December is Brimming with Merriment

The year may be coming to a close, but there are still plenty of fun things to check out. While the twelve days of Christmas seems festive (though, who really wants that many pet birds?), we’ve upped the ante with our thirty-one days of December FUN.

With Santa sightings, festive productions, things to do out in the snow or warm and snug indoors, there is a whole host of happenings to keep you going this December. Use this curated list to help plan your month, but also be sure to check out our daily calendar for even more great events and activities going on in West Michigan.

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Celebrate the Season of December Fun With Kids

Saturday, December 01Shop till you drop when you visit one of the many area craft shows and pop-up markets happening today.

December 02 – The Chabad House of Western Michigan invites all to the first night of the Festival of Lights in Calder Plaza.

December 03Take in a movie with your littles in tow during a Bring the Baby showing at Celebration Cinema South this morning.

December 04Explore the wonder of winter with your adventurer through the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden during a Winter-Time Walk.

December 05 – Stroll in a Winter Wonderland without the worry of the cold as you enjoy an artisan marketplace, cooking demonstrations, and even visit with Santa at the Downtown Market.

December 06 – Help bring the holiday spirit to the Holland Museum as you Deck the Halls by crafting ornaments, snowflakes, and more.

December 07 – You’ll be a “poor, unfortunate soul” if you miss the Civic Theatre’s production of The Little Mermaid.

December 08 – With four scheduled trips for today, the Santa Train will be embarking on a magical 90-minute route sure to enchant all ages.

Sunday, December 09The Whoville 5K promises to be the funniest, coolest, happiest race of the season complete with cookies and cocoa at the finish line.

December 10 – Take a drive through the Christmas Lite Show at Fifth Third Ballpark or map out your own route to take in neighborhood light displays.

December 11Share a snack with Santa at the Downtown Market and then cozy up to watch Elf on the big screen at Wealthy Theatre.

December 12 – In downtown Rockford tonight, you can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as feed their reindeer.

December 13 – The Critter Barn’s Christmas tradition continues as they invite you to their Living Nativity.

December 14 – Featuring set pieces inspired by the artwork of Chris Van Allsburg, the Grand Rapids Ballet brings The Nutcracker to life.

December 15 – Byron Center hosts a Candy Cane Hunt this morning with a pizza lunch to follow.

Sunday, December 16 – Save money when you hit the slopes today at Crystal Mountain with the 5-for-$50 special.


December 17 – Feeling cooped up? Let loose and enjoy the space to run, jump, climb, and tumble during open gym at Gymco or R-Athletics.

December 18 – Visit some reindeer, take a tour of Whoville, and more when you visit Deer Tracks Junction for their Christmas Experience.

December 19 – Let your little Picasso experiment with colors and more during Toddler Art at Renew Mama Studio.

December 20 – Glide a few laps around the outdoor ice rink at Rosa Parks Circle before warming up in the GRAM during Meijer FREE Thursday evening admissions.

December 21 – The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ at GRPM will be playing all your favorite holiday tunes tonight with a performance by Lance Luce.

December 22WinterWest returns to Richmond Park with sled races, fat tire biking, snowshoeing and more!

Sunday, December 23 – Get in some wet thrills with a 150 foot slide and a vortex pool at Holland Aquatic Center today during Family Swim.

December 24 – Travel to the Arctic Forest in Woodland Mall and meet Santa Claus.

December 25 – Merry Christmas from all of us at Grand Rapids Kids! If you unwrapped an exciting new game this morning, put on your coziest PJs and have a Family Game Night.

December 26Camp Kroc School’s Out Day Camps are happening today and on weekdays through the new year to keep your kids occupied over the break.

December 27 – Put down the screens and test your FortNite skills IRL at BattleGR’s specially themed day camp.

December 28 – Strike up some fun with the Friday Family Fun Pack special at Hudsonville Lanes.

December 29 – Join Elmo and Abby as they learn about practice and perseverance with the power yet during Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic.

Sunday, December 30 – Roll into good times at Tarry Hall this evening for Family Skate.

December 31 – Cheer on the Grand Rapids Griffins and then stay for a spectacular indoor fireworks display to ring in 2019!

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