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Holiday Celebrations Low Key At Midwest Ski Resorts

Crystal-Mountain-Santa Santa visits Crystal Mountain with friends.

Holiday celebrations will be much different this winter at ski resorts across the upper tier of the Midwest, and some may not have anything at all. The one constant is that if you have a room or condo at the resort you will be able to ski and celebrate with the household unit you arrive with.

The current restrictions on restaurants and bars in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin where the majority of Heartland ski resorts with overnight lodging and dining facilitates are located are: Michigan resorts currently are limited to outdoor dining with restrictions and takeout, nothing indoors; Minnesota resort restaurants and bars also have no indoor service, but are permitted outdoor in-person service with restrictions through January 10; Wisconsin resort restaurants and bars are allowing dine-in with restrictions.

Here's a quick rundown on a few Michigan resorts that have activities scheduled. It's best to check the resort for the latest Covid restrictions since they are constantly changing, especially in Michigan.

Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands have canceled their annual torchlight parade and fireworks over the slopes. Holiday activities are only being offered where they can appropriately space guests utilizing outdoor spaces. Most of the activities are geared towards house guests. That is also the best way to secure lift tickets, which have to be purchased online in advance if not staying at the resort.

Treetops Resort is hosting an adults-only New Year's Eve party as well as a family-oriented evening with a kid-friendly menu, party favors and music playlist; contingent on restrictions at the time. Santa and his sleigh will be there on December 19. It's a drive-by with socially distanced photo ops. Stay and ski packages are available from $189 for a family of four.

Crystal Mountain is hosting a variety of outdoor activities from December 12-January 2 to celebrate the holiday season. Houseguests will have access to lift tickets, which may be sold out without advance reservations. Dining at the moment is outdoor seating and takeout. A family glow light and torchlight parades are slated for New Year's Eve. Open only to house guests.

Shanty Creek will not be hosting it's annual Sardine (pack the car) Special this season for the holidays but will be offering $25 lift tickets on Christmas Day. For New Year's Eve, they will be shooting off fireworks over Schuss Mountain at 10 p.m. and over Summit Mountain at midnight.

Wisconsin's Devil's Head Resort is hosting a New Year's package, which includes three night's lodging, dinner and breakfast, lift tickets for four days, and a bottle of champagne to enjoy in your room. Kids can be added to the package.

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