2017 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

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
www.greatlakesair.net from Mackinac County Airport, St. Ignace

Sleeping Here

Bogan Lane Inn (906) 847-3439

(Closed the month of November, closed December 21st through December 28th)
Rooms from $100 to $140

Cottage Inn (906) 847-4000

(Open December 1st, closing January 3rd for the season)
Rooms from $95 to $275

Lilac Tree Suites & Spa (866) 847-6575

(Open December 1st -3rd and December 20th thru January 2nd)
Rooms from $189 per night

Pontiac Lodge and Village Inn Suites (906) 847-3364

(Closed November 6th-11, November 23rd thru 27th and December 23, 24, 25)

Rooms from $90 to $345

Eating Here

Cawthorne’s Village Inn (906) 847-3542

(Closing  November 3rd and reopening December 2, 2016)

Mustang Lounge (906) 847-9916



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

Great Turtle Toys (906) 847-6118, 12-2-16 from 12-5pm, 12-3-16 from 10am-6pm, and 12-4-16 from 10am-2pm

JoAnn’s Fudge (906) 847-6357,   Open periodically. Call ahead.

Little Luxuries (906) 847-9980, Open periodically. Call ahead.

Loon Feather (906) 847-3591, Open periodically through the winter season. Call ahead.

Lucky Bean Coffeehouse (248) 342-2988, Open December 2-4th

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

Mackinac Wheels (906) 847-8022, Open periodically. Call ahead

Nephews of Mackinac (906) 847-3462, Open periodically. Call ahead.

SomeWear on Mackinac (906) 847-3836, Open periodically. Call ahead.

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 2, 2016. $25.00 per person.

Cross-Country Ski & Snow Shoe Rentals

Cawthorne’s Village Inn (906) 847-3542


Mackinac Island Tree Lighting, December 2, 2016

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting is a slice of Americana complete with Christmas Carols and Community Cheer. 7274 Main Street across from the Tourism Bureau Information Booth.

Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar, December 3-4, 2016

The Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar is December 2-4, 2016. 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 2) is the kick off with caroling and  tree lighting  starting approximately 5:00 pm in the middle of Main Street where the Christmas tree is placed. (in front of the Tourism Bureau). 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 open again at 11:00 on Sunday. Lunch on this day is a Prime Rib Dinner starting at 12:00 p.m. Kid’s games start at 2:00 p.m. in the council chambers. The live auction starts at 2:00 p.m. Activities for the day are completed by 6:00 p.m.

The final day, Monday, again opens at 11:00 with lunch at 11:30 a.m. All raffles are 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, a restaurant 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 Various times offered. Reservation and deposit required. Call Travis at Cawthorne’s Village Inn after December 2, 2016 to reserve. $25.00 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 starting at 9:30pm.

January 13-16, 2017 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 3-5, 2017 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 2017 Mackinac Island Calendar.

February 17-20, 2017 Great Turtle Chili Cook Off & President’s Day 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 18th, 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!