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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, 2020

Boyne Mountain New Year's Eve
Ring in the new year Boyne Mountain style – with a firework display, torchlight parade, and dinner for the whole family.

Choose from a dinner party in Stein Eriksen’s, or a family buffet in the Civic Center.

With so much to do before the year ends – you simply can’t go wrong at Boyne Mountain!

5pm – Dinner Parties

9:30pm – Torchlight Parade

9:30pm+ – Fireworks Display


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Crystal Mountain ~ New Year’s Eve Celebration ~ December 31, 2020

Crystal Mountain - New Year's Eve with Fireworks

Kick off 2021 at Crystal Mountain!

New Year’s Eve Party Packs

Kick off the new year with a party in your room!

We’ll provide you with:

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

$15 per party pack. Packs must be reserved in advanced. Reserved party packs may be picked up at the Park at Water’s Edge during operational hours beginning December 28, 2020. Please call 800-968-7686 ext. 7000 to reserve yours today.

Dinner at the Thistle Pub & Grille

5 – 10pm: Finish 2020 surrounded by the ones you love and some great eats! Join us in the Thistle Pub & Grille for some delicious prix fixe dinner choices. $65 per person.

Thistle New Year’s Eve Menu »

Reservations required. Book today by calling 888-581-9891.

Dinner at the Wild Tomato

5 – 11pm: Grab your family, friends, and celebrate the end of 2020 at the Wild Tomato.

Wild Tomato New Year’s Eve Menu »

Reservations required. Book today by calling 888-581-9891.

On-Slope DJ

6 – 9pm: Join DJ CDX for an outside celebration near the base of the Crystal Clipper. Free to attend!

Live Music at the Vista Lounge

9pm – 1am: Enjoy live music and send off 2020 in style. Ages 21+.

Additional details coming soon.

Torchlight Parades

Family Glow Light Parade and Torchlight Parade: More details coming soon!

Everyone with a valid season pass or lift ticket is welcome to participate. A completed Snowsports Waiver must be on file.  Registration is required at the Snowsports Desk on December 31, 2020.  Parent signature is required for ages 8 – 17. Participants must be proficient in skiing or snowboarding BLUE/INTERMEDIATE slopes, able to follow direction, and ski or snowboard in a controlled manner. 

Parade starts at the top of Cheers to Lou at 10pm. The Buck Chairlift will be accessible beginning at 9:15pm for parade participants. Last chair allowed to load is at 9:40pm sharp. Anyone arriving after 9:40pm will be denied access. 

Space is limited. For more information call 888-968-7686 ext. 2000.

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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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