View the lights, shop the markets, and experience the magic of the season in the coming month with a full lineup of activities and events happening in Mason County. Here’s a look at what’s planned in the community!
Aglow on the Avenue Parade
The Aglow on the Avenue Parade is a favorite event of the Christmas holiday in Ludington. The parade starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, and the lighted entries ensure that downtown streets are aglow with holiday cheer and excitement to usher in the holiday season. Welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus and, following the parade, take the kids to a Santa meet-and-greet event and tree lighting at Legacy Plaza in the heart of the downtown district, featuring music from the Ludington High School Choir.
Small Business Saturday
Downtown Ludington is the place to be on Saturday, Nov. 27 for Small Business Saturday, when retailers roll out the red carpet for holiday shoppers. Take advantage of early Christmas deals available this weekend only. Whether you’re looking for clothing, shoes, art or music, Ludington boutiques and galleries have you covered.
‘Art of Giving’ Holiday Artist Market
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift, look no further than the artist market being held at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, Friday, Nov. 26 through Friday, Dec. 17. Local creators will have on sale their unique paintings, prints and jewelry throughout the month, and shoppers will be able to choose from a variety of remarkable pieces. Plus, your purchase helps support the arts in the community. Hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Deck the Halls: A Mason County Decorating Contest
Here’s your chance to return to an old-fashioned Christmas tradition: Load up the family in the car and take a light tour of Mason County! View outdoor decorations and lights that are noted on a published map and vote for your favorite. The contest runs December 1-27, so this is a relaxed activity that can be done any evening during the month.
Scottville Parade & Tree Lighting
Huddle together in Downtown Scottville for a new event this year: a Christmas parade and tree lighting in the town’s square on Saturday, Dec. 4. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the parade starting at the fire barn on East Broadway and ending back on Main Street, where Santa will light the Christmas tree.
South Main Street will be closed to allow a craft area for kids to make a colorful ornament (to keep or put on the city tree). Fire rings will be lit along South Main to allow for marshmallow roasting and s’mores. A free cocoa station with popcorn will also be available, and kids will have the opportunity to take a selfie with Santa for $1.
A Visit with Santa
Visit Santa and his elves on one of four weekends at WMOM studios and receive a free photo to remember the occasion. You’ll receive a free glossy photo printed right on the spot, plus digital copies emailed to you. To ensure safety for all, reservations are required. Secure your timeslot here. This offer runs from November 26 through December 20.
Also, Santa will greet children at Ludington Bay Brewing Company on Sunday, Dec. 12 (1-4 p.m.). This is free and open to all ages. Bring your Christmas lists to share with the big man in red!
Horse-drawn Carriage Rides
Meadow Breeze Farms will provide free, 15-minute horse-drawn carriage rides in Downtown Ludington, starting and ending at James and Court Streets near the Legacy Plaza pavilion, on Saturdays, Nov. 27 – Dec. 18 (2-6 p.m.). The carriage seats 10 adults and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Downtown Ludington Cookie Walk
Satisfy your sweet tooth by engaging in the annual cookie walk on December 11 at Downtown Ludington businesses. For just $20, you’ll be able to grab a map, travel to each of the participating stores, and pick up a cookie at each location. What a fun way to celebrate the season and have some sweets to share at your holiday gatherings! Purchase tickets HERE.
WSCC Holiday Rock Spectacular
Get ready for a high-energy evening of holiday rock, funk and blues featuring guitarist, Lou Musa, from the Verve Pipe, Craig Avery, and Kevin Depree from the popular Grand Rapids based-band Brenna, along with special appearances from Groove 101, Edgar Struble, and many more area favorites! This holiday rock concert is set for two shows (6:30 & 9 p.m.) Friday, Dec. 10 at Radiant Church of Ludington. Click HERE for tickets (Choose “LOGIN” and create an account.)
Holiday Mansion Tour at Cartier
Ever wonder what it was like to live as a lumber baron? Tour the historic home of lumberman, Warren Cartier, during a special event on Sunday, Dec. 12 at Cartier Mansion. Carson the Butler will open the mansion doors to the public for a holiday tour from 12-3 p.m. Cost is just $10, and all proceeds will benefit Mason County Mutts. The owners will also have a cup of holiday cheer for you to enjoy.
Pure Ludington New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
Ring in 2022 with a bang at West Michigan’s largest ball drop in Ludington, complete with an entertainment tent, live music, midnight ball drop and spectacular fireworks display. This event is free, high energy, and designed for all ages. The countdown to midnight starts at 9 p.m. December 31, featuring Serita’s Black Rose Duo in the tent, dancing and adult beverages. The Safe Rides program provides free rides on New Year’s Eve. Grab your tickets HERE.