3 Thanksgiving Activities in West Michigan

3 Thanksgiving Activities in West Michigan


November is a cozy time of the year in Michigan. Fall leaves, bonfires, hot apple cider and donuts! The best times however, are spent with family and friends making this time of the year so magical. Here are a few things you can do together to create a lifetime of memories.


Turkey Trot

The Turkey Trot race/fun run is held each year on the morning of Thanksgiving all over the United States. It’s said that the average American consumes almost 3,000 calories on the day of Thanksgiving, add in all the pre snacks and drinks and you could be looking higher than that. In effort to burn off as many calories as possible before scarfing down dinner, many runners will participate in the Turkey Trot. We have a few big ones here in West Michigan including one in Zeeland and one in Grand Rapids.

Zeeland Turkey Trot info: Zeeland Registration

Grand Rapids Turkey Trot info: Grand Rapids Registration



Volunteering is something the whole family can do together and it’s a great opportunity for your kids to interact with people from all walks of life.  While doing so your children will start to discover some of their qualities and strengths and use these to help others. There are plenty of soup kitchens and shelters that your family can volunteer at including Hollands Annual Great Thanksgiving Day Event held at Hope College DeVos Fieldhouse.

Check out their website below for more information. Holland Rescue


Going out to dinner

There is no doubt that Thanksgiving is one of the most wonderful Holiday’s however, it is a lot of work. There is so much food to make, decorations, activities, so why not skip a year at your house and take the whole family to a buffet? There are plenty of restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving that have great buffets! Alpen Rose and Boatwerks are just a few around our area but if you search online there are many more towards Grand Rapids.

Alpen Rose: Buffet Info

Boatwerks: Buffet Info

We hope you enjoy some of these suggestions; it never hurts to try something new!

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