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Visiting Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan communities make it easy to experience the region’s endless opportunities for outdoor adventure before it gets too chilly. From Alpena to Escanaba, enough special events, festivals, and activities line local calendars to make a fall visit unforgettable. 

Ludington visitors still have time to hit the links at golf courses like Hemlock Golf Course, while players in Cheboygan, Harbor Springs, and Sault Ste. Marie are sure to find Saint Ignace Golf Course to be worth the drive to St. Ignace.

Evenings this fall, Mackinaw City and Cheboygan visitors venture to the Headlands International Dark Sky Park. Overlooking Trails End Bay, near the Straits of Mackinac Great Lakes State Bottomland Preserve, the 550-acre park protects more than two miles of pristine shoreline – and the lack of development makes for virtually unmatched stargazing opportunities. Lucky October visitors may even get a glimpse at the hard-to-predict Aurora Borealis.

On October 23rd, the 2015 Downtown Alpena Fall Fest & Trunk or Treat has downtown merchants opening up to offer special treats as local residents open their trunks of their cars and pass out candy in the Alpena City Hall parking lot. Things get started at 5:30 p.m. and kids and parents alike are invited to come in costume.

After Halloween, the cold weather starts to set in, but communities across northern Michigan stay warm with holiday cheer. On November 28th, the 7th Annual Ludington Holiday Craft Show is a way to get some holiday shopping done early. Visit the Ludington Arts Center to browse a collection of art, antiques, crafts, and collectibles. Be there early for the best selection – things get started at 10 a.m.

On the Upper Peninsula in Escanaba, Christmas in the Village 2015 is two days of fun for the whole family at the UP Fairgrounds. On December 5th and 6th, kids and adults alike will enjoy hot chocolate and tasty treats, horse-drawn carriage rides, a holiday market, and even visits from Santa Claus.

Traverse City visitors can stay warm by getting active on December 5th, when the 2015 Farmland 5K Run & Free For All Bike comes to Rasho Farm. Participants young and old, of all experience levels, choose between a 5K run or 10-mile cycling course and everyone’s invited to the finish line festivities, which promise food, prizes, and more.

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Northern Michigan Events

December 2015

December 31 - January 3, 2015
2015 New Year's Eve Weekend

The community of Saint Ignace celebrates the New Year iwth four days of fun, including a murder mystery, fireworks, pub crawl to Mackinac Island, and many other activities. Visit the town this New Year's Eve.

December 5 & 6, 2015
2015 Christmas in the Village

A fun-filled holiday festival held at the UP Fairgrounds in Escanaba, featuring hot chocolate and tasty treats, horse-drawn rides, a holiday market, and visits from Santa Claus. Festival times are TBA.

December 5, 2015
2015 Farmland 5K Run & Free For All Bike

A fun-filled outdoor event, featuring a 5K and 10-mile cylcing course. Experience bikers, children, and everyone in between are invited to join in the fun at Rasho Farm in Traverse City. There will also be after party festivities. 

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