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New Year’s Eve Celebration on Mackinac Island

Great Turtle Drop
Great Turtle Drop

New Year’s Eve Week-December 26 thru January 2

Ring in the New Year on Mackinac Island from December 26, 2014 through January 2, 2015. Your Mackinac Island Holiday is made possible with special openings from six lodging facilities, two restaurants and the always open Doud’s Grocery store. Several shops also open just for this holiday. Join us Downtown at Midnight to welcome the new year with the Great Turtle Ball Drop before heading back inside to warm up and celebrate the New Year with live music. Spend your days cross country skiing, snow-showing, snowmobiling and hiking in pristine winter conditions. And spend your nights in the intimate lounges and restaurants. This New Year Holiday, Make it Mackinac.

December 31st from 2pm to 4pm head to Marquette Park for the 2nd Annual Snowball Dash. Teams compete in the snow in events like a 3-legged race, wheel barrel race and obstacle course! To participate, show up with a team or two or more to Marquette Park at 2pm.

Great Turtle Drop on New Year’s Eve

Great Turtle Drop
The Innkeepers at the Cottage Inn dreamed up the Great Turtle Drop as Mackinac Island’s version of Times Square and it was so well received that they are lighting up their turtle again this year. The drop takes place on Main Street at the Christmas Tree around midnight.

Places To Eat:

Cawthorne’s Village Inn (906) 847-3542
Cawthorne’s Village Inn is featuring a special menu starting at 5:00pm. Reservations suggested. Drink specials all night long with a champagne toast at Midnight! Live music by Brian Thomas starting at 9:30pm.

Mustang Lounge (906) 847-9916
Mustang Lounge is celebrating the New Year with a special menu featuring chicken marsala, seafood fettuccine Alfredo, broiled and Parmesan crusted whitefish, beef tenderloin, herb roasted chicken and surf n turf. Prices range from $18-$35. Reservations suggested. Dance the night away with DJ Brevin from 10pm-3am

Where to Stay

Bogan Lane Inn (906) 847-3439

Cottage Inn of Mackinac (906) 847-4000

Harbor Place Studio Suites (906) 847-3347

Lilac Tree Suites & Spa (906) 847-6575

Mission Point Resort (906) 847-3312

Pontiac Lodge (906) 847-3364


New Years Day Hayride (906) 847-3542 – Four different hayrides offered. Reservation and deposit required. Call Travis at Cawthorne’s Village Inn after December 3, 2014. $20.00 per person.

Mackinac Wheels Rentals (517) 575- 8585
Fat-tired bicycles, the latest in winter cycling, will be available for rent from Mackinac Wheels. $10 an hour or $25 all day, they will be available by appointment only call Jim at 517.575.8585

Cawthorne’s Village Inn (906) 847-3542

January 1, 2015 New Years Day

New Years Day 5K – This fun run is not timed. Leave from Doud’s corner on foot, ski’s or even bike at 9:15am. There is no cost but donation to the Mackinac Island Rec Department is encouraged.

New Years Day Hayride (906) 847-3542 – Four different hayrides offered. Reservation and deposit required. Call Travis at Cawthorne’s Village Inn after December 3, 2014. $20.00 per person.


Doud’s Market – Since 1887, Doud’s Market has been nourishing Islanders and visitors. This full service grocery store offers fresh cut meats, fresh produce, bakery, deli counter, prepared meals, packaged liquor and lottery.
Christmas Eve 8am-7pm, Christmas Day 9am- 12pm, December 26-29 8am-7pm, December 30 thru January 1 8am to 11pm, January 2 resumes normal business hours of 8am-7pm

Harrisonville General Store – Groceries, beer, wine, specialty items and jewelry made by Island residents. Located up Island in the Village.

SomeWear on Mackinac – A fine boutique of ladies clothing, outerwear, scarves handbags and more. Located at the Grand Gatehouse Courtyard Shops.
December 20- 21 from 11am to 4 pm.
December 29, 30 and 31 from 11am to 4pm

Mackinac Outfitter – Mackinac Island’s favorite outfitter, providing the most popular lines of outdoor gear and clothing since 1981. We are located on Main Street across from the Shepler Ferry dock.
December 21- 24 from 1:30pm to 4 pm.
December 30 and 31st from 1:30pm to 4pm
January 1st from 10am to 12pm

Little Luxuries (906) 847-9980
December 21, from 11 am to 3 pm
December 28, 29, 30 and 31 from 12pm to 4pm


Mackinac Island Winter Services Listing
For more information on Christmas Holidays / New Year’s Eve on Mackinac Island visit the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau Winter Page at: http://www.mackinacisland.org/event/new-years-eve-on-mackinac/



Boyne Mountain ~ New Year’s Eve ~ December 31, 2023

Boyne Mountain New Year's Eve
Ring in the new year.

Whether your New Year’s plans include the slopes or the bars, we have just what you need to ring in 2024. In fact, this is how we would do it:

Wake and make turns starting at 9am, then take an afternoon trip to Avalanche Bay. Only the best for you, feast on surf and turf at one of our two New Year’s Eve dinner offerings.

Down a little bubbly and dress warm for the return of our annual Torchlight Parade followed by a bangin’ Fireworks Display.

2023 Schedule Of Events

  • 9am-9pm: Slopes are open | On the hill
  • 11am-8pm: Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark Open
  • 3-9pm: Lights in the Sky Experience | Buy SkyBridge Michigan Tickets
  • 4-5:30pm: Hot Cocoa & Treats | Concierge Desk
  • 6-8pm: Bonfire with S’mores | The Back Forty
  • 7pm: “Frozen” Family Movie Night | Geneva Room
  • 9:30pm: Torchlight Parade & Fireworks Extravaganza | Slopes of Victor
  • 10pm-12:30am: Family New Year’s Eve Party | Vienna Ballroom | Complimentary admission | Bring the kids for a night of New Year’s fun. Dance the night away, play family board games and count it down to midnight with a champagne (and sparkling grape juice) toast.
  • 10pm-12:30am: New Year’s Eve Party| Snowflake Lounge | $10 cover | 21+ | Special Complimentary VIP entrance at 9pm for resort lodging guests, homeowners, season passholders, Bluegreen guests, and Stein Eriksen’s dinner guests. | Break it down on the dance floor with Tom Zipp & the Bullpen while ringing in the New Year Boyne Mountain-style!


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Crystal Mountain ~ New Year’s Eve Celebration ~ December 31, 2023

Crystal Mountain - New Year's Eve with Fireworks

Kick off 2024 at Crystal Mountain! Additional New Year’s Eve details coming soon!

New Year’s Eve Party Packs

Celebrate with those closest to you in your own private setting with our Party Packs!

We’ll provide you with:

  • Four top hats
  • Four tiaras
  • Four noise makers
  • Four “Happy New Year” eyeglasses
  • One “Happy New Year” banner

$20 per party pack. Packs must be reserved in advance. Reserved party packs may be picked up at the Park at Water’s Edge during operational hours beginning December 26, 2023. Please call 231-378-2238  to reserve your party pack.

Live Music in the Slopeside Tent

Listen from 3pm – 5pm.

New Year’s Eve Family Party

Celebrate surrounded by loved ones during our Family Party! Located in Northwest Territories in the Crystal Center. Party includes dinner buffet, non-alcoholic beverages (iced tea, lemonade, water, coffee), party favors, live entertainment, and kids goody bag. Soda and alcoholic beverages will be available for individual purchase.  We will begin taking reservations on November 10. Reservations are required. Please call 231-378-2238 to book your reservation.

Adults (Ages 13+): $85
Kids (Ages 3 – 12): $45
Children (Ages 2 & Under): Free

Dinner Buffet:  6 – 8pm
DJ & Dancing:  8 – 10pm

Buffet Menu

  • House Salad Bar with choice of dressing
  • Bistro Steak with gorgonzola cream
  • Blackened Scottish Salmon with hoisin glaze and fresh pineapple mango pico
  • Chicken strips
  • Roasted garlic mashed potatoes
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Chef’s selection of grilled vegetables
  • New York Cheesecake with graham cracker crust
  • Leelanau tart cherry sauce, and whipped cream.

Please Note: General admission is not available for this event. Reservations are required. Space is limited. Please call   231-378-2238 to book your reservation.

Cancellations must be made 48-hours in advance. One transaction per reservation. Payment is taken at the time of reservation for the entire party. Space is limited. Parties larger than 10 may be seated at two adjacent tables. Smaller parties may be grouped together.

Live Music at the Vista Lounge

8:30pm – 12:30am: Enjoy live music as you ring in the new year! Ages 21+ only.

Family Glow Light & Torchlight Parades

The parade begins at the top of Cheers to Lou at 10pm sharp! Registration is required at the Mountain Adventure Zone, in the white tent on December 31, 2023 only. Registration will begin at 9am and will continue until no more spaces are available. Spaces are limited to the first 100 people ages 18 and up to carry a torch, and the first 100 people ages 6 – 17 to carry a glow light. All participants will be provided a wristband for chairlift access. All participants must have the ability to ski or snowboard in a controlled manner safely down a blue slope. An adult must be present to sign up minors.

9:15 – 9:40pm: Buck Chairlift will be accessible for parade participants. A valid season pass or lift ticket for December 31, 2023 is required. All participants must show their wristband to the lift operator. The last chair allowed to load is at 9:40pm sharp. Anyone arriving after 9:40pm will be denied access.

After the Torchlight Parade, overnight guests, Four Seasons Club Members and Property Owners are welcome to join us for fireworks over the mountain.

A completed Snowsports Waiver must be on file. Parent signature is required for ages 6 – 17. Participants must be proficient in skiing or snowboarding BLUE/INTERMEDIATE slopes, able to follow direction, and ski or snowboard in a controlled manner. Wristband from the Mountain Adventure Zone is required to get on the chairlift.

Spots for this event are limited. For more information call 231-378-4776.


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New Year’s Eve at Ski Brule

Make plans to celebrate New Year’s at Ski Brule.

Homestead BBQ, Tubing, sleigh ride, night skiing, New Year’s Dinner at Brule Lodge, DJ & Dancing, Torchlight Parade and 9:00 Fireworks


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