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.

Getting Here

Arnold Line Ferry (906) 847-3351
GPS: 99 North State Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781
November thru April, weather permitting for ticket purchase and departure times
Updates & notices posted on

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

Sleeping Here

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

Cottage Inn (906) 847-4000 (Open December 4th till January 3rd)
Rooms from $95 to $275

Harbor Place Studio Suites (906) 847-3347
Rooms from $100 to $150

Lilac Tree Suites & Spa (866) 847-6575 (Open December 26th through January 3rd)
Rooms from $129 to $229 per night

Pontiac Lodge and Village Inn Suites (906) 847-3364
Rooms from $90 to $345

Eating Here

Mustang Lounge (906) 847-9916

Cawthorne’s Village Inn (906) 847-3542


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

Little Luxuries (906) 847-9980, Open December 20th and 28th through 31st. Please check back for hours.

Mackinac Outfitters (906) 847-6100, Open select days during the Christmas Season. Please check back for more details.

SomeWear on Mackinac (906) 847-3836, Open December 28th through January 2nd from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm daily.

Getting Around

Mackinac Island Taxi Service (906) 847-3323 All reservations for evening or early morning must be made the day before by 3pm.

New Years Eve Hayride (906) 847-3542 Four different hayrides offered. Reservation and deposit required. Call Travis at Cawthorne’s Village Inn after December 8, 2015. $25.00 per person.

Cross-Country Ski Rentals

Cawthorne’s Village Inn (906) 847-3542


Mackinac Island Tree Lighting, December 4, 2015

Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar, December 5-7, 2015

The Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar will be held on December 5 -7, 2014. This annual event is a fundraiser for the Mackinac Island Medical Center as well as St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Little Stone Church, Trinity Episcopal Church and the Mackinac Island Bible Church.

Each year, the Mackinac Island Community gathers together to celebrate the Christmas season by giving back. For three days people meet, talk, bid, eat, bargain hunt, and buy all for the sake of raising funds for these entities.

The Friday before the Christmas Bazaar (December 5) is the kick off with caroling, tree lighting and a hay ride starting approximately 5:00 pm in the middle of Main Street where the Christmas tree is placed. (in front of the Tourism Bureau at the head of the Arnold Transit Dock). Community members congregate to sing holiday carols which ends with a local child being picked to “throw the switch” and turn on the lights on the Christmas tree. After the tree is lit, a hay wagon arrives to take young and old on an old fashioned hay ride, where often the singing continues. The Rummage sale then opens for early birds to get first dibs on the best buys in the Mackinac Island Fire Hall. Hot Cocoa and cookies will be available for those who need to warm up or need a snack. (Also note: this weekend is the first basketball game of the season at Mackinac Island Public School beginning at 6:00 pm – all are invited to attend)

On Saturday, the community hall and fire barn open at 11:00 a.m. Lunch is served in the Community Hall at 11:30 and throughout the day! Santa arrives at 1:30 p.m. and kid’s crafts will be 3:00 p.m. The live auction begins at 2:00 p.m. Activities for the day will be completed by 6:00 p.m.

The Community Hall and Fire Hall will open again at 11:00 on Sunday. Lunch on this day will be a Prime Rib Dinner starting at 12:00 p.m. Kid’s games will be at 2:00 p.m. in the council chambers. The live auction will again start at 2:00 p.m. Activities for the day will be completed by 6:00 p.m.

The final day, Monday, again opens at 11:00 with lunch at 11:30 a.m. All raffles will be drawn between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

December 31, 2015 New Year’s Eve

Ring in the New Year on Mackinac Island with countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. With cars banned, walk or snowshoe though a peaceful downtown Mackinac Island to one of the six accommodations, two restaurants and America’s Family Owned Oldest Grocery Store, Doud’s Market. Several shops also open their doors for guests.

New Years Eve Hayride (906) 847-3542 Four different hayrides offered. Reservation and deposit required. Call Travis at Cawthorne’s Village Inn after December 5, 2015. $20.00 per person.

New Year’s Eve Dining Options

Cawthorne’s Village Inn is featuring a special menu starting at 5:00pm. Reservations suggested. Drink specials all night long with a champagne toast at Midnight! Live music by Brian Thomas starting at 9:30pm.

Mustang Lounge is celebrating the New Year with a special menu featuring chicken marsala, seafood fettuccine Alfredo, broiled and Parmesan crusted whitefish, beef tenderloin, herb roasted chicken and surf n turf. Prices range from $18-$35. Reservations suggested. Dance the night away with DJ Brevin from 10pm-3am

January 15-18, 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend

After King’s death, United States Representative John Conyers of Michigan and United States Senator Edward Brooke introduced a bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday which was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. 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 6-7, 2016 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 13-15, 2016 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 on Saturday, February 13th, 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.

March 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 24, 2015 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, 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. Up to 4 persons per room, no dress code to observe.


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