Grand Rapids is a wonderland for those who embrace the cold and snow of winter – and a haven for those who want to escape it. Outdoor lovers can ski, sled, snowshoe, fish and fat tire bike within minutes of downtown, and even ice skate under the stars in the heart of the city center. If you prefer warm and cozy, settle in for a leisurely meal and/or drinks at a restaurant, brewery, cidery, distillery, meadery or winery.
‘Tis the season for cultural exploration, as museums and performing arts companies present an exciting and eclectic lineup of exhibits and shows. More active indoor pursuits include bowling, fowling, axe throwing and miniature golf.
Looking for some holiday spirit? Annual traditions like the Christmas & Holiday Traditions show at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids Ballet’s The Nutcracker and the Santa Parade will brighten your season. You can shop for everyone on your gift list at the widest selection of stores between Chicago and Detroit. And you can keep the holiday spirit alive through the rest of winter as we celebrate New Year’s Eve, Black History Month and Valentine’s Day.
We’ll update this page with specific activities, events and dates as the season draws closer. Check back to plan your winter getaway!