For many travelers, the mention of South Haven, Michigan brings to mind summertime fun in the sun, on the sand, and in the water. This charming city on the shores of Lake Michigan has a lot to offer when summer is in full swing but is truly a destination for all seasons. Perhaps no time of year is as magical as the South Haven Christmas season. The holiday spirit takes over this western Michigan destination as lights, laughter and fun descend upon visitors who choose December to travel. When you’re here during Christmas, there are a few activities you just won’t want to miss.
Downtown Ice Skating
You don’t have to be an expert to lace up and make the most of the downtown ice rink during your Christmas visit. This is a well-loved activity in South Haven for visitors of all ages. The rink is set up in the heart of the city meaning it’s easy to access after you’ve completed Christmas shopping or a delicious meal at a nearby restaurant. Skates are available for rent when you’re looking to spend some time on the ice enjoying a glide around South Haven. If you’re traveling with family, the rink tends to hold family fun hours between 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm in December to enjoy skating at no cost.
Santa Paws Pet Parade
The South Haven Christmas spirit extends to pets, with the hosting of the annual Santa Paws Pet Parade. Beginning at the South Marina, owners and their fully-costumed pets will make their way down the street to City Hall, showing off their festive attire as they go. Jingle bells, fake antlers, and winter sweaters are encouraged for people and four-legged friends at this fun event!
Visitors who appreciate the creative side of the holidays will want to make sure to plan some time to visit the Mistletoe Market while they are in South Haven for Christmas. Hosted by the South Haven Art Center, this market showcases works by local artists. Guests can browse a stunning variety of jewelry, paintings, wood carvings, pottery, scarves, and other hand-crafted pieces during their visit. All items are for sale and the proceeds support the artistic community in South Haven.
A South Haven Christmas Stay
A South Haven Christmas trip is a wonderful experience alongside family and friends. When you’re here, let the team at Beachwalk Properties help you with your vacation accommodation details. We’ll make sure you’re settled into a beautiful vacation rental home so you can focus on the holiday fun. Contact us today for more information and to begin planning your Christmas getaway!