It's November, so now we can talk about the holidays in Traverse City. Bring on the community shopping festivals and events that enrich the holiday gifting experience with our small-town charm and tradition.

Whether it’s the pop-up craft fairs, the carolers who gather in the streets, or the downtown Traverse City merchants who donate a portion of their holiday sales to local charities -- these holiday events make the season shine even brighter.  

Arts & Craft Fairs 

Traverse City Shop & Sip Market - Nov. 18 
Head over to the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa where you can browse through a selection of 70+ makers. And for the serious shoppers, the resort is also offering a special rate on lodging. 

Glen Arbor Holiday Market - Nov. 24 & 25
Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus from 11 am - 1:30 pm and spend the rest of the afternoon shopping for treasures. The market will have 25+ artisans and holiday greenery. 

Downtown Traverse City

Holiday Festivals 

Downtown Traverse City Light Parade - Santa's Arrival & Community Tree Lighting - Dec. 1
The Downtown Traverse City Light Parade, Santa’s Arrival and Community Tree Lighting make all your Whoville dreams come true. This year’s celebration kicks off at 6:30 pm. Come bundled up and ready to harmonize with all your caroling neighbors gathered on Downtown’s Front Street.

Holiday in the Village - Dec. 2 & 3  
The Village of Suttons Bay is a festive place to be in December! Join in welcoming Santa, indulge in a cookie extravaganza, and watch carolers during this seasonal celebration. 

Bellaire Christmas

Light Up the Night & Soup Cook Off - Dec. 2 
Head to Bellaire for a day filled with holiday events, including a free kid’s movie, ornament making, the annual “Soup Cook-Off,” and a visit with Santa.

Christmas at the Village - Dec. 8 - 10
'​Tis the season for joy in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. This weekend long celebration is filled with music, carriage rides, Santa Claus, and shopping specials -- including stocking stuffer items $20 or less. 

Ladies’ Night - Dec. 7
Grab your girlfriends for a night out devoted to shopping! Sip on beverages and snack on appetizers while you browse the unique selections at participating Downtown Traverse City businesses. 

Men's Night  - Dec. 14 
Just in time to finish (or start) your holiday shopping -- enjoy beer samples, snacks, and specials throughout downtown. 

If you are looking for ideas beyond retail, there's always the performing arts and wine tasting. For a complete list of those events and more head over to our Events Calendar