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Thanksgiving: November 14-22

Christmas: December 19-22










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Community Calendar

Week of Dec 3

Now – Dec 31…Harvest Food and Supply Drive to benefit the Women’s Resource Center.  Drop off at Gold Mine Resale – Petoskey or at the main office on Porter St. – Petoskey. Info: 2331-347-0082


Now – Feb 10…Tickets are on sale for the 4th Annual Chelsea’s Closet “Denim & Diamonds” Fundraiser Feb. 10th 5-11p at the K of C Hall – Cheboygan. Dueling Pianos, strolling dinner, silent auction, $20 grab bags. Proceeds support Chelsea’s Closet. Tickets $50 advance/$65 at the door. Info: 231-818-9126

Dec 6...Up North Line Dancers Dance Night 5:30-7:30 at Flat Cap Ventures - Traverse City. All skill levels welcome. $10 person. Bring water and danceable shoes. Info: 231-649-9921


Dec 9…Light Up Mancelona! Breakfast with Santa 9-11 at Mancelona High School; visit with Santa noon-2p at Antrim Outfitters, with activities for kids; Santa arrives by fire truck 5pm at Triangle Park for hot cocoa, hot dogs, treats, music and lighting of the Christmas tree; light parade 6pm. Info:


Dec 4-6…Northland Noteables present: In The Spirit of Christmas musical dinner at Audie’s Restaurant-Mackinaw City. $42 person. 7 course feast. Reservations 231-436-5744


Dec 7...The Agee Family present their annual Christmas concert to benefit the Salvation Army. Admission is FREE and donations may be given to the Red Kettle Campaign of the Salvation Army of Cheboygan County to meet the local needs of our community. You are also invited to bring dry food items to replenish the Salvation Army Food Pantry. Doors will open at 6:30pm and program starts at 7:00pm. Seating is first come, first served.


Dec 7…Downtown Hospitality Night 3-8pm – Cheboygan. Info:


Dec 7…Friends of the Kalkaska Library Cookie Sale 9a-6p. $5 a doz. Info:


Dec 8…Hometown Christmas Light Parde & Tree Lighting 6pm –Mackinaw City. Info:


Dec 9…Coats for Kids Benefit Hockey Game 5pm at the Cheboygan Ice Rink. Police vs Straits Area Men’s League. Accepting donations of new/gently used winter coats, hats, gloves, snow pants. InfO; 231-627-8888


Dec 9…Cheboygan High School Baseball program “(-Pin, No-Tap” Bowling Tournament at SpareTime Lanes. Must be a high school graduate to participate. Info: 231-627-4307


Dec 9…Jingle Jog 5K & 1 mile Reindeer Run/Walk. Start & finish at the Dam Shop-Elk Rapids. Packet pick up 8a, 5K 9a, fun run 10a. Prizes. Proceeds benefit Project Graduation 2024. Info:


Dec 9…Candy Cane Hunt 1pm at the Children’s Trail – Cheboygan. Enjoy cookies, hot cocoa, Santa & Mrs. Claus and the Grinch! Info:


Dec 9…Christmas Bake & Treasure Sale 9a-noon at Trinity Church – Northport. Benefits scholarship programs. Info:


Dec 9…Light Up Interlochen 3-7p at Tom’s Food Market-Interlochen. Live reindeer, Santa, carriage rides, treats and more. Info:


Dec 9…A Colonial Christmas at Colonial Michilimackinac – Mackinaw City. $11 adults/kids 5-12 $7, 4 & under free. Lanterns light the path in Michilimackinac where storytellers recount the various traditions of historic residents, a retelling of the first Christmas at Mackinac in 1679, and the church at Ste. Anne’s prepared for Christmas Mass as it would have been in the 18 century. Create crafts to take home and bring the family out on the Parade Ground for historic games. Enjoy delicious holiday snacks located throughout the fort. Info:


Dec 9…Visit with Santa noon-3pm at the Emmet County Fairgrounds Community Building. Photo, crafts, hot cocoa, cookies. Free. Info: 231-330-2854


Dec 9…Christmas in Presque Isle 10:30a-7p. Children’s stories at the library, lunch & photos with Santa, open house, sing-along, kids activities, tree lighting and more. Info: 305-842-8955


Dec 9…Holiday Bazaar 9a-4p at the FOE – Cheboygan. Handmade and specialty gifts, bake sale and more. Info:


Dec 9…Boyne Valley Fire & Rescue Annual Christmas Pancake Breakfast with Santa! 8a-noon. By donation. Info: 231-549-2000


Dec 9…Photos with Santa Paws 11-4p at Pets Naturally – Traverse City. Suggested donation $5 per pet. Benefits AC Paw. Info:


Dec 9…Gaylord Ski Swap 9a-2p at the Otsego Resort. Portion of proceeds benefit the Gaylord/St. Mary Ski Team. Drop off: Fri 4-7p. Info:


Dec 10…S’mores with Santa 1-3p at Camp Daggett – Petoskey. S'mores, hot cocoa, a letter writing station to leave Santa a note, and of course, a chance to take a photo with Santa. Free. Info:


Dec 12…Pet Photos with Santa 5-8pm at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. $10 donation. Info:


Up North Line Dancers Dance Night 5:30-7:30 at Flat Cap Ventures - Traverse City. All skill levels welcome. $10 person. Bring water and danceable shoes. Info: 231-649-9921

Dec 14…Men’s Night 5-9p downtown Traverse City. Info:


Dec 16…Skate with Santa 6-8p at the Petoskey Ice Arena. $10 person, $30 family, $6 skate rental. Info:


Dec 16…Santa & his reindeer are visiting the Charlevoix Public Library 2-4pm. Stop by anytime, enjoy hot cocoa, candy canes and write your letter to Santa. Info:


Dec 16…Mingle & Jingle 6pm at Hertha Hall – Elk Rapids. Appetizers, cash bar, music and more. Tickets $30. Info:


Dec 16…Holiday Cookie Walk 8a-noon (or until sold out) at Grace Episcopal Church –Traverse City. $10 a pound. Info:


Dec 16…Holiday Lantern Lit Snowshoe Hike 5:30-8:30p at the Old Growth Trail – Grayling. Visitors center will be open with a limited amount of snowshoes to borrow. Michigan Rec. Passport required, can be purchased at the visitor center. Info: 989-348-2537


Dec 16…FREE Kids Christmas Movies at the Gaylord Cinema. Doors at 10, movies at 11. Choose from: “The Polar Express”, “Home Alone” or “The Star”. Santa will be there to welcome kids.


Dec 17…Holiday Concert featuring the TLC Handbell Choir 3pm at the Traverse Area District Library. Free. Info:


Dec 22…Christmas Celebration Ice Skating at Little Bear East Arena –St. Ignace. Skate with Santa, hot cocoa, caroling. Info:


Dec 22…Christmas Community Meal 11:30-2p at the Salvation Army – Barlow St, Traverse City. Free. All welcome. Info: 231-946-4644


Dec 23…Skate with Santa 2-3:30p at the Cheboygan Ice Pavilion. $10 per skater, $2 skate rental. Benefits Cheboygan Hockey Team. Get a photo with santa, enjoy hot cocoa, bake sale. Info:


Dec 23…Riggsville Redneck Christmas Parade 6pm, starts at Dotski Rd. Collecting food and winter clothing for kids along the route and also at the Sacred Heart Church parking lot. Info: 231-445-2490


Dec 25…Ski Free with Santa 9a-4:30p at Schuss Mt.-Shanty Creek, Bellaire. Pay it forward with donations of non-perishable food, gently used winter clothing and/or household items to benefit local pantries. Info:


Dec 31…Starlight Gala 7p-2a at the Cathedral Barn in Historic Barns Park – Traverse City. Live music & Dj, heavy hors d’oeuvres. Benefits scholarship programs. $50 adv/$75 at door. Cocktail attire requested. Info:


Dec 31…Traverse City New Year’s Eve CherryT Ball Drop 10p-12:20a at Park & Front Street. $5 entry, benefits local charities. Info:


Dec 31…New Year’s Eve Great Turtle Drop at the Lilac Tree Hotel – Mackinac Island. 11:50pm. Info:



TFN…Rides for Recovery. There are 200+ men and women living in local recovery housing. Over half do not have access to transportation to get to work, shopping, attend meetings and medical appointments. Looking for any working bikes that need new homes. Info: 231-270-7873


TFN…Harbor Light Community Chapel of Harbor Springs is collecting cans and bottle returns to help the less fortunate at 8220 Clayton Rd. All bottles and cans should be left next to their central trash bin in the main parking lot. Info: 231.347.5001 


Every Tues 9a-noon and Thurs 1-4p Salvation Army Cheboygan Food Pantry is open. Cheboygan County Residents can receive a box every 30 days. Must make an appointment. Info: 231-627-9003


Every Monday and Wednesday from noon-1pm Free Food Market is open in the parking lot of the Salvation Army Community Center on Barlow-Traverse City. Info:


TFN…Healing Through Loss Greif Support meets every second Wednesday of the month 6pm at the Salvation Army Building-Cheboygan. Info: 231-445-1503


TFN…The St. Thomas food pantry is open on a drive-thru basis every Monday 10a-1pm. Bring photo ID with current Cheboygan address, proof of household income and proof of address for all household residents. 332 Western Ave. Info: 231-627-3167


TFN…The Acme Christian Thrift Store is in need of volunteers 3-5p any day Tues-Sat. Info: 231-267-3002


Now-TFN…Hospice of Michigan is available to help families in need of compassionate hospice care for a loved one. Call 888-247-5701 or visit


TFN…The Cheboygan Rec Center is open on Monday and Wednesday for boys and Tues/Thurs for girls from 5:30-8pm. High school and adults 8pm-10:30pm. Must wear mask at all times.


TFN- The Northern Care Center is a medical clinic for those uninsured or underinsured. Patients are seen on Tuesday afternoon/evenings. Located at W State Street, Cheboygan. You need to wear a mask and when you come to the parking lot you need to call the clinic, first come first seen. They also have vouchers for product at Goodwill and personal hygiene products for those in need. Please knock on the door for product. Please call with any questions 231-333-3019.


TFN… Cheboygan County Veterans host a coffee hour the 4th Wednesday of the month, 9:00 a.m. at the American Legion - VFW Post on State Street, Cheboygan. Coffee provided by McDonald's and donuts courtesy of Family Fare.


Now – TFN…Antrim County Veterans Affairs Coffee Talks every 3rd Monday 9a at The Dam Shop – Elk Rapids and every 3rd Wed 8:30a at M88 Morning Grind. Info: 231-533-8499