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6 Fun Ways to Toast the New Year in Grand Rapids

Although we don’t have snow on the ground yet, New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Whether you want to dress up and celebrate in style, go casual and toast 2015 with a craft beer, or you’re look...more

Posted December 18, 2014

 

Happy Holidays in Grand Rapids!

 

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YMCA New Year's Eve Camp Maniutou-Lin

6 Fun Ways to Toast the New Year in Grand Rapids

Although we don’t have snow on the ground yet, New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Whether you want to dress up and celebrate in style, go casual and toast 2015 with a craft beer, or you’re look...more

Posted December 18, 2014
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It's the most wonderful time of the year for a trip to Grand Rapids!

The Nutcracker Season

Grand Rapids Ballet has created an amazing new production of The Nutracker this year - and the whole city is celebrating! Join us for:

  • The world-premiere of The Nutracker December 19-21.
  • Re-envisioning the Nutcracker at Grand Rapids Art Museum (November 20 - January 11), a look at the creative process behind the new show, which includes set and production design by Grand Rapids native Chris Van Allsburg - author of The Polar Express and Jumanji.
  • Hotel packages, desserts and even a cocktail contest are also part of our Nutcracker Season - read all about it!

Holiday Traditions

‘Tis the season for Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle - the outdoor rink in the heart of downtown. Admission is just $1 for kids 17 and under, $2 for everyone else - and skate rentals are free with a photo ID. 

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park features 300,000 lights, 40+ international trees and displays, horse-drawn carriage rides, a magical railway garden, and more. November 25 - January 4.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park also hosts these holiday events:

The Nite Lites Drive-Thru Christmas Display is Michigan's largest holiday light display. Open 6 pm to 9pm at Fifth Third Ballpark, November 27 - January 4.

The Santa Train offers rides with Santa and his elves in vintage passenger cars. There's a story-telling princess, too! Saturdays & Sundays, November 29 - December 21.

Holiday Music

Grand Rapids Symphony performs trio of family-friendly seasonal shows:

The Grand Rapids Choir of Men & Boys presents a program of Christmas Lessons & Carols at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. December 19.

The Edelweiss Choir Christmas Concert is a free presentation of German Christmas music performed by musicians and singers dressed in traditional costumes. At beautiful Saint Mary's Catholic Church December 21.

Holidays on Stage

The Roger B. Chafee Planetarium at Grand Rapids Public Museum presents Let it Snow, a combination of thematic animation, laser imagery and special effects keyed to the music of the holiday season. November 28 - December 21.

Holiday Shopping


Shop for unique gifts at holiday arts & craft shows:

More great shopping ideas:

New Year's Eve

Hot New Year's Eve is the city's massive outdoor celebration, held in downtown's Calder Plaza. The event features four free concerts - Fire Alarm, The Outer Vibe, Dyllan Murray and Cobra Starship - plus a lighted ball drop. It all starts off with the lighting of the Hot New Year's Eve Ball at 7 pm.

Get Groovy at the JW Marriott is a 1970s dance party complete with funky band and groovy DJ. Hustle under the disco ball all night long! The Marriott is offering a special hotel package if you'd like to overnight it.

The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel offers a special hotel package that includes access to three Grand Plaza parties as well as the JW Marriott dance party.

The Riverfront Hotel - Grand Rapids offers a New Year's Eve hotel package including an overnight stay, dinner and live entertainment.

New Year's Eve at Founders Brewing Company features live music from The Crane Wives, Possessed by Paul James and Joseph Huber. And oh yeah, lots of incredible beer.

New Year's Early Eve at Grand Rapids Children's Museum lets the young ones celebrate before you go out for the evening. December 31 from 6 pm - 8 pm.

New Year's Eve at GRAM offers a late-night stroll through the galleries and a cash bar. Open until 11 pm, after which you can step outside to watch the ball drop.

The Grand Rapids Griffins' 18th Annual New Year's Eve Celebration includes a hockey battle against the Rockford IceHogs plus a post-game indoor fireworks show and open skate.


Hotel Package

Holiday Shopping Package

October 06, 2014 – December 31, 2014
Residence Inn by Marriott Grand Rapids West

The Holiday Season is upon us! That means it is time to take advantage of our prime shopping location directly across the street from Rivertown Crossing Mall, various strip malls and ample restaurants. Feel free to shop 'til you drop in Grandville with overnight accommodations in one of our roomy suites, deluxe hot breakfast buffet daily, dinner (select nights) and wireless internet access! This package also includes a $50 gift card to Rivertown Crossing Mall to use however you wish!

Booking Method
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New Year's Eve Package

December 31, 2014 – December 31, 2014
Riverfront Hotel-Grand Rapids

Package includes: Standard room (upgrade to riverside for $20), live entertainment by ODR! Party favors and champagne toast at midnight, photo booth by Little Black Photo Booth, Dinner (served 6 to 9 PM), 1 PM checkout.

Booking Method
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Nutcracker Ballet Package

December 12, 2014 – December 21, 2014
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Grand Rapids North

Hotel room accommodations along with complete full breakfast and (1) official Nutcracker doll. $119

Booking Method
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Nutcracker Doll Package

December 11, 2014 – December 21, 2014
Holiday Inn - Grand Rapids Airport

This package includes: Official Nutcracker doll, Breakfast for 2 adults, Single King or 2 full size beds. $119.95

Booking Method
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Booking Code
IJHD1
Dates Unavailable
Valid Thursday thru Sunday Only

Nutcracker Holiday Package

December 12, 2014 – December 21, 2014
Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed & Breakfast

Stay 2 nights Dec 12-21 in one of our luxurious spa suites equipped with: * Jacuzzi for 2 * fireplace * king bed * large flat screen TV/DVD player * heated towel bar * heated toilet seat * table for 2 * * mini- refrig * microwave * coffee maker * electric wine chiller & dishware. Prairieside Suites Luxury B&B is an 11 time National Award winning B&B with Luxury Spa Rooms, Romantic Packages & In-House Massage, located minutes from restaurants, shopping & movie theaters. See our beautiful rooms, check availability and book this special online @ www.prairieside.com, or call 616.538.9442 (Note that this package does NOT include a Nutcracker doll)

Booking Method
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Nutcracker Package

December 12, 2014 – December 20, 2014
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Includes a $40 breakfast credit, a nutcracker doll, self or valet parking at the hotel and a 20% discount at Plaza Essentials and the Plaza Men's Shop. $199

Booking Method
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Nutcracker Package

December 12, 2014 – December 21, 2014
Residence Inn by Marriott Grand Rapids West

Celebrate the holidays with a weekend getaway to Grand Rapids. Enjoy accommodations in one of our roomy suites, deluxe hot breakfast buffet, dinner (Select Nights) and a fun nutcracker themed gift basket with commemorative nutcracker doll! Rates range from $119-$179

Booking Method
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The Nutcracker Package

December 12, 2014 – December 20, 2014
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown

Includes breakfast in The Bistro for up to 2 adults and children 12 years old and younger registered to the same room, a Nutcracker doll and self or valet parking at the hotel. $204

Booking Method
Visit Their Website
Booking Code
CUE

The Nutcracker Package

December 12, 2014 – December 20, 2014
JW Marriott Grand Rapids

Includes breakfast buffet in six.one.six for up to 2 adults and children 12 years old and younger registered to the same room, a Nutcracker doll and self or valet parking at the hotel. $269

Booking Method
Visit Their Website
Booking Code
CUE