2018 Holiday Activities & Events in Huron County

A full list of holiday events this season in Huron County 

See below for a list of parades, opportunities to see Santa, chances to listen or sing Christmas songs, and so much more this holiday season!  

 

Parades

Huron County Christmas Parade

Sebewaing Lighted Parade | Saturday, November 17th

Bad Axe Christmas Parade | Saturday, November 24th

Harbor Beach Christmas Parade | Saturday, December 1st

  • Time: 5:30 p.m.

  • Location: Downtown Harbor Beach

  • Click the link to visit the Harbor Beach Christmas Parade website and/or the event on Facebook

  • Lighted parade heralds the Christmas season complete with bands, fuzzy characters, Santa, and more!

  • Free hot chocolate and cookies!

 

Santa

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  • Santa at the Pigeon Town Lighting Celebration

    • Friday, November 23rd at 5:30 p.m. at Thumb National Bank & Trust Company Centennial Park

  • Cookies With Santa | Port Austin

    • Saturday, November 25th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    • Location: Port Austin Welcome Center

    • Bring a camera because your kids are sure to enjoy "cookies with Santa", goodie bags, and ice cream!

  • Lunch with Santa | Caseville

    • Saturday, December 1st from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    • Location: Caseville Eagles Club, 7017 E Park Street

    • Kids 4th grade and younger will enjoy a free lunch with Santa, pictures, drawings for bikes and more!

  • Santa at the Library | Harbor Beach

    • Saturday, December 1st from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    • Location: Harbor Beach District Library, 105 N. Huron Ave

    • Visit with Santa in the history room. Kids will also enjoy snacks as well as crafts and game activities in the common room. There is also a free showing of the movie The Star at the theater at 1 pm.

    • For more information see the event on Facebook

  • Santa at the Kids Christmas Party | Port Hope

    • Saturday, December 8th at 2 pm

    • Location: Grindstone-Port Hope Sportsmen’s Club, 6101 Huron City Road, Port Hope

    • Christmas party for kids 12 and under. Come and enjoy games, prizes, food, and gifts for everyone. Santa will be there! The event is free in and open to the public.

    • For more information see the event on Facebook

 

Carols & Music

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  • Holiday Concert: A Celtic & Holiday Concert by Sonas | Port Austin

    • Friday, November 23rd at 7:30 p.m.

    • Location: Port Austin Community Playhouse, 35 Railroad Street

    • For more information visit the Sonas on Facebook

  • Holiday Concert | Port Austin

  • Tree Lighting & Sing-A-Long | Port Hope

    • Sunday, December 3rd at 4:30 p.m.

    • Location: Rubicon Township Hall in Port Hope at 4425 Main Street

    • Join in the annual town tree lighting and sing-along to Christmas favorites

    • Santa arrives by fire truck at 5:30 pm!

  • All For Hymn Performance| Port Austin

 

Christmas Light Displays

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  • 2018 Family Holiday Lighted Trail | Bad Axe

    • Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 6 pm to 8:30 pm starting December 1st

    • Location: 33 McKichen Road, Bad Axe

    • Enjoy a free lighted trail you can walk through, cocoa, writing letters to Santa, and games to celebrate the holiday season

    • Fireworks show on December 15th

    • For more information see the event on Facebook

  • 3rd Annual Holiday Lights Show | Bad Axe

    • Grand Opening: Saturday, November 24th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    • Open: November 30th - December 2nd, December 7th-9th, December 14th-16th, and December 21st - 23rd from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    • Location: Huron County Fairgrounds in Bad Axe

    • Grand lightening takes place after the Bad Axe Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 24th

    • Drive through lighted holiday displays from local businesses and organizations at the fairground

 

Giving

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  • Operation Christmas Child - National Collection Week

    • November 12th through 19th

    • Drop-Off Locations:

      • Port Hope Activity Center, 7840 Portland Road, Port Hope

      • Bay Shore Camp and Family Ministries, 450 N Miller Street, Sebewaing

      • For more information and drop off times click here

  • Snow Ball - A Special Night | Sebewaing

    • Sunday, November 18th from 5 pm to 7pm

    • Location: Immanuel Lutheran School, 800 E Bay Street

    • The Immanuel Lutheran Church youth group invites all children and teens who are of special needs (autism spectrum, Down syndrome, etc.) to “Snow Ball – A Special Night” (regardless of denomination or church affiliation).

    • Winter dance in an enchanted winter setting for a night of music and dancing in a prom-like atmosphere. (Decorations will not include any flashing lights or loud, booming music.)

    • While this is a free event, it is only open to those with special needs and their families. 

    • For more information read the article in the Huron County View, or call (919) 270-1770

  • Blue Star Mothers Asking for Military Addresses

    • Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., Thumb Chapter MI 178, P.O. Box 64, Bad Axe, MI 48413 or by email to BSMthumb178@hotmail.com by Friday, Nov. 23 and include their own name as well and phone number as contact information in case the organizers have any questions about the military address.

  • Bingo | Elkton

    • Saturday, December 8th from 5 pm to 9 pm

    • Location: Huron Youth Center, 16 Main Street

    • Early bird games are from 5-6 and regular play is from 6-9

    • Cost is 25 cents per card, per game with proceeds to benefit the Huron Youth Center & the Elkton Lions Club Parks & Rec free family activities

    • Bring items for the Food Pantry Can Drive, with each item you bring you are entered in for a chance to win Elkton gift certificates

  • Ice Fishing for Autism | Elkton

    • Friday, December 21st at 7 pm

    • Location: Huron Youth Center, 16 North Main Street

    • Fishing seminars and instruction from professional anglers.

    • Open to all ages, bring the family!

    • Raffles and giveaways

    • Cost is $8 per person, 12 and under are free. All proceeds benefit local autism programs.

    • For more information contact Brandon Stanton at (989) 963-0215

  • Ubly FFA Collects for Harvest for America | Ubly

    • September - February

    • Ubly FFA collects nonperishable food items and money from September to February and says Harvest for America is a great way to give to families in need in your community – $1 equals three pounds of food.

More Giving

For even more opportunities to give back this holiday season read our “Local Organizations to Give Back to this Holiday Season & New Year” article.

 

Holiday Movies

  • Illumination Entertainment’s take on Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

  • Free Movie: Miracle on 34th Street | Harbor Beach

  • Free Movie (TBD) | Caseville

  • Free Movie: The Star | Harbor Beach

  • Free Movie: Holiday Inn (1942) | Harbor Beach

    • Monday, December 3rd at 7 pm

    • With the combined might of Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Irving Berlin working in its favor, Holiday Inn is a seasonal classic -- not least because it introduced "White Christmas" to the world.

    • Location: Harbor Beach Community Theater

  • Free Movie: Deck the Halls | Harbor Beach

  • Movie: The Man Who Invented Christmas | Harbor Beach

    • Monday, December 17th at 7 pm

    • The Man Who Invented Christmas adds holiday magic to the writing of A Christmas Carol, putting a sweetly revisionist spin on the story behind a classic yuletide tale.

    • Location: Harbor Beach Community Theater

 

Holiday Crafts for Adults

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  • Wine Glass Painting | Bad Axe

    • Saturday, November 15th at 2 pm

    • Location: Pete’s Bar, 269 E Huron Ave

    • Give yourself a present, or create a gift for someone else. We'll be painting the four seasons on wine glasses. Vicki Bailey Thomas will be teaching the class. The price of the class is forty-five dollars, which includes four wine glasses, all materials, and one adult beverage.

    • For more information see the event on Facebook

  • A Very Merry Paint Party | Bad Axe

    • Thursday, November 15th at 6 pm

    • Location: Rachel’s Bar & Grill, 754 N Van Dyke

    • Let your creative side shine as the Bad Axe Chamber of Commerce and artist Jenny Turner gives you simple step-by-step instructions on how to paint the very merry *Funky Reindeer*

    • Spaces are limited, contact Kelsey Connors-Brown via text at (989) 975-0808 with the number of spaces to be reserved & the names of those attending

    • For more information see the event on Facebook

  • Paint Party with the Girls Fundraiser | Elkton

    • Monday, November 19th from 6 pm - 9 pm

    • Location: Huron Youth Center, 16 N. Main Street

    • The class includes everything you'll need to make your own 16x20 masterpiece, " Frosty Morning Farm"!

    • Cost is $40 with proceeds to benefit the Elkton Lions Parks & Rec Family Activities

    • For more information see the event on Facebook

  • ArtParty - Ubly Band Fundraiser | Ubly

    • Monday, December 3rd from 6 to 9 pm in the band room

    • Location: Ubly Community High School, 2020 Union Street

    • The Ubly band will be hosting an Art Party to raise money for the band program. You will be creating a 16x20 painting called "Grinchy Christmas", with the guidance of an instructor. The cost is $40 to attend and spots are limited.

    • For more information see the event on Facebook

  • Get Sewing with Gail: Holiday Edition | Elkton

    • Tuesday, December 4th at 6 pm

    • Location: Huron Youth Center, 16 N. Main Street

    • Hosted By: Art Party by TurnerArts

    • Learn how to sew and make two great projects to bring home: Pillowcase and Decorative Napkins. Light snacks provided.

    • Cost is $40 with proceeds to benefit the Elkton Lions Parks & Rec Family Activities

    • For more information see the event on Facebook

  • Pallet Party with the Girls | Elkton

    • Sunday, December 9th at 2 pm

    • Location: Huron Youth Center, 16 North Main St.

    • Create your own masterpiece with several pallet sizes to choose from: 18"x24" square or 17" round pallet is $40.00, or 23" round or 12" x 6 ft (one sided) for $60.00, with a portion donated to the Elkton Lions Club Parks & Rec program

    • For more information see the event on Facebook.

 

Holiday Happenings &  Events

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  • Spirit of Christmas Festival | Sebewaing

    • Saturday, November 17th

    • Activities from 8 am to 9 pm

      • Santa Run at 8:15 am at Bay Shore Camp

      • Festival of Trees from 9 am to 4 pm at Moore Shoreline

      • Parade starts at 10:30 am at Center Street

      • Free carriage rides after the parade at Main Park

      • Vendors at Township Hall, Library, and Medallion Village from 12 pm to 4 pm

      • Frosty’s Workshop from 12 pm to 4 pm at Moore Shoreline (free crafts for kids)

      • Selfies with Santa from 5 pm to 8 pm at Main Park (bring your own camera/phone)

    • For more information see the event on Facebook

  • The Grinch’s Candy Cane Hunt & Meet the Grinch | Bad Axe

    • Saturday, November 17th from 10:15 am to 2 pm at the Bad Axe School

    • Candy cane hunt is from 10:15 am to 10:45 am at the Bad Axe High School Football Field

    • Meet the Grinch and enjoy a special reading of The Grinch Stole Christmas, with games, prizes, and contests to follow from 11 am to 2 pm in the Bad Axe Middle School Gymnasium

    • For more information see the event on Facebook (read discussion)

  • Christmas Town Lighting with Santa | Pigeon

    • Friday, November 23rd

    • From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    • Location: Thumb National Bank & Trust Company Centennial Park

    • Drawings and horse-drawn wagon rides start at 5:00 p.m.

    • The only time Santa will be in Pigeon to visit before the big day!

    • For more information visit the Pigeon Chamber of Commerce on Facebook

    Zion Lutheran Church Bazaar, Bake Sale & Cookie Walk | Harbor Beach

    • Saturday, December 1st

    • Location: Zion Lutheran Church, 299 Garden Street in Harbor Beach

    • Crafts, bake sale, and luncheon

  • Elkton Christmas Celebration

    • Saturday, December 1st from 9 am to 2 pm

    • Location: Throughout town

    • Many fun holiday events for all ages taking place throughout town:

      • Holiday craft show at the Huron Youth Center from 9 am to 2 pm

      • Cookie walk at the Fischer Building at 37 N Main (see the “Cookie Walks & Bake Sales” section in this article for more info)

      • Kids Christmas cookie and stocking decorating, write a letter to Santa and mail it to the North Pole, balloon animals, ice cream, free movie, and more! These activities will take place at the Elkton Civic Center at 33 N Main Street from 10 am to 1 pm.

      • Senior Dinner at the Village Hall from 11 am to 1 pm

      • Soup & Chili Cook-off at the Fire Hall at 5020 Hoffman Street from 11 am to 1 pm

      • Santa Arrives & Hay Rides around town starting at the Fire Hall from 11 am to 1 pm

    • Visit Elkton Community Happenings on Facebook for more information

 

Holiday Shopping

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  • Mistletoe Market | Bad Axe

    • Saturday, November 10th at 9 am - 2 pm

    • Location: Bad Axe Middle School

    • Shop for handmade items, goods from local businesses, baked goods, arts and crafts, and more!

    • Special appearances by Santa and by the Grinch from 9 am to 10 am!

    • For more information see the event on Facebook

  • 3rd Annual OLLH Vendor Bazaar

    • Wednesday, November 14th from 5 pm to 8 pm

    • Location: Our Lady of Lake Huron School, Harbor Beach

    • Shop through the halls of the OLLH School while supporting a variety of local vendors. Cost is $2 per adult, which also gets you a raffle ticket for a prize of your choice.

    • For more information see the event on Facebook

  • Christmas Open House & Small Business Saturday

    • Saturday, November 24th from 12 pm to 4 pm

    • Location: Kohl Farms, 3062 Hobart Road, Gagetown

    • Horse-drawn wagon rides, specials, sales, hot chocolate & cookies

    • For more information see the event on Facebook

  • Black Friday Sale | Port Austin

    • Saturday, November 24th at 10 am - 2 pm

    • Location: Port Austin Kayak, 119 E Spring Street

    • For more information see the event on Facebook

  • Small Town Saturday | Harbor Beach

    • Saturday, November 24th

    • Located at businesses throughout the town of Harbor Beach

    • Join shoppers across the country shopping local during National Small Business Saturday!

    • One of a kind discounts and drawings, with extended hours available

  • Silver Bells Sale | Port Austin

    • Friday, November 30th through Sunday, December 2nd

    • Various sales going on throughout town and vendors at the Port Austin Community Playhouse

    • For more information see the event on Facebook

 

Cookie Walks & Bake Sales

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  • Christmas Bazaar & Bake Sale| Port Austin

  • Saturday, December 1st from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Location: United Protestant Church in Port Austin

  • Variety of vendors with handcrafted items and unique gift ideas

  • Cookie Walk | Port Austin

    • Saturday, December 1st

    • Fill your tin with cookies from 9 a.m. to noon

    • Location: Port Austin Township Library

  • Cookie Walk | Elkton

    • Saturday, December 2nd

    • Location: 32 Main Street (next to Envy Me Salon)

    • Proceeds benefit the Elkton Lions Club Parks & Rec Program

    • $5 for 1 dozen cookies, $3 for ½ dozen

  • Zion Lutheran Church Bazaar, Bake Sale & Cookie Walk | Harbor Beach

    • Saturday, December 1st

    • Location: Zion Lutheran Church, 299 Garden Street in Harbor Beach

    • Crafts, bake sale, and luncheonHappy Holidays!

 

Happy Holidays!