New Year's Eve on Mackinac Island

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Ring in the New Year on Mackinac Island:

It's not too late to make plans to ring in the New Year on Mackinac Island. Watch the great turtle drop at Midnight on Main Street, take a festive hay ride around town, and enjoy a celebration not soon to be forgotten. From family friendly packages and romantic getaways, there are lodging packages and restaurant specials to enjoy this memorable and magical New Year. In addition, it is probably the safest place to celebrate, since there are no cars.


Great Turtle Drop:

Ring in the New Year on Main Street Mackinac Island. Rich and Marge from the Cottage Inn B&B dreamed up the Great Turtle Drop (dropping a turtle since the shape of the island resembles a turtle) as Mackinac Island's version of Times Square. The event has proven to be popular and will again return to Main Street Mackinac Island, near the Christmas tree, around midnight on New Year's Eve.


New Year's Eve - Where to Celebrate:

Celebrate in grand style at Cawthorne's Village Inn with a special dinner menu including Parmesan and Almond Encrusted Whitefish or Slow Roasted Prime Rib, and of course the Grand Pecan Ball. Piano music provided by John Kissane (6-10pm), late night music with DJ Brevin (10pm-close). Reservations are required at Cawthorne's.


The Mustang Lounge will is also offering a celebratory menu, along with entertainment with Rustbelt Revival featuring classic rock and alternative rock, folk-rock, southern-rock, country and blues from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s. Reservations are highly encouraged.


New Year's Eve - Where to Stay:

Stay at one of Mackinac Island hotels and inns offering accommodations and New Year's Eve packages, including:

  • Bogan Lane Inn
  • Harbor Place Studio Suites
  • Park Place Suites
  • Pontiac Lodge
  • Sunset Condos
  • The Straits Lodge at Mission Point Resort

Reservations are highly recommended.


Getting to Mackinac Island:

  • Arnold Line Ferry runs through New Year's until the ice forms
  • Great Lakes Air from St. Ignace


Winter on Mackinac Island:

Experience the other side of Mackinac Island this winter. With more than 80 percent of Mackinac Island located within a state park there are countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. There are 70 miles of roads and trails within the state park, most of which are inland trails perfect for hiking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing. Many of the interior eastern trails are groomed for cross country skiing. Cawthorne's Village Inn offers cross country ski and snowshoe rentals.


Mark your calendar for the Mackinac Island Winter Festival, February 1-3, 2013, a fun filled winter weekend with a bonfire cook out, sledding, snow golf, archery, snow volleyball, broom hockey and more.


CLOSING:   For more information on ringing in the New Year on Mackinac Island, and to plan a Mackinac Island winter getaway, go to

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