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.

Thanksgiving Family Events in Southeast Michigan

Take a step back from all the advance holiday cheer and enjoy your Thanksgiving this year. From huge parades to intimate events, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties are chockfull of events to fill your Turkey Day with serious fun. Metro Parent has all of the details to help you find one of these fests, so dress for the weather and head out to one of these local spots.

Livonia Turkey Trot

Nov. 1, 2014

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

This walk/run returns along a 5K route. Day-of registration starts at 9 a.m. Includes drink and snack. Bring canned food donation to be entered in raffle.

Hey, Gobble Gobble Story Time at Troy Historic Village

Nov. 5, 2014

  • Address: Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy
  • Phone: 248-524-3570
  • Time: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $5/adults, $3/kids

The preschooler-friendly Cheddar’s Preschool Story Hour features a holiday theme and refreshments. Be sure to register in advance.

Turkey Challenge at Sterling Heights Nature Center

Nov. 8, 2014

  • Address: Sterling Heights Nature Center, 42700 Utica Road
  • Phone: 586-446-2710
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Cost: $5

Make turkey centerpieces out of gourds just in time for Thanksgiving. Just be sure to register by Wednesday, Nov. 5!

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A Christmas Carol at Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester

Nov. 14, 2014-Dec. 21, 2014

  • Address: 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-377-3300
  • Times: Vary; click into listing for exact details
  • Cost: $19-$42 (based on date and time of performance)

Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts that haunt him hit the stage here for a 33rd year. Ages 5-plus. Come 30 minutes early and hear carolers in the lobby.

The Great Thanksgiving Escape, Barnes & Noble Stores

Nov. 15, 2014

  • Addresses, phone numbers: Barnes & Noble stores in Allen Park (3120 Fairlane Drive, 313-271-0688), Ann Arbor (Huron Village, 3235 Washtenaw Ave., 734-973-0846), Northville (17111 Haggerty Road, 248-348-0696) and Troy (396 John R Road, 248-577-5056)
  • Time: 11 a.m.
  • Cost: Free

Kids are welcome to this hilarious book reading, including story time and activities.

Talking Turkey at Lake Erie Metropark, Brownstown

Nov. 16, 2014

  • Address: Lake Erie Metropark, 32481 W. Jefferson Ave., Brownstown
  • Phone: 734-379-5020
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Cost: $3/person $7/vehicle entry

Join an expert to find out what wild turkeys do before they join you for Thanksgiving dinner. Be sure to register in advance for this event!

Terrific Turkey Story Time and Crafts with Cowboy Alex, Royal Oak

Nov. 22, 2014

  • Address: Royal Oak Community/Senior Center, 3500 Marais Ave.
  • Phone: 248-246-3180
  • Time: 11-11:45 a.m.
  • Cost: $5/child

Yee-haw! Celebrate the upcoming holiday with this 45-minute show packed with stories, puppets, crafts, magic and turkey fun. For ages 3-8.

Annual Turkey Bowl at Harbor Lanes, St. Clair Shores

Nov. 22, 2014

  • Address: Harbor Lanes, 25419 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 248-208-2921
  • Time: Noon-3:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $20/person

Come out and knock down some pins for a great cause: Forgotten Harvest, helping fight hunger in metro Detroit. Cost includes three games, bowling shoes and pizza.

Thanksgiving for Nature, Farmington Hills

Nov. 22, 2014

  • Address: Farmington Hills Nature Center, Farmington Road between 10 and 11 Mile roads, Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 248-477-1135
  • Time: 1-4 p.m.
  • Cost: $5/person $15/family of four

Grab a list of clues and uncover all the reasons to be thankful for nature’s gifts in this self-guided scavenger hunt. Includes a craft and campfire.

Pre-Thanksgiving Harvest Market, Canton

Nov. 23, 2014

  • Address: Cady-Boyer Barn, Preservation Park, 500 N. Ridge Road, Canton
  • Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Cost: Free/entry, fees vary/wares

Stop by this special market with the kids to stock up on food and goodies for your big Thanksgiving Day feast.

The Story of Thanks, Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, Rochester

Nov. 23, 2014

  • Address: Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, 333 N. Hill Circle, Rochester
  • Phone: 248-656-0999
  • Times: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $3/members, $5/non-members, free/adults (be sure to pre-register in advance; only 10 spots left as of Wednesday Nov. 19)

As part of the TriceraTots Puppet Theatre, kids ages 2-6 enjoy a funny, educational show, then partake in a craft activity and explore the area.

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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