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Winter Festivities In The Art Coast of Michigan

Nestled along the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan, the charming towns of Saugatuck and Douglas, also known as "The Art Coast of Michigan," beckon travelers seeking an enchanting winter escape full of cozy comforts, artful experiences, and breathtaking outdoor adventures. From the inviting glow of art galleries and quaint boutiques to the tranquility of snow-covered sand dunes and forested trails, this destination is the ideal retreat for those looking for a captivating winter getaway.

For holiday-inspired activities, experience Crane's Orchard like never before from the comfort of your car as you enjoy holiday magic with a mile-long Drive-Through Light Show on Wednesday through Sunday evenings throughout December. Also, capture the holiday spirit with a guided or self-guided tour of the Felt Mansion in December, where you can admire the estate’s festive holiday decorations featuring more than 20 decorated Christmas trees and 5000 twinkling lights. Also, delight in the 37th annual seasonal performance of “A Christmas Carol,” a holiday classic brought to life by community performers on December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at the Saugatuck Woman’s Club. And for some outrageous holiday fun, join us for the Dunes Divas Christmas Drag Show on December 16 at 10 pm when your favorite queens perform live on stage at The Dunes Resort, one of the largest LGBTQIA+ resorts in the country.

Bid farewell to 2023 and toast to new beginnings on December 31. Spend New Year’s Eve on the Art Coast, where you can dance the night away at The Dunes Resort or Coral Gables. Many of our local restaurants will be featuring special menus along with champagne to toast to the good times ahead. Reservations are highly encouraged. Then join us downtown on the waterfront at the stroke of midnight as Coral Gables once again puts on a stunning New Year’s Eve Fireworks display over the Kalamazoo River.

If you can’t make it for the holidays, there are a multitude of winter activities to experience along the Art Coast. Don on a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis and explore the serene tranquility of Saugatuck Dunes State Park. Head over to Oval Beach, breathe in the fresh, cool air, and marvel at the stark beauty of the ice-kissed shoreline. Embark on a private horse-drawn sleigh ride through the scenic Allegan Woods with Wild West Ranch or arrange a winter carriage ride with Rise and Ride Ranch. No matter the activities you choose, Saugatuck/Douglas promises a winter escape that is nothing short of magical.

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