Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 23rd, and West Michigan is going all out in celebration. Enjoy delicious food at a buffet, or get a meal to bring home to your family. All of the classics will be there, from ham and turkey to stuffing and potatoes. If you have room for dessert, that will be served as well! There’s more to do after you eat, like holiday tours and early shopping. Enjoy a West Michigan Thanksgiving this month.
Thanksgiving in Southern West Michigan
Silo Banquets & Catering in Allegan offers their Thanksgiving Dinner to Go every year. The Silo has the largest catering kitchen in West Michigan, and each of the dinners that they prepare are ready to feed up to ten people. These dinners include everything that you need to have a family Thanksgiving meal, including turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, rolls, gravy, pie, and more. Make Thanksgiving dinner a breeze with these ready-to-serve meals!
Arcadia Ales in Kalamazoo has smoked turkeys available for your Thanksgiving dinners. Between November 1st and 20th, order your bird to be picked up on the 21st or 22nd. Use the included reheating directions to wow your family with a fantastic feast.
Henderson Castle in Kalamazoo is hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 23rd from 11am to 3pm. This seven-course meal is sure to impress your taste buds with an extensive menu from the castle’s very own Chef Moyet. Cost is $49 for adults and $24.99 for children under 10.
Thanksgiving is a special time to express gratitude for all the blessings of the year. In honor of this celebration, Schuler’s Restaurant in Marshall serves turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and all the trimmings. Make reservations to have a family Thanksgiving in Schuler’s beautiful dining room, or order ahead and pick up your feast on Thanksgiving Day to share with your family at home. Whether you dine in or take home, this banquet will certainly delight your palate, especially when all the preparation is done for you. After your meal, take a trip through Marshall’s Merry Mile at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds between Thanksgiving and December 30th. This is the premier holiday destination for you and your family. The children will love the lighted and animated holiday decorations along this mile-long tour. You will see elves busy at work making toys, snowmen shining in the dark, children playing in the snow, and, of course, Santa Claus with his red coat and white beard all aglow.
The Bay Pointe Inn in Shelbyville is hosting a Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet and live music on Thursday, November 23rd with seatings available at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. The menu includes traditional Thanksgiving fare, like turkey, potatoes, and pumpkin pie, in addition to pastries, shrimp cocktails, mini mousse, and more. Cost for adults is $39 with unlimited champagne or $32 with non-alcoholic beverages, $12 for kids ages five to 12, and kids five and under are free.
Get everything that you need for Thanksgiving with a visit to Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater for their Arts Alive event on Tuesday, November 14th. If you’re planning on hosting a get-together this season, then this event will take care of all of your needs, from food and drink to decor. You’ll even have the opportunity to do some of your Christmas shopping downstairs!
You’ll find some of the freshest farm ingredients served for Thanksgiving when you visit Saugatuck. They have a variety of Thanksgiving specials and buffets throughout the area, many of which are on Thanksgiving day. Area restaurants will serve a traditional menu with a few added surprises. Bring your family to the Saugatuck area for a delicious Thanksgiving!
A Southwest Michigan favorite, The 23rd Annual Luminary Festival is Friday, November 17th in downtown St. Joseph. Stroll through the beautiful candlelit streets as 1,000 luminaries light your way as you shop. Shops will be open late to entice you with wonderful gift ideas and festive holiday decor, while merchants provide refreshments, great sales, amazing product offerings, and more. Get ahead of the Black Friday rush in St. Joseph!
The week before Thanksgiving, Lansing kicks off the holiday season. The city will glow with thousands of lights for the Silver Bells in the City celebration, bringing together family and friends from across Michigan. The Electric Light Parade, Silver Bells Village, lighting of the State Christmas Tree, fireworks over the Capitol dome, and musical entertainment are all part of this Lansing tradition.
Thanksgiving in Central West Michigan
Chef Sean and his team at SE4SONS Gastropub at Muskegon Country Club will be preparing Thanksgiving dinners for you to take home and throw in the oven. Meals will be prepared for four, eight, 12, or 16 people, with à la carte options available. All meals will be sent with cooking and reheating instructions, making it easy to put together your Thanksgiving feast. Pickup can be scheduled for November 22nd between 2pm and 4pm, and orders must be placed by November 16th.
Boatwerks in Holland will host their annual Thanksgiving Buffet on Thursday, November 23rd from 11am to 4pm. Watch their website for the full menu, but expect delicious sweets, fish, and produce in addition to Thanksgiving staples. Make your reservations today to guarantee your spot at the table.
Double JJ Resort in Rothbury is once again hosting their popular Thanksgiving Buffet at the Sundance Restaurant. The annual buffet is a relaxing way to spend time with friends and family with the beautiful view from the Sundance. This delicious brunch buffet features a unique menu every year, so keep an eye out for what’s new this time around!
While the day after Thanksgiving is typically a shopping fiasco, get a head start at Beach Bum Joe in Holland. Their “Not So Shabby Christmas Open House” is Saturday, November 4th, with 20% off storewide. Come back on Saturday, November 18th for the Holiday Open House, as the store is decked out with holiday decorations. Sleep in after Thanksgiving, and visit Beach Bum Joe for gift-giving savings.
The Mecosta County Festival of the Lights parade is November 18th at 6pm. This popular parade features 30 floats and groups of walkers loaded with Christmas lights and live reindeer, plus a grand entrance by Santa and Mrs. Claus! A short program and tree lighting ceremony takes place after the parade in front of the downtown Chemical Bank branch. There will be plenty of hot chocolate stations to keep you warm as well.
Thanksgiving in Northern West Michigan
Thanksgiving brings family and friends together, and you’re invited to come celebrate this special holiday in Charlevoix. During this long weekend, enjoy Thanksgiving feasts at the restaurants like Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant. Before the holiday commences, sign up for the annual Turkey Trot 5K along the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix. On Saturday, November 25th, the holiday tree celebration will take place. Enjoy a fun holiday parade, holiday crafts, cookies and hot chocolate, and pictures with Santa. Also, on Black Friday, take advantage of exclusive discounts at downtown stores.
Voted “Best Steakhouse” in Michigan by MLive, Vernales Restaurant in Harbor Springs is serving up delicious food for your family’s Thanksgiving. In addition to a dine-in menu, they also have to-go orders and off-site catering. You can feast upon flank steak, brisket, broiled whitefish, chicken parmesan, penne alfredo, and more. Whether you’re looking for a meal at their steakhouse or something to bring back for a Thanksgiving at home, Vernales will be serving up a delicious holiday menu all season long.
Looking to host a big family Thanksgiving up north? Elvyn Lea Lodge in Boyne City sleeps 80, with 20 bedrooms in their 7,000 square foot lodge. Guests enjoy comfortable accommodations, with two lounges, 44 wooded acres with trails, a spectacular acre and a half event lawn, and fire pit area. Host your family’s Thanksgiving or holiday retreat in this historic northern Michigan lodge setting.
Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville is celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23rd with the annual Turkey Vulture Trot 5K and a Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Begin Thanksgiving Day by boosting your metabolism for the feast to come! The Turkey Vulture Trot 5K Run & Walk is held on a paved, looped-course through the scenic rolling terrain of Crystal Mountain. From 11am to 4pm, enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving buffet with all the trimmings (without setting foot in the kitchen) at the Annual Thanksgiving Buffet in the beautiful Crystal Center. Reserve your spot today!
You’re invited you to bring your family to the Thanksgiving Celebration at Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls. With plenty of activities and entertainment for all ages, they also offer you the option to enjoy a delightful buffet in Everett’s on Thanksgiving Day, or to have a complete meal, including all of the holiday favorites, prepared and delivered to your room. Consider making Thanksgiving at Boyne Mountain a tradition for your family and friends!
The Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant in Petoskey are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day from 1pm to 5pm. The extensive menu features holiday favorites, from mashed potatoes and ham to green bean casserole and turkey. Bring your family to this annual feast, and enjoy the wide array of food being served.