Pre-Thanksgiving Traditions

Some spots in West Michigan love to get the Thanksgiving celebrations started early. Take part in these pre-Thanksgiving festivities as you get warmed up for the big day!


Need some inspiration for your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner? The Soups On! event at the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph showcases soups from various local restaurants. From November 7th to 9th, stop by for a warm, cozy meal and browse their holiday market. With both winter and Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to find the perfect soup to serve for your loved ones!

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Lansing is getting decked out with thousands of lights and holiday fun for the Silver Bells in the City celebration. Silver Bells in the City attracts over 80,000 people to the Capital City each year and takes place annually on the Friday before Thanksgiving. This free event brings family and friends together to kick off the holiday season!

Grand Haven Main Street provides a picturesque postcard start to this year’s holiday season. Downtown Grand Haven will be abuzz with festivities and cheer as Light Night gets you in a festive mood on Friday, November 16th. Carolers will be strolling throughout downtown, roasted chestnuts, cider, and hot chocolate will be available to the public courtesy of Grand Haven Main Street and Grand Haven Tri-Cities Historical Museum.

Get in the holiday spirit in Mecosta County with the Festival of Lights parade on Saturday, November 17th. This popular parade features 30 floats and groups of walkers loaded with Christmas lights, live reindeer, and a grand entrance by Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Stay at Hotel Walloon for the area’s holiday kick off! On Wednesday, November 21st, the Village of Walloon will come alive with Christmas vendors, an appearance by Santa, the lighting of the village, kids activities, and more. Then, spend a relaxing weekend celebrating Thanksgiving in northern Michigan.