10 Things to Do in Metro Detroit this Thanksgiving Weekend (Nov. 22-25)

Celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas at these holiday events in the city
America's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The 2018 America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marches down Woodward Ave. on Nov. 22. // Photograph Courtesy of Pointe Photography

Fox Theatre: A once self-identified elf, Buddy the human has had quite the journey since he left his frigid home at the North Pole. With jokes for the adults as well as a high-end, engaging production for the kids, Elf the Musical is appropriate for all ages. Nov. 20-25. $39+. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 800-745-3000; 313presents.com

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: The 92nd annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade is set to roll down Woodward Avenue again this November. The parade will feature floats and balloons from businesses based in metro Detroit. It will also air locally on WDIV-TV (Local 4). Nov. 22. No cost. Downtown Detroit; theparade.org

Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle: A Detroit native, comedian Lowell Sanders is set to make a triumphant return to the place his career began, the Comedy Castle. The show will also feature comedian Nicole Aimee Schreiber. Nov. 23 and 24. $18. 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900; comedycastle.com

Wild Lights: More than 5 million LED lights will illuminate the Detroit Zoo’s trees, buildings, and animal sculptures. Holiday entertainment and special activities will also take place throughout the 24-day event. Nov. 23-25, 30, Dec. 1 and 2, 7-9, 14-16, 20-23, 26-31. $11+. Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd.; Royal Oak, 248-541-5717; detroitzoo.org

Holiday Walks: Meadow Brook Hall undergoes a Christmas makeover. “Landmark in Lights” event features a candy cane lane, Santa visits, holiday lights, and more. Nov. 23-Dec. 23. $20. Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Dr., Rochester Hills; 248-364-6200; meadowbrookhall.org

Craig Ferguson: The host of “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” brings his comedy act to Detroit. He’s provided the voice for notable characters in the animated films How to Train Your Dragon and Brave. Nov. 24. $45+. MGM Grand Detroit Event Center, 1777 3rd St., Detroit; 877-888-2121; mgmgranddetroit.com

Detroit Opera House: Perhaps the most famous of all ballets, The Nutcracker returns this holiday season. Featuring the original classic Tchaikovsky score, this production will enchant patrons. Nov. 24 and 25. $29+. 1526 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-961-3500; michiganopera.org

Holiday Markets: Eastern Market adds seven additional holiday vendors to meet your gift-giving needs. In addition to their Saturday markets, Sunday holiday market days will feature vendors specializing in Michigan-made products from clothes, jewelry, home goods, and more. Sundays through Dec. 23. No cost. Eastern Market, 2934 Russell St., Detroit; 313-833-7900; easternmarket.org

Wayne County Lightfest: This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Christmas light fest. Gather family and friends and drive through over 50 themed light displays. Afterwards, commemorate the day with a photo with Santa. Through Dec. 31. $5+. 7651 North Merriman Rd., Westland; 734-261-9087; waynecounty.com 

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