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A Joyful North This year, we’re finding joy in Northern Michigan’s beautiful winter landscapes and welcoming downtowns; in exploring, dining and shopping locally to support our neighbors and friends; and in being together, in spirit if not always in person. We hope MyNorth Holidays helps you engage in the wonder of being Up North during the holidays, and the winter season beyond, with authentic ways to shop, give and experience joy in our small towns. —The Elves at MyNorth

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GRAYLING Spend a jolly day outdoors snow tubing, snowboarding, downhill and cross-country skiing or snowmobiling. Then head downtown to warm up in local shops, restaurants and breweries. PHOTO BY TRACI COOK

DOWNTOWN DESTINATIONS Michigan Avenue is home to The Curator (local makers, kitchen goodies and so much more), Tip‘n the Mitten (Michigan-made gifts and goodies) and The Sweet Life (lots and lots of treats). Outdoors lovers, head to Northbound Outfitters and Old AuSable Fly Shop.

SANTA’S SECRET Need help finding the perfect gift? The thoughtful team at The Curator will pick it out for you! Just head to the website, select your price limit ($50– $200) and fill out a short form about the recipient’s likes and dislikes. Have the gift shipped or pick it up at the shop. thecuratorgrayling.com

MERRY MAKING The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sip a craft beer. Find creative brews in Grayling at Paddle Hard Brewing, Dead Bear Brewing Co. and Rolling Oak Brewing Co. paddlehardbrewing.com, deadbearbrewing.net, rollingoakbrewing.com

O’ CHRISTMAS TREE The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office sells pre-cut trees in the parking lot at Tractor Supply (2425 S, I-75 Business Loop). Donations and sales from the Cops for Kids Christmas Tree Sale allow employees from the Sheriff's Office to purchase gifts for kids just before Christmas.

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GAYLORD Experience the North’s “Alpine Village” while strolling to shops and eateries in Gaylord’s Swiss-themed downtown. Then get out and explore the surrounding forests and trails by snowmobile, ski and even raft. PHOTO BY GAYLORD AREA TOURISM BUREAU

DOWNTOWN DESTINATIONS Lit by the glow of lamp posts, Main Street is the can’t-miss shopping hub lined with distinctive boutiques such as Hogan’s Jewelers, The Rusty Pelican and White Birch Outfitters. On nearby Otsego Avenue, stop into Isabella’s Copper Pot and Old Spud Warehouse.

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SANTA’S SECRET A very special guest from the North Pole visits Gaylord each year during the Downtown Christmas Stroll, when businesses offer discounts and holiday activities. This year’s event is set for December 12. gaylordmichigan.net

MERRY MAKING Gaylord sits in Lower Michigan’s snow belt and, on average, receives 152 wonderfully fluffy inches each year. Take advantage of this winter wonderland at one of the area’s two ski resorts: Otsego Resort and Treetops Resort. (A weekend getaway is fun gift idea for couples or parents!)

O’ CHRISTMAS TREE Martell’s Northwoods Tree Farm is a family-run, full-service farm with U-Cut and Pre-Cut trees available in all sizes. Wreaths, centerpieces, ornaments and more are available in the gift shop. facebook.com/martellsnorthwoodstreefarm

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BOYNE CITY Winter lovers rejoice in this small town: Beautiful Avalanche Mountain Preserve has spots for snowshoeing, snowmobiling and skiing; Boyne Mountain is just 10 minutes away in friendly Boyne Falls; and Lake Charlevoix waves happy holidays in the background. PHOTO BY DAVE WEIDNER

DOWNTOWN DESTINATIONS Walk down Water Street, stopping at shops like Mary’s of Boyne and Outdoor Beerdsman along the way, before refueling at one of several neighboring restaurants (Red Mesa Grill for Latin American fare; Cafe Santé for a European-style bistro experience; Boyne Country Provisions or Lake Street Market for a homemade meal to-go).

SANTA’S SECRET The North Pole is closer than you think! Take a horsedrawn sleigh ride to Santa’s workshop at the Northern Michigan Equine Therapy facility in Boyne City on December 5–6. There will be plenty of hot cocoa, cookies and crafts. This annual event raises funds for therapy scholarships: Tickets are $15 per person and must be purchased before the day of the event. Email or call to reserve your spot; nmequine@gmail.com, 231.881.5590. nmequine.org

MERRY MAKING The guides at Boyne Mountain’s Adventure Center are like Santa’s elves. They’ll help you plan a perfect day of winter fun: Horseback riding, fat tire biking, tubing, snowshoeing, skiing, ice skating, a zipline tour—it’s magic! boynemountain.com

O’ CHRISTMAS TREE For more than 140 years, Coveyou Scenic Farm Market, just south of Petoskey, has been providing locals and visitors with fresh produce and artisan goods. Take in icy views of Walloon Lake from the farm and browse the Barn Market before picking out your tree. coveyouscenicfarm.com

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BELLAIRE Spend a winter weekend outdoors, sprinkling in holiday shopping and dinner downtown when you’re ready to take the chill off. Your snow sport itinerary: skiing, tubing and fat tire biking at Shanty Creek Resort; snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at Grass River Natural Area; and snowmobiling the nearby Jordan Valley Trail System. PHOTO COURTESY OF BELLAIRE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

DOWNTOWN DESTINATIONS When you’re ready to warm up, find a cozy spot on Bridge Street where Short’s Brewing Company, Mammoth Distilling, Bee Well Mead & Cider and Hello Vino will welcome you with a craft bevvie. Stop into fun shops along the way, like The Spice & Tea Exchange and Uniquely North.

SANTA’S SECRET On Christmas Day, Santa will be on the slopes at Shanty Creek’s Schuss Mountain and available to take photos (Santa likes to call them “elfies,” not “selfies”) with kids of all ages. Lift tickets are complimentary from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., but donations for Antrim County’s area food pantries are gladly accepted as a way of paying it forward. shantycreek.com

MERRY MAKING The intricately decorated sugar cookies at Ruthann’s Gourmet Bakery come highly recommended by the jolly fellow himself. Pastry cases are filled with frosted delights, like smiling snowmen and startopped Christmas trees, alongside scones, muffins and more. ruthannsgourmetbakery.com

O’ CHRISTMAS TREE Messiahs Tree Farm has been growing elegant evergreens since 1978. Find the farm at 7916 Alden Hwy., Bellaire. facebook.com/messiahs.bellaire

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CHARLEVOIX The trees along Bridge Street glitter with lights, welcoming you to stroll to festively decorated galleries, boutiques and restaurants in this fabulously charming town on Lake Charlevoix. PHOTO BY DAVE WEIDNER

DOWNTOWN DESTINATIONS While you shop on Bridge Street, look for the sign for Van Pelt Alley between Clinton Street and Park Avenue, and discover the tucked away, trendy side of the city (charlevoixmercado.com). End your day with a drive past the Boss Family Christmas Display on Pearl Avenue, near Mt. McSauba. The family has been transforming their home into a light-covered spectacular since 1978.

SANTA’S SECRET Castle Farms, a few miles outside of downtown Charlevoix on M-66, transforms into a winter wonderland each Christmas. Ole St. Nick stops by for story time, the Polar Express chugs through the annual holiday train display and children mail letters to the North Pole. castlefarms.com

MERRY MAKING For a special gift and a fun activity, check out Cottage Pottery’s to-go kits, which include your choice of pottery (ornaments, vintage Christmas trees and mugs are some of the ever-changing options!) paint, brushes and step-by-step instructions. Once you’ve painted your piece, drop it back off at the studio and the team will professionally glaze and fire it. parkavenuepottery.com

O’ CHRISTMAS TREE Visit Van Houten Farm in Ellsworth, near the intersection of Essex Road and US-31, for freshly cut trees. While you’re in the area, make the seven-minute drive over to King Orchards’ M-88 Market to pick up a homemade pie (frozen and ready-to-bake). Pop it in the oven before you start decorating your tree for a special treat when you’re done. facebook.com/vanhoutenfarm, kingorchards.com

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HARBOR SPRINGS Celebrate the holiday season in this postcard-perfect town on Little Traverse Bay. The merry glow from the town’s Christmas tree has welcomed rosy-cheeked visitors since 1915. PHOTO BY ANGELA BROWN

DOWNTOWN DESTINATIONS This harborside hamlet is filled with splendid boutiques such as Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls and Hilda of Harbor. Peruse the 19th-century storefronts, eateries and galleries on Main Street, and don’t miss local favorites like Tom’s Mom’s Cookies and Boyer Glassworks tucked on Spring and State streets.

SANTA’S SECRET Outside, a candy-cane colored awning welcomes you to Pierson's Grille & Spirits. Inside, walls covered in antique signs, skis and snowshoes make it feel like you're lounging at a local ski resort. The restaurant is open 365 days a year, so you can always order the beloved olive burger—even on Christmas. piersonsgrille.com

MERRY MAKING This year brings the 105th anniversary of the Harbor Springs Christmas tree lighting. Gather with family and neighbors to sing carols around the tree on November 28. harborspringschamber.com

O’ CHRISTMAS TREE Nestled on M-119, Pond Hill Farm has pre-cut trees, wreaths and garland. After you pick your tree, hit up the sledding hill or miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiing, fat tire biking and snowshoeing. pondhill.com

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PETOSKEY Twinkling lights shine above the historic Gaslight District, and local merchants offer fabulous items for everyone on your nice list. After a day downtown, kids and adults yell “wheeeee!” as they take on the sledding hill at Petoskey’s Winter Sports Park. PHOTO BY PETOSKEY AREA VISITORS BUREAU

DOWNTOWN DESTINATIONS Mitchell, Lake and Howard streets bustle with shoppers stopping into the more than 170 shops and restaurants of the Gaslight District. American Spoon and Grandpa Shorter’s are classics, and there are many more to discover!

SANTA’S SECRET Johan’s Pastry Shop bakes a spectacular sour cream doughnut, and the other flavors are tasty, too! Order a dozen so you can share with Santa (or not). facebook.com/ johanspastryshop

MERRY MAKING Santa himself flies in to light the Christmas tree in Pennsylvania Park during Petoskey’s Holiday Open House, always held on the first Friday of December. The streets close down and are filled with carolers and the amazing Petoskey High School Steel Drum Band. petoskeydowntown.com

O’ CHRISTMAS TREE Walk the 20-acre farm at Goslin’s Greenery to find and cut your perfect tree (Pre-Cut also available), or visit Bill’s Farm Market for freshly cut trees, wreaths and garland. goslinsgreenery.com, billsfarmmarket.com

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TRAVERSE CITY Grand Traverse Bay winks in the background as shoppers and revelers dip in and out of Front Street stores, sip coffee and browse the boutiques in the trendy Warehouse District and delight in a winter wonderland at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Spend a day enjoying each of the unique locales. PHOTO BY DAVE WEIDNER

DOWNTOWN DESTINATIONS Front Street’s shops and restaurants are wonderfully festive during the holidays. Start your day on the east end at Bubbie’s Bagels. Then head downtown to the cheery boutiques and galleries between Boardman Avenue and Union Street. Finish on the west end: The Cheese Lady’s store is downright jolly, as is owner Tina Zinn, and her team will help you pick out goodies for the best-ever charcuterie board to serve with your holiday meal.

SANTA’S SECRET The Warehouse District, tucked just off Front on Hall and Garland, is edgy yet cozy. Your must-stops: Warehouse MRKT (for breakfast at BLK\MRKT and shopping), Antiquities Warehouse of Grand Traverse (it’s a treasure trove of oneof-a-kind architectural pieces and furniture) and Mammoth Distilling (on Mondays, make your own whiskey blend from the hundreds of aged barrels in the distillery’s rick house; reservations required).

MERRY MAKING The Village at Grand Traverse Commons looks like a scene from a snow globe. Get pastries and pancakes at S2S or Red Spire Brunch House, roam the one-of-a-kind shops in the Mercato and glide along cross-country ski trails at The Grand Traverse Commons Natural Area behind Building 50. thevillagetc.com

O’ CHRISTMAS TREE Robinson Family Christmas Tree Farm (6777 Herkner Rd.), Clark’s Family Farm (10151 N. Long Lake Rd.) and Schmuckal Christmas Tree Farms in neighboring Kingsley (5719 Schneider Rd.) are all favorites. Follow them each on Facebook for this year’s festivities (Santa visits, cocoa, cookies!).

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DOWNTOWN DESTINATIONS Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday are a wonderful time to support local businesses. The Secret Garden in Empire, Polish Art Center in Cedar, Bahle’s of Suttons Bay, Tampico in Leland and The Pennington Collection in Northport are just a few of the many must-visits.

SANTA’S SECRET Several tree lighting celebrations take place each year on the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving. Leland and Glen Arbor light their trees on November 27 (Glen Arbor isn't hosting an event; watch the lighting on social media) and Northport follows on November 28. In Suttons Bay, take part in Holiday in the Village on November 28—most shops stay open late and the streets are lined with luminaries.

MERRY MAKING You’ll have a holly jolly time on the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail, voted No. 2 Top Wine Region in North America by USA Today, during its annual Premium Pour event (November 27 through the month of December). lpwines.com

O’ CHRISTMAS TREE For the perfect tree, venture across Leelanau’s rolling hills, past a 19th-century church to Kolarik Christmas Tree Farm in Suttons Bay (near the corner of Kolarik and Houdek roads). Pre-Cut or chop your own (saws available if needed). facebook. com/KolarikChristmasTreeFarm

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Snow days in Manistee are pretty epic. After you take on nearly 100 downhill runs at the nearby ski resorts Crystal Mountain and Caberfae Peaks, warm up downtown at a local craft brewery, restaurant or pub.

DOWNTOWN DESTINATIONS The Victorian architecture on River Street is even prettier frosted with snow. Rise and shine with a cup of locally roasted, direct trade coffee at The Outpost, and browse the quality selection of men’s and women’s clothing. Then make your way down the street where you’ll find Glik’s, Kellie’s Hallmark, The Ideal Kitchen and more along the way.

SANTA’S SECRET Manistee County has miles and miles of snow-covered trails. Big-M Recreation Area has 18 groomed miles for classic cross-country skiing, and the Manistee Non-Motorized Park offers nearly 4 miles for classic and skate-style skiing. Both have groomed areas for fat tire biking, too. And then, of course, there's a 250-plus-mile network for snowmobilers, or gorgeous snowshoeing at Magoon Creek and Arcadia Dunes.

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MERRY MAKING Each year, the Village of Bear Lake in Manistee County hosts Sparkle in the Park, a free drivethrough light display at Hopkins Park. While this year’s event will look a little different due to COVID-19, the decorated sites in the park will be bigger and better than ever with more than 60,000 lights. The event starts November 28 and runs through December. Watch for updates at facebook.com/sparkleinthepark.

O’ CHRISTMAS TREE In neighboring Ludington, Nickelson's Christmas Trees has U-Cut and Pre-Cut trees. Follow the farm on Facebook or call 231.845.6383.

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DOWNTOWN DESTINATIONS Shopping in teensy tiny Beulah is like going on a treasure hunt. At Unearthed, find incredible jewelry, fossils and crystals. Cooks and foodies are in for a treat at Crystal Crate & Cargo, and at Crystal Moon and Northern Decor, fun gifts and one-ofa-kind home goods abound. And there’s plenty more to discover!

BEULAH Sweet storefronts and a new brewery shine brightly in this darling village on the shore of Crystal Lake. Make a day of browsing Benzie Boulevard’s boutiques and eateries.

SANTA’S SECRET Take a snowy sleigh ride through the woods and fields of the 120-acre Fantail Farm in neighboring Benzonia. Or call to schedule a special sleigh outing, like a one-way or roundtrip ride to Iron Fish Distillery. fantailfarmllc.com

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MERRY MAKING The vibes are welcoming and the beer is darn good at Five Shores Brewing. Housed in the massive Quonset building downtown, the brewery opened in January 2020, offering cider, wine and mead in addition to a well-rounded tap list. fiveshoresbrewing.com

O’ CHRISTMAS TREE In Beulah, Market Basket has Pre-Cut trees and wreaths (marketbasketbeulah.com). If you want to cut your own, Lutz Farms has U-Cut and Pre-Cut trees in nearby Kaleva (about a 30-minute drive from Beulah). The family farm has been in operation for 125 years and also has a seasonal retail location in Bear Lake. calvinlutzfarms.com

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FRANKFORT Deck the streets with a craft brewery (with curling each winter!), a beautiful state-of-the-art theater, memorable eateries and fun shops, and everyone will be singing fa-la-la in Frankfort. PHOTO BY KRIS RILEY PRODUCTIONS

DOWNTOWN DESTINATIONS Park on Main Street and stop into Lynn & Perin Mercantile Co. (the collection of herbs and spices is truly spectacular), Anet & Ollie's Five and Dime (Michigan items, old fashioned toys and fun gifts), the Corner Toy Store (get your Elf on the Shelf here) and more. End at Stormcloud Brewing Company with a Belgian-inspired ale and pizza.

SANTA’S SECRET Santa loves reindeer … and alpaca. The friendly animals have incredibly soft fleece, which is used to make hats, mittens, scarves, stuffed animals and more. Find these products and meet the animals at Crystal Lake Alpaca Boutique (note, it closes for the season on December 23). crystallakealpacaboutique.com

MERRY MAKING This year, Frankfort’s Oliver Art Center is hosting an online holiday market in November and December with one-of-akind, handmade gifts. The art center will also be offering a free holiday-themed craft project available for pick up before Christmas break, and children can take part in free online youth classes (pre-recorded and using Google Classroom) throughout the year. oliverartcenterfrankfort.org

O’ CHRISTMAS TREE Old Uncle Mike's Christmas Trees has a variety of freshly cut trees, all locally grown at their farm three miles from the lot. Located in Benzonia at 3100 Benzie Hwy., near the corner of US-31 and M-115. facebook.com/oldunclemikes

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CADILLAC A jolly time awaits in downtown Cadillac, where boutiques, restaurants and a brewery are tucked near the shores of Lake Cadillac. PHOTO COURTESY OF CADILLAC AREA VISITORS BUREAU

DOWNTOWN DESTINATIONS Start with breakfast at After 26 Depot Cafe. Then get all of your holiday shopping done at Mitchell Street’s many shops— Serendipity, The Ultimate Gift Shop, McLain Cycle & Fitness and more. End with a toast to the season at Clam Lake Beer Company.

SANTA’S SECRET Since 1961, the candy makers at The Sweet Shop have been crafting hundreds of unique goodies by hand. Stop in for shopping sustenance in the form of caramel corn and the store’s signature Snowbirds—the patented recipe includes white chocolate and Georgia pecans. sweetshop4u.com

MERRY MAKING When Santa wants to hit the snowmobile trails, he heads to Cadillac. More than 200 miles of groomed trails wind through the Huron Manistee National Forest and spread north, south, east and west for literally days of riding. For a guided adventure, check out K&R Outfitters (facebook.com/kandrsnowmobile). For maps and trail conditions, visit cadillacmichigan.com/project/snowmobiling.

O’ CHRISTMAS TREE Want to cut your own tree, sip free cocoa and meet Santa? Head to Dutchman Tree Farms in Manton (dutchmantreefarms. com). Looking for a beautiful pre-cut evergreen? Stop by the Liabenow Christmas Tree Lot at Walraven’s Produce in Cadillac (evergreentreefarms.com). Love convenience? Brown’s Tree Farm in Lake City sells real Christmas trees online and delivers them to your home (atreetoyourdoor.com).

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