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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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Sunday January 1st, 2017 - 9:43 am

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Another view of the 2016 / 2017 Turtle Drop... Happy New Year! (Video via Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island)

Joann's Fudge of Mackinac Island
Happy new year from Mackinac Island.
Thank you to Bart, Annie and the staff at Lilac Tree Suites and Spa for making this happen.
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So cool ..How different would of loved to have been there πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

Better than Times Square

Turtle cute and appropriate! πŸ™‚

Thanks for making me smile!! I needed that!!! Happy New Year to all of my island friends!

Love lilac tree hotel


Rich Walkenbach

Love this!! πŸŽ‰πŸ’₯πŸŽ‰πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

Let's go there next year Denny Liette

lol awesome...

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Stayed on top balcony...beautiful view

So cool 😎

Enjoyed staying on balcony view in Aug.this yr.Great views!

Happy New Year! That is my kind of crowd! Would have loved to have been there

Cheyanne Fowler, thought you'd like this if can see it

Steve Schoolcraft

Lauren Gonyea

Happy New Year to everyone on the Island!!!!!

Weve stayed here. Lovely place!!

That's awesome. Are these the people who live on the island year long?

Turtle drop is on my bucket list!!!!!

I wish I could of been there. Happy new year πŸŽ†πŸŽˆπŸŽŠ

Missed it again this yearπŸ˜”soon!! Happy New Year, my Island friends!!!

Love it!


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