Unwrap the season in Grand Rapids – where the holiday spirit is as warm as our fabled hospitality. Join in on our beloved local traditions, indulge in fine food and drink, shop for everyone on your list and revel in the joy of family and friends!
Family Holiday Events
Drive, bike, ride or run through two miles of lights, animated displays, lighted tunnels and more at the 21st annual Christmas Lite Show. November 21-December 31.
Board the Santa Train for a 90-minute ride with elves, a storytelling princess and the Jolly One himself. Saturdays & Sundays, November 24-December 23.
Watch the classic holiday movie Home Alone as the Grand Rapids Symphony plays the score live at DeVos Performance Hall. November 29. Or watch in your pjs at the Home Alone Pajama Party at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, December 5.
Have a Hogwarts holiday at 20 Monroe Live’s annual Yule Ball – dress up as Harry Potter characters, enjoy entertainment from Harry & The Potters, and much more. December 8.
Purge your inner Grinch during the 2018 Whoville 5K, a fun and funny run/walk that starts out with a 200-yard kid’s run. Hot chocolate and Xmas cookies for all participants! December 9 at Riverside Park.
See a dazzling production of The Nutcracker, an annual and much-acclaimed holiday production by Grand Rapids Ballet. At DeVos Performance Hall December 14-16 & 21-23.
Shop the Downtown Market seven days a week for foodie fixings and gift ideas – and find everything you need to deck the halls at the Market’s Christmas Tree & Décor Lot (November 17-December 16). Enjoy special offers, sample food and beverages, and visit Santa during Winter Wonderland at the Downtown Market, December 5.
Shop local stores on special neighborhood celebration days: Ada Tinsel, Treats & Trolleys (November 30) Christmas in Caledonia (December 1), Lights on Creston (December 5) Uptown Holiday Shop Hop (December 6) and Monroe Center Holiday Open House (December 9).
Sounds of the Season
Local choral groups celebrate the season with songs of joyful noise: Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids (November 24-25), Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus (December 7), West Michigan Gay Men’s Chorus (December 9), Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys (December 14-16).
Harry Connick Jr. comes to DeVos Performance Hall with his “A New Orleans Tradition Celebration … Holiday Edition” tour. November 26.