Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar – December 2 – 4, 2016
This annual event is a fundraiser for the Mackinac Island Medical Center as well as St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Little Stone Church, Trinity Episcopal Church and the Mackinac Island Bible Church.
Each year, the Mackinac Island Community gathers together to celebrate the Christmas season by giving back. For three days people meet, talk, bid, eat, bargain hunt, and buy all for the sake of raising funds for these entities.
The Friday before the Christmas Bazaar (December 2) is the kick off with caroling and tree lighting starting approximately 5:00 pm in the middle of Main Street where the Christmas tree is placed. (in front of the Tourism Bureau at the head of the Arnold Transit Dock).
Community members congregate to sing holiday carols which ends with a local child being picked to “throw the switch” and turn on the lights on the Christmas tree. After the tree is lit, a hay wagon arrives to take young and old on an old fashioned hay ride, where often the singing continues. The Rummage sale then opens for early birds to get first dibs on the best buys in the Mackinac Island Fire Hall. Hot Cocoa and cookies will be available for those who need to warm up or need a snack. (Also note: this weekend is the first basketball game of the season at Mackinac Island Public School beginning at 6:00 pm – all are invited to attend)
On Saturday, the community hall and fire barn open at 11:00 a.m. Lunch is served in the Community Hall at 11:30 and throughout the day! Santa arrives at 1:30 p.m. and kid’s crafts will be 3:00 p.m. The live auction begins at 2:00 p.m. Activities for the day will be completed by 6:00 p.m.
The Community Hall and Fire Hall open again at 11:00 on Sunday. Lunch on this day is a Prime Rib Dinner starting at 12:00 p.m. Kid’s games start at 2:00 p.m. in the council chambers. The live auction starts at 2:00 p.m. Activities for the day are completed by 6:00 p.m.
The final day, Monday, again opens at 11:00 with lunch at 11:30 a.m. All raffles are drawn between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar – Photo Gallery (Click on photos for captions & slideshow view)