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Seriously Funny Stuff: LaughFest Q&A with Wendy Wigger

Mark your calendar for Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids’ fifth annual LaughFest, which takes place from March 5 – 15, 2015. While LaughFest conjures images of funny men and women doing stand-up and improv...more

Posted February 26, 2015


Happy Holidays in Grand Rapids!


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Family at 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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 Beneath the Wreath

It's the most wonderful time of the year for a trip to Grand Rapids!

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.

Holiday Music

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

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.

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