November 2009 Events Roundup

Iceman Cometh Challenge, Traverse City, November 7, 2009

20th annual mountain bike race over the 27 miles between Kalkaska and Traverse City.

Owl Festival, Belleville, November 7, 2009

Who can resist an “owl prowl” as well as owl crafts and visits with live owls at the Oakwoods Metropark Nature Center.

Toast the Season, Leelanau Peninsula, November 7-8 and 14-15, 2009

Self-guided tour of the wineries of the Leelanau Peninsula for a taste of wine and gourmet food pairings geared to the holidays. Ticket includes glass and gifts.

World Cup Speed Skating, Marquette, November 12-15, 2009

Top skaters compete and hope to qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

14th Annual Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Service, Whitefish Point, November 10, 2009

Ceremonies marking the loss of the Great Lakes freighter with all 29 hands will be held at Whitefish Point on Lake Superior and at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit.

Grand Rapids Wine & Food Festival, Grand Rapids, November 12-14, 2009

The new celebration of food, wine, beer, and spirits returns for a second event at DeVos Place, with samplings, tastings, cooking demos, workshops, and seminars.

Russian Festival, Kalamazoo, November 14-21, 2009

Music, dancing, food and vendors celebrate the heritage and culture of Kalamazoo’s Sister City, Pushkin, Russia. Events are held at the Fetzer Center, Western Michigan University.

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World, Grand Rapids, November 18-January 3, 2010

More than 40 trees and displays portray an array of Holiday traditions, indoors and out at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Don’t miss the very special Railway Garden or a horse-drawn carriage ride (additional charge).

Luminary Festival, St. Joseph, November 20, 2009

More than 800 luminaries light the way and holiday music fills the air as shoppers enjoy free, horse-drawn trolleys through the decorated streets of downtown St. Joseph.

Silver Bells in the City, Lansing, November 20, 2009

25th annual holiday season kick-off includes the lighting of Michigan’s official Christmas tree, an electric light parade and fireworks over the State Capitol.

Old-Fashioned Christmas Celebration, Dowagiac, November 20-23, 2009

The Victorian streetscape is complete with garlands and bows, the sounds of carols in the air, and Old World Santa and his reindeer Holly. Craft show, carriage rides, storytime for kids.

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Detroit, November 26, 2009

One of the nation’s largest parades, a holiday tradition that began in 1924, steps off at 9:20 a.m. on its route through downtown Detroit to the theme of “Together We Shine.” The Turkey Trot fun run precedes the downtown parade.

Fantasy of Lights Parade, Howell, November 27, 2009

The 26th annual holiday parade of illuminated floats rolls past the Victorian buildings of Howell’s National Historic District.

Christkindlmarkt, Frankenmuth, November 27-29, 2009

Farmers Market hosts the festive sights, sounds, and aromas of a traditional European-type Christmas market.

Christmas at Crossroads, Flint, November 27-29, 2009

All aboard the Huckleberry Railroad for an old-fashioned train ride and view of the annual light display (schedule varies). Visit with Santa, and enjoy crafts, holiday music, and entertainment at the Colwell Opera House.

Dickens Olde Fashioned Christmas Festival, Holly, November 27-29, December 5-6 and 12-13, 2009

Scrooge, Marley, Tiny Tim and other characters from the classic Christmas tale come to life in this quaint village, much to the delight of holiday shoppers. New this year: costume contest, decorated Tree Walk, photos with Santa.

North Pole Express, Owosso, November 27-29, 2009

A round-trip train ride pulled by the Pere Marquette #1225, model for the locomotive in the popular holiday movie Polar Express. The sell-out excursions run between Owosso and Chesaning, with a stop at Santa’s Village for a visit with the Jolly one.

Holiday Homes Tour in Greenfield Village, Dearborn, November 27-December 27, 2009 (Fridays-Sundays only)

Decorations, foods and presentations bring to life the traditions of the holidays for 19th century Americans. This outdoor museum collection of homes, factories and other buildings is a part of The Henry Ford.

Wonderland of Lights, Lansing, November 27-December 27, 2009

Potter Park Zoo is transformed with twinkling light displays holiday music, crafts, and holiday presentations.

Holidays in Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, November 27-January 3, 2010

Seasonal activities at the indoor museum include the towering Christmas tree, visit with Santa, storytime, holiday train display and special LEGO building blocks exhibit. The indoor museum is a part of The Henry Ford.

The Great Mac and Cheese Bake-Off, Traverse City, November 28, 2009

Creative interpretations of the ultimate comfort food prepared by local chefs, and paired with wines from Old Mission Peninsula wineries.

The Santa Train, Coopersville, November 28-29, 2009

All aboard the Coopersville & Marne Railway to ride in a vintage passenger car, visit with Santa, hear the Princess read The Polar Express.

45th Annual Christmas Parade, Marshall, November 30, 2009

A parade with more than 100 units—and Santa, of course—herald the Holiday Season in this historic town.