Thanksgiving Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2022

Thanksgiving Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2022 – Oakland County, and SE Michigan Thanksgiving weekend events, activities, and fun things to do.Metro Detroit Weekend Events Calendar for November 23, November 24, November 25, November 26, and November 27, 2022.

There are plenty of fun things to do in and around Metro Detroit this Thanksgiving weekend. This list will try to highlight some of the Metro Detroit weekend events – big and small – for kids and families. I’m going to be using this article to post events and activities that are either free, or at least family affordable.

Thanksgiving Weekend Events 2022 Metro Detroit


Wednesday, November 23, 2022 Weekend Events

Daily through December 31, 2022 (Daily from 3p-8p)
Toledo Weekend Events – Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo
Toledo Zoo & Aquarium (2 Hippo Way, Toledo, Ohio 43609,
Check out 200+ festive, holiday animal displays throughout the zoo and over one million Christmas lights at this annual spectacular. Reserve your tickets HEREMORE INFO

November 19 2022 through November 27, 2022 (Closed Thanksgiving Day)
Royal Oak Thanksgiving Weekend Events – The Rink at Royal Oak
The Rink at Royal Oak (221 E 3rd St, Royal Oak, MI 48067, 248-541-7550)
Professionally maintained ice rink in Downtown Royal Oak is open for the winter season. Admission is $10, skate rental is $5. Hours – Sun-Tue 11-9p, Wed & Th 11a-10p, Fr & Sat 11a-11p. Hosted by the MORE INFO / REVIEW / PICS

November 22 through November 27 (8 showtimes to choose from)
Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Elf The Musical LIVE
Fox Theatre (2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201)
The musical adaptation of the hilarious movie comes to life on stage for 8 performances at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Tickets start at $40. Purchase tickets here.

Nightly through January 15, 2023 (5p-midnight daily)
Rochester Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Big Bright Light Show
Downtown Rochester
See Downtown Rochester lit up in Holiday glory as the city is adorned with over 1.2 million Christmas Lights. Lights are on from 5p-midnight. Hosted by the Downtown Rochester DDAReview, pics, more info

Daily – November 18, 2022 through December 31, 2022
Clarkston Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Magic of Lights 2022
Pine Knob (33 Bob Seger Dr, Village of Clarkston, MI 48348)
Magic of Lights is a dazzling, drive-through holiday lights experience featuring favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Experience Magic of Lights from the comfort and safety of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path of Clarkston’s favorite holiday tradition. One carload, one price. Hosted by 313presents.comMORE INFO / TICKETS INFO

November 23, 25, 26, 27, at 5p each day
Canterbury Village Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Canterbury Village Holiday Stroll 2022
Canterbury Village (2359 Joslyn Ct, Lake Orion, Michigan 48360, 248-391-5700)
Holidays kick off at Canterbury with their annual Tree Lighting on November 18 from 5p-8p. Numerous exciting Holiday displays with live characters bringing the holidays to life. Bring your letter to Santa Claus and drop it in the mailbox for special delivery to SANTA. Canterbury Village has teamed with the local non-profit, Bottomless Toy Chest to collect toys for kids in need this season. A drop box will be located on-site. Advance ticket sales only. Admission is $14.99. $5 Parking. Online ticket & processing fees may apply. Purchase tickets at www.canterburyholidaystroll.comCOUPON – Canterbury Village and Oakland County Moms are helping real moms fight this inflation – Use Coupon Code OCM at online check out and take $2 off each ticket to Holiday Stroll. MORE INFO

Daily, Thanksgiving Weekend
Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Ice Skating at Campus Martius Park
Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan)
Enjoy the holiday lights at the world famous Campus Martius Park ice skating rink. Situated in the heart of Downtown Detroit on Woodward Avenue, the Rink offers one of the most beautiful skating experiences in the country. Tickets can be purchased on-site or by phone at 313-963-9393 (First-come, first-served). Hosted by the Downton Detroit PartnershipPRICES / MORE INFO

November 22 through November 27 (8 showtimes to choose from)
Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Elf The Musical LIVE
Fox Theatre (2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201)
The musical adaptation of the hilarious movie comes to life on stage for 8 performances at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Tickets start at $40. Purchase tickets here.

Thursday, November 24, 2022 Thanksgiving Events Metro Detroit

Thanksgiving Day 2022
Oakland County Thanksgiving Weekend Events – FREE Admission Day at Oakland County Parks
Various OC Park Locations (see description)
Oakland County Parks and Recreation celebrates Guest Appreciation Day by offering free daily park entry on Thanksgiving Day. Experience natural areas, trails and all park amenities at Addison Oaks, Highland Oaks, Independence Oaks, Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks and Rose Oaks county parks. Visitors can enjoy free daily park entry with access to natural areas, trails, dog parks and all park amenities. Park hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset, or as posted at the park. For more info, call 1-888-OCParks

Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 8:45a
Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Detroit Thanksgiving Parade 2022
Woodward and Kirby, Downtown Detroit, Michigan
Watch as the Parade makes its way down Woodward Avenue. Santa Arrives in Detroit! Parade Route info

Friday, November 25, 2022 Thanksgiving Weekend Metro Detroit

Friday, November 25, 2022 from 11a-3p (museum hrs & admission info)
Bloomfield Hills Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Cranbrook Institute of Science Black Friday Fun
Cranbrook Institute of Science (9221 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801, 1-877-462-7262
Guests are invited to the Institute of Science for paleo-themed activities, including: dinosaur talks and presentations, the opportunity to touch dinosaur bones, explore fossil mysteries, and a scavenger hunt challenge. All activities are FREE with the purchase of general museum admission. For an additional fee, guests can also explore SUE: The T rex Experience or attend a show n the Acheson Planetarium: One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure, Let it Snow, Michigan Sky Tonight, and Mystery of the Christmas Star.

DAILY November 25 through December 8 from 10a-5p each day
White Lake Christmas Events – The Big Reveal
Indian Springs Metropark – (5200 Indian Trail, White Lake, MI 48386, 248-625-6640,
Get in the spirit of the season and enjoy our festively decorated center, including holiday trees and lights, the “underwater snow globe”, and more. Don’t forget to bring your camera to take a unique holiday photo. This is a FREE, all ages event. A Metroparks daily or annual vehicle pass is required to enter any Metropark. You can pick one up at OR visit your local Metropark today.

November 25 and runs through December 23, 2022 from 11a-4p (until 8p on select nights)
Rochester Christmas Events – Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk 
Meadow Brook Hall and Gardens (480 South Adams Rd, Rochester, MI 48309)
The Meadow Brook Hall annual Holiday Walk explores the Dodge and Wilson family’s winter traditions and activities they enjoyed while living on the Meadow Brook Estate. Purchase tickets hereMore Info – Pics.

Friday, November 25, 2022 from 1p-4p
Farmington Hills Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Thanksgiving Hike & Seek
Heritage Park Nature Center (24725 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, MI 248-536-5617)
The event will feature a self-guided scavenger hunt through the trails of Heritage Park. Participants will receive a list of clues and directions that will help them on their quest to find reasons to be thankful for all of nature’s gifts. Those who complete the scavenger hunt will be eligible for a Thanksgiving prize. $3 per person. Pre-registration required.

November 25, November 26, and 27, 2022 from 5p-10:30p
Royal Oak Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Detroit Zoo Wild Lights
Detroit Zoo (8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067)
The Detroit Zoo will light up the night this holiday season with Wild Lights, a spectacular holiday light display. For 35 nights, more than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and animal sculptures on a half-mile trail through the front of the Zoo. Dates – November 19-20, 25-27 – December – 1-4, 8-11, 15-23, 26-31 – January – 2-3, 5-9. Ticket infoReview / Pics / Info

November 25 through December 30 – November Dates – 26,27,28
Meadow Brook Hall Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Winter Wonder Lights at Meadow Brook Hall
Meadow Brook Hall & Gardens (350 Estate Drive, Rochester, Michigan 48309-4401, 248-364-6200)
Winter Wonder Lights is a self-guided outdoor event featuring unique light displays across the grounds of Meadow Brook Hall. Enjoy fun concessions such as glow-in-the-dark cotton candy and hot meals in our outdoor café. There will be seasonal and specialty drinks, selfie stations, bonfires and more. Tickets are $22 for adults ages 13+, ages 3-12 are $12, 2 & under FREE. Half-hour time slots start at 5:30p daily. Advanced ticket purchases required. Purchase Tickets Here… More Info – Pics– OCM Discount Coupon Offer

Fridays & Saturdays – November 25, 26 from 6p-11p
Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Campus Martius Park Carriage Rides
Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan)
See Downtown Detroit like you never have before – from inside an enchanted horse drawn carriage. Carriage rides take off from the Woodward Esplanade, directly south of Campus Martius Park. Rides are $10 per person and last about 15 to 20 minutes. On site only. No advanced reservations are accepted. For more info,

Saturday, November 26, 2022 Weekend Events Metro Detroit

Saturday, November 26, 2022 from 9a-4p
Troy Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Elf Shelf Arts & Crafts Show Troy
Troy High School (4777 Northfield Pkwy, Troy, MI 48098)
200 Booths of holiday shopping! Admission is $?. Proceeds benefit local charities. For more info, call 248-988-0426. Hosted by the Troy Women’s Association.

Saturday, November 26, 2021 at 9:30a
Birmingham Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Birmingham Santa Walk
Downtown Birmingham (320 Martin St, Birmingham, MI)
Santa’s walk through Downtown Birmingham on his way to Shain Park Santa House for another season of fun. Hosted by the Birmingham Principal Shopping District.

Santa visitSaturday, November 26, 2022 and Sunday, November 27, 2022 from 10a-3p
Birmingham Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Birmingham Santa House
Shain Park (S Bates St and W Merrill St, Birmingham, MI, 48009)
Children may give Santa their list and have their picture taken with him. A donation may be given to help a local charity. FOR 2020 – Families are invited to schedule an appointment (one per family, please) to visit Santa in front of his quaint “home” under the pavilion in Shain Park. Santa visits will be socially distanced. Families are asked to wear masks while they are waiting, but they may remove them for their photo. Please check-in 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Pre-registration only! Link to Schedule a Visit with Santa. Hosted by the Birmingham Principal Shopping DistrictSchedule

Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 10a
Shelby Twp Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Model Train Show
Packard Proving Grounds (49965 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Twp, MI 48317)
Shelby Twp train show. 100 dealer tables. All scales and gauges from early 1900s to modern. Fun for the whole family. Admission is $8 adults/kids ages 12+ and FREE kids 11 and under. Learn about a fun new hobby and purchase everything you need to get started. For more info, call Mike at 586-271-6024 or email Mike at

Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 10a
Milford Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Downtown Christmas Parade
Downtown Milford
Come out to the annual Milford Christmas Parade, one of the longest-standing Main Street traditions around. Wonderful holiday event for the entire region. Come early! Main Street fills up fast. For more information, visit

November 28 & 29
Rochester Hills Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Village of Rochester Hills Santa Claus
Village of Rochester Hills (NE corner of Adams and Walton, Rochester Hills, MI)
Santa and his helper are available in a beautiful setting at the Village of Rochester Hills. Kids can meet Santa, sit on his lap and discuss their Christmas wish. Bring your own camera as photography packages are not available. Santa visits at the Village of Rochester Hills are always FREE! SPECIAL NEEDS SANTA INFO / SANTA CLAUS PET PHOTOS INFO Visit for hours / more info.

November 26,27, from 11a-6p Saturdays, noon-5p and Sundays
Holly Thanksgiving Weekend Event – Holly Dickens Festival 2022
Step back into time as you stroll the streets, visit the shops, pubs and eateries in quaint downtown Holly, getting caught up in the story of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Bring the whole family and get a jumpstart on your Christmas shopping. Lighted Parade on Saturday, November 27 at 6p. For more info, visit

Saturday, November 26 from 11a-3p
Canterbury Village Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Canterbury Cookie Crawl
Canterbury Village (2359 Joslyn Ct, Lake Orion, Michigan 48360, 248-391-5700)
Enjoy the festive holiday ambiance throughout the quaint Canterbury Village, mingle with some characters like The Grinch and Gingerbread Man, as you visit various participating shops to collect cookies. Tickets are $2 at the door. Parking is $5.

Weekends Saturday, November 26, 2022 through Christmas Eve (select days & times)
Birmingham Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Birmingham Carriage Rides  
Near Santa House (corner of Henrietta and Merrill, Birmingham, Michigan)
Enjoy the 2021 Christmas season with an old-fashioned carriage ride through Downtown Birmingham. These are FREE and first-come, first-served. Hosted by the The Birmingham Shopping DistrictSchedule

November 26 & 27 from 2:30-5:30p
Rochester Hills Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Village of Rochester Hills Reindeer at the Village
Village of Rochester Hills (NE corner of Adams Rd and University, Rochester Hills, MI)
Visit real reindeer at the Village of Rochester Hills. This is a FREE event. For more info, visit

Saturday, November 26, 2022 from 5p-7:30p
Troy Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Troy Family Night Out
Troy Community Center (3179 Livernois, Troy, MI 48083, 248-524-3484)
Family Night Out is an inexpensive and fun night out for families. Spend quality time together and enjoy basketball, swimming, and more. $6 for residents & $8 for non-residents. FREE for Community Center pass holders. Open to all ages. No registration required. Hosted by Troy Recreation. Hosted by Troy Recreation.

Sunday, November 27, 2022 Weekend Events Metro Detroit

Sunday, November 27, 2022 from 9:45a-10:45a
Detroit Weekend Events – FREE Yoga at Grand Circus Park
Grand Circus Park Detroit (101-157 Witherell St, Detroit, MI 48226)
Bring your yoga mat and enjoy a physically distant yoga class taught. This is a FREE event but you must pre-register. Weather permitting. Register here.

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See our Events / Things To Do tab for more events, activities and things to do in Oakland County and Metro Detroit Michigan.

Thanksgiving Weekend Events researched and compiled by Glen LaGrou, co-owner of

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