 9:00 a.m. at the American Legion - VFW Post on State Street, Cheboygan. Coffee provided by McDonald's and donuts courtesy of Family Fare.


Now – TFN…Antrim County Veterans Affairs Coffee Talks every 3rd Monday 9a at The Dam Shop – Elk Rapids and every 3rd Wed 8:30a at M88 Morning Grind. Info: 231-533-8499


Now-Dec 31…Harvest Food & Supply Drive to benefit the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan. Info:




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