If your hometown isn’t brimming with holiday spirit, look no further than the great state of Michigan to find some of the merriest Christmas towns in the country. A visit to any of these merry towns is an off-the-beaten-track way to spend a peaceful yet festive holiday. There’s no need to drive hours to your destination, either. With jet charters from RAI Jets, we can get you closer to your smaller-town destination than the commercial jets. You’ll spend less time traveling and more time celebrating!
So read on to see what our Michigan towns offer, then grab your Santa Hat and hop on board the RAI sleigh—I mean private jet–and we will you dash away to your special Michigan holiday destination!
Nicknamed “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” Frankenmuth is home to the world’s largest Christmas store, Bronner’s Winter Wonderland, which is open year round. Begin new holiday traditions with a skate on the new 60×120-foot ice rink in the heart of the village. After a stroll through Bronner’s, enjoy a quiet moment at the Silent Night Memorial Chapel. The chapel is an exact replica of the sacred space in Oberndorf, Austria, where the hymn Silent Night premiered in 1818. If you’re ready for some shopping, take the Frankenmuth Christmas Shuttle to make it easier. This year, the city has amped up its Christmas celebration. For more information, check out their website.
A town that’s named Christmas must have a year-round celebration, right? The town of Christmas is nestled in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, just outside Munising, on the shores of Lake Superior. As you drive into town, a 35-foot-tall Santa Claus will greet you, letting you know you’re in the right place to celebrate the holidays. Christmas is a popular destination for snowmobiling, so take a snowmobile for a spin and enjoy the beautiful winter scenery. Visitors also enjoy the Christmas post office, where they can have their holiday cards officially postmarked from Christmas. Shopping is fun too, with all the businesses in the town carrying out the Santa Claus theme. Find out more about the city here.
Located an hour north of Detroit, the Village of Holly is Michigan’s real-life “Hallmark Movie” set waiting to be seen. The film Cupid’s Christmas was recently filmed here, and the town recreated their famous Holly Dickens Festival and Christmas parade just for the cameras. The annual Holly Dickens Festival celebrates Charles Dickens and claims to be the oldest, longest-running Dickens Festival in the United States. If you go, don’t miss Holly Dazzle on the grounds of the Michigan Renaissance Faire. It’s a dazzling light show featuring a three-quarter-mile walking trail through illuminated holiday scenes. Board the three-quarter mile outdoor train featuring lighted Christmas scenes, holiday treats, music, and more.
4. Dearborn (Greenfield Village)
Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn is one of lower Michigan’s favorite tourist destinations and is magical for everyone in the family, any time of year. During the holidays, it offers an extra layer of magic with its Holiday Night Celebration, 80 acres of a glimmering winter wonderland, which has been delighting visitors for 25 years. Holiday Night in Greenfield Village is a month-long celebration at the Henry Ford Museum in Greenfield Village. It features the smells of roasting chestnuts and cozy bonfires, carolers singing Christmas favorites, free ice skating, carousel, and Model T rides, and historic homes featuring Christmas past, and holiday shops. Every night is topped off with a fireworks display.
5. Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids is the place for you if you’re looking for an active holiday filled with winter sports. From skiing, and snowboarding, to sledding, skating, or snowshoeing, they have it all. Annual Christmas traditions include the annual Christmas and Holiday Traditions Show at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, where visitors can enjoy more than 300,000 lights that illuminate the strolling carolers and the visit from Santa Claus. Take in a performance of the Grand Rapids Ballet’s version of “The Nutcracker,” or weave through the two-mile Christmas Lite Drive-thru Show. The show has more than one million lights, a Memory Lane Train, a Winter Wonder Walk, and a Reindeer Bike Ride.
Regarded as the twinkliest town in Michigan, Rochester is home to the ultimate display of Christmas lights. It’s located just outside of Detroit and home to the Big Bright Light Show, which floods the holiday season with more than a million lights on display, covering the downtown shops from top to bottom. Enjoy the “Snowman Stroll” and the frosty creations that dot the map as you make your way between the downtown boutiques.
7. Boyne Falls, Michigan
The Boyne Mountain area in Northern Michigan is a popular destination 12 months of the year. During the holidays though, it truly shines brightly. Boyne Mountain offers lots of holiday cheer during Holiday Week (which lasts much longer!) and offers a beautiful getaway where you can tear up the powder with your skis or snowboard, then warm up with a cup of cocoa or something stronger. Inside enjoy the spa, gourmet restaurant, and luxury accommodations. We fly direct to the Boyne Mountain Airport, so give us a call for our special rates and enjoy the holidays in northern Michigan!
If reading about these fun and festive Christmas towns in Michigan has ignited your holiday spirit, RAI Jets has the “sleigh” ready to take you to your holiday destination. Think of it as a once-in-a-lifetime early Christmas gift to yourself. Skip the congested, crowded airlines and fly on your time, your schedule, and with friends and family only. Call for a quote at 800-247-2834 and make this holiday the merriest ever!