Thanksgiving Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2019

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Thanksgiving Weekend Events Metro Detroit 2019 – Oakland County, and SE Michigan Thanksgiving weekend events, activities, and fun things to do.Metro Detroit Weekend Events Calendar for November 27, November 28, November 29, November 30, and December 1, 2019.

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 2019 Metro Detroit


Wednesday, November 27, 2019 Weekend Events

Daily through January 1, 2019
Rochester Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Royal Park Hotel Enchanted Gingerbread Forest
Royal Park Hotel (600 E University Dr, Rochester, MI 48307, 248-652-2600,
Check out the lobby of the Royal Park Hotel to get into the holiday spirit. The GIANT gingerbread creation was made with 200 lbs of gingerbread mix. Great for holidays pics and the aroma is mouthwatering. Plus, you can make donation to the Salvation Army at the Mitten Tree. More Info – Pics – Video.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 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! $7 admission includes open skating! 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 this weekend but CLOSED THANKSGIVING
Auburn Hills Thanksgiving Weekend Events – 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, 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 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 2019 Campus Martius Park Ice Skating Season.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 6p
Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Disney Jr Holiday Party
Fox Theatre (2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201)
An extension of the popular Pollstar-nominated “Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour,” the 40-date interactive show features favorite Disney Junior characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Vampirina and Bingo and Rolly from Puppy Dog Pals performing live on stage to Disney Junior hits and other holiday classics such as “Jingle Bells” and “Deck The Halls.” The show also includes a special appearance by characters from Disney Junior’s upcoming animated series, T.O.T.S. and culminates with a special visit from Santa Claus. Hosted by our friends at 313Presents. Purchase Tickets Here.

Thursday, November 28, 2019 Thanksgiving Events Metro Detroit

Thanksgiving Day 2019
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 29, 2019 at 9a
Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Detroit Thanksgiving Parade 2019
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 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.

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 29, 2019 Thanksgiving Weekend Metro Detroit

Meadow Brook Holiday WalkDaily Friday, November 29 through December 22, 2019
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 29, 2019 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! $7 admission includes open skating! Skate rentals are extra. For more info, call 586-731-5006.

Friday, November 29, 2019 and Saturday, November 30 from 1p-2p (2 sessions)
Milford Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Chickadee Chow Down
Kensington Metropark – (4570 Huron River Parkway, Milford, MI 48380, 810-227-8910,
A variety of winter songbirds will eagerly fly to your hand for seeds. Learn about why this happens and how to recognize the birds you’ll see during this one-hour program. Then take a short guided walk along the nature trails to meet your new feathered friends. Seed provided, bring your own camera. Fun for all ages. Dress for the weather. Please preregister, 810 227-8917. $3 child, $5 adult. A Metroparks vehicle entry permit is required for these events. Daily & Annual vehicle permits are on sale NOW. You can pick one up at OR visit your local Metropark today.

Heritage Park Nature CenterFriday, November 29, 2019 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

November 29, November 30, and December 1, 2019 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 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. Dates – November 29,30, December 1,6,7,8,13,14,15,19,20,21,22,23,26,27,28,29,30,31, January 2,3,4,5. Ticket info. Review / Pics / Info

November 29 (at 7:30p), November 30, and December 1 from 11a-6p Saturdays, noon-5p and Sundays
Holly Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Holly Dickens Festival 2019
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 29 to kick the events off. For more info, visit

Village of RH SantaFriday, November 29, 30, and Sunday, December 1
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! More Info / Dates / Times

Saturday, November 30, 2019 Weekend Events Metro Detroit

Saturday, November 30, 2019 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 $3. Proceeds benefit local charities. For more info, call 248-988-0426. Hosted by the Troy Women’s Association.

home depot kids workshopSaturday, November 30, 2019 from 9a-noon
Metro Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend Events – FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop
Metro Detroit Home Depot Locations
Build. Learn. Create. Home Depot’s Kids Workshops are FREE How-to workshops designed for kids ages 5-12. Kids receive a project, a pin, and a Home Depot apron! This week’s project – Stocking Ornament. You can pre-register for the events here.

Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 9a-5p
Ferndale Thanksgiving Weekend Event – Small Business Saturday
Downtown Ferndale
Pick up your “Shop Small” bag, get a list of participating businesses and the specials they are offering.

Saturday, November 30, 2019 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

Saturday, November 30, 2019 through Christmas Eve (various dates)
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. Hosted by the Birmingham Principal Shopping District. Schedule

Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 9a-4p
Farmignton Hills Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Michigan Makers Holiday Market
Costick Center (28600 Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan)
Formerly known as Farmington Hills Holiday Shopping Expo. The Costick Center in Farmington Hills is hosting a Holiday Shopping Expo to showcase a variety of vendors and crafters. Shop from over 50 vendors. This is a FREE event. Call 248-473-1800 for more info.

Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 10a
Milford Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Downtown Milford 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 or visit

Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 11a-3p & Sunday, December 1 from 11a-3p
Birmingham Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Birmingham Carriage Rides
Near Santa House (corner of Henrietta and Merrill, Birmingham, Michigan)
Enjoy the 2019 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 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,
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, December 1, 2019 Weekend Events Metro Detroit

Sunday, 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,
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 OR visit your local Metropark today.

Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 2p & 5:30p (2 performances)
Detroit Thanksgiving Weekend Events – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer – The Musical
Fox Theatre (2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201)
Projections, costumes and characters are faithfully brought to the stage against a backdrop of nostalgic set designs. The 12-foot-plus-tall Abominable Snow Monster is jaw-dropping. The cast brings high energy to classic songs and dialogue, while irresistible and loveable puppets highlight the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects. Hosted by our friends at 313Presents. Purchase Tickets Here.

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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

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