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Make Silver Lake Your Home for the Holidays!

General News|November 19th, 2023

Whether Silver Lake is your actual hometown or simply a home-away-from-home for you and your family, let us extend a warm welcome to you this holiday season!

The festivities are already in motion here as lights and trees are going up, and events and activities are packing the calendar. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you and your family can celebrate this magical season right here in Silver Lake!


Enjoy Local Festivals and Events

Home for the Holidays Lighted Christmas Parade

November 24th 6:30pm
@ Downtown Hart

Enjoy a festive parade through Downtown Hart, along with a visit from Santa and the lighting of the community Christmas tree!


Santa on the Green

November 25th 4:30-6:30pm
@ The Village Green, Pentwater

Enjoy and old-fashioned hometown Christmas in Pentwater.  Pentwater Christmas festivities start on Saturday, November 25th.  Pentwater has shopping, dining, and activities scheduled for you, your family and friends.  Remember to shop locally during the holidays.  Santa arrives at 5pm.


Christmas in the Village

Weekends, December 2, 9, 16
@ Downtown Pentwater

Shop over 20 unique boutique shops, dining, and cocktails, merchant events, hot drinks, bonfires and holiday music.  @pentwaterchristmasinthevillage


Start Your Holiday Shopping off Right

November’s the perfect time to begin shopping for the holidays, and there’s no better place to find unique decorations and gifts than the Silver Lake area. As Small Business Saturday is also November 25th, this is a great opportunity to nab special deals and steals at local businesses.

Downtown Hart has several activities planned for Small Business Saturday.  Here is the lineup:

  • Birch & Blossom 9:30am-12:30pm – Photos with Santa! (bring your own camera/phone)
  • Bakery on the Corner 9am-12pm – Cookie Decorating
  • Morningside Pallet Merchandise 10am-1pm – Christmas Card Making
  • Stellas Coffee House 11am-2pm – Free Hot Cocoa

As you’ll be sure to work up a hunger while shopping, don’t forget to peruse our Food & Drink page for a full listing of great places to eat and drink in the area!


Explore the Great Outdoors

While the dunes are now closed to ORVs for the season, you can still explore them on foot. The Pedestrian Area is open to everyone, including experienced hikers, weekend wanderers, and hesitant explorers. Go as far as you like — as far out as the Lake Michigan beachfront if you want. Just remember you’ll have to walk back too!

There’s plenty of outdoor wonderland to explore elsewhere in the community as well. The Hart-Montague Bike Trail offers 22 miles of paved pathway for walking and biking — or snowmobiling in the winter!

You can also head south of Silver Lake to the part of the state park that’s home to Little Sable Point Lighthouse. Although the lighthouse itself won’t be open for tours, it’s still a lovely sight to be seen, and the views of the Lake Michigan shoreline are spectacular.

Check out our Parks & Trails page for a complete listing of outdoor adventure areas.


There’s no Place Like Silver Lake for the Holidays!

Whether you’re planning a 10-day stay or you’ve just got one blissful weekend, make the most of it by starting your holiday planning early!

Visit the Think Dunes’ Lodging page to find comfortable accommodations that fit your style and needs. Our Food & Drink page also has a complete listing of area restaurants, bars, and quick eats. Lastly, don’t forget to explore our listings of Things to Do for all the attractions, activities, and charms that Silver Lake, Hart, and surrounding areas have to offer this holiday season.

As always, we hope to see you soon in our neck of the woods — and Happy Holidays!

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