December & January

People, places and events to explore in Michigan.
Soup paired with wine
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The Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail’s annual Sips & Soup is the perfect way to warm up and shake off cabin fever. Spend the afternoon visiting the nearly 20 winery tasting rooms where the staff has carefully paired their favorite wine with a mouth-watering soup. A portion of ticket sales is donated to local food banks, coordinated by the Leelanau Christian Neighbors.

Christmas nightThe Great Depression was a trying time for Americans, especially during the holiday season. During “The Farm By Lantern Light” at Wellington Farm Park in Grayling, visitors are transported back in time during a two-hour performance that spans the historic 60-acre living history complex. At each building, another scene of the play is presented by costumed interpreters. (989) 348-5187;

Housed in the former Featherbone Corset Factory building, the acclaimed Acorn Theater in historic Three Oaks hosts “Harbor Country Opera — Christmas at the Acorn.” The theater is one of several businesses that have helped redevelop this small Berrien County community as a cultural center. (269) 756-3879;

Gingerbread HouseCaro’s Gingerbread Village  started as an event geared toward giving back to the community, but it has grown into a weeklong celebration of family fun and holiday tradition. This year’s festivities include gingerbread house building competitions, free children’s matinee movies, lunch with Santa, and visits from festival mascots Fred and Ginger Bread, along with their children, Cookie and Snap. (989) 673-5211;

Vintage Holiday DecorExperience a northern Michigan  tradition at Christmas in the Antique Village in Escanaba at the U.P. Steam & Gas Engine Museum on the U.P. State Fairgrounds. Enjoy old-fashioned holiday festivities with vintage decorations, horse-drawn sleigh rides, the roasting of chestnuts, carolers, hot cocoa and sweet treats, as well as a visit from Santa. Local artisans also set up a holiday shop with their handcrafted wares for sale. (906) 789-1257;


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