Michigan Winter Activities and Events

University of Michigan alumni Jordan Morgan and KT Maviglia Morgan have turned their love of travel into a successful business. Their travel platform At the arrival makes trip planning more efficient and even offers tailor-made itineraries.

We asked the couple where they were going and what they would be doing in Michigan during the winter. Here are their top picks.

Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland

The top of the list is the largest Christmas store in the world. Go shopping for gifts, decorations and everything you need for the holiday season. If you’re going on vacation, we suggest you leave Metro Detroit at dawn to avoid the lines.

Savvy shoppers wait until after the New Year to shop in peace. In any case, do not leave without a personalized decoration! bronzers.com.

Zehnder Snow Festival

This event has been held for more than 30 years at Zehnder in Frankenmuth. From January 25-29, enjoy live snow and ice sculptures, music, drinks and shopping. After a day of fun, stop by the restaurant for a family fried chicken dinner. zehnders.com/snowfest.


Iron Fish Distillery

This hidden gem 20 miles southeast of Frankfurt won three medals at this year’s prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It is also the ideal base camp for wood-fired pizzas and cocktails.

Stop during your stay at Crystal Mountain Ski Resortand if you have time, take the 30-minute trip to the famous frozen lighthouse Betsie Point. ironfishdistillery.com.

Boyne Falls

Boyne Mountain Station

Without a doubt the best ski destination in Michigan. Explore 60 trails and 415 skiable acres. The annual holiday week at Boyne Mountain runs from December 20 to January 1 and is filled with Christmas cheering and activities (perfect for the kids)! boynemountain.com.

cross the city

CherryT ball drop

Head to downtown Traverse City for the annual cherry ball drop. Up to 12,000 people attend this event each December 31 and proceeds are donated to local charities. Be sure to stay for the fireworks! cherrytballdrop.org.

Great Rapids

Winter World Festival

Grand Rapids’ biggest holiday event runs from January 6 to March 5. Check out the long list of free attractions, which includes outdoor interactive art installations, light shows and live performances. stop Lyon street cafe to enjoy a hot chocolate in a frame hut before returning home! worldofwintergr.com.

Saint Joseph

Light up the bluff

For a top-notch light display, head to St. Joseph’s Lake Bluff Park during Light Up the Bluff. The show, which features more than a million Christmas lights installed throughout the park, remains lit until February. It’s a must! For dates, go to stjoetoday.com.


Winter sports

Calling all adventurers! Marquette offers plenty of opportunities to get outside and exercise, from skiing and fat biking to snowshoeing and much more. See scenic spots like the Black Rocks, Marquette Harbor Lighthouseand proximity Eben Ice Caves and Tahquamenon Falls.

Did you know you can even see the Northern Lights in Marquette? Its particularly long and dark winter nights create ideal conditions for viewing the Northern Lights from the shore of Lake Superior. travelmarquette.com.

This story is from November Hour Detroit magazine 2022 issue. Find out more in our digital edition.

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