Explore The Spirit of Michigan With These Holiday Events
Every family has traditions that they hold close to their hearts. Not so different from your family, states also have unique traditions they want to uphold and continue to celebrate on a community level. Michigan’s holiday spirit, for example, can be felt year round, as a few towns throughout the Great Lake state commemorate Christmas every day of the year.
Cabin fever is creeping in, especially as temperatures drop, so bundle up and go explore some of this festive fun. Get in the merry mood this holiday season with Pure Michigan’s purest holiday traditions.
Michigan Holiday Events to Enjoy This Winter
Bronner's is the country's largest Christmas store, stretching over 2.2 acres. Greeting nearly two million guests every year, this brick-and-mortar's mission is to spread Christmas cheer. Over 100,000 twinkling lights ignite the Christmas Lane every evening, raking up to an average electrical bill of $1,250 per day. That's a hefty bill to foot for Kris Kringle.
For many, a trip to Bronner's to pick out a new ornament for the tree has become a family tradition. Over 100,000 outdoor Christmas lights light up the grounds, welcoming delighted visitors to the Christmas compound.
For over 20 years, Detroit's Jewish and Muslim communities have come together to participate in service projects that spread goodwill at 51 sites throughout the greater Detroit area. Every year on the 25th of December, volunteers from the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Michigan Muslim Community Council join hands to help deliver toys to kids, prepare meals, play games with seniors, and visit veterans. The two groups also serve hot meals to the homeless shelters and sort books for Bookstock.
As the name suggests, this unique small town in the UP can't be missed as a three-story Kris Kringle greets those driving by. The giant Santa Claus stands outside of Santa's Workshop, a shop where you can find Christmas goodies and get a special postmark for your Christmas letters.
If you want to feel the Christmas spirit year round, living in the Christmas and Munising area of MI is very affordable. The median home value in this Upper Peninsula town is $107,833 with a projected increase of 6.7% over the next year, so drive your sleigh over today!
Hop Aboard the Polar Express
Now famous for the movie starring Tom Hanks, the Polar Express movie was inspired by a real, operating train in Michigan. The Pere Marquette 1225 provides rides on the North Pole Express every year, and its blueprint was used to create the Polar Express model for the 2004 film. Guests are treated to four hours of Christmas magic, including a sweet treat of complimentary hot cocoa once you board the train. Be sure to check ahead as these tickets are notoriously hard to get your hands on!
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