What’s Happening In Northern Michigan: Holiday Parade, Holiday Open House, Santa’s Train Wonderland

Thanksgiving is over and now it’s time to head full-steam into the holiday season.

Courtney Sheffer from the West Michigan Tourist Association shows us What’s Happening in Northern Michigan.

The annual holiday parade and tree lighting is happening in Charlevoix Friday evening, with festivities taking place all day long.

Catch local Black Friday specials at the downtown shops, as well as food and drink specials at area restaurants.

Cookie decorating, crafts and photos with Santa kick off at 3 p.m., with the holiday parade stepping off at 5:30 p.m.

Watch the parade travel down Bridge Street before ending at East Park, where Santa will light the community Christmas tree.

Join the merchants of downtown Petoskey for the Holiday Open House the first Friday in December from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The Holiday Open House begins with an appearance by Santa Claus, who flies into town to light the giant Christmas tree in Pennsylvania Park!

After the tree lighting, Santa will sit in the gazebo and listen to children’s holiday wishes.

This is the night when the streets close down and the merchants open their doors to offer warm holiday greetings and hospitality.

The streets are filled with merry entertainment by carolers and the Petoskey High School Steel Drum Band.

New this year is the Merry Makers Marketplace, which is an art fair, a holiday celebration and all kinds of fun.

Head to downtown Petoskey and enjoy the smiling faces and Christmas fun with your family with this holiday tradition!

Santa’s Train Wonderland is happening at Castle Farms in Charlevoix for just two days, on December 3 and 4.

Experience interactive trains, riding trains for the little ones, and you may even catch a glimpse of Santa as he checks on his railroad.

General admission is just $5 per person.

For a special treat, add a VIP ticket with Santa for your child!

Children will spend an hour with Santa, participate in a holiday craft, warm up with hot cocoa and cookies, listen to a story and even receive a special holiday gift from Santa himself!

Space is limited for VIP tickets, and sell out quickly.

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