UPDATE: 12-18-2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new emergency order  on 11-15-2020 that enacts a three-week pause beginning on 11-18-2020 targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates. This order was later extended to end on 2-1-2021.

The Mackinac Island City Council reminds our loyal visitors not to travel to the island during this period due to the new order and the fact that there are no open public restrooms.


The 2020-2021 Winter Season on Mackinac Island is different than any other year in recent memory. There will be no organized events that promote large public gatherings. Although the traditional community Christmas Tree Lighting will not be a spectator event, it will be virtual and can be watched on our Facebook page.  The Christmas Bazaar is also going virtual this year. You can still support this annual holiday event and follow along on their Facebook page Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar.

A few retail shops will be open during the holiday season with limited hours and most offer the option of online shopping as well, see more information listed below in the Shopping section.

A complete list of winter businesses is provided below. Please keep in mind that the ferry schedule is limited this time of year and public restrooms are not available November – late April.

Getting Here

Star Line Ferry (800) 638-9892
GPS: 99 North State Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781
November thru April, weather permitting
www.MackinacFerry.com for ticket purchase and departure times
Updates & notices posted on www.facebook.com/starlineferry

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 (906) 847-3614

Open all winter


Lilac Tree Suites (866) 847-6575

Open December 29 – January 1, 2021


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

Broken Spoke (906) 847-8255

TBD December – March

Mustang Lounge (906) 847-9916

Open all winter

(As of 11/18/20, limited outdoor dining and carry-out available due to the latest emergency order)



Open select days during holiday season, please call ahead

Artists Market (906) 847-8225, www.mackinacartistsmarket.com

Canvas & Paddle (906) 847-4020, www.canvasandpaddle.com

Great Turtle Toys (906) 847-6118, www.greatturtletoys.com

Little Luxuries (906) 847-9980, www.littleluxuriesofmackinac.com

Mackinac Outfitters (906) 847-6100, MackinacOutfitter, open Thanksgiving weekend: Friday through Sunday, Noon to 2:00pm and Saturdays and Sundays up until. Christmas Eve: Noon to 5:00pm, and December 26 – January 2: 11:00 am to 3:00pm.

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

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

Shopping – Open All Winter

Balsam Shop & Loon Feather, by appointment (906) 847-3592, www.balsamshop.com

Doud’s Market (906) 847-3444, www.doudsmarket.com

Island Hardware (906) 847-6350, Island Hardware 

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

Mackinac Island Fudge

JoAnn’s Fudge, mail order only at www.joannsfudge.com

Murdick’s Fudge (906) 847-3530, or online www.originalmurdicksfudge.com

Ryba’s Fudge, mail order only at www.ryba.com

Getting Around

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

Mackinac Wheels Bike Rental (517) 575-8585; call ahead to reserve

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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