Enjoy winter on Mackinac Island at the Pontiac Lodge. See Mackinac Island as never before – snow covered and tranquil.

Explore our many groomed cross country ski trails scattered throughout the island. At the end of the day relax in your Jacuzzi tub and then go out and enjoy a great meal at Cawthorne’s Village Inn or the Mustang Lounge.

Join us on Facebook at mackinacislandwinters for a look at winters on Mackinac.

The Ice Bridge

Winter Info




December 2 – 4, 2016
Christmas Bazaar

Selected as one of HGTV’s Top Ten Christmas Towns – kick off the Holiday season and pick up unique crafts at the town’s Christmas Bazaar.


December 31, 2016
New Year’s Eve

Join us for some great parties and outdoor splendor as everyone rings in the New Year. There are great meals, great music and no one has to worry about driving. Enjoy a festive hay ride around the town, sponsored by the Pontiac Lodge and Cawthorne’s Village Inn.

January 1, 2017
Baby New Year

Father Time hands the year off to Baby New Year on January 1st and we celebrate on Mackinac Island with football parties at the downtown pubs.


January 13 – 16, 2017
Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend

After King’s death, United States Representative John Conyers and United States Senator Edward Brooke introduced a bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday. President Ronald Reagan signed the bill and made his birthday a National Holiday. Take a peaceful weekend on the Island & reflect on his life as we all pay tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


February 3 – 5, 2017
Mackinac Island Winter Festival

Join us at Great Turtle Park with a bonfire cookout, sledding, snow golf, archery, snow volleyball, broom hockey and more fun games! A Sunday pancake breakfast at the school brings the community together for a raffle, games and voting for pictures for the 2018 Mackinac Island Calendar.


February 17 – 20, 2017
Great Turtle Chili Cook Off

Hit the cross-country ski trails surrounded by snow falling on cedars then make your way to the event of the winter. The annual chili cook- off takes place at Cawthorne’s Village Inn Restaurant, where chefs and average Joe’s duke it out for the first, second and third place honors.


February 17 – 20, 2017
Washington’s Birthday Bash

President’s Day Weekend is a great time to hit the snowy trails for this extended weekend across America.


March 2017
St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Snow, Fog, Ice, Water…makes for a typical March on Mackinac Island. Revelers are invited to play Snow Volleyball and the Annual Jamie Bynoe Street Hockey Tournament downtown. Oh…and there will be plenty of Irish Cheer!

The Ice Bridge

When the Straits of Mackinac freeze over, it’s time to pack up your snowmobile and travel to Mackinac Island over the legendary Ice Bridge. Take the trip over and stay the night at the Pontiac Lodge.

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