Thanksgiving Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2020

Thanksgiving Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2020 – Oakland County, and SE Michigan Thanksgiving weekend events, activities, and fun things to do.Metro Detroit Weekend Events Calendar for November 25, November 26, November 27, November 28, and November 29, 2020.

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 2020 Metro Detroit

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 Weekend Events

Daily through January 2, 2021
Rochester Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Royal Park Hotel Giant Gingerbread Display
Royal Park Hotel (600 E University Drive, Rochester, MI 48307, 248-652-2600, www.RoyalParkHotel.net)
This year’s display was put together with the covid pandemic in mind. The gingerbread stations are spaced out throughout the halls of the hotel so you can visit each station and still manage to keep safe social distancing practices in place. Of course, keep your masks on. Visit the Gingerbread train, see the characters from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (including Bumble, & Yukon Cornelius), the Peanuts Gang, The Grinch, the Giant Gingerbread House, and more! REVIEW/PICS/VIDEO/INFO

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 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, www.thenewrink.com)
School’s out! Go skating! $10 admission includes open skating and bounce zone. Skate rentals are extra. For more info, call 586-731-5006.

Nightly at 7p through January 1, 2020
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 – November 13, 2020 through January 2, 2021
Clarkston Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Magic of Lights 2020
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

Daily through early March 2020 but CLOSED THANKSGIVING
Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend – Campus Martius Park Ice Skating
Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan)
Hours and pricing info for the 2020 Campus Martius Park Ice Skating Season.

Thursday, November 26, 2020 Thanksgiving Events Metro Detroit

Thanksgiving Day 2020
Oakland County Thanksgiving Weekend Events – FREE Admission Day at Oakland County Parks
Various OC Park Locations (see description)
independence oaks county park clarkstonOakland 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 26, 2020 at 9a
Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Detroit Thanksgiving Parade 2020 – TELEVISED ONLY FOR 2020
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

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 27, 2020 Thanksgiving Weekend Metro Detroit

Daily Friday, November 20 through “Mid January”
Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend Events Events – Light Up Beacon Park – CANCELLED
Beacon Park (1901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226)
Experience the Children’s Tree come to life, with ornaments decorated by ​local children and families, along with brand new lighting installations, food trucks, live holiday music and more. New and returning interactive lighting features, totaling more than 125,000 twinkling LED lights will illuminate Beacon Park. Enjoy warming stations, hot chocolate, live music, take home crafts, and more. Hosted by the Downton Detroit Partnership.

November 27, 28, 29 from 11a-4p on Saturdays, Noon-5p Sundays (10a-8p Black Friday)
Lake Orion Weekend Events – Michigan Made Holiday Markets
Canterbury Village (2359 Joslyn Ct, Lake Orion, Michigan 48360, 248-391-5700, canterburyvillage.com)
Local artists, makers, cultivators + community members to share their Holiday items. Enjoy local crafters, food, artists and community. First 500 attendees each day receive a holiday ornament. Santa will be onsite greeting everyone. $5 entry fee* $1 off with toy donation to Toys For Tots. FREE Parking. Questions – Info@MichiganMadeHolidayMarket.com, or visit michiganmadeholidaymarket.com. Hosted by canterburyvillage.com..

Friday, November 27, 2020 from 10a-5p
Howell Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Green Friday
Howell Nature Center (1005 Triangle Lake Rd, Howell, MI 48843)
Hosted by Howell Nature Center. Find your family Christmas tree, go zip lining (additional fee of $20), get up close and personal with wildlife, and hike the trails. Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa by the bonfire. Zip-line is open until 2p. General Admission into the Park. $6 per adult, $4 per child, with infants 2 and under FREE.

Friday, November 27, 2020 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, www.thenewrink.com)
School’s out! Go skating! $10 admission includes open skating and bounce zone. Skate rentals are extra. For more info, call 586-731-5006.

Friday, November 27, 2020 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.

Friday, November 27 & Saturday, November 28 from 4p-8p & Sunday, November 29, 2020 from 2p-6p
Village of Rochester Hills Thanksgiving Weekend Events – FREE Carriage Rides
Village of Rochester Hills (NE corner of Adams and Walton, Rochester Hills, MI)
The Village of Rochester Hills will be offering FREE horse & carriage rides this holiday season on a first come, first serve basis. We will be strictly adhering to a 6 ft socially distancing requirement, if waiting in line, and we ask the public to wear masks for added safety. Hours – Fridays & Saturdays (4p-8p), Sundays (2p-6p). Dates offered NOV – 27,28,29 DEC – 6,11,18,19

November 27, November 28, and 29, 2020 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 20,21,22,27,28,29 – December 4,5,6,11,12,13,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,26,27,28,29,30,31 – January 1,2,3,8,9,10. Ticket infoReview / Pics / Info

Friday, November 27 from 7p-8p
Milford Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Family Farm After Dark
Kensington Metropark – (4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380, 810-227-8910, metroparks.com)
Come take a behind the scenes look and help our farmers close the farm up for the night. Learn how the farm animals and our wild animal visitors behave at night and the adaptations that make that possible. Sturdy shoes or boots are recommended. Face coverings are required in buildings and encouraged outside. Ages 8+. Pre registration required by 9/24. $5 per person. A Metroparks vehicle pass is required to enter any Metropark. 2020 vehicle permits are on sale NOW. You can pick one up at metroparks.com OR visit your local Metropark today.

Saturday, November 28, 2020 Weekend Events Metro Detroit

Saturday, November 28, 2020 and Sunday, November 29, 2020 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 28, 2020 All Day
Birmingham Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Birmingham Small Business Saturday
Downtown Birmingham
Sign-up for a socially distanced appointment with Santa. Take part in the fun scavenger hunt and you can be entered to win a $500 Birmingham Shopping District gift certificate. Stop by the corner of Maple & Old Woodward for a complimentary hot chocolate. Enjoy free parking in all of our structures and free 2-hour valet throughout the season. All activities are in accordance with Oakland County COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. For more info, visit www.allinbirmingham.com

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 www.TheVoRH.com for hours / more info.

Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 3p-4p
Milford Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Family Chow Time at the Farm
Kensington Metropark – (4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380, 810-227-8910, metroparks.com)
Help farm staff to feed the pigs, goats, cows and more. Families and young farmers will learn what each animal eats and why. Sturdy shoes or boots are recommended. Face coverings are required in buildings and encouraged outside. Pre-registration is required at least 1 day before the event at 248-684-8632. Ages 4+. $5 per person. A Metroparks vehicle pass is required to enter any Metropark. 2020 vehicle permits are on sale NOW. You can pick one up at metroparks.com OR visit your local Metropark today.

Sunday, November 29, 2020 Weekend Events Metro Detroit

bird in a treeSunday, December 1, 2019 from 8a-10a
Dexter Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Winter Birding
Hudson Mills Metropark – (8801 N Territorial Rd, Dexter, MI 48130, 734-426-8211, metroparks.com)
Get some glimpses of our less common year-round species. Great for the beginning birder as well as seasoned watcher. No birding experience necessary. All ages. Please preregister, 734-426-8211. $5. Daily & Annual vehicle permits are on sale NOW. You can pick one up at metroparks.com OR visit your local Metropark today.

Sunday, November 29, 2020 from noon-6p
Rochester Hills Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Village of Rochester Hills Reindeer at the Village
Village of Rochester Hills (NE corner of Adams and Walton, Rochester Hills, MI)
Visit real reindeer at the Village of Rochester Hills. Please follow safe social distancing rules and wear masks. This is a FREE event. Visit www.TheVoRH.com for more info.

PREVIOUS EVENTS TBD FOR 2020

Thursday, November 28, 2019 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. Call 248-335-6866 to RSVP or for questions.

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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.

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 OaklandCountyMoms.com.

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