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Mackinac Island Winter Season
“One of the Top Ten Christmas Towns in America”

Mackinac Island is indeed open year ‘round. But, the hearty few that visit find a completely different Mackinac Island to experience, which is unlike the spring, summer or fall travel season. This makes it the perfect getaway for those who want a much slower pace-so that it is easier to get quiet, hang out and enjoy the company of friends, family and the great outdoors.

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December 31, 2013 New Year’s Eve

Join us for some great parties and outdoor splendor as everyone rings in the New Year. There are great meals, great music and no one has to worry about driving. For the list of the who, what, where and when for everything open and happening over the holidays, click here.

January 1, 2014 Baby New Year

Father Time hands the year off to Baby New Year on January 1st and we celebrate on Mackinac Island with football parties at the downtown pubs.

January 17-20, 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend

After King’s death, United States Representative John Conyers and United States Senator Edward Brooke introduced a bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday. President Ronald Reagan signed the bill and made his birthday a National Holiday. Take a peaceful weekend on the Island & reflect on his life as we all pay tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

February 1-2, 2014 Mackinac Island Winter Festival

Join Mackinac Island’s winter community at Great Turtle Park with a bonfire cook out, sledding, snow golf, archery, snow volleyball, broom hockey and help select the images at the school for the 2014 Mackinac Island Calendar.

February 14-17, 2014 Great Turtle Chili Cook Off & Washington’s Birthday Bash

Hit the cross-country ski trails surrounded by snow falling on cedars then make your way to the event of the winter. The annual chili cook off takes place at Cawthorne’s Village Inn Restaurant and at the Mustang Lounge on Saturday, February 16th, where chefs and average Joe’s duke it out for the first, second and third place honors.

If you would like to compete, please call Travis at the Village Inn 906-847-3542 or Tony at the Mustang Lounge 906-847-9916.

March 14-17, 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Snow, Fog, Ice, Water…makes for a typical March on Mackinac Island. Revelers are invited to play Snow Volleyball and the Annual Jamie Bynoe Street Hockey Tournament downtown. Oh…and there will be plenty of Irish Cheer!

April 25 Open the Grand

We mark the end of winter when Grand Hotel opens her doors for the “Open the Grand” package each season. Watch the staff as they make preparations for the official opening in May, snoop around the hotel with your camera in tow and be sure to tour the hotel with hotel historian Bob Tagatz. This is a backstage pass to Grand Hotel and we recommend it highly. Just $200 per room, up to 4 persons per room, no dress code to observe.

  • Accommodations
  • Morning breakfast basket or continental breakfast option.
  • Lunch and dinner will be available for purchase at The Gate House or Cawthorne’s Village Inn.
  • Behind-the-scenes tour offered daily
  • No tipping within Grand Hotel
  • Special ferry boat discounts

Call (800) 33 Grand for reservations or click to book now

Getting Here

Arnold Line Ferry (906) 847-3351
www.arnoldline.com from St. Ignace only until the Ice freezes in January
Click here for schedule 

Great Lakes Air (906) 643-7165
www.greatlakesair.net from Mackinac County Airport, St. Ignace

Sleeping Here

Bogan Lane Inn (906) 847-3439
Rooms from $90-$130

Cottage Inn (906) 847-4000
Rooms from $95 to $275

Harbor Place Studio Suites (906) 847-3347
Rooms from $75-$250

Lilac Tree Suites & Spa (866) 847-6575
www.lilactree.com (open December 27th through January 1st)
Rooms from $150 to $215 per night

Mission Point Resort (800) 833.7711
www.missionpoint.com (open December 30th and 31st)
Rooms from $115 to $145 per night

Pontiac Lodge and Village Inn Suites (906) 847-3364
Rooms from $70.00

Eating Here

Mustang Lounge (906) 847-9916

Cawthorne’s Village Inn (906) 847-3542


Doud’s Market (906) 847-3444

Harrisonville General Store (906) 847-3553

Mackinac Outfitter (906) 847-4060
December 22nd 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, and after Christmas, Monday and Tuesday December 30th and 31st, open 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

SomeWear on Mackinac (906) 847-3836
December 21-22-23 and 28-29-30-31, from 11 am to 4 pm.

Getting Around

Mackinac Island Taxi Service (906) 847-3323 All reservations for evening or early morning must be for evening or early morning taxi service by 3pm.

Cross-Country Ski Rentals

Cawthorne’s Village Inn (906) 847-3542

Download Mackinac Island Cross Country Ski Trail Map.