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Now – Dec 12…Holiday Assistance registration is now open through the Traverse City Salvation Army. Online visit SATraverseCity.org or in person at the community center on Barlow – Traverse City. Info: 231-946-4644 ext 308

 

The Cheboygan County Humane Society is selling raffle tickets for an autographed acoustic country guitar, signed by Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Randy Travis, Jason Aldean and many others. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. Tickets can be purchased at the CCHS, or over the phone. Drawing Nov. 30th Contact Deb: 734-756-4042

 

Tickets on sale now for a Benefit Dinner December 13th 6:30-9pm at Nittolo’s Pizza – Lake Leelanau. Hors d’oeuvres, salad, dinner, dessert, silent auction, special guest speakers. Limited seating, by reservation only. $99 benefits Freedom Hunters- a non-profit military outreach program. Info: 231-994-2400

 

Week of Nov 27

Dec 1…Hospitality Night 3-8p downtown Cheboygan. Santa’s Elves pass out goodies, shopping, treats and more. Info: cheboyganmainstreet.org

 

Dec 2…The Annual Christmas Bazaar returns to Mackinac Island during the first weekend in December.  The Tree Lighting and Santa’s arrival is Dec. 2nd. The Community Hall is open Dec. 3rd & 4th with a silent auction, bake sale and ice cream. The Snowmobile raffle is that Sunday, 5-pm. Proceeds help local churches and the Mackinac Island Medical Center. For info, call 231-620-7264

 

Dec 2…Petoskey Holiday Open House 6-9pm downtown. Treats, caroling, shopping and more. Info: petoskeyarea.com

 

Dec 2…Free Holiday Movie Night 6pm at Lars Hockstad Auditorium – Traverse City. Popcorn and snacks available for purchase. Featuring the 2018 version of The Grinch. Info: CentralGradePTO on facebook

 

Dec 2…Extreevaganza 6pm at the Ellison Place – Gaylord. Live/silent auction, raffles, live music, cash bar, heavy hors D’oeuvres. Benefits the Otsego Community Foundation. Info: otsegofoundation.org

 

Dec 3…Jingle Jog 5K & 1 Mile Reindeer Run/Walk 9am start and finish at The Dam Shop on Bridge St. – Elk Rapids. 5K $20 by 11/30, $25 after; 1 Mile $15 by 11/30, $20 after. Prizes and awards. Proceeds benefit Elk Rapids Project Graduation. Info:facebook.com/ERapids

 

Dec 3…Polar Express Train Display 11a-3p downtown Elk Rapids. Visit the display at Bayfront Beach, Santa’s reindeer at the American House Patio, hot cocoa & bakes goods for donation. Info: elkrapidschamber.org

 

Dec 3…Mom 2 Mom Sale at North Central Academy – Mancelona. New & gently used items for babies and kids (no household items). Booth space available. $2 admission for adults, children free. Info: 231-676-4134

 

Dec 3…Free Community Dinner 4-6p at St. Paul’s – Elk Rapids. Donations of canned goods accepted. Info: 231-620-5707

 

Dec 3…Christmas Cookie Walk 9a-11a at 1st Congregational Church – Charlevoix. $7 a pound. Info: 231-547-9122

 

Dec 3…Annual Cookie and Limited Craft Sale 10-2p (or until cookies sell out) at St. John Lutheran Church – Cheboygan. Info: cheboygan.com

 

Dec 3…Christmas in the Village 2-4p at Heritage Village – Mackinaw City. Info: mackinawhistory.org

 

Dec 3..Light Up the Night & Soup Cook Off noon-7pm downtown Bellaire. Celebrate with family and friends with a day full of Holiday Events. From a free kid’s movie, ornament making to the annual “Soup Cook-Off” with 10+ participating restaurants, a visit with Santa after the “Parade of Lights.” Info: bellairechamber.org

 

Dec 3…Switchback performs live at 7pm in the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall (HERTHA). Doors at 6:15, cash bar. Tickets $30 advance/$35 at the door. Proceeds benefit HERTHA. Info: elkrapidschamber.org

 

Dec 3…Stuff a Blue Goose 3-7p at Cheboygan Walmart. Collecting toys for area children. Info: cheboygan.com

 

Dec 3…Holiday Extravaganza Arts & Craft Show/Business Expo 9a-3p at Rogers City High School. Info: rogercityareachamber.com

 

Dec 3…Holiday Craft Show 9a-3p at Boyne City High School. Admission is free, donations accepted. Benefits the Boyne City Booster Foundation. Info: 231-439-8190

 

Dec 3…Arts & Craft Show 10-3p at St. Mary School – Lake Leelanau. Live music, kids crafts, vendors, Santa arrives at 1pm. Info: 231-256-9636

 

Dec 3…Parade of Lights 6pm downtown Cheboygan. Info: cheboyganmainstreet.org

 

Dec 3…Christmas in Kalkaska! Holiday craft show 10-4p at the middle school, bonfires, hot cocoa & cookies, caroling, light Parade 7p downtown Kalkaska. Info: 231-258-2810

 

Dec 3…Holiday Bazaar 9a-4p at the Cheboygan Eagles Hall. Handmade and speciality gifts, bake sale, crafts and more. Free admission. Info: 231-818-1714

 

Dec 3…Harbor Springs Holiday Open House 6-9p. Info: petoskeyarea.com

 

Dec 3…Chandler Park Tree Lighting 6pm - Onaway

 

Dec 3…Christmas in Atwood 10-3p. Info: ejchamber.org

 

Dec 3…Holiday Open House & Hot Cocoa Contest noon-5pm follow the Hot Cocoa Trail, enjoy

the Polar Express at 1pm with a non-perishable food donation at the Charlevoix Cinema III. Info: charlevoix.org

 

Dec 3…Christmas Market 10-2p at Central United Methodist Church-Travese City. Info: tccentralalumc.org

 

Dec 3…Holiday Art Show 10-4p at the Almira Town Hall – Lake Ann. Handmade goods, bake sale, local ares & crafts.

 

Dec 3 & 4…Sleigh Rides to the North Pole at Northern Michigan Equine Therapy – Boyne City. Take a sleigh ride to the North Pole on a horse-drawn sleigh to meet Santa and enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and crafts at Santa's Workshop. Meet the wonderful therapy horses, NMET staff and volunteers. $15.00 seat ticket. All proceeds support therapy scholarships at Northern Michigan Equine Therapy. Sleigh rides are every half hour between 10 am -2 pm and require reservations. Please email nmequine@gmail.com with questions.

 

Dec 4…An Night of Christmas Magic 2-4pm at the Cheboygan Library. Meet real-life reindeer!  Also, a part of the fun is the Friends of the Library’s annual Gift of Reading book give-away to the community’s youth! Each child (teens too!) that comes to the event may pick out a book to keep! Free.  Info: cheboyganlibrary.org

 

Dec 8…Ladies Night 5-9p downtown Traverse City. Info: downtowntc.com

 

Dec 9…Hometown Christmas Light Parade & Tree Lighting 6-7p Mackinaw City Marina. Info: 231-436-5574

 

Dec 9…Christmas with the Agee Family Drive-in Concert 6pm at the Salvation Army – Cheboygan. Hot cocoa and popcorn available, donations accepted for the Red Kettle Campaign. Info: Cheboygan.com

 

Dec 9…Northwestern Michigan College Concert Band Holiday Concert 7:30pm at Milliken Auditorium – Traverse City. $8-$12. Info: traverecity.com

 

Dec 9…Cheboygan High School Drama presents Miracle on 34th Street 7pm in the school auditorium. Info: chebschools.org

 

Dec 9…Homes for the Holiday Ball 6-9p at the Cheboygan Eagles Club. Buffet dinner, silent auction, raffle, bake sale and more. Tickets $50, available at Habitat ReStore. Limited tickets. Benefits Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity Info: habitatcheboygan.org

 

Dec 10…A Colonial Christmas 3-7p at Fort Michilimackinac. Lanterns light the path where storytellers recount traditions of the past. Crafts, games, snacks. $10 adults, age 5-12 $6, 4 & under free. Info: mackinacparks.com

 

Dec 10…Holiday fun on the Children’s Trail of Cheboygan 1-2:30p. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be there to share hot cocoa and cookies. Info: cheboygan.com

 

Dec 10…Photos with Santa 11a-3p at Jim Wernig Chevrolet – Gaylord. Bring a donation to benefit the Otsego County Toys for Tots.  Treats & crafts. Info: jimwerning.com

 

Dec 10…Cookies and Cocoa with Santa noon-3pm at Inland Lakes High School. Have a photo taken with Santa, make an ornament, decorate a cookie. $10 person, children must be chaperoned. RSVP by text or phone 231-818-5239 Benefits the Class of 2025

 

Dec 10…Roaring 20’s Celebration 6-10p at the Old Art Building - Leland. Dress in your finest 1920’s outfit, enjoy heavy appetizers, live music, dancing and more. $75. Info: oldartbuilding.com

 

Dec 11…S’mores with Santa 1-3pm at Camp Daggett – Petoskey. Winter scavenger hunt, explore the trails, enjoy hot cocoa around the campfire. Free. Info: campdaggett.org

 

Dec 11…Toys for Tots Celebrity Poker Tournament at Odawa Casino-Petoskey. Cash prizes. Bring an unwrapped toy. To register, 877-442-6464 ext 8876

 

Dec 11…Elk Lake Community Choir Christmas Concert 4pm at the First Presbyterian Church – Elk Rapids. Info: 231-264-8167

 

Dec 15…Men’s Night 5-9p downtown Traverse City. Info: traversecity.com

 

Dec 16…Polar Express Pajama Party 6pm at the Cheboygan Public Library. Hot chocolate, snacks, movie. Free. Info: cheboyganmainstreet.org

 

Dec 17…Holiday fun at the Elk Rapids District Library 10:30am. Cocoa and cookies, letters to Santa craft station, Polar Express Movie. Info: 231-264-9979

 

Dec 17 – Dec 31…Festival of Trains at Creekside Community Church – Traverse City. Mon-Sat 10-6p, Sun noon-4p. $5, kids 4 & under free. $30 festival pass for unlimited visits per household-includes 2 adults and up to 3 kids. Info: traversecity.com

 

Dec 18…Jingle Bell Run 5pm starts at the Workshop Brewery – Traverse City. Info: traversecity.com

 

Dec 23…Christmas at the Old Art Building – Leland. It’s a variety show spectacular hosted by Andrew Dost, includes caroling, comedy and holiday cheer. Tickets $40. Info: oldartbuilding.com

 

Dec 25…Ski Free with Santa 9a-4:30p at Schuss Mtn. – Bellaire. Info: shantycreek.com

 

Dec 31…CherryT Ball Drop – Downtown Traverse City. $3 donation. Gates open 10p, event ends at 12:20am. Benefits local charities. Info: cherryballdrop.org

 

ONGOING

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 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:

centralusa.salvationarmy.org

 

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 hom.org

 

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

 

Now-Dec 31…Harvest Food & Supply Drive to benefit the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan. Info: wrcnm.org

 

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