Jody Visits Christmas

Yes, my friends, there is a town named Christmas! It is Christmas, Michigan, an unincorporated area having a couple of motels, resorts, lakeside cottages, a casino and restaurant. It is also home to the Christmas Mall and the world’s largest Santa.

The Christmas themed village was given its name by an enterprising man in 1938. He started a roadside factory to make holiday gift items. Unfortunately, the factory burned soon after opening, but the name and the giant roadside Santa that inspired it all, still survives to this day.

If you are into gambling, the newest attraction is the Kewadin Casino (owned by the Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), located on the main drag – Highway M-28. Right next door is an all-new 40 room Paradise Inn Motel. Christmas Michigan is also home to the Christmas Michigan Paradise Cottage Rental – cozy vacation cottages located on the shoreline of Lake Superior.

Michigan is full of towns with interesting names – most of them just dots on the map. They are all great places that should not be over-looked during your travels in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in summer or winter.

Victor Crew