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It's the most wonderful time of the year for a trip to Grand Rapids!
Grand Rapids Ballet has created an amazing new production of The Nutracker this year - and the whole city is celebrating! Join us for:
‘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.
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.
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.
Shop for unique gifts at holiday arts & craft shows:
More great shopping ideas:
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.
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!
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.
Hotel room accommodations along with complete full breakfast and (1) official Nutcracker doll. $119
This package includes: Official Nutcracker doll, Breakfast for 2 adults, Single King or 2 full size beds. $119.95
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)
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
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
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
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