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Week of Dec 1


Register now to be a bell ringer for your local Salvation Army! Locations and available time slots listed at


Now – Dec 8th…Stockings for Soldiers is collecting donations to be sent  to “Soldiers’ Angels” for our troops. Single serving drink mix, playing cards, puzzle books, single serving cookie packages, lip balm, winter hats & gloves, etc. Drop off at Coldwell Banker – Benzonia. Info:


Now – Dec 14…Elf the Musical at the Old Town Playhouse-Traverse City. Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm. Info:


Dec 1-7…Old Fashioned Christmas at the Lighthouse 10a-4p at Grand Traverse Lighthouse –Northport. December 7 will be the last day of the exhibit with extended hours. A modern-day Santa’s Workshop will be open from 3-6 PM. Come out and enjoy cookie decorating, crafting an ornament, visiting with Santa, games, holiday campfire, hot cocoa bar and much more. Info: 231-386-7195


Dec 4…Mobile Food Pantry 11a-1p (or until food runs out) at Little Bear East Arena-St. Ignace. Bring your own box or bags.


Dec 5…Downtown Hospitality Night 3-8pm – Downtown Cheboygan. Holiday goodies, live music, specials and door prizes. Info:


Dec 5…The Great Chili Bike-Off 11-1:30p at Bill Marsh Auto-Traverse City. With a freewill monetary donation for Bikes for Tikes, you can enjoy a delicious chili lunch and cast your vote for your favorite recipe. The winning chili chef will walk away with a commemorative BBQ set, a $100 restaurant gift card! Info:


Dec 5-7…Christmas in Kalkaska. 3 days of indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family! Info:


Dec 6…Interlochen Area Children’s Christmas Party 5pm at the Interlochen Public Library. Free. Caroling, holiday stories and crafts. Info:


Dec 6…Petoskey Downtown Holiday Open House 6-9pm.


Dec 7…23rd Annual Judy Kuheana Memorial Benefit Breakfast 8a-10:30am at Red Mesa Grill-Boyne City. Adults $10, kids 12 & under $6. Latin American Breakfast Buffet, benefits the Manna Project for Boyne Area Food Pantries. Info: 231-582-0049


Dec 7…8th Annual TC Track Club Farmland 5K and Free for all Bike Ride noon-3pm at Rasho Farm-Traverse City. Features a classic European-style turf grass course with knee high barriers including straw bales, fallen logs, and wood and stone fences. The bike event is held immediately following the run and has cyclists taking to the running the course for six laps of fun. Info:


Dec 7…Kalkaska Holiday Craft Show/Breakfast with Santa at Kalkaska Middle School. Breakfast 9-10am, visit with Santa 10-noon; kids crafts 9a-3p; craft show 9a-3p. Info: 231-534-4377


Dec 7…Parade of Lights/Christmas Tree Lighting 6pm –Cheboygan


Dec 7…Winter Songs & Carols 7:30pm at Grace Episcopal Church-Traverse City. Free. Info:


Dec 7…Chandler Park Tree Lighting 4-6pm-Onaway. Caroling, bonfire, hot cocoa, cookies and Santa! Info:


Dec 7…Light Up the Night & Soup Cook-off noon-7pm downtown Bellaire. Including a free kid’s movie, ornament making, the annual Soup Cook-Off (with 10+ participating restaurants!) and a visit with Santa after the Parade of Lights. Don’t forget the community tree lighting, caroling, and a live nativity. Info:


Dec 7…Last Chance Craft Fair 10a-3pm at the ASI Community Center-Bellaire. Handmade crafts, jewelry, woodworking, gift wrapping and more. Info:


Dec 7…Lioness Cookie Sale 11a-1p at Citizen’s National Bank-Cheboygan. There are different size tins already made up, or select an empty tin and choose the cookies you'd like. If you bring in a tin from last year, your name will be entered in a special drawing. Basket Raffle tickets are also available and the drawings will be held prior to 1 pm. Info: 231-627-7111


Dec 7…Holiday Merchant Open House Noon-5pm-downtown Charlevoix. Free movie at 2pm; hot cocoa contest at participating businesses. Info:


Dec 7…Holiday Hobby Craft Show 9a-3p at Boyne City High School. Info:


Dec 7…Boyne Valley Fire & Rescue Holiday Open House & Silent Auction 2-5pm at the fire all-Boyne Falls. Santa, crafts, games, snacks and auction to benefit the fire department. Info: 231-549-2000


Dec 7…Holiday Open House 6-9pm downtown Harbor Springs. Main Street will be closed. Shopping, refreshments and more. Info:


Dec 7…Supper with Santa 5-8pm at the VFW-Traverse City. $8 person/$25 family of 4. Theme basket raffle, bake sale, quilt raffle, pictures with Santa. Benefits HANDDS to the Rescue. Info:
(231) 645-6040


Dec 7-8…Sleigh Rides to the North Pole 10a-2pm at Northern Michigan Equine Therapy- Boyne City. $15 person, benefits therapy scholarships. Info: 231-881-5590


Dec 7-9…Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar at the Community Hall on Mackinac Island. Benefits the Mackinac Island Medical Center, and local churches. Info: (906) 847-3582


Week of Dec 8


Dec 8…Downtown Cocoa Crawl 11-1pm downtown Traverse City. Spend the day in Downtown shopping local for the holidays and sipping on hot cocoa at various locations. Participants will vote for their favorite. Free. Info:


Dec 8…Coats for Kids Charity Hockey Game 4pm at the Cheboygan Ice Pavilion. Admission by donation…gently worn coats, hats, and gloves. Cops vs Straits Area Mens League. Info:


Dec 11…Helping Hospice Charity Event 5-8pm at Simply Marcella-Cheboygan. $10 donation. Refreshments. Benefits McLaren Home Care & Hospice Cheboygan. Holiday attire appreciated. Info:


Dec 12…Ladies Night 5-9pm downtown Traverse City.  Filled with specials, food, and refreshments while you conquer some holiday shopping! Info:


Dec 12-21st…Little Traverse Civic Theatre presents “Miracle on 34th Street” at the Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Thurs-Sat performaces 7:30, Sun 2pm. $15 adults, $12 students. Info:


Dec 13…Holiday Open House 6-8pm downtown Alanson. Santa arrival, Petoskey Steel Drum Band performs, refreshments and more! Info:


Dec 13…The Friendship Community Center’s Annual Community Celebrate Party 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Appetizers and Wine $10 Donation at Door. Over 100 Silent Auction Items and Gift Baskets to bid on! Preview and Pre-bid Starts Thursday 12pm - 7pm Friday 12pm-8:30pm (party end) Located at 201 W. Broadway-Suttons Bay. Info:


Dec 13…Santa Dinner 6-7:30pm at the Salvation Army Community Center-Petoskey. Have dinner and get your photo taken with Santa - pictures printed that night. Bring your letter to Kris Kringle and tell him if you have been bad or good. Free Family Friendly Event. Info: 231-347-3531


Dec 13…The North Pole Holiday Festival 4pm at the Emmet County Fairgrounds-Petoskey. Take a photo with Santa, make crafts & enjoy a chili cook off between local restaurants. Additional samples or full bowls of chili may be purchased at the door. Guests will vote for best chili. $5 person (includes photo & two chili samples) Info: 231-348-5479


Dec 13…Holiday Open House 6-9pm at the Little Traverse Historical Museum-Petoskey. Refreshments & holiday cheer. Free. Info:


Dec 13 & 14…Empty the Shelters. The Bissell Pet Foundation is sponsoring adoption costs at shelters around the country. Many shelters require preapproval prior to the event day. To find a participating location visit


Dec 13-15…Cheboygan Area High School presents “A Christmas Story” in the high school auditorium. Fri/Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm. Adults $6, students $4


Dec 14…Breakfast with Santa 8:30-11:30am at Fernelius Toyota-Cheboygan. $8 person (2 & under free). Proceeds benefit the Learning Center. Pictures with Santa, ornament making, cookie decorating, bake sale and more! Info:


Dec 14…Children’s Christmas Party 11-2p at the VFW-Travese City.  Free children's activities, horse drawn wagon rides and ... a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus!! Info:


Dec 14…Craft Fair 10-3p at Unity of Traverse City. A wide variety of crafters will be offering their goods for sale, just in time for your Christmas shopping! Cookies will be available, too! Free. Info:


Dec 14…Craft Fair & Cookie Walk 9a-4p at Redeemer Lutheran Church-Interlochen. Wide variety of crafts, homemade Christmas cookies by the pound. Proceeds benefit local charities. Info: 231-276-6372


Dec 14…Christmas in Kingsley 1pm. Enjoy a reindeer trail, a chili cook-off, a tree lighting, and a visit with Santa. Info: 231-263-7778


Dec 14-30…2019 Festival of Trains at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Traverse City. Mon-Sat 10a-6p, Sun noon-4pm. $5 person; $30 family/festival pass. Info:


Week of Dec 15


Dec 15…Toys for Tots Poker Tournament 3pm at Odawa Casino. $150  buy-in, cash prizes, bring an unopened toy and receive additional chips. Sign up at 877-442-6464


Dec 15…Free Christmas Buffet 11:30, 1p and 2:30pm at the Blue Pelican Inn-Central Lake. Reservations recommended. Donations benefit the Central Lk. Food Pantry. Info: 231-544-2583


Dec 18…Traverse City Rides to See the Lights 6-8pm starts at Rare Bird Brewpub at 6pm, ride is about 4 miles through TC neighborhoods to see Christmas lights. Collecting non-perishable food items for the Father Fred Foundation. Info:


Dec 19…Ladies Night in Elk Rapids 5-8pm. Enjoy nibbles & drinks & play shopping bingo for the chance to win a gift bag stuffed with items from local merchants.


Dec 19…Men’s Night 5-9pm – Downtown Traverse City. Food, refreshments and specials. Info:


Dec 20…Downtown Bellaire Pajama Party 4-8pm. Grab a prize passport, stop at each location listed for a stamp and enter your filled out passport for a Grand Prize Basket! There will be an Instagram contest for the Best PJ's. Merchants will have special deals, drinks specials and other surprises! Info:


Dec 21…Santa & Mrs Claus 1-3p at the Children’s Trail-Cheboygan. Make a bird feeder, enjoy a snack. Free. Info:


Dec 21…8th Annual Riggsville Redneck Christmas Parade 7pm. Spectators and participants are asked to bring a non perishable food donation for St. Thomas Food Pantry or a new/gently used coat for “Coats for Kids”. Starts at the north end of Church Rd. ****DONATIONS**** all donations can be dropped off at the Sacred Heart Church prior to the start of parade


Dec 22…Jingle Bell Run with the Traverse City Track Club. 5pm start just outside Workshop Brewery-Traverse City. Open to runners of all ages and abilities. Followed by holiday cookies and hot cocoa. Info:


Dec 25…Ski Free with Santa 9a-4:30p at Schuss Mountain-Mancelona. Pay it forward with donations of non-perishable food items, gently-used winter clothing and/or household items to benefit local food pantries. Info:



Week of Dec 29


Dec 30…Beach Bash 6-8pm at Charlevoix Area Community Pool. Two slices of pizza, refreshments and goody bags provided. $6 per student or adult (swimmers and non-swimmers). Children 3 and under are FREE! Reservations required (75 people max.). Call the Pool today to ensure your spot: 231.547.0982, or register online at


Dec 31…NYE at the Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. All-ages, alcohol-free celebration featuring performances & workshops by CTAC instructors, area artists & organizations, including Blissfest Music Organization & Petoskey District Library. $10 adults, $5 students. The evening concludes with a “Midnight at 9,” Times-Square style ball drop on East Mitchell St. The outdoor festivities begin at 8:30pm & are free. Info:


Dec 31…Cherry-T Ball Drop 10p-12:20am – Traverse City. $3 admission. Live entertainment and more! Info:


Dec 31…Charlevoix Bridge Drop. Noon-Midnight. Horse drawn wagon rides, chalk art, free family movie, s’mores & cocoa, Fireworks, celebration and more. Info:


January 2020


Jan 4…National Winter Trails Day! Self or guided hikes at Hiawatha National Forest, bonfire & snacks; Stop the Park at Straits State Park. Info: 906-322-2617


Jan 17-18…Mackinaw  City Winterfest. Chili cook-off, outhouse races, poker walk, ice fishing, family activities and more! Info:


Jan 18…Indian River Winterfest-Cooporation Park. Ice skating, sledding, ice fishing, family activities, live music and more! Info:


Jan 18…55th Annual Moose Jaw Safari-Harbor Springs. Starts at 10am at the Harbor Springs Snowmobile Club groomer barn. Info:


Jan 25…Yetifest 11a-6p –Suttons Bay. Scavenger hunt, movie, carboard classic, chili-cookoff and more. Info:


Jan 29…Spaghetti Dinner 4:30-7pm at the K of C Hall-Cheboygan. By donation. Info:


Jan 30…Soup & Casserole Supper 4-6pm at the Inverness Township Hall-Cheboygan. $10 adults, Kids 12 & under $5. Benefits the Cheboygan County Humane Society. Info:




Wawatam Area Senior Center offers senior meals Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sunday for ages 55+ for just $3.50. Info: 231-436-5323


Every Monday starting Jan 7, the Wawatam Area Senior Center will have cribbage starting at 1:30, through March. Info: 627-4926


Help is available for Michigan homeowners to avoid foreclosure through Step Forward Michigan. Questions, call Lindsey 231-582-6436


TFN…Openings are available in the NEMCSA Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Volunteer Programs. Applicants must be over 55, income eligible and have reliable transportation. Info: 877-222-9043


Northern Care Center is a free medical center for the Cheboygan community that is struggling for health care.  Please call to schedule an appointment at 231-333-3019. They are located on the corner of State and Water Street in Cheboygan. Walk in clinic 1 & 3rd Tuesday, 10am register by 4pm.


Ongoing: Raven Hill Discovery Center opens to families for free the second Saturday each month. No groups or organizations. Open noon-4 p.m. Raven Hill is located at 4737 Fuller Rd., East Jordan. (231) 536-3369 or


Ongoing…The Cheboygan Parkinson Support Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the Month at 1pm (starting in August) at the Cheboygan Campus of McLaren Northern Michigan, 3rd Floor Conference room. Free to attend. For more info: 231-445-1595


Every Monday the Indian River Kiwanis Club meets at pm at Vivio’s Restaurant. The public is invited. Info: 231-290-0044


Ongoing…First & 3rd Friday each month 6:30-8:30 Dance Class at the Area Seniors Inc Activity Center on Maple St-Bellaire. Learn and practice ballroom dance steps like the Waltz, Two-step, and Swing. Join in on Contra and Square Dances too. No experience. $5.


TFN…Second Tuesday of every month – Cancer support group meets at the Salvation Army community room in Cheboygan at 7pm. Info: 231-537-2277


TFN…First Thursday of every month- Learn the medical aspects of cannabis 6:30-7:30p at the Cheboygan Library.


TFN…Every Thursday, learn Swing Dancing at the Cheboygan Carnegie. 5:30-7:30. Free. Info: 231-420-6665


TFN…Every  Saturday 10a-2pm Indoor Farmers Market at the Village at Grand Traverse Common-Traverse City. Free admission. Great local fare, Farm fresh eggs, fish, meats, milk, and cheese; fruits and veggies; homemade breads, pasta, and sweet treats; honey, preserves, maple syrup and MORE!. Info:


TFN…The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan would like to remind you that screening and early detection of breast and cervical cancer saves lives.  Visit today.


TFN…Free arts & crafts for all school aged kids from noon-3pm on the second Saturday of the month at the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts. Offering fun and original projects for each session. 125 E. Main-Gaylord. Info:



TFN…Looking for a different way to graduate high school?  Inverness Academy offers flexable scheduling, vocational training, diploma and more. Info: 231-627-5613


TFN…The Journey Program – a free 10 week group exercise program of cancer patients up to two years post treatment. Classes are held 4 times a year in Traverse City, Frankfort and Suttons Bay. Preregistration is required. Info: 231-276-2494


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