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The Essential Guide to Living & Loving Life in Holly, MI

guide to Holly MI


Searching for Holly area storage units to support your home or business? Storage Sense is the greater Flint area’s premier self storage. Our storage facility on North Holly Road in Holly, MI, conveniently serves the edge of Genesee and Oakland Counties, and our annex location in Flint has even more storage options to offer. See why Storage Sense is a trusted name in self storage! Get to know our Holly, MI, neighborhood!

Table of Contents

I. About Holly, MI

II. Community Events

III. Parks & Recreation 

IV. Restaurants

About Our Holly, MI, Neighborhood

Population: 5,927

Median Home Value: $159,000

Median Rent: $868

South of Flint, MI, Holly has the perfect small-town feel, paired with quick access to popular Michigan cities and attractions. We are about an hour from Detroit and Lansing and approximately 50 minutes from Ann Arbor. Whether you’re exploring the quaint downtown, joining one of our events, or enjoying the natural beauty of the area, Holly, MI, promises an unforgettable visit.

Annual Community Events of Holly: Celebrate Like a Local

Each year, the village hosts a few big annual events that draw crowds from near and far. Make sure to mark these on your calendar, so you don’t missed out on the fun.

Holly Dickens Festival

The Holly Dickens Festival takes place over several weekends leading up to the Christmas holidays, inviting visitors to step back in time to the Victorian era of Charles Dickens. The streets come alive with costumed characters from Dickens’ novels, street performers, and vendors selling unique crafts and delicious foods. Highlights include musical performances, horse-drawn carriage rides, and the much-loved parade. It’s a magical experience that captures the essence of old-world Christmas charm, making it a must-visit during the holiday season.

Michigan Renaissance Festival

Running from late August through September, the Michigan Renaissance Festival is a step into a 16th-century European village. This festival is a feast for the senses, featuring full-contact jousting tournaments, comedy and theater shows, artisan marketplaces, and an array of old-world foods and drinks. Each weekend has a different theme, offering new experiences every visit. The festival’s immersive atmosphere is perfect for those who love history, fantasy, and a good turkey leg.


HollyDays is a cherished annual celebration in the heart of Holly, marking its ninth iteration in 2023 with a bounty of activities designed to honor the community and its rich offerings. Taking place in downtown in September, the festival is a vibrant showcase of local culture and spirit. The event-packed weekend kicks off with the Family Fun Color Run, followed by the much-anticipated Holly Days Parade, and includes a variety of activities such as a pie-eating contest, live entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks display. Attendees can also enjoy a farmers market, Community Play Day, museum tours, and more!

Classic Car Shows

Throughout the summer months, Holly becomes a haven for classic car enthusiasts with its series of car shows. These events draw in an impressive array of vintage vehicles, offering a nostalgic trip down memory lane for car lovers and casual observers alike. Keep an eye on the calendar for favorites like the Dixie Byway Car Show and the Holly Car Show.


Parks & Recreation: Get Outdoors for Some Fun in the Sun

The Holly area is a year-round destination for those seeking adventure in the great outdoors. Whether you’re casting a line in the still waters of one of the nearby lakes, traversing the rugged trails of surrounding parks, or carving down the slopes of Mount Holly, this charming region promises unforgettable experiences amidst Michigan’s stunning natural beauty.

Seven Lakes State Park allows a great escape for those looking to get away the hustle and bustle of daily life for a bit. Here, anglers can spend hours fishing in the park’s well-stocked lakes, while hikers of all levels can explore the diverse trails. The park also offers picnic areas and beaches, making it a perfect location for family outings or a leisurely day out in the sun.

Not far from Seven Lakes, the Holly Recreation Area expands your outdoor recreation options with over 8,000 acres of parkland. This area is known for its extensive trail system that caters to hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders, offering routes that range from leisurely walks to challenging treks. The Holly Recreation Area is also home to Heron Lake, a peaceful spot for kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding.

As the seasons change, Holly’s outdoor appeal does not wane. Come winter, Mount Holly becomes the hub for winter sports. This local winter sports park offers something for everyone, from beginners to seasoned experts. With a variety of ski runs, snowboarding slopes, a terrain park, and tubing lanes, Mount Holly provides hours of snowy fun. Then you can warm up with hot beverages after a day on the slopes in the cozy lodge.


Grab a Bite to Eat: From Cozy Cafes to Family Dinners

These are just a few of our many favorite spots to eat around town. You can find something for every picky eater here in Holly!

  • Avia Family Dining: Family restaurant offering breakfast combinations, breakfast sandwiches, breakfast omelettes, breakfast sides, sweet breakfast, appetizers, fresh salads, main courses, southwest dishes, and more.
  • Villagers Restaurant: Low-key diner providing comfort food, including all-day breakfast, along with housemade pies.
  • Bittersweet Cafe: Located in a Civil War-era building, the restaurant shows its personality through its comfortable decor. Open breakfast, lunch, and dinner, they offer an expansive menu with a full bar.
  • Mike’s Coney Island Restaurant: American restaurant with daily entree, soup, and dessert specials—located on North Holly Road
  • Red Devil Restaurant: Italian restaurant offering deep-dish pizza, baked pastas & stuffed flatbreads. Try the famous Deli Pizzeli!

About Storage Sense – Your Complete Self Storage Destination

Storage Sense has more than 200 self storage facilities across the country and more than 20 locations in Michigan. With in-person and contactless ways to find storage, we aim to make finding self storage as convenient as possible for our customers. See our self storage FAQ for more information about Storage Sense, our rules, and what we offer.

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Storage Sense’s Flint, MI, Storage Units

We have two self storage facilities in the Flint, MI, region. Our location on South Saginaw Road provides additional storage units to support our office location in Holly, MI—just 10 minutes away. With a wide range of drive-up storage units to choose from, our Flint storage facility can be your solution for finding space to get organized. Outdoor storage units give you convenient access to your belongings during gate hours. And since you can drive your moving vehicle directly up to your storage unit to unload, you do not have to worry about much heavy lifting. See our available storage units in Flint through our online storage rentals!

Storage Units for Holly & Grand Blanc

A little farther south from our Storage Sense in Flint is our Holly, MI, storage facility. Situated between Grand Blanc and Holly, not far off Interstate 75, this self storage location best serves neighborhoods on the edge of Genesee and Oakland Counties, including Rankin and Fenton. Stop by or call our storage office on North Holly Road to see how Storage Sense can serve your Holly home or business! Our professionals can assist you in choosing your storage unit and can walk you through any questions or concerns.

We offer outdoor storage units as well as outdoor parking to help you declutter all corners of your property. Check out your self storage options in Holly, MI, online.

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Ease of access is at the forefront of Storage Sense’s service. Both self storage facilities in the Flint area are equipped with a variety of drive-up storage units and vehicle storage options.

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    Katie Mest

    Katie Mest

    About the Author: Katie Mest is a Content Marketing Specialist at Storage Asset Management in York, PA. She specializes in writing about the self storage industry, including storage tips and helpful resources. Outside of work, Katie enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors and snuggling in with a crochet project and her cat, Billie.