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A Different Kind of Ball Drop

A Different Kind of Ball Drop

Sure, Times Square in New York City may have the world's best-known New Year's Eve Ball Drop, but once you've seen Mackinac Island's Great Turtle Ball Drop, well, we're pretty sure it will spoil you for all others. Stroll, snowshoe or snowmobile (remember, cars are banned here) your way to Mackinac's snow-covered downtown for a festive gathering with Mackinac Island hotel guests and locals. The fun begins with the Snowball Bash in the afternoon at Marquette Park where the competition is stiff in team events including a three-legged race, wheel barrel race and obstacle course. At midnight, ring in 2015 with the island's own Great Turtle Ball Drop. On New Year's Day, hayrides through downtown and a New Year's Day 5K run keep Mackinac Island visitors happily entertained in Michigan's favorite island resort destination.

Address: Downtown Mackinac Island