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’s easier to get quiet, hang out and enjoy the company of friends, family and the great outdoors.

Getting Here

Star Line Ferry (800) 638-9892
GPS: 99 North State Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781
November thru April, weather permitting for ticket purchase and departure times
Updates & notices posted on
Check the Star Line Ferry website for additional ferry runs during special winter weekend events.

Great Lakes Air (906) 643-7165
GPS: 1220 N. State Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781
Year ’round service from St. Ignace, weather permitting

Fresh Air Aviation (906) 285-6727
GPS: 1220 N. State Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781
Offering daily service from St. Ignace to Mackinac Island

Sleeping Here

Above Mackinac Condos (231) 392-6456

Open November 1 – January 3.

Bogan Lane Inn (906) 847-3439

Open December 6 through the winter season!

Cottage Inn (906) 847-4000

Open December 6-19, and December 27-31, 2019

Lilac Tree Suites & Spa (866) 847-6575

Open December 6 & 7, and December 29 – January 1, 2020

The Mackinac House (906) 847-3911

Open December 6, 7, 8, 29, 30 & 31.

Pontiac Lodge (906) 847-3364

Open All Winter (with the exceptions of Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and Easter Weekend)

Village Inn Suites (906) 847-8077

Open All Winter (with the exceptions of Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and Easter Weekend)

Eating Here

Huron Street Pub (906) 847-8255

Open most days, December 6 – March.

Mustang Lounge (906) 847-9916

Open all winter.


Open select days during Christmas season, please call ahead

Artists Market (906) 847-8225

Canvas & Paddle (906) 847-4020

Great Turtle Toys (906) 847-6118

Little Luxuries (906) 847-9980

Mackinac Outfitters (906) 847-6100

Mackinac Wheels (517) 575-8585, call ahead to reserve Fat Tire bikes.

Nephew’s of Mackinac (906) 847-3462

Rustic Chic Boutique/Sew U.P. Style Co. (906) 630-2813

Shopping – Open Year Round

Balsam Shop & Loon Feather, by appointment (906) 847-3592

Doud’s Market (906) 847-3444

Island Hardware (906) 847-6350

Skipper Store at Star Line Dock, open as long as ferries run (906) 847-3292

Vintage Glam Salon (906) 847-3290

Mackinac Island Fudge

JoAnn’s Fudge, mail order only at

Murdick’s Fudge (906) 847-3530, open for Christmas orders until December 20.

Ryba’s Fudge, mail order only at

Getting Around

Mackinac Island Taxi Service (906) 847-3323; reservations required for service before 8:00 am or after 5:00 pm.

Mackinac Wheels (517) 575-8585; call ahead to reserve Fat Tire bikes.


Great Lakes Islands High School Basketball Tournament, December 6 & 7

Games begin on Friday and continue on Saturday at Mackinac Island Public School. Open to the public.

Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar, December 6 – 9, 2019

The Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar is December 6-9, 2019. This annual event is a fundraiser for the Mackinac Island Medical Center, St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Little Stone Church, Trinity Episcopal Church and the Mackinac Island Bible Church. Schedule of events listed is subject to change.

Snowmobile Raffle – Grand Prize: 2020 Ski-Doo Grand Touring Sport 600 ACE. Tickets are $2 each, available at Doud’s Market.

Friday, December 6

5:00 PM     Christmas Tree Lighting 7274 Main Street across from the Star Line Dock #1.

Star Line Ferry will be running their last boat from the island to St. Ignace following the tree lighting.

Saturday, December 7

11:30 AM     Lunch at Community Hall

12:00 PM    Bynoe Street Hockey in front of Huron Street Pub

2:00 PM      Live Auction

3:00 PM      Kid’s Activities

6:30 PM      Christmas Concert at Mission Point Theater

Sunday, December 8

12:00 PM     Prime Rib Lunch at Community Hall

2:00 PM       Live Auction

1:00 PM       Santa Arrives

Monday, December 9

11:30 AM     Lunch at Community Hall

2:30 PM      Snowmobile and Raffle Drawings

New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2019

Hayrides depart from the Lilac Tree Hotel at 11:00 AM, 12:15 PM , 1:30 PM and 2:45 PM. $30 per person, call (906) 847-6575 to reserve your space.

Ring in the New Year on Mackinac Island. For dinner reservations at Huron Street Pub call (906) 847-8255 and Mustang Lounge please call (906) 847-9916.

The Annual Turtle Drop takes place in front of the Lilac Tree Hotel at midnight.

Fort Mackinac Turtle Trek, January 4, February 1, March 7, 2020

A unique lantern-lit cross country ski and snowshoeing event on 2 miles of the island’s immaculately groomed trails. Trail begins at Greaney Grove, located next to Fort Mackinac. Bring your own skis, begins at 5:30 pm.

Mackinac Island Lodging & Accommodations

With over 1,600 unique lodging rooms, our Island is full of one of kind, family owned and award winning properties. The Island’s highly trained and courteous professionals want to make sure your stay is as comfortable and accommodating as possible.

Visitor's Guide

See all that the Island offers by viewing or downloading the Visitor's Guide yourself!

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