Upcoming Holiday Events
25 November 2016 - 8 January 2016
Holiday Events: Black Friday Shopping, Christmas Tree Lightings and New Year’s Celebrations
Super sales on local gifts and crafts, traditional holiday events and the region’s most popular New Year’s celebrations—check out this roundup of the region’s favorite holiday happenings in and around the Sleeping Bear Dunes.
PJ Party And Holiday Shopping In Leland
November 25th and 26th
A new holiday event in Leland this year, HollyPOP! is an immersive, pop-up shopping experience that celebrates the magic of the holiday season at The Old Art Building. From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on November 25th and 26th, this unique holiday experience celebrates local artists and culture in Northern Michigan while offering shoppers some great holiday gift ideas.
Also on November 25th, rise and shine early to take advantage of deep Christmas shopping discounts at Leland stores and business during their annual PJ Party Sale. The sale runs all day, until 5:00 pm, but early risers get the best deals with “early bird discounts” available in most shops from 8:00 am until 10:00 am.
PJ Party Shopping In Glen Arbor
November 25th, 5:00 am–8:00 am
Five in the morning!? Yes, you read that right. Expect big saving and day-after-Thanksgiving-shopping fun in the wee-hours in downtown Glen Arbor during this annual Black Friday tradition. Shops and restaurants may each hold their own hours of participation, so check with individuals for opening times.
Wander boutique and specialty shops in your PJs for extra discounts on clothing, gourmet foods, home decor, Michigan/USA made products, locally made gifts, art, jewelry, toys and more. Bring your family and friends, grab coffee, baked goods and breakfast or lunch while in Glen Arbor that morning, too.
Glen Arbor Tree Lighting, Caroling And Holiday Market Preview Party
November 25th, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm
After a morning of Black Friday shopping, return to Glen Arbor’s Town Hall (off of M-22/Western Ave. in downtown Glen Arbor) after the sun goes down for an evening of holiday fun…and more shopping. After the annual caroling and Christmas tree lighting ceremony—a family-friendly holiday tradition in the village of Glen Arbor—mingle, shop and get first picks of all the artisan goods during the Holiday Market “preview party” from 7:00 pm–8:00 pm. The Holiday Market hosts roughly 30 local venders and officially opens its doors on November 26th (Saturday) from 12:00-3:00 pm when Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be in the house to sit for photos with the kids.
Feast of Seven Fishes
Celebrated around the world on Christmas Eve, the Feast of Seven Fishes is known as La Vigilia, Italian for “The Vigil” in wait of the midnight Christmas birth. A Southern Italian tradition, the menu consists of fish and pasta with a fasting from meat for the Roman Catholic holiday. The numerology represents the seven sacraments and seven days of creation. Every year, The Homestead’s Chef Piombo offers his interpretation of this celebrated meal (albeit one week early), putting history and tradition together on one table with his favorite seven fishes.
Feast of Seven Fishes Menu
Rockefeller: Spinach, Pernod, Parmesan
Fried: Lemon Preserves, Sea Salt Rosemary
Saffron Brodetto, Crispy Pancetta
Carpaccio: Peppers, Capers, Rugola Aromatics
Shrimp and Salmon
Cake: Salmoriglio Sauce, Radicchio
Ravioli: Brown Butter, Sage, Ceci Beans
Simmered: Tomato, Anchovy, Olive, Onions
To reserve your table for this year’s Feast of Seven Fishes, call The Homestead at 231.334.500. Advanced registration is required. Cost is just $39.00 per guest.
Holidays In Sutton’s Bay
December 2nd, 3rd and 4th
The village of Sutton’s Bay knows how to do Christmas right. See for yourself on Friday, December 2nd—the kickoff to their annual holiday festival—that starts as soon as the sun goes down and the wintry streets are lit up with over 50 twinkling trees. Throw in the singing of street carolers and sample refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and local wines, and you got yourself a party.
Saturday, December 3rd, is family day in the village. At noon, enjoy a movie at the Bay Theatre for only $1. Santa is then scheduled to arrive later that day by fire truck to light the village’s Christmas tree. Sunday, December 4th from noon until 3:00 pm, visit with Santa’s elves and reindeer (Antlers and Elves) downtown at shops Brainstorm! And Enerdyne.
Northport Community Band and The Village Voices
December 11th, 3:00 pm
Northport’s Community Arts Center’s gift to the community returns in their traditional combined Christmas concert, featuring The Village Voices and The Northport Community Band. Many in the area consider this concert to be their official start to the holidays. Seasonal classics from each group and a rousing sing-along are guaranteed to get you into the Christmas spirit. Go to www.northportcac.org for more information.
T.C. Cherry Drop
New Year’s Eve
The biggest New Year’s Eve ball in Northern Michigan drops in Traverse City in a night full of music, dancing and good fun with friends. Every New Year’s Eve at 10:00 pm, thousands gather at the corner of Front and Park streets for this annual T.C. tradition that ends when the iconic lit “cherry” drops 115 feet at the stroke of midnight to ring in 2017. Check out www.cherryballdrop.com for information on activities and live entertainment acts appearing this season.
Brew Master Dinner And Gonzo Bigg Dogg Brewery Tap Takeover
Kalamazoo’s Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Brewery is kicking off the New Year at The Homestead with a takeover of Beppi’s Italian-themed sports bar in January. This great weekend event coincides with the Nonna’s Brew Master dinner happening on Saturday, January 7th. For the dinner, Chef John Piombo will create a multi-course menu paired with craft brew from Gonzo’s Bigg Dogg Brewery. GBDB’s brew master will be on hand to talk about his techniques and craft brews.