The holidays in Bays de Noc area

Discover how relaxing this joyful season can be

Our approach to the holidays in the Bays de Noc area may seem old-fashioned, but it is calm and bright. While you’re here, you can focus on just being together. Or, take that much needed time for yourself.

Here, you can experience the simple joys of oohing-and-ahhing as we light the community Christmas trees. Admire the care that our artisans put into each of their handmade gifts. Feel the warmth in your heart as Santa listens attentively to every hopeful child’s wishes. Laugh with your friends over a glass of wine or beer after a day of no-stress shopping. Drive around to see the decorations. Then, wrap up in a warm blanket to watch the sky turn vibrant colors as the sun sets beyond the Bay.

In the Bays de Noc area, we do love being home for the holidays. Hope you can be with us, too.


Find gifts without the stress

  • TV6 Thanksgiving Craft Fair: Nov. 23 & 24, Ruth Butler Building U.P. State Fairgrounds, Escanaba; 10:00 am-5:00 pm. This fair offers one of the U.P.’s premier selections of handcrafted gifts, jewelry, foods and decorations.
  • Art for the Holidays: Dec. 1, Village Artisans 8th Annual Silent Auction, 6367 State Street in Garden; 2:45-5:30 pm (bidding 3:00-4:30 pm). Bid on beautiful art and locally handcrafted items while sipping wine and listening to festive music entertainment.
  • Christmas in Rapid River: Dec. 1; 10:00 am-3:30 pm. Park in town and ride a hay wagon to find handmade gifts, baked goods, raffles, fresh pasties, quilts, holiday dinners and more at each of the stops. Children can visit with Santa at the Lions Club. And don’t be in a rush to leave. Stay until 5:00 pm for the tree lighting and caroling.
  • Christmas Shopping Excursion: Dec. 8, with stops at more than 25 stores in Gladstone, Escanaba and Bark River; 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Transportation, wine tasting and lunch are included in the $25 fee. Call 906-786-2192 by Dec. 1 to reserve your spot; space is limited.
  • Craft Sale & Christmas in Nahma: Dec. 9
  • Winter Festival Crafters & Vendors Show: Dec. 15, Delta Plaza Mall, Escanaba; 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Finish all of your holiday shopping with this one stop. Santa will be here from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm to finalize his list.

Make lifelong memories of being together

    • Old Fashioned Christmas: Nov. 23, Gladstone; 5:30-8:00 pm. Experience the joy of lighting the town’s Christmas tree to a backdrop of holiday music and caroling. There will be horse-drawn hay wagon rides, warming fires and s’mores, crafts and games, and a chance to read with Mrs. Claus and talk to Santa.
  • Don’t Talk to the Actors: Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2, 6, 7 & 8, Players de Noc, Bonifas Fine Arts Center, 700 First Avenue South, Escanaba; showtimes vary. Visit or for tickets and more information.


    • Christmas in the Village: Dec. 7 & 8, The U.P. Steam and Gas Engine Association’s Antique Village, U.P. State Fairgrounds, Escanaba; Friday, 12-7pm and Saturday, 10:00 am-7:00 pm. Admission is free, but please consider donating non-perishable food items or an unwrapped toy for local charities. This Yuletide celebration includes wagon rides through the festively decorated village, live music, complimentary roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate and goodies galore. Bring your wishes to tell Santa and find handcrafted items for everyone on your list in the quaint shops.
    • Christmas Parade, Dec. 7, Escanaba; 7:00 pm.


  • Marquette Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet Concert: Dec. 11, Bay College – Besse Center Theater, 2001 N. Lincoln Road, Escanaba; 7:30 pm. Listen to a repertoire of holiday and classical music for brass. Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for students.


  • Mark your new calendar for snowmobiling fun in the new year! Jan. 25 & 26, 13th Annual Relic Riders’ Vintage and Antique Snowmobile Ride, Show & Swap in Rapid River. More details to come.


Let your creativity shine

  • Greens Workshop: Nov. 28, Village Artisans Gallery, 6367 State Street in Garden; 10:00 am. Make your own centerpiece or swag to take home at no cost. You are welcome to bring your own greens and items to decorate your piece or use what is available. Come with a sack lunch, too.
  • Gingerbread House Making & Decorating: Dec. 11, Jack’s Restaurant, Rapid River; 6:00 pm. For $10 you’ll get all the supplies you need to create your unique edible house. Make reservations by Dec. 5 at 906-474-9927.

Bring home the freshest tree. It’s a great family tradition!

  • Hiawatha National Forest. For the price of a $5 “tree tag,” you can cut your own holiday tree in the Hiawatha National Forest. Stop at the Rapid River Ranger District Office, 8191 U.S. Highway 2, to get your “tree tag” permit, tree cutting guidelines, information regarding cutting areas, and suggestions for flame-proofing your tree. For more information, contact the US Forest Service at Rapid River, 906-474-6442.
  • Teal’s Tree Farm, 4260 D Road in Bark River is open 9:00 am-6:00 pm. This is a charming place to find your perfect tree, wreaths and greenery. Horse-drawn wagon rides and a seasonal gift shop add to the family fun.

Happy Holidays to you and your family from all of us in the Bays de Noc area.