Thanksgiving Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2018

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Thanksgiving Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2018 – Oakland County, and SE Michigan Thanksgiving weekend events, activities, and fun things to do.Metro Detroit Weekend Events Calendar for November 21, November 22, November 23, November 24, and November 25, 2018.

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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 2018 Metro Detroit

METRO DETROIT CHRISTMAS EVENTS
METRO DETROIT SANTA CLAUS VISITS
GREAT LAKES CROSSING BLACK FRIDAY INFO

November 23, 24, & 26 –, 2018 from 5:30p-9p (weeknights & Sundays) or 5:30p-10p (Fridays & Saturdays) (see dates below)
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 24 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. Ticket info. Review / Pics / Info

Nightly at 7p through January 1, 2019
Rochester Thanksgiving Weekend Event – 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. Review, pics, more info.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 – Saturday, November 24th from 11a-6p
Rochester Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Christmas Countdown Tree Craft
Friendship Factory (210 West University, Rochester, MI 48038, 248-890-7277, thefriendshipfactory.com)
Crafters will have all of the supplies they need to create their “Countdown to Christmas Tree”. A fun way for kids to build up excitement for Christmas Day by adding an ornament to their tree. Supplies include one wooden tree, tree stand, star topper, button cards and supplies, and markers to decorate! Length of time crafting can vary, Pre-registration is required – 248-890-7277. Ages 7+. $25 per guest. Register at thefriendshipfactory.com/event

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 1p-5p
Shelby Twp Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Turkey Trot Skate #1
The New Rink (50625 Van Dyke, Shelby Twp, MI 48317, 586-731-5006, www.thenewrink.com)
School’s out! Go skating! $10 admission includes skating and unlimited Bounce Zone! Skate rentals are extra. For more info, call 586-731-5006.

Daily through Christmas Eve CLOSED THANKSGIVING
Auburn Hills Santa Claus Visits – Santa’s Flight Academy at Great Lakes Crossing
Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI, www.greatlakescrossingoutlets.com) District 7 of Great Lakes Crossing Outlets
The larger-than-life re-imagination of the North Pole is paired with state-of-the-art technology that enables children to partner with Santa’s Elves to prepare his sleigh for its journey around the world. Children become a member of Santa’s flight crew, get fitted in virtual elf gear, and help fix Santa’s sleigh. At the end is an opportunity for pics with Santa himself! Pics, video, review

Daily through Christmas Eve CLOSED Thanksgiving
Auburn Hills Weekend Events – Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops (Great Lakes Crossing, 248-209-4200)
Bass Pro hosts Santa Claus (and tons of free Christmas fun for kids at Bass Pro) daily through Christmas Eve. You can even get a free photo with Santa while enjoying the free fun! MORE INFO and times for Santa’s daily appearances and for a list of all the free fun holiday games, crafts and activities happening each day! Details

Daily through early March 2019
Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend – Campus Martius Park Ice Skating
Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan)
Hours and pricing info for the 2018 Campus Martius Park Ice Skating Season.

Thursday, November 22, 2018 ALL DAY
Oakland County Thanksgiving Weekend Events – FREE Admission Day at Oakland County Parks
Various OC Park Locations (see description)
Independence Oaks County ParkOakland County Parks and Recreation celebrates Guest Appreciation Day by offering free daily park entry on Thursday November 22. 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 22, 2018 at 9a
Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Detroit Thanksgiving Parade 2018
Woodward and Kirby, Downtown Detroit, Michigan
Hundreds of thousands of parade-goers will be watching as the Parade makes its way down Woodward Avenue. Santa Arrives in Detroit! Parade route info

altThursday, November 22, 2018 from 11:30a-2p
Pontiac Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner
First Presbyterian Church (99 Wayne St, Pontiac, MI)
Everyone is welcome to enjoy a delicious meal on Thanksgiving meal courtesy of First Presbyterian. RSVP ins encouraged but not necessary. Call 248-335-6866 to RSVP or for questions.

Nightly at 5p from Thanksgiving through New Year’s
Auburn Hills Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Our Dancing Lights Holiday Lights Display
Our Dancing Lights (3111 Paramount Lane, Auburn Hills, MI 48326)
Back for 2018! you’ll see a 50,000 light display synced to your favorite Christmas songs! Donations accepted in front of the display go to The Rainbow Connection of Oakland County. More info

Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day (5p-10p Sun-Thu / 5p-11p Fri-Sat
Lake Orion Christmas Event – Lights On Lake Orion
Lights on Lake Orion (439 Shady Oaks, Lake Orion, MI 48362)
Lights On Lake Orion features around 20,000 Christmas lights synchronized to holiday music. FREE but donations accepted for The Daisy Project non-profit which helps families with special needs children. More info

Friday, November 23 through December 23, 2018
Rochester Thanksgiving Weekend Event – 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. Info – Pics.

Friday, November 23, Saturday, November 24, and Sunday, November 25
Rochester Hills Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Village of Rochester Hills Santa Claus
Village of Rochester Hills (NE corner of Adams and Walton, Rochester Hills, MI)
Village of RH SantaSanta 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! Visit TheVoRH.com for hours / more info.

Friday, November 23, 2018 from 1p-5p
Shelby Twp Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Turkey Trot Skate #2
The New Rink (50625 Van Dyke, Shelby Twp, MI 48317, 586-731-5006, www.thenewrink.com)
School’s out! Go skating! $10 admission includes skating and unlimited Bounce Zone! Skate rentals are extra. For more info, call 586-731-5006.

Heritage Park, Farmington Hills, MichiganFriday, November 23, 2018 from 2p-4p
Farmington Hills Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Thanksgiving for Nature
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 is strongly encouraged online at https://recreg.fhgov.com.

November 23 (at 7:30p) 24, & 25 from 11a-6p Saturdays, noon-5p and Sundays
Holly Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Holly Dickens Festival 2018
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 Friday, November 23 to kick the events off. For more info, visit www.hollydickensfestival.org

Friday, November 23, 2018 from 4p-6p
Rochester Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Wizarding World Event
Friendship Factory (210 West University, Rochester, MI 48038, 586-530-9090, thefriendshipfactory.com)
Escape into the Wizarding World. Divine the future with a Hogwarts inspired dream catcher, crafting wands, and becoming Magizoologists to design fantastic beasts. This magical night of fun will be worthy of remembering over and over again. Witches and wizards are encouraged to dress in their favorite Hogwarts house colors! All materials are included. Pre-registration is required – 248-890-7277. Ages 7+. $30 per person. Register at thefriendshipfactory.com/event

full moonFriday, November 23, 2018 from 8p-9p
Farmington Hills Weekend Event – Full Moon Friday Night Hike
Heritage Park Nature Center (24915 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, MI)
Enjoy the evening air as you head into Heritage Park after dark at a Full Moon Friday Night Hike. Listen for nocturnal animals, observe the night sky, and heighten your senses along the way! Cost is $3 per person. You can pay in person or pre-register at The Costick Center or by calling 248-477-1135. You can also pay at the door but space is limited. Hike will be cancelled (with refunds) in case of inclement weather.

Friday, November 23, 2018 from 7p-9p
Milford Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Black Friday Full Moon Walk
Kensington Metropark – (4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380, 810-227-8910, metroparks.com)
Enjoy some moon facts and folklore as we search for nocturnal wildlife. Dress for the weather. Ages 8 and older. Please preregister, 810-227-8917. $5. A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required for these events. Daily & Annual vehicle permits are on sale NOW. You can pick one up at metroparks.com OR visit your local Metropark today.

Friday, November 23, 2018 from 8p-10p
Oxford Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Air456 at Urban Air
Urban Air Trampoline Center (925 N Lapeer Rd, Oxford Charter Township, MI 48371, 800-960-4778, UrbanAirOxford.com)
A special night of kids activities at Urban Air Trampoline Park for 4th, 5th and 6th graders. Each AIR 456 event will have Free Pizza, and activities for kids such as Dodgeball Tournament, foam pit challenge, or a slam dunk contest. Includes pizza, glow stick and access to all attractions. Cost is $15.

Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 9a-4p
Troy Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Elf Shelf Troy
Troy High School (4777 Northfield Pkwy, Troy, MI 48098)
150 Booths of holiday shopping! Admission is $3. Proceeds benefit local charities. For more info, call 248-988-0426.

Santa visitSaturday, November 24, 2018 All Day
Birmingham Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Birmingham Small Business Saturday
Downtown Birmingham
Enjoy giveaways, FREE 2-hour valet parking from 10a-6p, FREE structure parking, Birmingham Santa Walk at 9:30a, and Birmingham Santa House is open after the walk and more. For more info, visit www.allinbirmingham.com

Saturday, November 24, 2018 from ALL DAY
Ferndale Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Small Business Saturday & Tree Lighting
Downtown Ferndale
Pick up your “Shop Small” bag, get a list of participating businesses and the specials they are offering and a Scavenger Hunt map.

Saturday, November 24, 2018 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 info, call 248-684-9719.

Christmas carriageSaturday, November 24 from 10a-2p, Sunday, November 25, from 10:30a-2p
Birmingham Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Birmingham Carriage Rides
Near Santa House (corner of Henrietta and Merrill, Birmingham, Michigan)
Enjoy the 2018 Christmas season with an old-fashioned carriage ride through Downtown Birmingham. These are FREE and first-come, first-served. Birmingham Principal Shopping District. Schedule

Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 5:30p
Lake Orion Christmas Event – Tree Lighting Ceremony
Children’s Park (Downtown Lake Orion)
Enjoy Small Business in Downtown Lake Orion and then the tree-lighting ceremony. Meet Mrs Claus and her reindeer and enjoy the tree-lighting ceremony near dusk.

Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 5p-7:45p
Troy Weekend Events – Family Night Out
Troy Community Center (3179 Livernois, Troy, MI 48083, 248-524-1546)
Low-cost indoor family fun. Enjoy swimming, basketball, parachutes, inflatables and more. $3 for residents & $4 for non-residents. Call the Troy Community Center for more info at 248-524-1546.

Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 9p-11p
Oxford Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Urban Air Teen Night
Urban Air Trampoline Center (925 N Lapeer Rd, Oxford Charter Township, MI 48371, 800-960-4778, UrbanAirOxford.com)
For teens ages 13-18. Each Urban Air Teen Night event will have Free Pizza, and activities for kids such as Dodgeball Tournament, foam pit challenge, or a slam dunk contest. Includes pizza, glow stick and access to all attractions. Cost is $15.

Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 2p
Brownstown Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Winter Walk on the Wild Side
Lake Erie Metropark – (32481 W Jefferson, Brownstown, MI 48173, 734-379-5020, metroparks.com)
Search for some of the wild creatures that call the winter wonderland known as Lake Erie Metropark, “home.” Furred or feathered, big or small, search for them all. Please preregister, 734-379-5020. $5. A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required for these events. Daily & Annual vehicle permits are on sale NOW. You can pick one up at metroparks.com OR visit your local Metropark today.

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This page is intended to be used as a guide. Oakland County Moms does not endorse these events.Oakland County Moms is not responsible for changes to event descriptions, event times or details being altered without notice or cancellations.

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