Enjoy the Extended Holiday Weekend with Entertainment in Metro D

By: Toni Cunningham | November 2, 2013

While the days leading up to Thanksgiving can be hectic, the ones after are typically relaxed, filled with football, leftover turkey and even more family time.

Unless you’re one of those wackos, I mean thrifty individuals, who spends all Friday scouring stores for deals, you may have some free time on your hands after the dust settles and Turkey Day is over.

Whether you’re trying to keep your little one entertained, your in-laws out of your hair, or you are simply looking for some “me” time, there is plenty going on in the Metro Detroit this weekend. Take a look!

Friday, November 29

  • Holidays in Henry Ford Museum begins today and goes through Thursday, December 5. The museum will host holiday events including a Visit with Santa, train displays, storytelling and other fun activities for families.

  • Saturday night’s alright for fighting, but so is Friday. Sir Elton John will perform with his band tonight at Joe Louis Arena. Tickets cost $29 to $149, and the show starts at 8 p.m.

  • Holly Dickens Festival Days 2013 kicks off today and the fun lasts until Sunday, December 15. The festival runs each weekend and brings Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” to life. All of the downtown shops and eateries will be getting into the holiday spirit, and so should you!

  • Starting tonight, BalletMet Columbus will put on The Nutcracker at The Detroit Opera House. Shows will be held through the weekend, and a family friendly buffet is included in the ticket price. Check the link provided for showtimes.

  • Detroit’s own circus wrestling group, Squared Circle Revue, is putting on its final chapter in the Year of the Snake performance series. Doors at the Hasting Street Ballroom open at 9 p.m.

Saturday, November 30

  • If you’ve got little ones to entertain, consider taking them to the DIA for some Thanksgiving weekend fun! The Foam Core Bug Puppets Workshop is today from noon to 4 p.m. and will allow your child to make his or her own craft.

  • In need of a laugh after the stress of too much togetherness? Comedian Mike Epps is performing at the Fox Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

  • Looking to spend the afternoon chowing down on Thanksgiving leftovers and rooting for your favorite team? Turn on the MSU vs. Minnesota game and spend the afternoon on the couch. I myself will be at Spartan Stadium, hopefully not catching pneumonia.

  • Novi’s Suburban Collection Showplace is hosting the Michigan Antique Arms Collectors Show through Sunday. Attendants will be able to view and purchase some of the most unique historical arms found anywhere.

  • In case you missed out on Black Friday, now’s the time to participate in Small Business Saturday! Tons of local small businesses will offer various discounts and deals, so today is a great time to get started on your holiday shopping.

Sunday, December 1 

  • Catch rapper Lupe Fiasco at the Royal Oak Music Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $29.50 to $35.

  • Now that it’s officially December, I grant you permission to start decking the halls. Play holiday tunes to your heart’s content, watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation eight times in a row, and trim the tree with enough tinsel to warrant sunglasses. It’s officially the holiday season!

The weekend after Thanksgiving is a great time to take a breather, recover from all that tofurkey, and enjoy a few extra days with friends and family. I know I’ll be taking advantage of the downtime before getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season!