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Christmas Tree Sale

Now through December 15

Maple City

The Cedar/Maple City Lions offer pre-cut Christmas trees on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm. Trees are available for a $20 donation that will help the Lions offer local projects to benefit the community. The Lions Club is at 100 E Bellenger Rd in Maple City.

Christmas Walking Tour

Various Days through December 15


New Hope Community Church presents The Christmas Journey, a 45-minute outdoor walking tour through fire lit woods with live sets, actors, animals and a story right from the Bible from Creation to Bethlehem to the Cross. The venues will take you on a journey as Mary and Joseph experienced it over 2,000 years ago. The tour is free of charge and is offered on Dec 6, 7, 8, and 13, 14, 15 from 5:30-8:30 pm. The church is at 5100 Bethesda Court in Williamsburg.

231 938 8056

Young Explorer’s Program at Boardman River Nature Center

Fridays through December 13

Traverse City

The Boardman River Nature Center & Grand Traverse Conservation District will extend the FREE young explorers program for children up to 4 years old, Acorn Adventurers! Outdoor environments are a great way to engage all of your early learners developing senses, and give kids a bit of exercise, too! To register, please follow this link:

Questions?: Please email Education Specialist Rachel Straughen at or call at 231-941-0960 x17 or visit our Facebook page: Grand Traverse Conservation District

Safe Home Harvest Food and Supply Drive

Now Until December 31st


One of the most significant ways community members can support survivors of domestic abuse and their children is by donating to the Harvest Food and Supply Drive, hosted by Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan.  Donations of grocery and supermarket gift cards, non-perishable foods, household goods, personal care items, and financial contributions will help. The Safe Home provides a secure, caring and supportive place for survivors to heal from the emotional and physical pain of domestic abuse and regain control in their lives.  Donations may be brought to the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan’s main office and Gold Mine Resale Shops in Petoskey or to agency offices in Cheboygan, Gaylord and Mancelona.  A Safe Home Needs List is available online at  For more information, or to arrange for pick-up of items, call (231) 347-1572.

Toy & Clothing Drive

Friday & Saturday, Dec 6 & 7


The Cadillac High School Athletic Department is holding the drive during Hockey Night in Cadillac Tournament. Get free admission with a new unwrapped toy or new/gently used outerwear. Game time is 5pm & 7:30pm Saturday at The Wex. 12pm and 2:30pm on Sunday.

Santa Arrives on Old Mission Peninsula

Saturday, December 7

Old Mission

The Peninsula Community Library will be hosting the arrival of Santa from 5-7pm. Santa will be arriving via a new fire truck, courtesy of the Peninsula Township Fire Department. Stop by to enjoy caroling, crafts, cookies, and to visit with Santa, all while enjoying music being performed by an orchestral trio of Central High students. This event is open to all. This event is co-sponsored by the Peninsula Community Library and the Old Mission Peninsula Education Foundation. Peninsula Community Library is located at 2893 Island View Rd., Traverse City, MI 49686.  For more information, please call (231) 223-7700 or visit

Hands to the Rescue Supper with Santa

Saturday, December 7

Traverse City

Enjoy a spaghetti dinner, raffle, bake sale and more at the VFW on Veterans Drive in Traverse City from 5 – 8pm. Proceeds will benefit Cherry Capital Mobile Pet Hospital.

Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration

Saturday, December 7


Come to the Village of Thompsonville Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration, Sponsored by the Village of Thompsonville! The lights come on at 7PM. Visit with Your Friends at the Library Holiday Open House from 6 to 7 PM! Sing carols, visit with your neighbors, and enjoy some great treats! Located at 14744 Thompson Ave., Thompsonville. Questions? Call 231.378.2716.

Soup & Christmas Sale

Saturday, December 7


Your invited to the Charlevoix United Methodist Church’s Soup and Christmas Sale. Warm up with all you can eat homemade soups for only $7. Shop the delicious homemade baked goods and gently-used Christmas décor for sale at bargain prices. The church will use the proceeds to support local outreach projects. This event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Charlevoix United Methodist Church, 104 State Street in Charlevoix. 231-547-2654

Annual Wreath Sale for Haiti

Saturday December 7th

Traverse City

Beautiful wreaths of freshly cut mixed greens, with white pine cones and red bows, lovingly created by the Grand Traverse District United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Haiti team. Wreaths will be for sale on the front lawn of Traverse Bay United Methodist Church, 1200 Ramsdell Rd (Bay Street @ M72W & M22 N). Proceeds will help our young Haitian partners fund projects to help their community of Mizak, Haiti, during this very difficult time in the country of Haiti. Contact:  Jerry Konczal  231-228-5927

Old Fashioned Christmas at the Lighthouse

December 1st through 7th

Leelanau St. Park
Celebrating the heritage of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse keepers from 1858-1880. Each room in the lighthouse will be Christmas themed, portraying the traditional time period and showcasing the keeper heritages. There will also be storytelling from the lighthouse keeper. In addition, learn about the history of a Christmas Tree ship that sank in Lake Michigan in 1912. 10am - 4 pm each day. $5 per person admittance to lighthouse. A Recreation Passport is required for State Park entry. 231-386-7195.

December Happenings-Crawford Co. Senior Center – (Sing a long)

Various Days & Times


Christmas Carols will be ringing from the walls of the Crawford County Commission on Aging and Senior Center on Tuesday, December 3rd at 5:45pm. Come and join in the spirit of the season and sing all your favorite Christmas Carols.  This event is open to the public! Dinner will be served before the concert from 4:30 to 5:30pm. Suggested donation for seniors ages 60+ is $3.50. The cost for those under 60 is $5.75 per person. The Commission on Aging is located at 308 Lawndale Street. If you have any questions, please call the Senior Center at 348-7123.

52nd Madrigal Dinner

Thursday & Friday, December 5th and 6th

Traverse City

Don’t miss this tasty and talented evening.  Enjoy humorous entertainment with a message, great music from the Traverse City Central as well as a four-course dinner. $20/person or $140 for a table of 8 are available at the Presbyterian Church office.  Call 231 946-5680. The dinner is at the Presbyterian Church of Traverse City.

Holiday Open House @ Kingsley Branch Library

Thursday, December 5


The annual party, hosted by the Kingsley Friends of the Library, is the kick-off for the community’s holiday season! Live music, crafts, cookies, good cheer, and a visit with Santa gets us all in the spirit! In the Community Room at Kingsley Branch Library from 3:00-6:00pm. For more information please call Kingsley Branch Library at (231) 263-5484, visit or follow us on Facebook.

Craft & Vendor Show

Saturday, December 7


This Craft and Vendor Show will be held from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, at St. Mary-Hannah School.  A luncheon will be served from 11:30 am- 1:30 pm at a cost of $5. Canned food donations will be accepted for the local food pantry.  The school is located at 2912 West M-113, Kingsley or 13 miles south of Traverse City.  Phone 231-263-5288.

Community Christmas Celebration

Sunday, December 8

Fife Lake

The Friends of the Fife Lake Library evite all to this holiday celebration from 1pm until 4:30pm at the Hulwick Event Center. Enjoy lunch, raffle items and entertainment. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Fife Lake Library. Tickets are $10 each.

Santa's Workshop at the Lighthouse

Sunday December 8, 2019 12 - 4 pm

Leelanau State Park

Enjoy this holiday event at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse open from 12 - 4 PM. A modern-day Santa’s Workshop on display! Come out and enjoy cookie decorating, crafting an ornament, visiting with Santa, games, holiday campfire, and hot cocoa bar. Enjoy the authentic keeper's apartment inside the Lighthouse decorated in period fashion, and learn the stories of our lighthouse's only female lighthouse keeper and the famous Christmas-Tree Ship, the 'Rouse-Simmons.' Admission: $2 per person. Children under 5 free. Michigan State Park Recreation Passport required.

Helena Township Community Center Events - December

Various days and times


The community center has many events including on MONDAY, DECEMBER 9TH from 1pm-3pm. Learn to make, color, and decorate with marzipan - candy made from almond paste. You must pre-register. Other monthly events include the Antrim Photo Workshops, Books ‘n Brie Book Club, Basketry with Dorothy Walter, Novice Mentored Bridge and much more. Sponsored by Alden District Library and Friends. The community center is at 8751 Helena Rd. in Alden. For more info call 231-331-4318.

Holiday Lights Run for Cherryland Humane Society

Tuesday, December 10 5:45pm

Traverse City

Come join Running Fit for the 3rd annual Holiday Lights run, this year at a NEW LOCATION: Blue Tractor on Union Street! This is a community and family friendly run (and walk!) to check out the beautiful festive lights in downtown and central neighborhood! New this year we be a 1.5 mile walk course and 3-4 mile running course weaving through the neighborhoods and city festive lights!
While this event is FREE there is a suggested $5 donation per person or one pet supply item per person for the
Cherryland Humane Society. Any questions can be directed to Alison (assistant manager at Running Fit) at

Fundraiser for The Salvation Army

Friday, December 13

Traverse City, Cadillac & Acme

Shop December 13 at Meijer for DOUBLE MATCH DAYS to benefit The Salvation Army. For each $10 Simply Give purchased Meijer will double match it – meaning $10 purchased + $20 Meijer Double Match = $30 for the food pantry.  *Meijer will double match Simply Give donations up to a maximum of $5000 = $10,000 in matching donations. The Salvation Army will benefit from donation cards purchased at the US-31 Traverse City, and Cadillac location now through Jan. 4 with KAIR (Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources) benefiting from cards purchased at the Acme, Meijer location.    

Craft Fair & Cookie Walk

Saturday, December 14


Redeemer Lutheran Church of Interlochen 1896 Rogers Rd will host its annual Craft Fair and Cookie Walk on from 9am-4pm. Come enjoy a wide variety of crafts from over 20 craft artists. Homemade Christmas cookies will be sold by the pound. Have lunch while you shop with 8 varieties of soup, bread and your choice of cookie.  Beverages are free. All proceeds will be donated to local community and international charities.

Holiday Cookie Walk

Saturday, December 14

Traverse City

The Presbyterian Women’s Association of The Presbyterian Church of Traverse City is holding its annual Holiday Cookie Walk at the church from 8:30am until 11:30am, or while supplies last. A medley of festive holiday cookies and breads and delicious homemade candies, including peanut brittle and English toffee, will be featured. The candies and breads will be individually priced while the cookies will be sold for $7.00 per pound. The church is located at 701 Westminster Road in Traverse City. Please call the church office at (231) 946-5680 if you have questions. The Presbyterian Women’s Association of The Presbyterian Church of Traverse City supports mission projects primarily benefiting children and women in our community and beyond.

GLCM Weekly Activities (December)

Various Days & Times

Traverse City

The Great Lakes Children’s Museum offers weekly programs throughout the year including Discover With Me. These are activities that promote toddler education and development. Also, Inter-Active Storytime where kids sit and listen to an interactive story reading followed by a craft or activity! For more information call 231-932-4526 or visit the website GREATLAKESKIDS.ORG

The Journey Program

(Various Days/Dates)

TC/Suttons Bay/Frankfort

The Journey Program is a free 10 week group exercise program for cancer patients up to 2 years post treatment. Classes are held quarterly. Pre registration is required and ongoing. Call 231-276-2494 or visit the website at for more information.

Helena Township Community Center Events - Monthly Events

Various days and times


Monthly events include Potluck & Off the Wall Movie Night, the Antrim Photo Workshops, Books ‘n Brie Book Club, Basketry with Dorothy Walter, Novice Mentored Bridge and much more. Sponsored by Alden District Library and Friends. The community center is at 8751 Helena Rd. in Alden. For more info call 231-331-4318.

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency

Upcoming Events & Workshops

Fall of 2019

Traverse City

Home Sweet Homebuyer Education, learn all you can before you make the biggest investment of your life! Evening and Saturday workshops are scheduled for Traverse City & Cadillac. In addition, financial fitness workshops are happening in Traverse City, Cadillac & Petoskey.


Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency

3963 Three Mile Road     

Traverse City, MI 49686

phone: 231-947-3780


NMCAA – Cadillac

1640 Marty Paul



NMCAA – Petoskey

2240 Mitchell Park Drive, Suite A


All You Can Eat Breakfast

Every Sunday 7-11am

Alba Sportsman’s Club

Eat Local and support local. Proceeds are shared with local community groups including, Alba School Senior Class, Star Township Fire Department, and Antrim County Snowmobile Club. Eggs, pancakes, potatoes, ham and sausage. $4 kids 10 and under and $8 adults. For Seniors (60+) $7. The Alba Sportsman’s Club is at 5225 County Road 620 in Alba. More info at:

Caregiver Support Group

2nd Thursday of Each Month

Green Acres of Cadillac

FREE Monthly Support Group. Sponsored by Hospice of Michigan and Green Acres of Cadillac. Let us support YOU as you support others.  Join us for cake, coffee and conversation.  For more information contact Olivia at 231-775-5300. Address: Green Acres of Cadillac 235 Pearl St. Cadillac, MI 49601 Phone:231-775-5300

Shanty Sessions

Second Wednesday of every month!

Maritime Heritage alliance presents Shanty Sessions with guest host Handy Billy.

13268 S. West Bay Shore Dr. Building #1

Bring an Instrument to play or join in and Sing In this open music session.

Maritime Heritage Alliance is a non-profit seeking to promote and share the  Maritime heritage of the Great Lakes.

Families Against Narcotics Grand Traverse Area Meeting

Grand Traverse Area public forum meeting the first Thursday of every month from 6:30pm-8:00pm
Central United Methodist Church on N. Cass in Traverse City.
Combat the epidemic of prescription painkillers and heroin addiction in our communities.
For more info, call 231-633-0763 or email

314 E. Front Street

PO Box 472

Traverse City, MI 49684

Phone: (231)947-7675