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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 new Strolling Light Parade, Santa's Arrival, & Tree Lighting and shop small during Black Friday & Small Business Saturday. 

The Strolling Light Parade invites you to travel to the excitement at twelve different locations throughout Downtown. Each location will be themed and decorated based on the popular holiday song, "Twelve Days of Christmas." Each of the twelve themed event locations will be decorated by a local nonprofit organization. Strolling participants are encouraged to vote for their favorite display in person or online. Each vote will cost a dollar with proceeds being split between the nonprofit and the Downtown Relief Fund.  

And that's not all...The popular Downtown event, Walking in a Window Wonderland will also return this year, December 11-13. It will coincide with the December 12 Light Parade. Walk through Downtown to view all of the holiday window displays and then follow the map to all twelve Strolling Light Parade locations---making for a fun and socially distanced holiday activity. Take a look at all of the details about the Downtown Traverse City Holiday events. 

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. In Antrim County, there's Light Up the Night in the Village of Bellaire and Skiing with Santa at Shanty Creek Resort. 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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