Family Events November Family Fun Fairs & Festivals in Southeast Michigan Thanksgiving is right around the bend. Kick off the 2016 holiday season with these events for kids and families in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. « Previous Next » Kim Kovelle • October 28, 2016 Add Comment Tweet This month, visions of turkey, football and parades are dancing in many metro Detroit parents’ heads (not to mention that delicious hour of sleep we gain when we “fall back” in the wee hours of Sunday, Nov. 6!). And small wonder, too. November is a season rife with tradition and family fun here in southeast Michigan. From stage shows and nature fun to festive trees and several parades (including the Nov. 24 show stopper on Woodward Avenue in Detroit), here’s a little list of kid-pleasing delights in metro Detroit and beyond, sure to create a few memories this season. Day of the Dead Celebration in Southwest Detroit Nov. 1-2, 2016 Address: Near the Southwest Detroit Business Association, 7752 Vernor Highway, Detroit Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday Phone: 313-842-0986 Cost: free Continue the exploration of this Mexican tradition with a self-guided tour of ofrendas, or altars honoring deceased loved ones, in the Mexicantown area; plus workshops, and more. Wayne County Lightfest Nov. 17-Dec. 31 Address: Starts at Hines Drive and Merriman Road in Westland Time: 7-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, closed on Christmas Day Phone: 734-261-1990 Cost: $5/vehicle Drive through this family-favorite to check out more than 47 giant animated lighted holiday displays. Holiday Lighted Parade in Northville Nov. 18, 2016 Address: downtown area Time: 6:30 p.m. step off Friday Phone: 248-349-7640 Cost: free Twinkling lights are not only on the streets but also in them at this downtown Northville community favorite. This year’s theme is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Line up on Cady, Wing, North and Linden streets for the best views. Canton International Festival at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill Nov. 19, 2016 Address: 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton Time: 11:30 a.m. Saturday (runs approximately six hours) Phone: 734-394-5300 Cost: $2/person; tickets not sold in advance Experience different cultures with displays in music, art, drama and dance. There’s cultural food and sweets for sale, too. Thanksgiving for Nature at the Farmington Hills Nature Center Nov. 19, 2016 Address: 24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills Time: 1-3 p.m. Saturday Phone: 248-477-1135 Cost: $5/person, free/ages 2 and under Families enjoy a self-guided scavenger hunt around the grounds followed by stories, games and a campfire. Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees at Rochester Community House Nov. 19-20, 2016 Address: 816 Ludlow Ave., Rochester Phone: 248-656-0060 Time: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Cost: $5/person, free/ages 10 and under; $50/adult cocktail preview Tons of 4-feet, 6-feet and even 7-feet-tall trees are festively decorated for families to explore. There’s live entertainment, kids’ activities and visits with Santa, too. Southfield International Festival at the Southfield Pavilion Nov. 19-20, 2016 Address: 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield Phone: 248-796-5130 Time: noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Cost: $3/two-day pass, $5/family, free/parking Since 1926, this annual has been bringing folks together to experience Polish, Indian, African, Chinese, Irish and tons of other cultures through authentic food, dance, crafts and more. Holiday Magic Parade in Royal Oak Nov. 20, 2016 Address: Washington Avenue, downtown Royal Oak Time: 2-3 p.m./parade; 3-5 p.m./Santa Phone: 248-246-3180 Cost: free This annual procession features 80-plus marching bands, floats and performances; plus visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a chance to donate toys to needy kids. Festival of Trees at Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Nov. 20-Nov. 27, 2016 Address: 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn Times: 2-7 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Thursday (Thanksgiving) Phone: 734-748-3822 Cost: $5/adults, $3/ages 3-16, free/under 2 Support the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation and get in the holiday spirit at this family-favorite, which features professionally decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses, visits with Santa, kids’ activities and more. Birmingham Tree Lighting in Shain Park Nov. 23, 2016 Address: Shain Park, Merrill Street, downtown Birmingham Times: 6 p.m. Wednesday Phone: 248-530-1246 Cost: free/general admission, $5/photo with Santa Prepare to be stunned when they flip the switch on the 35-foot blue spruce that is decorated with holiday ornaments and more than 40,000 LED lights. Visit the Santa House from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. America’s Thanksgiving Parade Nov. 24, 2016 Address: Woodward Avenue between Kirby and Congress streets, Detroit Time: 8:50 a.m./step off, 10 a.m.-noon/TV time Thursday Phone: 313-923-7400 Cost: free/general, $35-$60/grandstand seating (must secure in advance; act early, as it sells out fast!) For its 90th romp, this big-time Detroit tradition features a procession of floats, balloons, Big Head Corps and, of course, Santa on Woodward Avenue. Catch it live on WDIV-Local 4, too. Classic Cartoon Festival at the Redford Theatre Nov. 26, 2016 Address: Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit Time: 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday Phone: 313-537-2560 Cost: $5 See some of your favorite classic cartoons like Popeye, Superman, Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny and many others – all on the big screen again. Rated G. Holly Dickens Festival Nov. 25-27, Dec. 3-4, and 10-11, 2016 Address: Downtown area, Holly Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays Phone: 248-431-1894 Cost: free Inspired by the Charles Dickens classic tale A Christmas Carol, this 43rd annual festival revels in the writer’s era, compete with four stages of entertainment, festive food and more – even Scrooge himself. Winter Fantasyland Nov. 26-Dec. 24, 2016 Address: Kennedy Memorial Building, 3240 Ferris Ave., Lincoln Park Time: 5-8 p.m. Nov. 26, 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 2-8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, closed Mondays-Tuesdays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Christmas Eve Phone: 313-386-0140 Cost: $1/person, $3/photo with Santa, $5/two photos Watch how Santa’s elves work to make Christmas a success, and visit with the big guy himself at this annual community event. This post was originally published in 2012 and has been updated for 2016 by Christina Clark.