There’s something magical about the holidays in Saugatuck/Douglas. Maybe it’s the twinkling lights that sparkle along our tree-lined streets. Or the warmly lit boutiques and cozy lodging that dot our snowy sidewalks. Or perhaps it’s the bit of nostalgia we awaken within our visitors during our seasonal events. While the rest of the world gives way to a more frenetic pace and overwhelming crowds, we invite you to discover the warmth and wonder of the art coast of Michigan.
Find unique gifts as special as the loved ones on your list with must-haves that don’t come from a mall. A host of specialty boutiques and independently-owned galleries and storefronts line the walkable streets of our downtowns, giving you the opportunity to find distinctive gifts in a more relaxed shopping experience.
On November 30, the Saugatuck Center for the Arts will be hosting its annual Holiday Market, featuring artisan products and holiday decorations from 30 vendors. November 30 is also Small Business Saturday in downtown Saugatuck/Douglas, where there will be plenty of in-store specials, discounts, and prizes.
Wander throughout our streets and discover one-of-a-kind ceramics, paintings, and other hand-crafted treasures at boutiques like Good Goods. For an eclectic mix of boho-inspired home decor and fashion accessories, Endora Bohemian is a Bohemian general store and self-proclaimed “cabinet of curiosities.” Be sure to stop by Kindel & Company, a “Lifestyle Mercantile” shop offering a curated collection of apparel, home goods, and apothecary. On-trend clothing for the fashionista in your life can be found at Gina’s Boutique, Urban Found, and Brass Anchor Co. And for the adventurer, check out Landshark’s, a specialty outdoor outfitter for active people.
Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for other suggestions on where to shop for everyone on your list.
Celebrate the season with holiday happenings and events steeped in small-town charm and tradition. From horse-drawn sleigh rides to house tours with decked halls, Saugatuck/Douglas captures the holiday spirit in memorable ways.
Annual Christmas Parade
Kick off the holiday season by attending Saugatuck’s Annual Christmas Parade held downtown at 1 pm. Make a stop at Coral Gables to see Santa’s Workshop and peruse the local crafts and baked goods featured at our Christmas Bazaar held at the Saugatuck United Methodist Church.
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
At 5 pm, join us at Wicks Park on Water Street for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring hot chocolate, cookies, and caroling.
Winterfest at the Felt Estate
Just a short drive from downtown, take part in a horse-drawn wagon ride, a free lunch, and other family-friendly activities during Winterfest at the historic Felt Estate. Throughout December, both guided and self-guided Tours of the Felt Mansion are available, showcasing the historic building’s restoration and its festive holiday decorations with more than 25 decorated Christmas trees.
December 7 & 8
Attend a holiday concert at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts featuring the Lakeshore Community Chorus presenting “A Season to Remember.”
December 13, 14, 15 & 20, 21, 22
A Christmas Carol
Delight in a seasonal performance of A Christmas Carol, a holiday classic brought to life by community performers at the Saugatuck Woman’s Club.
We wouldn’t be the Art Coast of Michigan without the dozens of working artists who call our area home and the more than 20 artist studios and galleries located throughout our region. The holiday season is the perfect time for quiet reflection and taking in one of our exhibitions. Or celebrate in the sights and sounds of a festive gallery event.
If you’re feeling lucky, we invite you to the Water Street Gallery in downtown Douglas on November 23 for the coolest art game in town. Throw a dart to win some art with nearly 100 works of art available to choose from.
Now through December 20
The Saugatuck Center for the Arts presents an interactive, light-based show featuring works from Simon Alexander-Adams, Patrick Ethe, Cuppeteli & Mendoza presented in tandem with an outdoor, building-spanning installation by Jeremy Barnett and Jason Maracani.
From seasonal specialties and fresh farm-to-table dishes to casual homestyle cooking and innovative small plates – you’ll find it all and more, here in Saugatuck/Douglas. Whether you’re stopping for a quick bite between strolling through the shops or planning a culinary-focused getaway, the holidays are one of the best times of the year to enjoy the variety of delicious dishes and craft beverages that our region has to offer.
Stop at Phil’s Bar & Grille or the Butler when downtown holiday shopping leaves you famished. Or savor some craft cocktails and brews while enjoying live music at Salt of the Earth or Waypost Brewing Company in Fennville.
For all the trimmings of a traditional family gathering without the stress, plan to have your Thanksgiving Feast at the Belvedere Inn. Make it a holiday to remember in beautiful and historic surroundings as chef Shaun Glynn and his staff serve elevated traditional fare on November 28 at 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. You’ll be so thankful for the peaceful time spent together that you’ll want to do it again at the Belvedere Inn for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner.
Wine connoisseurs and novices alike will appreciate celebrating the first wine of a new vintage at Nouveau Fest at Fenn Valley Vineyards on December 7. This year will mark the 29th Annual event to commemorate this special occasion. Admission is free, and glasses of Nouveau will be offered at a discounted rate.
An abundance of charm, ambiance, and experiences converge to make Saugatuck/Douglas a one-of-a-kind place where people long to stay. It’s no wonder that travelers want to extend their time here or immediately begin planning for their next visit. With lodging options that are as diverse as the visitors we welcome to our community—we have the perfect accommodation for your ideal getaway.
Spend a night (or two) cozying up to the fireplace or indulging in a relaxing hot bath away from the hustle and bustle. With lodging deals and seasonal events, winter is the best time for a romantic retreat or a girl’s shopping weekend. From independently-owned bed and breakfasts to historic inns, you’ll find a haven to make your stay peaceful and memorable. Click for a full list of lodging options.