2018-2019 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’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.

Sleeping Here

Bogan Lane Inn (906) 847-3439

Open All Winter*

*closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day and Easter Weekend
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 1st thru December 2nd; 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 Year’s Day*

*closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day

Rooms from $100

Eating Here

Huron Street Pub (906) 847-8255

Mustang Lounge (906) 847-9916, www.mustang-lounge.com

Seabiscuit Cafe (906) 847-3611, (tentatively open on select dates)  www.seabiscuitcafe.com

Shopping –

Open select days during Christmas season, please call ahead

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

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; all reservations for evening or early morning must be made the day before by 5pm.

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


Mackinac Island Tree Lighting, November 30, 2018

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.

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.

The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting  (November 30)  kicks the weekend off with caroling and  good cheer. Gather at 5:00 pm across from the Star Line Dock #1.

The Festival of Trees is a newer addition to the Christmas Bazaar. Area businesses and groups are decorating 18″ Christmas tree centerpieces that are auctioned throughout the weekend.

A new snowmobile is the grand prize for the annual raffle. Tickets are $2 each.

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 activities are at 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.

On Sunday, The Community Hall and Fire Hall open again at 11:00. Lunch is a Prime Rib Dinner starting at 12:00 p.m. Kid’s games start at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity Church, sponsored by the Mackinac Island Arts Council. The live auction starts at 2:00 p.m. Activities for the day are completed by 6:00 p.m.

On Monday, doors open at 11:00 with lunch at 11:30 a.m. The raffles are drawn between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

December 31, 2018 New Year’s Eve

Ring in the New Year on Mackinac Island. You will find parties at Huron Street Pub and Mustang Lounge (contact them for reservation information.)

New Years Eve Hayrides are also scheduled throughout the day. Call Bart at (906) 847-6575 for Hayride information.

February 2-3, 2019 Mackinac Island Winter Festival

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.

March 15-17, 2019 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!

A St. Patrick’s Day dinner takes place on Saturday, March 16 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Community Hall. Ste. Anne Church hosts this fundraiser dinner. A $5,000 first prize wis drawn at the dinner. Raffle Tickets are $100 each. Contact Ste. Anne Church at (906) 847-3307.

Mackinac Island Twilight Turtle Trek

Dates to be determined

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 with a bonfire and hot chocolate. No charge.


Mackinac Island Bible Church (906) 847-0217

Winter Services scheduled for Sunday’s at 10:30am

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

Winter Mass scheduled for Sunday’s at 10:30am

Trinity Church (906) 847-3798

Winter Services scheduled for Sunday’s at 10:30am