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December, 2021

Calendar of Events

Enjoy a Beautiful Michigan Winter!

In addition to the calendar below, check out our story on Holiday Arts & Crafts Shows and Bazaars!

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Now through December 19th

Free Photos with Santa
Kids are invited to the WMOM Studio- 206 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington, for snacks and a professional photo printed out while you wait and digital copies emailed to you. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting

Now through Wednesday, December 8th, 6pm

Festival of Wreaths Online Auction 
Online auction to benefit the Ludington Area Center for the Arts. Visit to view wreaths or bid.

Now through Wednesday, December 1st

Annual Rotary Club Holiday Auction
The 22nd annual event will be held ONLINE from November 27th until 8pm on December 1st. Visit to register/bid. Bidding begins Saturday, Nov. 27 and concludes at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Now through Thursday, December 16th; 2-6pm

Free Horse-drawn Carriage Rides
Meadow Breeze Farms is providing free, 15-minute long horse-drawn carriage rides  starting and ending at James and Court Streets near the Legacy Plaza pavilion. The carriage can accommodate up to 10 adults and rides will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Downtown Ludington.

December 1st-15th

Deck the Halls: A Mason County Decorating Contest
Mason County residents may enter the Ludington & Scottville Chamber’s holiday decorating contest. Get in the Christmas spirit, deck your halls and enter for a chance to win cash prizes! Enter by visiting

Saturday, December 4th, 5pm

Christmas Dinner
Doors open at 4pm and cost is $5 per person. Entertainment by Joe Stickney, 50/50 Raffle, and silent auction. Seating is limited and pre-registration is requested by calling (231) 845-6841 by December 1st. Ludington Senior Center- 308 S. Rowe St., Ludington.

Friday, December 10th, 6:30pm AND 9pm

West Shore Community College Holiday Rock Spectacular
Purchase tickets at Radiant Church- 409 S. Washington Ave., Ludington.

Saturday, December 11th, 9am-12pm

Home for the Holidays Cat & Kitten Adoption Event
No adoption fee for this event. $25.00 Spay/Neuter Deposit is required which is refundable after proof has been provided that the animal has been fixed. Mason County Animal Control- 305 N. Meyers Rd., Ludington.

Saturday, December 11th, 10am-2pm

Mistletoe Magic
Local authors are invited for an “author mingle” during the event. Santa will be on hand from 10am-1:30pm to talk with children and give out free gifts. Fashion show from 1-2pm of handcrafted knit, crochet, and fiber items. Some proceeds to benefit local charities. BookMark- 201 S. Rath Ave., Ludington.

Saturday, December 11th, 1-4pm

Downtown Ludington Cookie Walk
Collect cookies from downtown Ludington merchants. For updated information, visit

Saturday, December 11th, 5:30-7pm

Live Nativity
Children from the parish will portray the Christmas story with live animals. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served in the church’s activity center. St. Paul United Methodist Church- 3212 W. Kinney Rd., Ludington.

Sunday, December 12th, 12-3pm

Cartier Mansion Tours
Carson the Butler will open the mansion doors to the historic home of lumberman, Warren Cartier. Cost is $10 per person, and proceeds will benefit Mason County Mutts. The owners will also have a cup of holiday cheer for you to enjoy. Cartier Mansion- 409 E Ludington Ave., Ludington.

Tuesday, December 14th, 6-9pm

Chunky Knitted Blanket Workshop
Hosted by Inspired Parties. Registration is $65 and seating is limited to 12 participants. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Inspired Parties Event Space- 3408 US-10, Ludington.

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Friday, December 17th, 6-9pm

Chunky Knitted Blanket Workshop
Hosted by Inspired Parties. Registration is $65 and seating is limited to 12 participants. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Inspired Parties Event Space- 3408 US-10, Ludington.

Friday, December 31st, 5-9pm

Balloon Drop New Year’s Eve Party
Enjoy snack food, ice cream sundae’s, and the big balloon drop on two floors. Cost is $50 per immediate family or $10 per person. Sign up early to reserve a spot!
Sign up by emailing or call and leave a message at (231) 233-9326. Sandcastles Children’s Museum– 129 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington.

Friday, December 31st, 8pm

Ludington New Year’s Eve Ball Drop 
Live DJ, beer/wine tent, ball drop at midnight followed by fireworks, Downtown Ludington

Events & Activities by Season


Enjoy winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing, etc. and take in all the beautiful scenery of a Ludington winter!


The summer sun brings the season for beach days! Ludington boasts miles of white sand beach, just waiting for you to enjoy!


Autumn presents a wonderful time for slowing down and enjoying a scenic color tour along the country roads of Ludington.


It’s springtime… the ground begins to thaw, the sun shows its face more often, and Ludington goes from white to vivid colors.