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Holiday Events In Traverse City

In Downtown Traverse City, November and December are festive months with plenty of holiday happenings. Give back to Traverse City Community organizations while purchasing your gifts during Shop Your Community Days. Don't miss this year's virtual Tree Lighting and shop small during Black Friday & Small Business Saturday.

Outside of the downtown area, but nearby, a festive holiday tradition takes place each December in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, a unique retail/residential district. “Tis the season for joy at “Holiday in the Village”. This weekend-long celebration is filled with music, carriage rides, Santa Claus, and shopping specials.  

Nearby villages are also bursting with holiday spirit in December. Head north into Leelanau County and celebrate in Suttons Bay during Holiday in the Village where you'll find evening festivities including a nighttime stroll down luminaria-lined streets. 

Holiday events are also happening in the small towns around our regions. At the Interlochen Center for the Arts you can take in their yearly performance of "The Nutcracker". And over in Benzie County, you'll find Christmas Dinners at Crystal Mountain.

New Year’s Eve isn’t forgotten here, either. For the past five years, hundreds of people have gathered for the annual “CherryT Ball Drop”, a three-hour “street party for charity” that culminates with the lowering of a large illuminated cherry over downtown Traverse City. This year's event is virtual, check out the details here.  

Ideas on where to stay during a holiday visit

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