The fun doesn’t stop in downtown Sault Ste. Marie this holiday season. Make sure to head downtown Saturday, December 14th for the Christmas Open House! Celebrate the season with activities for the whole family. The open house is also the perfect time to check out some downtown shops and attractions that you may have never seen before. 

This year’s Downtown Christmas Open House will be taking place on Portage Avenue and Ashmun Street with events taking place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The holiday classic brings back memories of olden days complete with horse-drawn carriages transporting shoppers from one destination to the next, jingling all the way.

Horse-drawn carriage rides

Take a ride through the historic downtown streets on a horse-drawn carriage courtesy of Horse Powers Farms.

Christmas Open House

Sault Ste. Marie’s Downtown Christmas Open House even includes picturesque horse-drawn carriage rides. Photo courtesy of Dale Johnson.

Avery Center Activities

No Christmas is complete without a picture with Santa Claus! Head over to the Avery Center and admire the Community of Christmas trees. The Girl Scouts will also be making an appearance accepting donations of new winter clothing and toys for local foster children. For more information click here. The Youth Advisory Council will also be on hand to wrap all of the wonderful gifts you purchased! For more information on YAC event in the Avery Center click here.

Alberta House Arts Center Open House

Visit the Alberta House Arts Center and check out the featured artists for December and create a free holiday craft!

Chippewa County Historical Society

The Chippewa County Historical Society will be displaying model trains and other collectible toys.

Downtown Shopping

Silver Lining Antiques

Be the gift-giving hero this holiday season and show your appreciation for your loved ones with one-of-a-kind gifts while supporting small businesses. Between open house activities, stop into some shops that may be new to you!

Silver Lining AntiquesNew to the Soo, Silver Lining Antiques is a beautifully curated shop filled with treasures from the past.

Das Gift HausLook for the blue bavarian style building on Portage Avenue. Das Gift Haus has an eclectic selection of gift items.

Mole HoleYou won’t be able to miss the Mole Hole on your downtown holiday shopping adventure. The yellow building stands out from its surroundings like a beacon to the holiday shopper.

Gnomes at the Little Gift Shop

The Little Gift Shop – Recently celebrating its one year anniversary, The Little Gift Shop will be providing complimentary samples of Michigan coffees and specialty teas during the Christmas Open House. Don’t forget to pick up a gift to be entered into a drawing for a special prize! 

Barish’sTo say that this local business is a staple to the community is a major understatement! Barish’s has been clothing Sault Ste. Marie since 1913! The selection of activewear and outerwear has been carefully curated so that you have the best to choose from. 

Island Books & CraftsFor the loved one who appreciates handcrafted and Michigan-made items, Island Books & Crafts is a must stop and shop location. 

Bird’s Eye OutfittersAre you shopping for that outdoor adventurer and thrill seeker in your life? if so, Bird’s Eye Outfitters is the place to outfit that outdoorsman in the highest quality gear to brave the Upper Peninsula in any season.


Read more about the Downtown Christmas Open House events here.


Did we miss any of your favorite gift-shopping hot spots or local attractions in the Soo? Take lots of photos this gift-giving season and don’t forget to tag them with #ilovethesoo on your social media so we can share in the holiday spirit! For more information on amazing shopping opportunities and winter activities for the whole family in Sault Ste. Marie be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Featured image courtesy of Erin Smith. Thank you!

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