“It’s the holiday season.” There’s been some snow falling, Christmas trees are getting put up and decorated, and lights are everywhere! This time of year is enchanting, magical, and also busy! There are so many events that it’s hard to choose which ones are the best! But these look like a lot of fun! Some of them are classic events that happen every year, while others are brand new this year! Check them out and then add them to your calendar!
ChristKindl Market-Downtown Market: Enjoy old-world Christmas traditions Wednesdays through Saturdays from November 17-December 23, 2023 at the Downtown Market! It’s a fun spot to find those unique handmade gifts for loved ones, enjoy a stroll through the beautiful decorations, eat some delicious food, and sip on classic drinks like mulled Glühwein (“glow wine”). It’s the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit!
Frederik Meijer Gardens Winter Glow: Every year, Frederik Meijer Gardens transforms into an amazing Christmas wonderland filled with beautifully decorated Christmas trees, cultural displays, and the popular train garden! There’s plenty to see and take in either indoors or outdoors! Great activity for all ages to enjoy!
Cannonsburg Winter Wonderland Forest: Stroll through a 1/2 mile of Winter Wonderland at Cannonsburg! With thousands of lights, dozens of inflatables, and more, this fun trail is sure to delight kids and adults! It opens December 1 and runs on Fridays and Saturdays for the first 3 weekends of December!
Victorian Christmas Walking Tour-Heritage Hill: Step back in time and enjoy a Victorian Christmas! This walking tour through popular Heritage Hill features stories of the original owners of the homes, tons of decorations, and traditions of Christmas from the Victorian era! It’s a fun way to celebrate and learn at the same time!
This is just scratching the surface of amazing events that are happening every weekend in Grand Rapids and West Michigan! From lighting ceremonies to artisan markets to concerts there is always something happening and at Christmas, it is even more packed! Our favorite resource for finding events is Experience GR! You can sort by the type of event you are looking for or even look at specific weekends or months! It’s a great resource to see what is happening around town!