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Thanksgiving Family Events in Southeast Michigan

Find pre- and post-Turkey Day fun in November 2013, from big festivals to small events and stage shows, in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties

What better way to kick off your holiday season than celebrating Thanksgiving? And this November provides tons of family fun and fulfilling events and activities themed in the spirit of Turkey Day. From Macomb to Oakland and Washtenaw to Wayne counties, there is Thanksgiving fun just waiting for you! So bundle up and head out to these local spots for some Turkey day fun. Metro Parent's got you covered this month with our 2013 Thanksgiving themed roundup of events in Southeast Michigan.

Livonia Turkey Trot

Nov. 2, 2013

  • Address: Bicentennial Park, by Seven Mile and Wayne roads, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-466-2410
  • Times: 9 a.m. check-in, 9:30 a.m. start
  • Cost: $10

It's year seven for this walk/run along a 5K route. If you haven't registered, day-of registration starts at 9 a.m. Includes drink and snack. Bring canned food donation to be entered in raffle.

It's Turkey Time with the Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve

Nov. 14, 2013

  • Address: Paint Creek Trail, 333 N. Hill Circle, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-656-0999
  • Times: 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $15 (be sure to pre-register in advance!)

Learn all about turkeys and practice your turkey call! For ages 3-5, there is a ton of outdoor fun and with a snack, craft activities and more.

A Christmas Carol at Meadow Brook Theatre

Nov. 15, 2013-Dec. 22, 2013

  • Address: 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-377-3300
  • Times: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $24-$39

Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts that haunt him hit the stage. Ages 5-plus. Come 30 minutes early and hear carolers in the lobby.

The Story of Thanksgiving at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve

Nov. 17, 2013

  • Address: 333 N. Hill Circle, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-656-0999
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Cost: $3/members, $5/non-members, free/adults (pre-register in advance)

TriceraTots Theatre presents a puppet show that helps tykes learn all about the holiday. They can do a craft after the show and explore the preserve, too. Remember, you must pre-register for Dinosaur Hill's events (the sooner the better!).

Modern Messages presents The Nutcracker at Milford Public Library

Nov. 23, 2013

  • Address: 330 Family Drive, Milford
  • Phone: 248-684-0845
  • Times: 10:30 a.m.-noon
  • Cost: free (register in advance to secure your spot)

This is the perfect Thanksgiving event for families to enjoy, with performances by the Modern Messages Dance Company's youth ballet dancers.

Thanksgiving for Nature at the Costick Center

Nov. 23, 2013

  • Address: 28600 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-473-1800
  • Times: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/kids, free/ages 5 and under

Families can take a self-guided scavenger hunt – then listen to stories and play games around the campfire.

Thanksgiving Story Time at Barnes & Noble

Nov. 23, 2013

  • Address: 17111 Haggerty Road, Northville
  • Phone: 248-348-0696
  • Time: 11 a.m.
  • Cost: free

Kids ages 3-6 can enjoy free story time, Thanksgiving Day Thanks, followed by crafts. Open to all ages.

Holiday Magic Parade in Royal Oak

Nov. 24, 2013

  • Address: downtown Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-246-3280
  • Times: 1:30 p.m.
  • Cost: free

Some 80 marching bands, floats, musical performers and circus acts come together for this 12th annual event – which takes over downtown Royal Oak. Visits with Santa are after the parade from 3 to 5 p.m. at Emagine Theatre.

Thanksgiving Story Time and Craft at the Dexter District Library

Nov. 25, 2013

  • Address: 3255 Alpine St
  • Time: 11 a.m.-noon
  • Phone: 734-426-4477
  • Cost: free

It's story time! Drop in and enjoy a fun event for kids ages 6 and under.

America's Thanksgiving Parade

Nov. 28, 2013

  • Address: starts at Woodward Avenue and Kirby Street and ends at Woodward and Congress Street
  • Phone: 313-923-7400
  • Time: 8:45 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! This year features a bigger route and eight new floats. Parade steps off at 8:45 a.m. at Woodward Avenue and Kirby Street in Detroit.

Lions Football at Ford Field

Nov. 28, 2013

  • Address: 2000 Brush St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-262-2011
  • Time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $47-$240/tickets

It's another Thanksgiving tradition – and this year, the Detroit Lions take on the Green Bay Packers right here at Ford Field.

Character Breakfast at Comerica Park

Nov. 28, 2013

  • Address: 2100 Woodward Ave.
  • Phone: 313-923-7400
  • Times: 7-10 a.m.
  • Cost: $55/person (includes grandstand seating; pre-register)

Meet Clownie, The Parade Company mascot, and friends at this family meal that includes grandstand tickets to America's Thanksgiving Parade. Register for this event.

Thanksgiving Appreciation Day at the Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Nov. 28, 2013

  • 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 and, where applicable, boat launching at the 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast and Benefit at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit

Nov. 28, 2013

  • Address:  2930 Woodward Ave.
  • Time: 8 a.m.
  • Phone: 313-831-5200
  • Cost: $15/kids, $40/adults

For the past 11 years, Ecumenical Theological Seminary has provided a prime location to view the Thanksgiving Day Parade and participate in the festivities. Are you ready to enjoy the parade from the best view on the avenue? If yes, joins ETS for this premier event.

Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade

Nov. 29, 2013

  • Address: begins on Kercheval Avenue at Lewiston Street; continues through The Village
  • Phone: 313-881-4722
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Cost: free

It's a local tradition that kicks off with a parade and features Toys for Tots collection. Warm up with some delicious hot chocolate too.

The Nutcracker at the Detroit Opera House

Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2013

  • Address: 1525 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-237-7464
  • Dates: Nov. 29- Dec. 1
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $25-$65/tickets, add $10/lunch (weekend only)

BalletMet performs this holiday show filled with plum fairies, the handsome prince and toy soldier.

Holly Dickens Festival

Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 7-8 and 14-15, 2013

  • Address: Village of Holly
  • Phone: 248-634- 7040
  • Days: Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 7-8 and 14-15
  • Times: 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 29), 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Sundays
  • Cost: free

It's the 40th annual celebration of Charles Dickens classic tale A Christmas Carol in downtown Holly! You will take a trip back in time visiting the shops, pubs and eateries.

Holidays in Henry Ford Museum

Nov. 29, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014

  • Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Times: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays (closed on Christmas Day)
  • Cost: $17/adults, $15 seniors (ages 62-plus), $12.50/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, too!

Santaland Parade at Garden City High School

Nov. 30, 2013

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

"Santa's Workshop" is theme for this 53rd affair – which starts at the high school and ends at the farmers market. Santa makes an appearance and gets the key to the city, too.

Winter Fantasyland at the Lincoln Park Bandshell

Nov. 30-Dec. 24, 2013

  • Address: 3250 Ferris Ave., Lincoln Park
  • Phone: 313-381-2833
  • 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

Kids will have a grand time at this display. Trains will be there, along with candy. Santa tops it off, here to hear those gift wishes.

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