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Thanksgiving Family Events in Southeast Michigan

In November 2014, Macomb Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties are packed full of all kinds of events to make your pre- and post-Turkey Day tons of fun

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Holiday Magic Parade in Royal Oak

Nov. 23, 2014

  • Address: Starts at Lincoln and Washington streets, downtown Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-246-3180
  • Times: 2-5 p.m.
  • Cost: free

Some 80 marching bands, floats, musical performers and circus acts come together for this 13th annual event in Royal Oak. Bring a new toy to donate, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus afterwards.

Thanksgiving Story Time and Craft at Dexter District Library

Nov. 24, 2014

  • Address: Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St.
  • Time: 1-2 p.m.
  • Phone: 734-426-4477
  • Cost: free

It's story time! Drop in and enjoy singing and a craft. Geared at kids 6 and under.

Fifth Third Bank Turkey Trot, Detroit

Nov. 27, 2014

  • Address: West Woodward Avenue at the fifth light pole north of Congress Street, Detroit
  • Time: 6 a.m.
  • Phone: 313-247-4149
  • Cost: $61/before Nov. 22, $66/before Nov. 26, $26/Mashed Potato Mile

Features a 5K and 10K race, the "Mashed Potato Mile," costume contest and more in advance of the big parade

Thanksgiving Appreciation Day at 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Nov. 27, 2014

  • Address: All 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks in southeast Michigan
  • Phone: 800-47-PARKS
  • Times: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Cost: free

Take advantage of free park entry at the 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

America's Thanksgiving Parade, Detroit

Nov. 27, 2014

  • Address: Starts at Woodward Avenue and Kirby Street and ends at Woodward and Congress Street
  • Phone: 313-923-7400
  • Time: 9 a.m.
  • Cost: free/general, $35-$50/grandstand seating

Fans and families line Woodward Avenue to see their favorite floats, balloons, Big Head Corps and, of course, Santa! Parade steps off at 9 a.m. at Woodward Avenue and Kirby Street in Detroit. The 88th annual has a "Walking on Sunshine" theme.

Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast and Benefit, Detroit

Nov. 27, 2014

  • Address: Ecumenical Theological Seminary, 2930 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Phone: 313-831-5200
  • Cost: $15/kids ages 13 and under, $40/adults

For the past 13 years, Ecumenical Theological Seminary has provided a prime location to view the Thanksgiving Day Parade and participate in the festivities. If you're looking for the best spot to see the parade join ETS this Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, Ann Arbor

Nov. 27, 2014

  • Address: Corner of East Liberty Street and South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 248-437-4524
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $30/advance online by midnight Tuesday Nov. 25, $35/on site Nov. 26 or 27, free/kids 2 and under

This ninth annual lets you jog an untimed, almost-5K and have plenty of hot chocolate before your big feast. There's also a costume contest – or wear your "uglyiest" sweater for a crack at winning a yummy pie. Tom Turkey and Santa are here for kids.

Lions Football at Ford Field, Detroit

Nov. 27, 2014

  • Address: 2000 Brush St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-262-2011
  • Time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $70-$300/tickets

It's another Thanksgiving tradition – and this year, the Detroit Lions take on the Chicago Bears and slice into that famous turkey.

Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade

Nov. 28, 2014

  • Address: Begins on Kercheval Avenue at Lewiston Street; continues through The Village; ends at Cadieux, Grosse Pointe
  • Phone: 313-881-4722
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Cost: free

This 39-year-old tradition kicks off with a parade and features Toys for Tots collection.

The Nutcracker at Detroit Opera House

Nov. 28-30, 2014

  • Address: 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-237-7464
  • Times: 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday (matinees preceded by family lunches at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.)
  • Cost: $38-$68/tickets, add $11/lunch

BalletMet from Columbus, Ohio performs this holiday show filled with a Sugar Plum Fairy, a handsome prince, toy soldier and tons of other memorable holiday characters. Runs two-and-a-half hours.

Holly Dickens Festival

Nov. 28-30, Dec. 6-7 and 13-14, 2014

  • Address: Village of Holly
  • Phone: 248-431-1894
  • Times: 6 p.m. Friday (Nov. 28), 1-8 p.m. Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays
  • Cost: free

It's the 41st annual celebration of Charles Dickens' classic tale A Christmas Carol in the downtown village of Holly! Your family can take a trip back in time complete with old-fashioned entertainment, food and more.

Holidays in Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn

Nov. 28, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015

  • Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Times: General: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; Santa: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends; note: closed on Christmas Day
  • Cost: $18/adults, $16 seniors (ages 62-plus), $13.50/ages 5-12, free/4 and under; $5/parking

The Dearborn landmark welcomes families to check out the Lego and Lionel train displays, 25-foot decorated Christmas tree and more. Kids can write a letter to Santa and visit with him, too.

Santaland Parade, Garden City

Nov. 29, 2014

  • Address: Starts at Garden City High School, 6500 Middlebelt Road
  • Phone: 734-748-0514
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Cost: free

"Christmas Through the Decades" is theme for this 54th affair – which starts at the high school and ends at the farmers market. The parade is full of tons of floats and many of your favorite holiday characters including Santa who gets the key to the city!

Winter Fantasyland, Lincoln Park

Nov. 30-Dec. 23, 2014

  • Address: London and Ferris Streets in Lincoln Park
  • Phone: 313-386-0140
  • Times: 4-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 2-8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; special final day hours on Dec. 24 are 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Cost: $1/admission, $3/photo with Santa, $5/two photos

See a menagerie of classic and new holiday displays and visit with Santa, who will be here most days – occasionally joined by Mrs. Claus.

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