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Light Up Downtown

  • Dates:  December 1, 2018
  • Times:  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Location:  Ah-Nab-Awen Park and Rosa Parks Circle
  • Phone:  (616) 719-4609
  • Category:  Holiday Activities
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We invite you to Light Up Downtown together as a community with Mayor Bliss, Santa Claus and many special guests!

5:00 PM Starting @ Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Celebrate the Breton Village Holiday Train
Pet the Reindeer from Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm
Play with the Sled Dogs of Team Evergreen Kennel
Holiday songs performed by Grand Rapids Caroling Company
Live ice-carving with Ice Brigade
Meet and greet cast members of the Grand Rapids Ballet's The Nutcracker
Enjoy free hot chocolate provided by Salvation Army WMNI Canteen
Participate in Winter themed activities provided by community partners

5:30 PM
Light Up Ah-Nab-Awen Park
Free professional photos with Santa Claus
Drumline parade led by Genesis Percussion
Horse led carriage ride for Mayor Bliss provided by The Common Gentry Carriage Company

6:00 PM @ Rosa Parks Circle
Celebrate the opening of ice skating season
Performance by the Lake Effect Flurries Synchro Team
Sled Wings adaptive hockey exhibition brought to you by Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation
Enjoy free Dunkin' donut holes along with hot cocoa & cookies from Salvation Army
Angel Tree Toy Drive led by Salvation Army and WOOD TV8
Experience cultural holiday traditions with GR Cultural Clubs
Create a craft with community partners
Mingle with Crash from West Michigan Whitecaps and the Salvation Army Brass Band
Sign up for Winter Recreation classes with City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department

6:15 PM
Walking tours of the holiday lights led by Grand Rapids Running Tours begin at the Ford Presidential Museum, register for free at http://grandrapidsrunningtours.com/registration/

6:30 PM
Light Up Rosa Parks Circle - Tree lighting televised by WOOD TV 8


Light Up Downtown
  • Times:  5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • December 1, 2018 to December 1, 2018
  • Ah-Nab-Awen Park and Rosa Parks Circle