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Thanksgiving Weekend Events

The Holiday season is in full-force, and after enjoying some leftovers, there are many fun events to experience with the whole family!

Remember the story of Thanksgiving? This weekend the whole family can reconnect with history and explore Native American culture at the Native American Fall Festival. Experience the sounds of invited drums, and storytelling; the sights of painted rock, powwow dancing, life size tipi displays, and craft demonstration; and the tastes of traditional native foods.

  • Location: Gibraltar Trade Center Taylor Eureka Rd & I-75 Taylor , MI 48180
  • Date & Time: 11/27 & 11/28 10am-8pm

There are some really fun exhibits at the DIA right now. Fakes Forgeries and Mysteries is the perfect hook to get kids interested in art museums. Sleuths of all ages will love seeing the science of how the DIA determines whether paintings are real or fake. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for ages 6-17, and free for DIA members. Tickets include museum admission and a cell-phone tour.

Another great reason to head down to the DIA – a weekend-long drop-in puppet workshop! Stop by between 12 -4 pm to make a different type of puppet. (Children under 12 need supervision)

  • Location:
    5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48202
  • Date & Time:
    Exhibit (11/21 - 4/10) 11/27 & 11/28 10am - 5pm
    Puppet Workshop (11/26 - 11/28) 12-4pm
  • Cost: $12 adults, $6 children

'Tis the season to don a pair of ice skates and mittens and hit the rink. Families are encouraged to come together and skate for 'It Takes a Village' Family Skate Night in Livonia. $10 per person includes admission, skate rental, pizza and pop.

  • Location: Riverside Arena 36635 Plymouth Rd. Livonia, MI
  • Date & Time: 11/27 6-8pm
  • Cost: $10

The weather is getting icy cold, so sometimes a perfect family activity is one where everyone can stay toasty inside of the car! From November 18th to December 31st (closed December 25th), the Wayne County Lightfest will turn Hines Drive into the Midwest's longest drive-through holiday light display.

Viewers will enter an enchanted world of colorful rainbows, snowflakes, and candy canes. Food concessions, photos with Santa (November 25th - December 23rd) and restrooms are at the end of the Lightfest at Warrendale Picnic Area.

  • Location: From Hines & Merriman (Westland) to Warren Avenue near Telegraph (Dearborn Heights)
  • Date & Time: 11/18 - 12/31 7-10pm

Henry Ford Museum invites everyone to visit during Holidays at Henry Ford Museum and celebrate the season! Enjoy the giant Christmas tree, visits with Santa, LEGO workshops, and two amazing train displays. Holidays at Henry Ford Museum is free to members or free with Henry Ford Museum admission. Holidays at Henry Ford is fun for all ages

  • Location: The Henry Ford 20900 Oakwood Blvd. Dearborn, MI 48124-4088
  • Date & Time: 11/26 - 1/9 M-Th 11am – 4pm, F- Su 11am – 5pm
  • Cost: Free 4 & Under,
                  $11 ages 5-12,
                  $15 ages 13-61,
                  $14 ages 62+

The Village of New Haven will host its seventh annual Parade of Lights at 6:30 p.m. on Division Street. In addition to the Parade of Lights, which will feature a variety of vehicles adorned with Christmas lights, there will be a tree-lighting ceremony and refreshments will be served at the New Haven Fire Department following the tree lighting. For more information, contact Chief Mike Jenks at (586) 749-9351.

  • Location: Division St. New Haven
  • Date & Time: 11/27 @ 6:30 pm

Ring in the holidays with family and friends during the third annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Sing-Along from 6 to 8pm Saturday, November 27, at the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Participants will sing songs of the season and light up the 20-foot Christmas tree under the conservatory dome. There will be plenty of refreshments and cookies provided.

  • Location: Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (22314 Northline Rd Taylor, MI, 48180)
  • Date & Time: 11/27 6-8pm

 The Junior League of Detroit (JLD) is holding its inaugural Festival of Wreaths. The public is invited to come and view over 50 wreaths on display, designed by area designers, artists, decorators and friends. While this daytime viewing event is meant for inspiration, an evening cocktail party will offer all the wreaths at a Silent Auction (reservations are required as space is limited — Contact the JLD office at (313) 881-0040) All proceeds from the 2010 Festival of Wreaths will support the JLD's Project Literacy - the initiative started last year that focuses on developing literacy programming.

  •  Location: Alger House of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial (32 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms)
  • Date & Time: 11/27 10am-3pm
  • Cost: Viewing $2 per person, Cocktail party $35

Braving the freezing Michigan winter requires a bundle of warm layers and winter gear, but for many children, these things are not guaranteed. The Detroit Pistons and Allstate Insurance are hosting the 8th annual Mitten Drive, a collection drive that provides mittens and winter items for Orchards Children's Services, a Metro Detroit foster care and adoption agency.                        

Winter items and cash donations will be accepted at The Palace of Auburn Hills at the West Atrium and Comcast Pavilion entrances. Each fan that makes a donation receives a $2 Palace concession voucher and is entered to win a Pistons VIP Night, which includes tickets to a Pistons game, dinner in The Palace Grille and a Pistons prize pack. Additionally, fans who donate $5 or more receive free Allstate/Pistons mittens. Proceeds from cash donations will be utilized to purchase additional winter gear distribution through Orchards Children's Services.                                              

CLICK HERE to learn more.

  • Location: Palace of Auburn Hills (6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills MI 48326)
  • Dates: 11/26-12/29
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