2017-12-07 / News

Mackinaw City Celebrates Christmas Season With a Visit from Santa, Carriage Rides



Horse-drawn wagon tours of Heritage Village were available during Mackinaw City’s Christmas in Mackinaw celebration Saturday, December 2. Scott Ward of Harbor Springs provided the horsepower as he brought his black Percherons, Chance and Jimmy, to pull his wagon. Heritage Village’s one-room Freedom School can be seen in the background. Horse-drawn wagon tours of Heritage Village were available during Mackinaw City’s Christmas in Mackinaw celebration Saturday, December 2. Scott Ward of Harbor Springs provided the horsepower as he brought his black Percherons, Chance and Jimmy, to pull his wagon. Heritage Village’s one-room Freedom School can be seen in the background.

Santa Claus visited the McGulpin Point Lighthouse. While most of his attention went toward the area’s younger residents, the guest from the North Pole found a little time in between speaking with area children for casual conservation with adults visiting the lighthouse, as shown here where he speaks with village resident Ron Vieau, Mr. Vieau lives near the lighthouse. Santa Claus visited the McGulpin Point Lighthouse. While most of his attention went toward the area’s younger residents, the guest from the North Pole found a little time in between speaking with area children for casual conservation with adults visiting the lighthouse, as shown here where he speaks with village resident Ron Vieau, Mr. Vieau lives near the lighthouse.

At left: A group of 60 trees were decorated at the Mackinaw City Recreation Complex, with this one created by cousins (from left) Kameryn Hartman, Jaime Holsinger, and Casey Holsinger serving as a special salute to “Hometown Heroes” and decorated with the images of 16 Mackinaw City residents who are now serving as active duty members of the United States military, including Kameryn’s brother Carson Hartman, who is overseas serving in Japan with the United States Air Force. The trio has a big military family, in addition to a lot of their friends who are now in the service. Their tree is meant to be a small tribute to all of those whose military duties mean they won’t be able to make it home for Christmas this year. At left: A group of 60 trees were decorated at the Mackinaw City Recreation Complex, with this one created by cousins (from left) Kameryn Hartman, Jaime Holsinger, and Casey Holsinger serving as a special salute to “Hometown Heroes” and decorated with the images of 16 Mackinaw City residents who are now serving as active duty members of the United States military, including Kameryn’s brother Carson Hartman, who is overseas serving in Japan with the United States Air Force. The trio has a big military family, in addition to a lot of their friends who are now in the service. Their tree is meant to be a small tribute to all of those whose military duties mean they won’t be able to make it home for Christmas this year.

Kellie Downing (right) and her nine-year-old daughter Rian Esper attended Mackinaw City’s Christmas tree decorating, making ornaments together to hang on the trees that will be used to decorate the downtown area this holiday season. Kellie Downing (right) and her nine-year-old daughter Rian Esper attended Mackinaw City’s Christmas tree decorating, making ornaments together to hang on the trees that will be used to decorate the downtown area this holiday season.

At left: Linda Rogers of Cheboygan, a Mackinaw Area Historical Society board member, donned a period costume, as she headed up the children’s craft activities at Freedom School. Activities available included making ornaments, coloring, and the one pictured here, where children could coat a pinecone in peanut butter, then roll it in seeds and nuts to make a bird feeder. At left: Linda Rogers of Cheboygan, a Mackinaw Area Historical Society board member, donned a period costume, as she headed up the children’s craft activities at Freedom School. Activities available included making ornaments, coloring, and the one pictured here, where children could coat a pinecone in peanut butter, then roll it in seeds and nuts to make a bird feeder.

Mary Pope of St. Ignace joined her five-year-old granddaughter Natalie TerVree in attending Mackinaw City’s Christmas in Mackinaw celebration. At children’s craft time inside Heritage Village’s oneroom Freedom School, Natalie is coloring a picture of a reindeer. Behind them Myran Thompson, 10, of Mackinaw City can be seen making an ornament. Mary Pope of St. Ignace joined her five-year-old granddaughter Natalie TerVree in attending Mackinaw City’s Christmas in Mackinaw celebration. At children’s craft time inside Heritage Village’s oneroom Freedom School, Natalie is coloring a picture of a reindeer. Behind them Myran Thompson, 10, of Mackinaw City can be seen making an ornament.

Mackinaw City’s McGulpin Point Lighthouse was open to visitors and decorated in period Victorian-era Christmas decorations. Free cookies were available to visitors during the open house from 10 a.m. to 4 A p.m. Emmet County Assistant to the Director of Parks Sandy Hansen shows off baked lemon and white chocolate chunk cookies BRIDGESTONE she and the other volunteers offered visitors, the tray for VISA the PREPAID cookies placed atop this vintage GIFT CARD stove at the front of the lighthouse. Mackinaw City’s McGulpin Point Lighthouse was open to visitors and decorated in period Victorian-era Christmas decorations. Free cookies were available to visitors during the open house from 10 a.m. to 4 A p.m. Emmet County Assistant to the Director of Parks Sandy Hansen shows off baked lemon and white chocolate chunk cookies BRIDGESTONE she and the other volunteers offered visitors, the tray for VISA the PREPAID cookies placed atop this vintage GIFT CARD stove at the front of the lighthouse.

Carla Blake (right) and Julia Sullivan string colored lights around a Christmas tree during Mackinaw City’s second annual tree decorating at the Mackinaw City Recreation Complex. There were 60 trees in need of decorating Saturday. Carla Blake (right) and Julia Sullivan string colored lights around a Christmas tree during Mackinaw City’s second annual tree decorating at the Mackinaw City Recreation Complex. There were 60 trees in need of decorating Saturday.

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