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10 Reasons You’ll Love Ludington During the Holidays

The holiday season is in full swing, and Pure Ludington’s lineup of activities and events are sure to entertain and get you in a festive spirit. Here, we’re sharing 10 of our favorite, merry things to do over the next month. We hope you’ll join us!

 1. ‘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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.)    

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5. Ice Skating at Waterfront Park

If you’re looking for a fun family-friendly event, this is it. Head to Waterfront Park to skate on Ludington’s 30’x56’ synthetic-surface rink, free of charge, seven days a week (through Jan. 31).

Those who don’t have skates can check out one of 100 free pairs of new ice skates on loan at the Ludington branch of Mason County District Library with a Mason County District Library card. 

6. Holiday Mansion Tour at Cartier

Enjoy a cup of cheer as Carson the Butler opens the Cartier Mansion doors to the public for a holiday tour on December 12 (1-3 p.m.). See where former lumber barons lived in this 1905 neoclassical estate, complete with original woodwork, fixtures and antiques. The cost is $10 per person, and all profits will be donated to Mason County Mutts.

7. Shop Home for the Holidays

Imagine a movie-worthy scene on the downtown streets, complete with carriage rides and late-night shopping. Through December 24, Ludington’s retailers are creating a shopping experience for their customers who are searching for the magic of Christmas and that perfect gift for a loved one. Look for more information HERE.


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8. Live Music

Grab a bite to eat in Downtown Ludington and enjoy the sounds of local artists performing for the holiday season. Ludington Bay Brewing Company features the tunes of Gabrial James on Dec. 10, and John Merchant and Greg Miller on Dec. 17. Jamesport Brewing Company often has Friday night entertainment and free appetizers during Happy Hour. (Check their Facebook page for up-to-date information.) What a fun way to relax and celebrate the season!

9. Ludington State Park Snowshoe Hikes

New this year: The Ludington State Park is offering Early Bird Snowshoe Walks on Dec. 4 and 11 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.). Park Interpreter Alan Wernette will lead this free snowshoe walk if snow comes early. (In the event of no snow, the event will proceed as a nature walk.) The park has 60 pairs of wooden snowshoes to loan free on a first-come, first-served basis, fitting visitors aged 10 years old to adult. 

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10. 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.

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