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November Family Fun Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan

Thanksgiving is coming! Check out these 2013 holiday festivities for kids and families in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

It's time to start celebrating! Turkey Day isn't that far away, and Christmas is right around the corner. What better way to embrace the season of giving – and great food! – than heading out into the crisp metro Detroit air for some early winter delights? We can't think of anything better here at Metro Parent, so bundle up and take the family out for some early winter fun.

White Christmas at the Encore Musical Theatre Company in Dexter

Nov. 21, 2013-Dec. 22, 2013

  • Address: 3126 Broad St., Suite A
  • Time: 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays (a few exceptions apply; see description)
  • Phone: 734-268-6200
  • Cost: $22-$29/kids, $26-$32/adults

This Irving Berlin musical is just the thing to get you in the mood for the holidays. Note: There is no show on Thanksgiving, and the Dec. 5 show takes place at 3 p.m.

Holiday Lighted Parade in Northville

Nov. 22, 2013

  • Address: starts at Northville Community Center, 303 W. Main St., Northville
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. step off
  • Phone: 248-349-7640
  • Cost: free

Twinkling lights are not only on the streets but also in them at this downtown Northville community favorite.

Thanksgiving for Nature at the Costick Center

Nov. 23, 2013

  • Address: 28600 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-473-1800
  • Times: 1-4 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/per person $15/family of four

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

Holiday Magic Parade in Royal Oak

Nov. 24, 2013

  • Address: Washington Street between Lincoln and Fourth streets, downtown Royal Oak
  • Time: 1:30 p.m./pre-parade Santa Scamper, 2-3 p.m. parade
  • Phone: 248-246-3280
  • Cost: free

Circus acts, floats, music, performances and Santa are all part of the parade, this year featuring 80-plus parade units and presented by Star Lanes Restaurant & Sports Bar at Emagine Royal Oak.

America's Thanksgiving Parade

Nov. 28, 2013

  • Address: Woodward Avenue from Kirby Street to Congress Street, downtown Detroit
  • Time: 8:45 a.m. step off
  • Phone: 313-923-7400
  • Cost: free; $35-$55 grandstand seating (must secure in advance; act early, as it sells out fast!)

Watch for eight new floats – one centered on jazz and another that whisks you away to "Wonderland" – as fans and families line Woodward Avenue to see their favorite floats, balloons, Big Head Corps and, of course, Santa!

Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade

Nov. 29, 2013

  • Address: The Hill and Village shopping areas, downtown Grosse Pointe
  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Phone: 313-886-7474
  • 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.

Holly Dickens Festival

Nov. 29, 2013-Dec. 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), 2-8 p.m. Saturdays, 2-6 p.m. Sundays
  • Cost: free

It's the 40th annual Charles Dickens classic tale A Christmas Carol downtown Holly! Take a trip back in time in this quaint downtown by visiting the shops, pubs and eateries and soaking up the entertainment and seasonal snacks.

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