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Spending Thanksgiving together with friends and family is what the holiday is all about, and we often fall into the same tradition of celebrating at home. If you’re looking for a way to change up the way the holiday is done in your family this year, check out these events around Metro Detroit going on and around this Nov. 28.
1. Festival of Trees
Lasting from Nov. 24 to Dec. 1, the 35th annual Festival of Trees is a benefit designed to support medical research at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Attendees can bid on tree displays, visit the gift shop, participate in children’s activities and grab a photo with Santa, too. This event is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for kids under 2 years old. Though the event isn’t happening on Thanksgiving day, attendees are invited before and after the week of the holiday.
Ford Community and Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
Visit fot.org/wp/events/schedule/ to see the scheduled events.
2. America’s Thanksgiving Parade Viewing at Hockeytown
Held at the Hockeytown Cafe, this is the first official watch party of America’s Thanksgiving Parade, this year hosted by Art Van, that marches along Detroit’s iconic Woodward Avenue. “This free event is opening early for viewing at 8am outside on Detroit’s largest outdoor patio!” write event organizers. “Outdoor breakfast stand with full bars both inside and outside the restaurant are available.”
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Find out more online at the event’s Facebook page.
3. Detroit Turkey Trot
Called by many fans the “parade before the parade,” the annual Turkey Trot is an event that allows Southeast Michiganders to choose their ideal distance to run or walk. Participants can choose from a 10K, 5K or a mile-long distance along different paths. Visit theparade.org to find out event times, distances and locations.
4. Detroit Lions Vs. Chicago Bears
For many, Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without a game of football. Head down to Ford Field to catch the Turkey Day game of The Detroit Lions Vs. The Chicago Bears.
2000 Brush St., Detroit
5. Detroit’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The tradition of a parade down Woodward Avenue has been going on since 1924 and every year it draws hundreds of thousands of attendees. The parade’s step off begins at the corner of Kirby and Woodward Avenue and ends at Woodward Avenue and Congress. The parade begins at 8:45 a.m.