Thanksgiving Events Around West Michigan

Thanksgiving is coming up November 28th, and whether you are looking for a turkey dinner, a special holiday weekend getaway, or some unique events to celebrate the day, West Michigan has you covered! You’ll find special shopping events, festivals, Thanksgiving Day races, buffets, ready-made dinner options, Small Business Saturday deals, light shows, and more throughout the month to help make your holiday one to remember. 

Thanksgiving Brunch, Dinner, and Buffets

If there’s one holiday you would associate with Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant and Winery in Fennville, it’s Thanksgiving! Their famous homemade fruit pies are a perfect addition to any gathering around your family table. Crane’s will take orders for baked pies for your Thanksgiving feast up until Tuesday, November 26th for a Wednesday pick-up. This year, in addition to the traditional pumpkin and apple pies, they are offering an extremely limited new Pumpkin Praline Pie, featuring layers of house-made cream cheese and pumpkin filling in their famous pie crust topped with a praline crumble. If you’re thinking of adding it to your Thanksgiving order, call Crane’s at 269-561-2297 to place your order before they run out! 

Greenbush Brewing in Sawyer is offering favorites like pumpkin cheesecake, mac and cheese, and green beans for your Thanksgiving feasts. Order by November 18th to have items in time for the big day! Have other upcoming events? Greenbush Brewing has their fall catering menu available online or their taproom.

Bay Pointe Inn in Shelbyville hosts Thanksgiving Brunch, 11:00 am-4:00 pm November 28th. Adult buffet is $39, adult buffet with unlimited mimosas $45, kids 5-12 $12, and under 5 free. Enjoy live music by Jake Stevens & Everret Domeier with your brunch. 

Let Muskegon’s SE4SONS Gastropub create your Thanksgiving dinner! Chef Jeremy and his staff will prepare a wonderful meal, complete with all the fixings, cooking and reheating instructions, and a food thermometer. Choose your menu and place your order by November 22nd and pick up your Thanksgiving meal Wednesday, November 27th between 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. 

Let RedWater Restaurant Group handle the cooking this Thanksgiving! Enjoy salads, roasted turkey, carved ham, prime rib or sirloin, other entrees, side dishes, desserts, and more at one of six available Thanksgiving buffets throughout Grand Rapids and Holland. Reservations are limited with seating every half hour. Visit for more information, or call the restaurant of your choice to reserve your spot. RedWater Restaurant locations include Cork Wine & Grille in Cascade, FireRock Grille in Caledonia, Reds at Thousand Oaks in Grand Rapids, Rush Creek Bistro in Grandville, RedRock Grille in Holland, and Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant in Holland.

Let Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire do the cooking and the cleaning up too! Call today to make reservations for the Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet at The Lakeview Restaurant. The buffet offers a delicious array of everything a traditional Thanksgiving feast includes, and more. Or, take advantage of Turkeys-To-Go, a complete Thanksgiving meal to go.

Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving day buffet with all the trimmings – without stepping foot in the kitchen – at the Annual Thanksgiving Buffet in the beautiful Crystal Center at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville.

Northern Vegans are hosting Marquette’s 13th Annual Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck on Thursday, November 28 at 12: 30 pm in Negaunee, MI, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. The Thanksgiving day event is the most popular event of the year for Northern Vegans, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote the benefits of a vegan lifestyle and foster a healthy and compassionate society. 

Thanksgiving Weekend Events

The Zeeland Turkey Trot 8K will begin at 8:00 am Thanksgiving morning. The race begins in the middle of downtown Zeeland and will take runners through the downtown streets. This years event will be capped at 1,500 runners, so be sure to sign up in advance

Muskegon’s 10th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot takes place on the Lakeshore Bike Trail and the Muskegon Community College Fitness Center beginning at 9:00 am. This family-friendly 5K is the perfect way to jumpstart Thanksgiving morning. Get festive, wear a turkey hat, and earn that extra helping at Thanksgiving dinner. 

Looking to burn a few calories before Thanksgiving dinner? Look no further than the IshpeTurkey Trot in Marquette. This Thanksgiving Day 5K/10K walk-run on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail welcomes all walkers, runners, joggers, trotters, babies, children, strollers, and dogs. Registration is from 8-9 am at Ishpeming High School Gym with a 9:00 am event start. 

Begin Thanksgiving Day by boosting your metabolism for the feast to come! Crystal Mountain’s 15th Annual Turkey Vulture Trot 5K run/walk is held on a paved, looped-course thru the scenic rolling terrain of Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville. Top male and female finishers overall in the 5K receive a Crystal Premier Season Pass! Enjoy a festive tour through Crystal Mountian’s quaint resort village in Thompsonville November 29th in the Holiday Trail Celebration. Each trail stop offers unique activities, entertainment, food & beverage and retail sales. And enjoy the First Light Celebration, Saturday, November 30th. Watch as Crystal Mountain is set aglow with twinkly lights! Join in the singing of holiday carols and enjoy the lighting of the Christmas tree for the first time this season.

Join the Grand Rapids Public Museum for the Planetarium Double Feature showing of The Queen Light Show and Dark Side: The Light Show in the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium on Friday, November 29th at 7:00 pm. Music enthusiasts will rock out to the music of Queen and Pink Floyd paired with stunning visuals on the planetarium dome. A cash bar will be available before the first show and during a short intermission. Tickets to the Planetarium Double Features will include both light shows, and are $8 for non-members, $4 for members.

Light up the season during the official lighting of the South Haven community holiday tree at Holiday in the Park, November 29th in Dyckman Park. Ice skating, karaoke, Santa Paws Pet Parade, luminaries, holiday treats, and more will jumpstart the holiday spirit and make memories you can reminisce on for years to come. 

On Saturday, November 30th, St. Joseph Today will celebrate Small Business Saturday in Southwest Michigan. Support the movement – shop small. Remember, when you spend $100 locally, $68 will stay in town supporting the local economy!

This Small Business Saturday, the Downtown Holland merchants want to thank the entire community for supporting small business all year round! On Saturday, November 30th, head to Downtown Holland to enjoy a day full of shopping small, fun giveaways, amazing contests, and free Small Business Saturday swag from American Express!


Lodging Specials

Enjoy one last getaway before winter hits and take advantage of Drummond Island Resort’s fall specials! Stay one night at Drummond Island Resort and get a free pass to the off-road park, Turtle Ridge. Hit the trails and then enjoy dinner at Pins Bar & Grill.

Thanksgiving = Turkey + Ski weekend at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire. If the thought of preparing an entire Thanksgiving meal for your family and friends has you stressed out, don’t fear, let Shanty Creek Resort do the cooking and the cleaning up too! Call today to make reservations for the Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet at The Lakeview Restaurant. The buffet offers a delicious array of everything a traditional Thanksgiving feast includes, and more. Or, take advantage of Turkeys-To-Go, a complete Thanksgiving meal to go. Stay for the weekend and enjoy a variety of happenings throughout the resort and downtown Bellaire. Friday night join ski enthusiasts at Ivan’s for the unofficial kick-off to the winter season with the showing of Warren Miller’s Face of Winter. Saturday brings the Antrim Ski Academy Ski Swap. Trade in the old or outgrown equipment, clothing, accessories, and more, and walk away with some good deals on new-to-you equipment. Saturday evening the kick-off of the winter season continues with the Brewski Bash at Short’s Brewing Company marking the official release of their stouts and the beginning of the ski season in Bellaire. The first 100 people at the pub for the party will receive a free lift ticket voucher to hit the slopes.

November Events to Kick off the Holiday Season

Enjoy shopping and gathering with friends and family at the Freedom Village Holiday Bazaar event in Holland, November 1st, 9:00 am-5:00 pm and November 2nd 9:00 am-2:00 pm. There will be gifts and goodies galore! Shop for home and holiday decor, jewelry, vintage pieces, quilts, baked goods, toys, and much more!

In cooperation with local Holland radio station, WHTC, the Holland Area Visitors Bureau will be collecting new and gently used coats, hats, mittens, and scarves, as well as non- perishable food items at their office on 8th Street throughout the holiday season. All donations will be given to The Holland Rescue Mission.

Shop till you drop along Grand Haven Main Street! Stay up late, shop the night away, and save big on all of your holiday gifts Friday, November 8th, 7:00 pm-10:00 pm. Get your holiday shopping off to an early start and take advantage of the progressive discounts offered by participating merchants. Up to 20% off from 7pm-8pm, up to 25% off from 8pm-9pm, and up to 30% off from 9pm-10pm. Check with participating stores for details.

Get an early start to your holiday shopping…by staying up late! On Friday, November 8th, participating Downtown Holland businesses will stay open late with amazing saving deals from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm! Make a night of it with dinner and drinks at one of Downtown Holland’s local restaurants or breweries and then get ready to shop and save big with discounts up to 30% for one night only!

Just because summer’s over doesn’t mean that you can’t fill your table with fresh, local and healthy food. The Holland Farmers Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm through Saturday, December 21. Stop by to pick up everything you need to make your family’s favorite Thanksgiving dishes or to decorate your home for the holidays. You’ll find apples, squash, onions, potatoes, carrots, brussels sprouts, cheeses, meats, baked goods, and more at the Market, along with pumpkins, hay bales, corn shocks, wreaths, and greenery.

November 9th at 11:00am is Family Day at Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph. Family Days give adults and children time to learn and create side-by-side in these mini art activities at Krasl Art Center. Practice the art of decorating sugar cookies, while also getting to enjoy your delicious and ephemeral work of art. 

SE4SONS Gastropub at Muskegon Country Club will be hosting a Holiday Wine Tasting Event November 15th to help you find the perfect bottle to bring to your holiday events. 

The holiday season officially begins in Downtown Holland during the annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 16 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Stroll the decorated streets, enjoy the sounds of carolers singing, pose for a photograph with Santa and his favorite elf, visit the reindeer at the petting corral, and even sample a roasted chestnut! Participating businesses will have holiday merchandise on display and will be offering complimentary holiday refreshments while you shop. And don’t miss the official lighting of the Downtown Holland Christmas tree and the Christmas carol sing-along at the end of the night!

Yuletide classics trumpet the crisp air, welcoming families to holiday activities held during Dowagiac’s Christmas Open House in Southwest Michigan Saturday, November 16th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Jolly Ole St. Nick greets children within the elegant indoor setting of Wood Fire Italian Trattoria. Enjoy the warm surroundings of the Pompeii Room, where children receive a gift from St. Nick. 

Kick off the holiday season right by heading to Lansing on Friday November 22 (the week before Thanksgiving) for Silver Bells in the City! The city will glow with thousands of lights, bringing together family and friends from across Michigan and beyond. 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. 

The Muskegon Museum of Art Festival of Trees returns November 20th through December 1st for its 15th year as a community holiday tradition. Professionally-designed themed trees and décor will be available for purchase through silent auction over the 11 days of the Festival. Raffles, music, holiday shopping, and special events will add to the fun. Special events include the popular Teddy Bear Breakfast, visits with Santa, Deck Your Halls decorating demo workshop, a holiday concert with Max & Ruth Bloomquist and Julia and the Greensides, Family Day, and Senior Day. Festival admission is $10 for adults, $5 for Museum members, $3 for children 3-17 years old, and free for children under 3. An All-Festival Pass is available for $15.  The Muskegon Museum of Art Festival of Trees is open daily 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Sundays noon-5:00 pm. MMA will be closed Thanksgiving day.  

Join St. Joseph Today for the 25th Annual Luminary Festival Friday, November 22nd 5:00 pm-8:00 pm. Stroll through the beautiful candle-lit streets with 1,000 luminaries lighting your way as you shop in downtown St. Joseph. Shops will be open late on Friday and throughout the weekend to provide refreshments, great sales, amazing product offerings, and more! Let them entice you with wonderful gifts and festive holiday decor. While visiting, enjoy dinner from a wide selection of area restaurants and eateries.

The Mecosta County Festival of the Lights parade will be taking place on Saturday, November 23rd from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This popular parade features about 30 floats and groups of walkers loaded with Christmas lights, live reindeer, plus Santa & Mrs. Claus’ grand entrance! A short program and tree lighting ceremony will take place after the parade in front of the downtown Chemical Bank branch. Prizes will be awarded to the most creative float, float with the most lights, the largest group of walkers, and best Christmas/ Winter Scene. There will be plenty of hot chocolate stations to keep you warm as well! 

Experience an authentic European open-air Christmas market filled with handcrafted holiday items, delicious food, and artisan demonstrations at Holland’s Kerstmarkt 8th Street Marketplace. Open Fridays and Saturdays November 23rd-December 14th

Keyed to the music of the holiday season, Let It Snow light show at Grand Rapids Public Museum features a variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee. It includes a stunning multimedia finale by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation, laser imagery, and special effects. Great for all ages, especially families, the show runs November 29th through January 5th. 

The Zeeland City Christmas tree and Magical Christmas Parade bring the holiday season downtown on December 2nd beginning at 6:15pm.

Greenbush Brewing in Sawyer will be hosting their Greenbush Holiday Party, Saturday, December 7th. Tickets go on sale November 8th. Can’t make it to the Holiday Party? They will also be hosting a Delusion Vertical Dinner on December 6th, celebrating five years of Delusion, their barrel-aged imperial cream stout, paired with a five course meal. 

Find more upcoming events on our event calendar.