Christmas is located in the Upper
Peninsula of Michigan
just 4 1/2 miles west of Munising,
and 9 miles east of AuTrain on the shores of Lake Superior.
The small town of Christmas, MI
welcomes you to celebrate the joys of Santa Claus, Mrs.
Claus and the Elves and Reindeer. All the businesses in
Christmas, MI carry out the Santa Claus
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and Businesses in Christmas. MI
Christmas, Michigan, population about 400, was given
its name by a Munising man who started a roadside factory to
make holiday gift items in 1938. The factory is long gone,
but the the community of Christmas continued to grow,
becoming a popular resort area and a joy for snowmobilers.
Snowmobile Rental at White Pine Lodge in Christmas and in Munising.
Situated just 4-1/2 miles from Munising on
M-28, this town is in all reality the town of the
Christmas season. During the winter, a scenic
In the summer, the agate beaches of Lake
Superior, the roadside santas, stores and signs all
welcome the entire family to Christmas, Michigan, a
"must" on your Upper Michigan travels.
On July 8, 1966 Christmas acquired its first Post
Office and Christmas, Michigan was chosen as the issuing
site for the First Day Cover of the 1966 Christmas Stamp.
Commemoration ceremonies were held on November 2, 1966.
Bay Furnace Park
on Lake Superior
Bay Furnace Park in Christmas, (a National
Forest Campground and Picnic Area) was originally
the town of Onota where a huge stone blast fumace
was built in 1869 to make iron. Ships carrying iron
ore docked at the long pier and the iron was
smelted in the forge and melted into "pigs". The
"Pig Iron" was then shipped to the lower Great
Lakes. In 1877 the town, also known as "Bay
Furnace", was destroyed by fire leaving only the
iron smelting kiln.
A trail circles the ruins and interpretive
signs explain how the furnace operated. The Bay
Furnace still stands majestically, a historical
monument overlooking Lake Superior and Grand
Island. There are picnic tables if you would like
to have lunch or just sit and enjoy this beautiful
view of the Lake.
Grand Island West
Channel Front & Rear Range
Standing tall at the eastern entrance to
Christmas is the Grand Island West Channel Rear
Range Light, also called the End of the Road
Lighthouse. This Lighthouse, built in 1914,
replaced the older wooden lighthouse built in 1868.
A modern Front Range Light is on the shoreline of
Lake Superior. The Lighthouse is still lit
and guiding mariners around Grand Island and into
the harbor at Munising. A lovely sight as you drive
by in the evening and see the light glowing out
over the water.
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A stop in Christmas is a must if you are to fully
enjoy your vacation visit to the Upper Peninsula. An ideal
spot for fishermen, hunters, hayfever sufferers, rockhounds,
for swimming, hiking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing,
boating, canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling,
visiting the Pictured Rocks or just plain relaxing.
Enjoy Winter Fun in Christmas, Michigan
Easy access to snowmobile and ATV trails.
Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
Convenience Store and Gas Station
Highway M-28, next door to the Casino.
Open 24 hours daily
Waterfalls in Alger
County: The area around Christmas in Alger County
has delightful waterfalls for visitors to enjoy. Two
waterfalls can be viewed from your car, others are a short
stroll through the woods on an easy path, while a few
require a serious hike into the woods.
Christmas, where it's Christmas all year round.
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and Recreation in the Christmas Michigan
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