Thanksgiving Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2017

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Thanksgiving Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2017 – Oakland County, and SE Michigan Thanksgiving weekend events, activities, and fun things to do.Metro Detroit Weekend Events Calendar for November 22, November 23, November 24, November 24, and November 25, 2017.

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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 2017 Metro Detroit


Daily through January 1, 2018
Rochester Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Royal Park Hotel Holiday Express Gingerbread Train
Royal Park Hotel (600 East University Drive, Rochester, MI 48307, 248-652-2600,
Check out the lobby of the Royal Park Hotel to get into the holiday spirit. The GIANT gingerbread train was created with 50 lbs of holiday candy and 200 lbs of gingerbread mix. Great for holidays pics and the aroma is mouthwatering. More Info – Pics – Video.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 from 1p-4p
Shelby Twp Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Wild Turkey Skate #1
The New Rink (50625 Van Dyke, Shelby Twp, MI 48317, 586-731-5006,
School’s out! Go skating! $8 admission includes skating and unlimited Bounce Zone! Skate rentals are extra. For more info, call 586-731-5006.

Now through Christmas Eve
Auburn Hills Santa Claus – Santa’s Flight Academy at Great Lakes Crossing
Great Lakes Crossing Outlets (4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI, 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 and partner with an elf to help ready Santa’s sleigh so he can deliver presents to children around the world. At the end is an opportunity for pics with Santa himself! Pics, video, review

Now through Christmas Eve CLOSED THANKSGIVING
Auburn Hills Thanksgiving 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 2018
Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend – Campus Martius Park Ice Skating
Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan)
Hours and pricing info for the 2017 Campus Martius Park Ice Skating Season.

Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 9a
Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Detroit Thanksgiving Parade 2017
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

Thursday, November 23, 2017 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.

Thursday, November 23, 2017 (all day)
Oakland County Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Thanksgiving Day Guest Appreciation Day
Oakland County Parks
Oakland County Parks and Recreation celebrates Guest Appreciation Day by offering FREE daily park entry on Thursday November 26. Experience natural areas, trails and all park amenities at Addison Oaks, Highland Oaks, Independence Oaks, Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks and Rose Oaks county parks. The free entry also applies at the three dog parks, at Lyon Oaks, Orion Oaks and Red Oaks. 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.

Auburn Hills Christmas LightsNightly 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 2017! 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

Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 6p-1a
Oakland County Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Thanksgiving Bowling Specials
Select OC Bowling Centers
Looking for things to do after the big feast? Bowling could be a great event to start a new Thanksgiving tradition or just burn some calories in preparation for Black Friday! More info

Nightly at 7p through January 7, 2018
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.

Friday, November 23 through December 23, 2017
Rochester Thanksgiving Weekend Event – Meadow Brook Hall Holiday meadowbrookhallchristmas2Walk
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 24, 2017 from 9a-9p
Clarkston Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Fort Clarkston Black Friday Madness Fort Clarkston (7127 Dixie Highway, Clarkston MI, 248-297-5453,
Relax after the craziness of Thanksgiving while letting the kids run, jump, and climb! Black Friday shop online with FREE wifi while the kids play at 1 low price per child. For more info, call 248-297-5453.

urban air balance beamFriday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 10a-8p (each day)
Oxford Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Black Friday at the Legacy Center
Legacy Center Oxford (925 N Lapeer Rd, Oxford, MI)
Urban Air Trampoline Park and Legacy Center are offering $100 dollar gift cards for $50 on Black Friday and Small business Saturday! You can purchase your gift cards online and pick them up in-store on Black Friday! Give the gift of FUN this holiday season! Explore our selection of offers throughout the entire Legacy Center, on Black Friday and small business Saturday! Find something for everyone this year right here at The Legacy Center!

Friday, November 24, Saturday, November 25, and Sunday, November 26
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! Visit for hours / more info.

Friday, November 24, 2017 from 1p-4p
Shelby Twp Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Wild Turkey Skate #2
The New Rink (50625 Van Dyke, Shelby Twp, MI 48317, 586-731-5006,
School’s out! Go skating! $8 admission includes skating and unlimited Bounce Zone! Skate rentals are extra. For more info, call 586-731-5006.

November 24, 2017 through Saturday, December 30, 2017
Flint Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Cosmic Christmas Light Show
Longway Planetarium (1310 E Kearsley St, Flint Township, MI 48503, 810-237-3400
Enjoy a Christmas light show made right here at Longway Planetarium. This show features 16 songs to fill you with cheer, including holiday classics, some new hits, and a few fun oddities, all set to stunning 4k visuals in a festival of Christmas splendor. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Get tickets at or call 810-237-3400 for more information.

November 24, 25, 26, from 5:30-9:30
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.

altSaturday, November 25, 2017 from 9a-4p
Troy Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Elf Shelf Arts and Crafts Show
Troy High School (4777 Northfield Pkwy, Troy, MI)
$3 door donation to local civic and charitable organizations. 200 Booths of holiday shopping! For more info, call 248-988-0426.

Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 9:a-5:30p
Berkley Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Small Business Saturday at Doll Hospital and Toy Soldier Shop
Doll Hospital and Toy Soldier Shop (3947 W 12 Mile, Berkley, MI 48072, 248-543-3115,
Everything is on sale! Markdowns up to 50 & even 75% off. 9a-12n Special Early Bird Bonus, sign up at our contest desk and receive $10 coupon off $50 purchase. Goody bags for the kids & Free gift w/Lego purchase* on Small Bus Sat. only. (*while supplies last). Coffee and donuts 9a-12n.

November 25-26, from 11a-6p Saturdays, 11a-5p and Sundays
Holly Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Holly Dickens Festival 2017
Downtown Holly, Michigan
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. For more info, visit

paradeSaturday, November 25, 2017 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.

Saturday, November 25, 2017 All Day
Birmingham Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Birmingham Small Business Saturday
Downtown Birmingham
Enjoy giveaways, FREE 2-hour valet parking, FREE structure parking, and more.

Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 11a-???
Ferndale Thanksgiving Weekend Event – Small Business Saturday & Tree Lighting
Downtown Ferndale
Downtown Ferndale retailers, restaurants, and service providers participate in Small Business Saturday, making sure that no matter who you have on your list, you can find them something perfect in Downtown Ferndale

Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 3:30p-5:30p
Lake Orion Christmas Event – Tree Lighting Ceremony
Children’s Park (Downtown Lake Orion)
Enjoy Small Business Saturday and FREE festivities. Meet Mrs Claus and her reindeer at 3:30p and enjoy the tree-lighting ceremony near dusk.

Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 5p-7:45p
Troy Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Family Night Out
Troy Community Center (3179 Livernois, Troy, MI 48083, 248-524-1546)
Enjoy swimming, basketball, parachutes, inflatables and more. $3 for residents & $4 for non-residents. Questions? Call 248-524-3484.

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