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Great Turtle Drop – Mackinac Island

Great Turtle Drop
Great Turtle Drop

The Great Turtle Drop – a festive celebration of the arrival of the New Year on Mackinac Island – will take place once again this year on Main Street near the Christmas Tree at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.
The Great Turtle – a 70 pound green, light-bespangled fiberglass turtle – will be lowered to the ground in front of a celebratory New Year’s Eve crowd near the Lilac Tree Suites and Spa as the last seconds of 2016 tick down to midnight.
This will be the sixth year the the Great Turtle has dropped to Mackinac Island to welcome in the New Year. The Great Turtle Drop was first held on December 31, 2011 under the guidance of Rich and Marge Lind of the Cottage Inn who wanted to create a festive “Times Square” event with a unique Mackinac Island twist.
While residents of Mackinac Island and holiday visitors will be able to witness the Great Turtle Drop in person, followers on the internet should be able to get a glimpse of the celebrations via video posts shortly after the event.
More Information on New Year’s Eve on Mackinac Island


2020 / 2021 Great Turtle Drop


Norton getting ready for his big debut tonight. Watch the live stream from our Facebook page.

Posted by Lilac Tree Suites and Spa on Thursday, December 31, 2020


2016 / 2017 Great Turtle Drop

The Great Turtle Drop returned for 2016 / 2017 celebrations.


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Friday February 5th, 2016 - 2:30 pm

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Two of the winter crew enjoying the view from the East Bluff... (Photo via Mackinac Island Classic Arnold Ferries)๐Ÿด.. I know most beautiful precious mammals on the planet๐ŸŒŽ... I Misses My Boat again๐Ÿ˜.. (Thank you Jake Maze, for this wonderful photo) ... See MoreSee Less

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haha. cute. They're like, "We never get to ride on the ferry and be snowbirds."

Ah..I miss the beauty of Michigan ๐Ÿ˜€

Jerry J Habedank

I read they have about 12 horses on the island through the winter. Great shot



I thought the horses were taken off the island for the winter

They're asking "Why did you leave us here in the snow? You trailer your Harley Davidsons south; why not us?"


So pretty.


Beautiful picture! Doesn't look like we will be riding our sleds over to the island this winter...That is always my favorite ride of the year!!

Great view.

Hope to go in September ๐Ÿ˜‰

My winter in AZ team



hopefully the photographer will go stand by the steps then, so the horses can see that view too!

Love the picture, thanks

Thanks for sharing

Beautiful picture!๐Ÿด๐Ÿด

Such a beautiful, peaceful place.

Gorgeous picture! Love the horses!

Beautiful.............and the lake is pretty too. ๐Ÿ™‚


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