Traverse City Area Events

It’s December in the Northwest Michigan territory and as we watch the snow piling up already, the holiday season is in full swing.  The ski slopes are opening! (You can find the slopes here: and see their status here: Check out this Event Highlights for December to see some of the fun things you can do during the holiday season in Northwest Michigan.  

These events are the highlights from the Ticker, EventBright, PureMichigan, and Meetup.  There is not a rhyme or reason to them and it is worth a full peruse.  

If you are planning a venture and like the option of an investment or vacation home, give me a call, and we can begin this discussion.  

Holiday Wreath Making Class

Sat, Dec 1, 2018 @ 2:30 PM
Iron Fish Distillery, Thompsonville, MI

Grower and Maker of all things beautiful Charla Burgess, the grower at Sow She Grows Farm will lead attendees through the making of a full size, artistic holiday wreath, utilizing materials she’s grown and foraged here in Northern Michigan.
Class registration includes a cozy seasonal cocktail or beverage. $40 per person

Free Play Writing Competition

Saturday, December 1 10:00 AM
City Opera House, TC

City Opera House invites regional high school students to submit an original one-act play – 9-12 pages with 4 characters or less – to the 8th Annual Young Playwrights Festival. The deadline is Fri., Dec. 14. Finalists are paired with national theater mentors, win $100 & see their play performed on the City Opera House stage.


Sat, Dec 1, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
Interlochen Center for the Arts, Harvey Theatre

Charles Dickens’ story, adapted by Doris Baizley.

A Christmas Carol

Sunday, December 2 @ 2:00 PM
Old Town Playhouse, TC

This multi-award winning musical follows a determined woman who embarks on a cross-country bus trip to have her disfiguring scar healed by a preacher. Presented by the Arts Academy Theatre Co.

TCNewTech Meetup

Tuesday, December 4 – 5:30 PM
City Opera House

Up to 5 presenters will take the stage each month to promote their technology-related new venture or product.

Presenters will be announced one week before the meeting.

Each presenter will be allowed 5-minutes to present and 5-minutes of question and answers (time limits will be strictly enforced). Between each presenter, the audience will be allowed to make brief announcements for things such as job openings, persons seeking employment, other events happening in the area related to technology, etc… The audience will be made up of technology minded people and consist of mostly of programmers, IT staff, people looking for opportunities for their tech company, tech companies looking for staff, individuals looking for an investment opportunity, start-up founders looking for investors and tech geeks that just like learning about new things. There is no charge to attend or to present.

2018 Festival of Trees

Wednesday, December 5 – 12 PM – 2 PM
Golden Fellowship Hall, Interlochen

The Interlochen Woman’s Club’s Annual Christmas Party. Please bring an appetizer or dessert & a wrapped, Christmas stocking filled with candy. Bring mittens, scarves & hats for the children at Silver Lake School.

Biggest Little Holiday Party

Friday, December 7 – 6 PM
GT Resort & Spa, Acme


The Biggest Little Party takes all of the planning, organizing & budgeting out of your hands but still delivers that holiday extravaganza for employees, friends & family.

Christmas Magic

Saturday, December 8 – 9 AM – 6 PM
Beulah Michigan

3-5 pm: Beulah Trailhead: Art project, face painting, cookie decorating & Santa. Downtown Beulah: Horse-drawn wagon rides. 4 pm: Christmas carolers from Benzie Central High School Choir. 5:15 pm: Christmas Magic Lighted Para

A Christmas Carol

Saturday, December 8 – 7:30 PM
Old Town Playhouse, TC

$28 adults, $15 youth under 18

Charles Dickens’ story, adapted by Doris Baizley.

SwingShift and the Stars

Friday, DECember 14 – 6:30 PM
City Opera House, TC

Lip Sync competition benefitting eight local non-profits. Tickets:

Boyne Mountain Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 15 5-9 PM
Boyne Mountain

Boyne Mountain invites everyone to join them for their 9th annual Holiday Open House from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. The holiday cheer and activities are open to all on this special evening. Enjoy horse drawn sleigh rides, roaring bonfire and s’mores, arts and crafts, family holiday movie, shopping specials, live entertainment, holiday treats, and so much more!”

TC Salvation Army Christmas Dinner Community Meal

Friday, December 21 – 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
The Salvation Army, TC

Come one, come all in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and the gift of friendship.

Coffee and Game Dev Talk and Show Off

Sunday, December 23 – 2:00 PM
The Brew, TC

Come talk game dev and show off what you’re working on. Get connected with others Game Devs in the area.

Winter Member Exhibition

Monday , December 24 – 10:00 AM
Oliver Art Center, Frankfort

Original works in all media will be accepted for consideration (including but not limited to painting, electronic, experimental 2D, glass, ceramics, wood, photography and other traditional and nontraditional art forms). Entries must have been completed within the last three years and not previously exhibited at the Oliver Art Center. 2D work including fiber must be framed, or finished, and ready to hang with wire or 2 rings if heavy (no saw-tooth hangers). 3D work must be ready for display. Please include any special instructions. Exhibition goes from Nov 20 to Jan 4

New Years Weekend Cabin Trip

Saturday, December 29 10:00 PM
New Years Cabin

Celebrate the new year at a 40-acre secluded cabin on Higgins Lake. We’ll meet Saturday, December 30 for 2 nights at an Airbnb in Higgins Lake, not far from hiking trails at Hartwick Pines State Park, the Mason tract pathway, cross country skiing headquarters in Roscommon, and cross country or regular skiing at Hanson Hills in Grayling. On Saturday morning, December 30th, we’ll check into the cabin (or meet at one of the spots listed above first), and then decide from the options on what to do. Some of us can head to the cross country ski headquarters in Roscommon Saturday morning  . Ski rentals there are around $30 for the weekend, and there are over 11 miles of trails to ski there.

Black Star Farms New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner

Monday, December 31 – 6 PM-9 PM
Inn at Black Star Farms

So if you’re are looking for Traverse City things to do or are interested in learning about Traverse City Restaurants or Traverse City Events, check out The Ticker, Meetup, Eventbrite, PureMichigan or subscribe to my site and stay tuned.