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Holiday Celebrations Around Midwest

Devils-Head-Christmas-Day-2017-Facebook Celebrate with Santa at Devil's Head. (Devil's Head/Facebook)

Winter is off to a great start across the Heartland, and several Midwest resorts have plans to celebrate the season. Santa may also take advantage of the good conditions.

Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands will be celebrating the sights and sounds of the holidays Dec. 23-Jan. 3 with lots of planned activities, dinners, holiday rail jams, and New Year’s Eve dinners, live bands and celebrations capped with fireworks over the ski slopes. For a complete schedule you check out Boyne Mountain and the Boyne Highlands.

Santa chats with a couple of his Crystal Mountain friends.(Crystal Mountain/Facebook)

Crystal Mountain will be hosting holiday celebrations Dec. 15-Jan. 6. On the 24th ski with Santa and on the 25th all lift tickets and rentals are each $25. Planned activities will be taking place every day—fat bike tours, snowshoe tours, horse drawn surrey rides—with dinners, live entertainment and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Shanty Creek caught Santa taking a quick run last Christmas. (Shanty Creek/Facebook)

Shanty Creek’s 12 days of holiday events include the Sardine Special on Friday, Dec. 21, when you pack the car with as many people as possible and you all ski for $69 per car, and breakfast and storytime with Santa on Dec. 22. Christmas Day ski and ride free with Santa on the Schuss Mountain slopes. Just bring a non-perishable food item or clothing to donate. New Year’s Eve celebrations will be taking place in all three villages.

Big Snow Resorts, Michigan’s UP, has New Year’s Eve parties slated, torchlight parades and fireworks over the slopes. Special events include family lift tickets $50 and an individual lift ticket $25 on Christmas Day and live music nightly throughout the holidays.

Wisconsin’s Devil’s Head Resort famed New Year’s bash package, which includes three night’s lodging, three dinners, three breakfast or lunches, four day lift tickets, festivities and a free bottle of champagne, starts at $506 per person. Kids can be added for $49 per night. It’s one of the best holiday parties in the Heartland.

Granite Peak's terrain park is ready for the holidays. (Granite Peak/Facebook)

Granite Peak is hosting a New Year’s Eve party in the Sundance Chalet with a live dance band from Chicago and a balloon drop at midnight. The party is free, no cover charge, and kids are welcome at parent’s discretion.

A quick hit at Giant's Ridge terrain park. (Giant's RidgeFacebook)

Minnesota’s Giants Ridge has a Ski with Santa special Dec. 24-25. Lift tickets are $25 both days and a chance to cruise the slopes with the jolly old elf. A special New Year’s Eve buffetminn is being served in the Burnt Onion and reservations are recommended.

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