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Guide For Thanksgiving Weekend Visitors To Detroit

November 16, 2013 7:00 AM

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(Credit, Michael Ferro)

(Credit, Michael Ferro)

Detroit and the entire Michigan area is known around the country for two things: miserable driving conditions and terrible winter weather. But here in the Motor City, we embrace the changing of the seasons as a time for good fun, great food and excellent outdoor activities – regardless of the cold. Motown is also home to one of the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving Day parades, America’s Thanksgiving Parade, right through the heart of downtown Detroit. For nearly a century, Detroit has been synonymous with Thanksgiving, and old and young alike will find plenty to due if they’re lucky enough to be visiting metro Detroit this holiday season.

America’s Thanksgiving Parade
Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48122
(313) 923-7400
www.theparade.org

Date: Nov. 28, 2013 at 8:45 a.m.

Since 1924, Detroit has hosted America’s Thanksgiving Parade, one of the country’s largest holiday parades, rivaled only by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade held in New York City (also started in 1924). The national spotlight will fall upon these two cities on Thanksgiving morning and visitors and residents alike are welcome to crowd the Cass Corridor and downtown Woodward districts in Detroit to get a great seat to see the massive floats and numerous celebrities who will be on hand each year to celebrate the holiday. Attendance is always free and the parade will make its way from Midtown all the way to downtown Detroit.

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Runners make their way through Midtown and downtown Detroit during the 2012 Turkey Trot. (Credit, Michael Ferro)

31st Fifth Third Turkey Trot
Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48122
(313) 923-7400
www.theparade.org/turkeytrot

Date: Nov. 28, 2013 at 7:30 a.m.

Well-seasoned runners and those looking to work off some calories before Thanksgiving dinner will find a great experience waiting for them at the 31st Annual Turkey Trot in Detroit on November 28th. This annual race is held throughout the downtown areas and through beautiful Campus Martius Park, which adds a stunning element to the race itself. This year’s race will feature an all new finish line and medals will be awarded to each of the first 1,500 finishers. As usual, there will be three events, including a 10K, 5K and one-mile race, also appropriately known as the “Turkey Trot, Stuffing Strut and Mashed Potato Mile.”

Detroit Christmas Tree Festival
Campus Martius Park
800 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-0101
www.campusmartiuspark.org

Date: Nov. 28, 2013

Not many downtown areas around the country can boast as impressive of a Christmas tree lighting ceremony as the Motor City can. For nearly a century, Detroit’s Campus Martius Park has been home to the Motor City’s best Christmas tree and ceremony festivals. On Thursday, November 28th, Mayor Dave Bing and city officials will help to celebrate the harvest season’s end and the oncoming of the Christmas month with this fantastic and enthralling display. This year, the tree will stand upon Woodward Gardens and measures over 60 feet in height!

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Residents and visitors alike enjoy the idyllic downtown setting of Detroit’s ice rink in Campus Martius Park. (Credit, Michael Ferro)

Grand Opening of the Ice Rink at Campus Martius
800 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 963-9393
www.campusmartiuspark.org/Sightseeing/The-Rink

Each Thanksgiving weekend, the gorgeous ice skating rink that lies dead center in the middle of Campus Martius Park comes alive and opens for the first time each year. After folks have had the time to “oo” and “ah” at the magnificent Christmas tree display, the ice rink is open for anyone who wishes to skate in the middle of a downtown paradise. With the skyscrapers looming tall beside you, and the cold weather finally settling in, nothing can quite top some time upon the ice. Adults who wish to skate will cost $7 and children will cost $6. Hours vary each day of the week, with later hours to midnight on weekends. Please see the rink’s website for more details.

Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Game at Ford Field
2000 Brush St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 262-2000
www.detroitlions.com/team/history/thanksgiving-day-in-motor-city

Date: Nov. 28, 2013

Some things were just made to go together, like football and Thanksgiving. Since 1934, Detroiters and folks from around the world have watched as the Detroit Lions have hosted the country’s top football game for well over half a century. Many Motown families plan their entire Thanksgiving holiday around the mid-day Lions kickoff, including tailgating events, outdoor cookouts and much more. Downtown establishments are alive and abuzz with activity, no matter what the weather is like. Attending a Lions Thanksgiving home game is a rite of passage for any resident and an entirely new and exciting experience for visitors as well. This year, the Lions will square off against a tough Green Bay Packers squad.

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at Examiner.com.

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