Traverse City Area Events

Well November looked like February this year and the Holidays are here!  It seems the snow has put everyone in to the mood!  As the holidays get here, remember “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller.  Our calendars are packed full of events this time of year and there are some really cool things to do this month. Check out the ESM Event Highlights for December 2019 to see some of the fun things you can do during December in Northwest Michigan.  

These events are the highlights from the Ticker, EventBright, PureMichigan,   WhatsUpTraverseCity and Meetup.  There is no rhyme or reason to them and it is worth a full peruse through these websites.  

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.  

Old Fashioned Christmas at the Lighthouse

SUNDAY, DecEMBER 1, 2019 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Grand Traverse Lighthouse, Northport


$5/person & State Park Recreation Passport
The keeper’s apartment will be decorated as it would have been in the Christmases of yesteryear & the keepers’ stories will be told.

Elf The Musical

 SunDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2019 @ 2:00 PM
Old Town Playhouse, TC


Adults: $28; youth: $15 (plus fees)


Tuesday, DECEMBER 3, 2019 @ 6:00 PM
City Opera House, TC

Free; must register
Five presenters are allowed 5 minutes each to present & 5 minutes of question & answer. Between presenters, the audience is allowed to make brief announcements for things such as job openings, persons seeking employment, & other events happening in the area related to technology.

Recess of Giving

wednesDAY, decEMBER 4, 2019 @ 5 PM – 7 PM
Fox Motors, TC


Benefits Toys for Tots. Networking happy hour event with food, beverages & prizes. Sponsored by Caliber Home Loans. Bring one new, unwrapped toy.

amical’s Cookbook Dinner Series Presents “Rich Table”

FRIday, DECEMBER 6, 2019 @ 5:00 PM
amical, TC


James Beard nominees Sarah & Evan Rich share their unique take on modern American cuisine from their Michelin starred restaurant in San Francisco. Call: 941-8888 for reservations.

10th Annual Light Up the Night & Soup

SATURday, DECEMBER 7, 2019 @ 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Downtown Bellaire


Featuring a free kid’s movie, ornament making, “Soup Cook-Off” with 10+ participating restaurants, visit with Santa after the “Parade of Lights,” community tree lighting, caroling, live Nativity, turkey bowling & more.

Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre Presents “The Nutcracker”

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Northport Performing Arts Center


Adults, $20; students, $5

Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. An experience in the Land of Sweets.


Downtown Cocoa Crawl

SUNday, DECEMBER 8, 2019 @ 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Downtown, TC


Suttons Bay Holiday Festival

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2019 @ 12:00 PM 

Noon-3pm: Cookie Extravaganza at The Friendship Center. 2:30pm: Community Choral Concert at Suttons Bay Congregational Church.

Family Event with Santa & Mrs. Claus

SUNday, DECEMBER 8 – 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Oliver Art Center, Frankfort

Also enjoy holiday story time with Benzie Shores Library, holiday arts & crafts, a hot chocolate bar, & activities with Cognition Discovery Center.

“The Nutcracker”

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 @ 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Interlochen Center for the Arts, Corson Auditorium


$32 full, $14 student

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s holiday ballet. The Interlochen Arts Academy Ballet Company presents the timeless story of Clara, her enchanted Nutcracker, & their journey through the Land of Sweets.

“A Christmas Story”

Thursday, DecEMBER 12 – 6:30 PM
Suttons Bay High School Auditorium

$5 student, $7 adult
A play based on the classic Christmas movie.

SwingShift and the Stars

City Opera House, TC


$25 & up

Dancing competition for local nonprofits, live swing band, desserts & coffee. Nonprofits benefitting: Bethany, Single MOMM, Spark in the Dark, Upbound at Work, Communities in Schools, Norte, Traverse City Christian School, TC Tritons Rowing.

“How Grinchy Met The Who”

Grand Traverse Circuit, TC


$20-$25; student price of $15 on 12/14

Presented by Mash-Up Rock & Roll Musical. “How Grinchy Met the Who” is a reimagined parody of both the beloved Christmas classic & the psychedelic rock opera “Tommy,” with a little extra of The Who sprinkled in.

Sounds of the Season: Arts Academy Wind Symphony & Choir)

Interlochen Center for the Arts, Corson Auditorium


$27 full, $14 student

This showcase features seasonal selections by both ensembles, classic stories, & a sing-along led by Santa himself. Stay after the show for milk & cookies.

Men’s Shopping Night

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2019 – 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Downtown TC


Ladies Night in Elk Rapids

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2019 – 5:00 PM TO 8:00 PM



Enjoy nibbles & drinks & play shopping bingo for the chance to win a gift bag stuffed with items from local merchants.

Tannenbaum Blitzen

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2019 – 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire


$13 adults, $8 ages 5-12, & free for 4 & under

Enjoy a torchlight parade down the face of Schuss Mountain, Christmas carols around the tree, Christmas cookie decorating & a visit from Santa. Fireworks follow at Schuss Mountain.

Ski with Santa

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2019 – 1:00 PM
Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville


Santa will hit the slopes at 1pm.

Holiday Self-Care with Yin and Tonic Yoga

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2019 – 9:00 AM
812 S. Garfield Ave., Suite K, TC



Join Wendy in a Yin practice as Samantha, a licensed massage therapist, kneads & soothes your tired muscles as you stretch.

New Year’s Eve at Crystal Mountain

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2019 – 5:00 PM
Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville


Dinners, parties, kids activities, live music, fireworks, Torchlight Parade & more.

Sips & Giggles NYE Comedy Show Featuring Andrew Norelli

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2019 – 7:30 PM and 9:00 PM
Old Town Playhouse, TC


$25 advance; $30 door

Enjoy this internationally touring comedian who has been on David Letterman, Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, Comedy.TV, & much more.

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 EventBright, PureMichigan or subscribe to my site and stay tuned. These sites cover all of the Northwest Michigan Lower Peninsula!