5 Reasons to Stay at the GMRENCEN for Thanksgiving

Downtown Detroit is the place to be during the holidays and Thanksgiving kicks off all of the seasonal festivities. Spend Thanksgiving exploring what downtown has to offer by visiting our city’s official Christmas tree, ice skating and going to the traditional parade. Here are a few reasons to stay at the GMRENCEN for Thanksgiving.

Detroit’s Tree Lighting Ceremony

Joy to Detroit, our tree has come ??…Detroit’s official Christmas tree has arrived! Stay at the GMRENCEN for the official tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 18. That weekend is full of festive activities including ice skating and Winter Magic Weekends.


America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


Gingerbread men (and women), happy clowns and the man of the hour, Santa, are all in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day for America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Why wake up at the crack of dawn to face traffic getting into downtown, when you can stay at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center? Hop on the Detroit People Mover to Grand Circus Park and you’ll be right near the parade route on Woodward.

Turkey Trot


Photo Source: The Parade Company

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day dinner guilt free by burning off some calories at the annual Turkey Trot. Kick off for the Turkey Trot is at 7:30 a.m. at Griswold and Fort St. only a few minutes away from the GMRENCEN. If you aren’t a runner, there are plenty of other activities you can participate in, including the Mashed Potato Mile and the Stuffing Strut.

Lions Game


Photo Source: A Healthier Michigan

Next to turkey and pumpkin pie, watching the Detroit Lions play is a cherished Thanksgiving tradition. Experience the game downtown Detroit with everyone who is rooting for our Lions to win.

The Nutcracker


After the parade and the game you’ll probably want to relax and enjoy a show, and we can’t think of a better way to bring in the holiday season than watching The Nutcracker at the Detroit Opera House.

How are you spending Thanksgiving downtown Detroit? Let us know in the comment section.