Five Ways to Try Something New This Thanksgiving Weekend

by Brandon James Anderson 

For many, Thanksgiving is a holiday to relax and spend time with family. For others, it’s a time to get stressed out over preparing the day’s meal and/or at the thought of spending time with family and loved ones. Some like to spend the day letting their blood pressure rise while watching the Detroit Lions. And, for some, Thanksgiving is a time to strategize how to best navigate Black Friday doorbusters.

Regardless of how you typically spend the holiday, here are five ways you can try something new Thanksgiving Weekend 2014:

1. Take a stroll through the park.

All 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks across Southeast Michigan are open on Thanksgiving Day. Even better, they’re offering free admission for the day.

2. Enjoy a parade a day after Thanksgiving.

For nearly four decades, Grosse Pointe has held an annual Santa Claus Parade. This year the festivities kick off with the hour-long parade at 10 a.m. Friday with Saint Nick available for visits from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, refer to the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce’s website.

3. Run in another race.

Avid running enthusiasts are used to Thanksgiving Day offering a number of races throughout Michigan. On Saturday the City of Ludington on Michigan’s west coast offers its third annual “Cocoa Ocho” 8k race which starts at 9 a.m.

4. Go to a lesser known festival in Holly.

The Village of Holly is known for its annual Michigan Renaissance Festival. Come the holiday season, however, Holly offers another festival that takes visitors back in time with their annual Holly Dickens Festival which is the longest running, Dickens-themed event in the U.S. This year’s festivities kick off with a parade and tree lighting taking place Friday evening with the festival beginning Saturday.

5. Enjoy some junior league hockey.

Football typically rules the day on Thanksgiving. Those looking for a break from watching the gridiron this weekend can visit Flint’s Perani Arena for a matchup between the Michigan Warriors and Soo Eagles on Saturday. Oh, and tickets are free.

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