This is my third little Christmas list of fun things to do this weekend in our little hamlet of Ludington. Some involve shopping, some stepping into nature’s beauty and others taking in the sights and sounds of Christmas in Ludington’s way.
Friday night is part of West Shore Community College Performing Arts Series 2021-22, the WSCC Holiday Rock Spectacular! Get ready for a high-energy evening of holiday rock, funk and blues featuring guitarist, Lou Musa, from the Verve Pipe, Craig Avery, and Kevin Depree from the popular Grand Rapids based-band Brenna, along with special appearances from Groove 101, Edgar Struble, and many more area favorites! This holiday rock concert is set for two shows (6:30 & 9 p.m.) Friday, Dec. 10 at Radiant Church of Ludington. Click HERE for tickets.
Schedule this one for sure! Ludington’s Downtown Cookie Walk Dec 11, 1:00 – 4:00PM Venture to each of the 32+ participating locations and collect cookies as you go. This year, each cookie will be individually wrapped in recyclable bags. You will collect your cookies in a Downtown Ludington tote bag. Tickets are $25 each. Only 100 are available so buy your ticket now. …
Totes can be picked up at Five Star Real Estate, 513 S James St, Ludington, MI 49431 on December 11th from 12:30-1:00pm. A map and list of participating businesses will be emailed to you the day prior to the event and there will also be a map and printed list in your cookie tote. Masks are recommended.
For those creative, one-of-a-kind gifts, the ‘Art of Giving’ Holiday Artist Market is still going on at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts. (See description earlier in this blog). Oh! and while you’re in the building, check out the art exhibit currently on display entitled Cosmic Gasp by artist Claire Ashley.
Early Bird Snowshoe Walks are planned for December 4 and 11, 10 AM to 12 PM at the Ludington State Park. Here’s your chance to take in the beautiful scenery of the lakes, dunes and woodlands with your family. If you don’t have your own snow shoes the park has 60 pairs of snowshoes available to use on a first come first serve basis. (If there is no snow, a nature hike will be held.) Meet at 10 AM at the Park Warming Shelter, near park entrance.
Mason County Chamber of Commerce is hosting Deck the Halls: A Mason County Decorating Contest! If you have memories of riding in the family car at night, looking at the Christmas lights, or watching neighbors compete to put on the best light show, now you can relive the experience. Mason County’s outdoor decorations and lights “contestants” are noted on a published map and you’re invited to vote for your favorite. The contest runs December 1-27, a relaxed activity that can be done any evening during the month.
If outdoor cross-country skiing is your thing and snow is here, the Ludington State Park has miles of trails, about 21 miles. The Logging Trail in particular, is a groomed for cross-country skiing. Other great trails in the outlying area are the Pentwater Pathway and the Big M Recreation Area, near Manistee.
Many of these trails can be used for snow-shoes as well. Just keep in mind the sportsman’s etiquette of staying to the side of a trail rather than the center when on a trail designated for skiers.
And if the temperatures begin to climb these same trails are always beautiful hikes. You’ll just have to switch to the boots. The things I like to bring: my cell phone for photos and trail maps, a walking pole and a small backpack for snacks and water bottles. Along with the book shops the trails seem to be perfect for almost any season.
So if your in the need for some small town Ludington Christmas fun give us a call. We’d love to serve you breakfast to get you started!