Thanksgiving Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2021

Thanksgiving Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2021 – Oakland County, and SE Michigan Thanksgiving weekend events, activities, and fun things to do.Metro Detroit Weekend Events Calendar for November 24, November 25, November 26, November 27, and November 28, 2021.

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 2021 Metro Detroit


Wednesday, November 24, 2021 Weekend Events

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 from 1p-4p
Shelby Twp Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Turkey Trot Skate #1
The New Rink (50625 Van Dyke, Shelby Twp, MI 48317, 586-731-5006,
School’s out! Go skating! $10 admission includes open skating and bounce zone. Skate rentals are extra. For more info, call 586-731-5006.

Daily through December 31, 2021 (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

Nightly at 7p through January 3, 2022
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.

Daily at 5p – 19, 2021 through January 3, 2022
Clarkston Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Magic of Lights 2022
DTE Energy Music Theatre (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 24, 26, 27, 28, Fridays & Saturdays from 6p-10p, Thursdays & Sundays from 6p-9p
Lake Orion Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Canterbury Village Holiday Stroll 2021
Canterbury Village (2359 Joslyn Ct, Lake Orion, Michigan 48360, 248-391-5700)
Hosted by Canterbury Village. Tickets sold in half-hour increments. $14.99 Admission. $5 parking (required). Presale tickets only. stroll through multiple encounters with characters along a path lit by Red & Green glowing lamp posts and Holiday lights. Stop along the way for a photo opportunity at your favorite scene. After your stroll, comfort yourself with hot chocolate, snacks, and local food trucks while enjoying the afterparty on the C Pub patio and hang out while singing your favorite Holiday Carols. Parents can enjoy warm beverages, festive beers, hard ciders, wine and cocktails while talking about the Holiday adventure. MORE INFO / PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.

Daily through early March 2022
Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend – Campus Martius Park Ice Skating
Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan)
Hours and pricing info for the 2021 Campus Martius Park Ice Skating Season.

Thursday, November 27, 2021 Thanksgiving Events Metro Detroit

Thanksgiving Day 2021
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 25, 2021 at 8:45a
Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Detroit Thanksgiving Parade 2021
Woodward and Kirby, Downtown Detroit, Michigan
Watch as the Parade makes its way down Woodward Avenue. Santa Arrives in Detroit! Parade Route info

Thursday, November 25, 2021 from 11:30a-1:30p
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. All dinner guests arriving in person will remain outside the building and receive meals packed to-go to take home. If weather permits meals may be enjoyed outside under tents. They anticipate serving up to 150 to-go meals through the lobby door portal between 11:30am and 1:30pm. They will also deliver another 150 pre-packaged meals to local institutions. Call 248-335-6866 to RSVP or for questions.

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 26, 2021 Thanksgiving Weekend Metro Detroit

November 26 and runs through Thursday, December 23, 2021 – November Dates 26,27,28,30
Meadow Brook Hall Christmas Events – Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk 
Meadow Brook Hall and Gardens (350 Estate Drive, Rochester, Michigan 48309-4401, 248-364-6200,
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. Experience the wonder of more than 50 magnificent trees—including a 10-foot tall Poinsettia tree created by 150 live plants, dazzling trimmings, and lights galore. Advanced ticket purchases required. Purchase Tickets Here

Friday, November 26, 2021 from 1p-3p
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 required.

Friday, November 26, 2021 from 1p-4p
Shelby Twp Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Turkey Trot Skate #2
The New Rink (50625 Van Dyke, Shelby Twp, MI 48317, 586-731-5006,
School’s out! Go skating! $10 admission includes open skating and bounce zone. Skate rentals are extra. For more info, call 586-731-5006.

November 26, November 27, and 28, 2021 from 5:30p-9p (weeknights & Sundays) or 5:30p-10:30p (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 32 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 19,21,22,27,28,29 – December 4,5,6,11,12,13,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,26,27,28,29,30,31 – January 1,2,3,. Ticket infoReview / Pics / Info

November 26 through December 30 – November Dates – 26,27,28
Meadow Brook Hall Christmas 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

Now – January 9 (Thursdays through Sundays) from dusk-???
Grosse Pointe Shores Weekend Events – Starry Nights at Ford House
Edsel and Eleanor Ford House (1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236)
Illuminate your holidays with Starry Lights, an all-new winter light walk at Ford House, including an immersive and interactive display on the grounds of the estate. Walk through the historic estate’s pathways to experience a wintry starry-sky-themed show of light and sound, featuring projected animations, interactive features, and even vintage home videos of Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s family. This is an outdoor event. Tickets can be purchased online in advance at

Christmas carriageFridays & Saturdays – 26, 27 December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, & 25 from 6p-midnight
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,

Friday, November 26, 2021 through Sunday, November 27, 2021 (7p each night)
Detroit Weekend Events – Monroe St Drive In Powered by Emagine Theatre
Monroe St Drive In (32 Monroe Street, Detroit, MI 48226)
Monroe Street Drive-In Powered By Emagine will feature a 60×32 ft digital projection screen. Showtimes every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7p. All showtimes and programming will be managed by Emagine Entertainment and the site will include parking for up to 65 vehicles including outdoor seating, pedestrian paths, concession pavilions and lighting, and warming areas. Tickets are $20 per vehicle and can be purchased at Additionally, tickets can be purchased in-person at the Monroe Street Drive-In Powered By Emagine when gates open at 6p. THIS WEEKEND’S MOVIES.

Saturday, November 27, 2021 Weekend Events Metro Detroit

altSaturday, November 27, 2021 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 27, 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.

Saturday, November 27, 2021 and Sunday, November 28, 2021 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

paradeSaturday, November 27, 2021 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! VIEW THIS LISTING TO SEE HOW THE VILLAGE IS HANDLING SANTA VISITS AMIDST COVID CONCERNSSPECIAL NEEDS SANTA INFO / SANTA CLAUS PET PHOTOS INFO Santa Visit Days – November 22,23,24,28,29,30 December 1,6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22,23,24. Visit for hours / more info.

November 27,28, from 11a-6p Saturdays, noon-5p and Sundays
Holly Thanksgiving Weekend Event – Holly Dickens Festival 2021
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 27, December 4, December 11, & December 31
Farmington Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Holly Days
Downtown Farmington
Enjoy Santa visits & photos FREE holiday movies at the Farmington Civic Theater and more. 2021 Events – Nov 27 – Visits w/Santa from & Market 10a-4p. Dec 4 – Parade at 5:30 & Tree Lighting at 6p, Dec 11 – Toys for Tots at Sundquist Pavilion, Dec 31 – Harry Potter New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. For more info, contact the Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce.

Weekends November 27 through December 19
Birmingham Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Downtown Birmingham Holiday Scavenger Hunt
Throughout Downtown Birmingham
Participate in a scavenger hunt throughout downtown Birmingham for your chance to win a $250 Birmingham Bucks gift card. Not only is this a great way to see some of the newest stores in Birmingham and do some window shopping, but one team each day will be awarded a $250 Birmingham Bucks gift card. Click here to sign-up your team. Once registered, you will be emailed instructions of how to download the app and play. Enjoy free parking in all of our structures throughout the season. Register at this link. Hosted by the Birmingham Principal Shopping District.

November 27 & 28, 2021 from noon-4p (also Saturdays & Sundays through November at the same time)
Milford Weekend Events – Kensington Public Hayrides
Kensington Metropark – (4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380, 810-227-8910,
Enjoy a horse-drawn hayride or sleigh ride (weather permitting) through the wooded trails around the Farm Center. Wheelchair lift available with advanced notice. Tickets for weekend hayrides are sold at the Farm Center Office. All ages event. Cost is $3 per child, $5 per adult, $3 senior, children under 2 are FREE. For more info, call 248-684-8632. A Metroparks vehicle pass is required to enter any Metropark. Annual vehicle permits are on sale NOW. You can pick one up at OR visit your local Metropark today.

Weekends Saturday, November 27, 2021 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

Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 5p-7:30p
Troy 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.

Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 6p
Ferndale Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Ferndale Holiday Tree Lighting
The Dot (221 W Troy St, Ferndale, MI 48220)
Holiday tree lighting hosted by the Downtown Ferndale DDA.

Saturday, November 27, from 7p-9p
Shelby Twp Weekend Events – Owl Prowl
Stony Creek Metropark – (4300 Main Park Rd, Shelby Twp, MI 48316, 586-781-4242,
Explore owl habits and habitats, what makes these birds so special and how they spend their year. Then hit the trails to see if you can lure in one or two of these birds with recorded calls. Ages 7+. $5 per person. Pre-register required online or by calling 586-781-9113. A Metroparks vehicle pass is required to enter any Metropark. A daily pass is $10 for 2021. 2021 annual vehicle permits are on sale NOW. You can pick one up at OR visit your local Metropark today.

Sunday, November 28, 2021 Weekend Events Metro Detroit

Sunday, November 21, 2021 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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Friday, December 17, 2021 from 6:30p-9p
Clarkston Weekend Events – Fun Fridays
Stars and Stripes Kids Activity Center (4630 White Lake Rd, Clarkston, MI 48346, 248-625-3547
Parents Night Out events at Stars & Stripes are from 6p-9p for kids ages 8+. Kids enjoy obstacle courses, trampolines, games, and a pizza dinner. Pre-registration is required. Review – info. MORE PARENTS NIGHT OUT EVENTS

Friday, December 17, 2021 from 7:45p-9:30p
Lake Orion Weekend Events – Friday Night fLipOut
fLipSpot Gymnastics and Cheer (233 Kay Industrial Dr, Orion Township, MI, 248-340-0910, website)
For ages 9+. fLipOut runs from 7:45-9:30p and includes open gym, pizza and Gatorade. Pre-registration required. MORE PARENTS NIGHT / KIDS NIGHT EVENTS

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.

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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