“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’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
www.MackinacFerry.com for ticket purchase and departure times
Updates & notices posted on www.facebook.com/starlineferry
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

Sleeping Here

Bogan Lane Inn (906) 847-3439

Open November 29 – Winter

Rooms from $100

Cottage Inn (906) 847-4000

Open November 30th thru December 20th; December 27th thru January 1st.
Rooms from $115

Lilac Tree Suites & Spa (866) 847-6575

Open November 30th & December 1st; December 29th – January 2nd
Rooms from $229 per night

Pontiac Lodge (906) 847-3364

Open All Winter*

*closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and Easter Weekend

Rooms from $100

Village Inn Suites (906) 847-8077

Open through New Years Day*

*closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day

Rooms from $100

Eating Here

Huron Street Pub (906) 847-8255, open most days, November 29 – Winter

Mustang Lounge (906) 847-9916

Shopping –

Open select days during Christmas season, please call ahead

Artists Market (906) 847-8225

Canvas & Paddle (906) 847-4020

Doud’s Market (906) 847-3444, Open All Season

Great Turtle Toys (906) 847-6118

Island Hardware (906) 847-6350

Little Luxuries (906) 847-9980

Lucky Bean Coffeehouse (248) 342-2988

Mackinac Island Tuxedo (906) 847-6100

Mackinac Outfitters (906) 847-6100

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

Nephews of Mackinac (906) 847-3462

SomeWear on Mackinac (906) 847-3836

Shopping – Open Year Round

Loon Feather and Balsam Shop (by appointment) (906) 847-3593

Doud’s Market (906) 847-3444

Island Hardware (906) 847-6350

Mackinac Island Fudge

JoAnn’s Fudge, Mail Order only at www.joannsfudge.com

Murdick’s Fudge (906) 847-3530, Open for Christmas orders until December 20. 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 (517) 575-8585; call ahead to reserve Fat Tire bikes.


Mackinac Island Tree Lighting, November 30, 2018, 5:30 pm.

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting is a slice of Americana complete with Christmas carols and community cheer. 7274 Main Street across from the Star Line Dock #1. Star Line Ferry will be running a 6:00 pm boat from the island to St. Ignace for those staying to attend the tree lighting.

Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar, December 1-3, 2018

The Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar is December 1-3, 2018. 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.

Snowmobile Raffle – Grand Prize: 2018 Ski Doo Grand Touring LE 900 Ace Two Up. Tickets are $2 each, available now, Doud’s Market.


  • Lunch in Community Hall, 11:30 am
  • Santa arrives on Mackinac Island, 1:30 pm
  • Live auction begins, 2:00 pm
  • Kid’s activities, 3:00 pm
  • Community Play at Mission Point Theater, 6:30 pm


  • Prime rib lunch in Community Hall, 12:00 NOON
  • Live auction begins, 2:00 pm
  • Festival of Trees Auction, 3:00 pm
  • Kid’s activities, 3:00 pm


  • Lunch in Community Hall, 11:30 am
  • Snowmobile and raffle drawings, 2:30 pm

New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2018

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

Mackinac Island Winter Festival, February 1-3, 2019

Join Mackinac Island’s winter community at Great Turtle Park for a bonfire cook out, sledding, snow golf, archery, snow volleyball and broom hockey.  Mackinac Island School hosts food and Photo Contest to select pictures for the 2020 Mackinac Island Calendar.

Fort Mackinac Turtle Trek, January 5, February 2 & March 2, 2019

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.

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, March 15-17, 2019

There will be plenty of Irish Cheer!

A St. Patrick’s Day dinner takes place on Saturday, March 16, 6:30 pm at the Community Hall. Ste. Anne’s Church hosts this fundraiser dinner. A $5,000 first prize is drawn at the dinner. Raffle Tickets are $100 each. Contact Ste. Anne’s Church at (906) 847-3507.


Mackinac Island Bible Church (906) 847-0217

Winter Services scheduled for Sundays at 10:30am

Ste. Anne’s Catholic Church (906) 847-3507

Winter Mass scheduled for Sundays at 10:30am

Trinity Church (906) 847-3798

Winter Services scheduled for Sundays at 10:30am

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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