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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    Winter Holidays

    Celebrate the holidays in Grand Rapids. The whole city comes together to give visitors the gift of magical entertainment – and spark holiday memories that will last a lifetime.

    Choose from the following to create your itinerary:

    Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

    This annual event at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park celebrates the season with 300,000 lights, strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and more than 40 international trees and displays. 2 hours.

    Grand Rapids Public Museum

    Stroll a detailed ¾-scale recreation of Grand Rapids in the 1890s – all decked out in vintage holiday finery. Then sit back for a planetarium production featuring laser effects and classic holiday music. 1 hour.

    The Local Epicurean

    Learn to make chocolate truffles, a delectable holiday treat, at this downtown gourmet shop. It also offers hands-on instruction in making pasta and cheese.

    The Nutcracker Ballet

    You’ve never seen a Nutcracker like this one – it was developed exclusively for Grand Rapids Ballet by Grand Rapids native Chris Van Allsburg (author/illustrator of “The Polar Express”) and his award-winning collaborators. December each year.

    Tanger Outlet Mall

    Grand Rapids’ newest mall, opened in summer 2015, is the perfect place for holiday shopping. More than 80 designer and brand-name stores offer significant discounts from regular retail prices.

    Women’s City Club

    This beautiful Italianate Villa in the heart of downtown is all decked out for the holidays. Built in 1927, it is also filled with era-appropriate art, china, crystal, furniture and more.