A Colonial Christmas

Join us at Colonial Michilimackinac for a taste of the holidays in the 18th century. From the first Christmas services in Mackinac recorded by Jesuits to later British and French-Canadian traditions, the Colonial Christmas at Michilimackinac gives visitors the rare chance to step inside the fort during the winter months to experience how people celebrated the holidays over two centuries ago. Festive treats, stories, and music, as well as hot drinks and crackling fires on the hearths, will be scattered around the candle-lit site for you to explore and enjoy. We hope you’ll join us for the Colonial Christmas at Michilimackinac!

Fort Fright

Lanterns light your way through an 18th-century fort and fur trading village overrun by werewolves, witches, goblins and ghouls. Storytellers weave spooky folktales near bonfires and treats such as hot mulled cider, cookies and candy can be found throughout the site. Most stops are suitable for all ages, but a haunted house, demon walk and werewolf walk will give thrills and chills to adults and children alike. Join us for the Fort Fright Frolic, a special ticketed event at the Commanding Officer’s House.

Tickets will be available online soon. Last admission at 8:30 both nights. 

Fort Fright

Lanterns light your way through an 18th-century fort and fur trading village overrun by werewolves, witches, goblins and ghouls. Storytellers weave spooky folktales near bonfires and treats such as hot mulled cider, cookies and candy can be found throughout the site. Most stops are suitable for all ages, but a haunted house, demon walk and werewolf walk will give thrills and chills to adults and children alike. Join us for the Fort Fright Frolic, a special ticketed event at the Commanding Officer’s House.

Tickets will be available online soon. Last admission at 8:30 both nights. 

Michilimackinac Secrets and Scandals: Histsory Revealed

This new themed weekend will present visitors with a variety of programs focusing on some of Michilimackinac’s lesser known history. Each program will examine an aspect of the Michilimackinac’ past that caused the original residents to gossip and share secrets with one another. All special programs and events included with regular admission to Colonial Michilimackinac. A Mackinac Parks: 125 event!

Michilimackinac Secrets and Scandals: Histsory Revealed

This new themed weekend will present visitors with a variety of programs focusing on some of Michilimackinac’s lesser known history. Each program will examine an aspect of the Michilimackinac’ past that caused the original residents to gossip and share secrets with one another. All special programs and events included with regular admission to Colonial Michilimackinac. A Mackinac Parks: 125 event!

Making a Mukuk

Presented by the Mackinaw City Area Arts Council. Learn to make an authentic mukuk! Mukuks were made of birch bark by Great Lakes Native peoples and used as dry storage containers. The class will be taught by Keith Knecht, who has been making bark containers for over 30 years. His work is in the Michigan History Museum in Lansing as well as a Milwaukee Museum. He will also be talking about the other uses of bark by natives for canoes, houses and buckets. This class will run 2-3 hours, and will be presented at the Bridgeview Gazebo in Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinaw City. Class is limited to 12 participants, and all participants must be at least 12 years old. One mukuk per family. In case of inclement weather this class will take place the following day, August 25. A free Mackinac Parks: 125 event!

Hidden Histories: The Grenadiers’ “Mutiny” of 1780

As part of the Mackinac Parks: 125 festivities, we want to explore elements of Colonial Michilimackinac’s history and culture that are not currently well-represented in interpretive programming and exhibits. This walking tour/discussion will focus on the Grenadiers’ “mutiny” of 1780, and will be led by historian(s) from Mackinac State Historic Parks. This is a free event.