Northern Michigan knows how to kick off the best time of the year, with Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trots followed by holiday parades and Open Houses. From Boyne City to Cross Village, these lakeside communities know how to welcome in the season with no shortage of small town charm. This year, come discover the area’s most treasured traditions!

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trots

Before you dive into your Thanksgiving meal, run or walk it out with the whole family! 5K runs and walks will be taking place in Boyne City, Petoskey, and Harbor Springs.

Downtown Holiday Open Houses

Spend a weekend full of wonder making your way around the Little Traverse Bay area’s holiday open houses. Trade the mall madness for a slice of small town in Boyne City the day after Thanksgiving. Stroll the streets for sweet holiday finds just before Santa’s sleigh ride through downtown. In Harbor Springs and Cross Village, gather for their annual tree lighting’s, food, and caroling. Get started on your Christmas shopping list with a stop into Three Pines Studio for locally-made treasures.

The Merchant Open Houses in Harbor Springs and Petoskey follow the next weekend with shop owners offering specials and sweet treats while you shop. Crowds gather around for the Petoskey High School Steel Drum band, a show sure to get you in the spirit! Make sure to stop into American Spoon for a sample of their hot fruit cobbler and Grandpa Shorter’s for unique Michigan gifts, from leather-made goods to fine jewelry made with Petoskey stones.

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Holiday 2016 Events

Kelsey Crawford is a reservation specialist and marketing manager for Holiday Vacation Rentals. A Michigan State University graduate, Kelsey has had the pleasure of working to create memorable Up North experiences for our guests. Outside of HVR, Kelsey enjoys ski instructing at Boyne Mountain and doing just about anything in the outdoors.

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