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    Winter Activities in Grand Rapids

    Grand Rapids is a haven for those who embrace the cold and snow of winter – and for those who want to escape it. From ice skating and skiing to stage shows and festivals, Grand Rapids has you covered … indoors and out!

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    Winter Sports

    Grand Rapids offers multiple ways to get your ice skate on. Outdoor lovers flock to Rosa Parks Circle in the heart of downtown, day and night. For indoor fun, check out Griff’s IceHouse, the official practice facility of our Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team – it offers open skate hours throughout the week.

    Speaking of the Griffins – join the team for Great Skate Winterfest, which includes  winter-inspired evens, sports demos, family activities and a 24-hour skateathon at Rosa Parks Circle. January 18-19.

    If ice makes you think fishing rather than skating, grab your auger and head to one of our many inland lakes and river bayous. Ice fishing is a major pastime here!

    Skiing more your style? You can tackle 21 downhill runs at Cannonsburg Ski Area, just 20 minutes from downtown. Bittersweet Ski Resort (20 runs) and Mulligan’s Hollow (six runs) are a half hour or so away. All three offer excellent cross-country trails, as do numerous close-by parks and nature areas.

    Cannonsburg is also a favorite with snowboarders, thanks to a terrain park filled with 80+ jibs and jumps. Bittersweet and Mulligan’s Hollow are popular snowboarding spots, too.

    Want to take the kids sledding? Our favorite fun (and free) sledding locations include Richmond Park, Belknap Park, Johnson Park and Cascade Township Park.  

    If you love fat tire biking, you’ll love the groomed trails at Indian Trails Golf Course, Cannonsburg Ski Area and the Merrell Trail in Rockford.

    Watch athletes from around Michigan compete in outdoor and indoor sports at the Meijer State Games of Michigan-Winter (February 14-16).

    Fun with Kids

    From parades to tree lightings to Santa meet-and-greets, the year-end holidays are made for kids. Unwrap the season in Grand Rapids!

    Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum and Grand Rapids Public Museum offer exhibitions, classes and special events that will keep kids fascinated all winter long.

    Blandford Nature Center and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park deliver all sorts of opportunities for kids to explore the grand outdoors.

    Cheer on the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team and Grand Rapids Drive basketball team – both offer a regular schedule of family-friendly promotions.

    Enjoy some family-friendly entertainment:

    • Elf the Musical (Nov. 22 - Dec. 22)
    • Double Dare Live (Dec. 18)
    • Grand Rapids Symphony presents the Snowman (Jan. 4)
    • Grand Rapids Symphony & Grand Rapids Ballet present Peter and the Wolf (Jan. 25)
    • 2020 Kids & Family Expo (Jan. 25)
    • The Harlem Globetrotters (Jan. 26)
    • Grand Rapids Symphony presents Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Feb. 21)
    • Disney on Ice presents Celebrate Memories (Feb. 27 - March 1)
    • Matilda the Musical (Feb. 28 – March 22)

    The Michigan International Auto Show is the place to be for car aficionados young and old – see what’s next from car manufacturers around the world (Jan. 30 - Feb. 2).

    Get the family in the mood for warm weather at these popular shows – most have special features and attractions just for kids:

    • Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show (Jan. 9)
    • Grand Rapids Remodeling & New Homes Show (Jan. 17)
    • West Michigan Golf Show (Feb. 14)
    • Grand Rapids Boat Show (Feb. 19)

    Red-Hot Entertainment

    See comedy icon Jeff Dunham live at Van Andel Arena with his cast of puppet characters (Dec. 30).

    TruTV’s Impractical Jokers come to town with the “Cranjis McBasketball World Comedy Tour” starring The Tenderloins (Jan. 9).

    Grand Rapids Civic Theatre invites you to board A Streetcar Named Desire, the tragic stage drama that inspired the classic movie (Jan. 10-26).

    Don’t miss the biggest show of the year – Broadway Grand Rapids presents the smash-hit musical Hamilton (Jan. 21 - Feb. 9).

    Grand Rapids Symphony presents 30+ performances from December through February, including The Genius of Mozart (Jan. 10-11), Hollywood Hits (Jan. 17-19) and Symphony with Soul (Feb. 29).

    Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Grand Rapids Ballet’s Eternal Desire, a collection of dance programs filled with passion and promise (Feb. 14-16).

    Live Music

    Forest Hills Fine Arts Center hosts The Music of Queen – A Night at the Opera (Dec. 13.)

    Check out 20 Monroe Live for a diverse slate of shows including Damien Escobar (Dec. 11), Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (Feb. 8) and Queensryche (Feb. 12).

    Thirty-plus concerts at The Intersection include Jackyl (Dec. 13), A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel (Jan. 10) and Grace Potter (Feb. 5).

    Van Andel Arena welcomes The Winter Jam Tour Spectacular (Jan. 19), Korn & Breaking Benjamin (Jan. 30), The Lumineers (Feb. 11) and Luke Combs (Feb. 15).

    St. Cecilia Music Center presents jazz artists The Emmet Cohen Trio (Jan. 16), chamber music program French Enchantment (Jan. 23), bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters (Feb. 6) Rosanne Cash (Feb. 19), Chris Thile (Feb. 25) and  Raul Midón (Feb. 27).

    Ice-Cold Beer

    Beer Month GR is our annual celebration of the city’s renowned beer scene – named America’s best by USA Today. It’s a full month of “Cool Brews. Hot Eats” dining specials, tap takeovers, new beer releases and more. Come savor the craft February 15-March 15.

    The Winter Beer Festival is another annual crowd-pleaser – featuring 140+ Michigan breweries offering samples of 1,000+ different craft beers, all outdoors in Fifth Third Ballpark. Tickets sell out fast, so get yours ASAP. February 22.

    You don’t need a special event to dip into the Grand Rapids beer scene – just consult the Beer City Ale Trail map to plot your course among 60+ area breweries. Or let somebody else do the driving – take a Beer Tour and get behind-the-scenes glimpses of brewery operations. Be sure to pick up a Beer City Brewsader® passport or download the app to so you can earn a free official t-shirt on your journey.

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