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December is Brimming with Merriment

2017 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.

There are tree lighting ceremonies and parades, story times and races with storybook characters, museums coming to life, and plenty of opportunities to visit with Santa Claus. 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 western Michigan.


Want a printable version of the December list of things to do with your kids in Grand Rapids? Get that here!


Want a printable version of the December list of things to do with your kids in Grand Rapids? Get that here!


Celebrate the Season of December Fun With Kids

Friday, December 01 – Get lit! From the towns of Coopersville and Rockford in the north, Ada in the east, Grandville in the west, even the lake shores of Holland and Muskegon, and of course in downtown Grand Rapids at Rosa Parks Circle, communities are celebrating with parades and tree lighting ceremonies galore!

December 02 – Close out the 2017 season and celebrate Christmas with the furry and feathered friends of John Ball Zoo along with Santa and his reindeer today.

Sunday, December 03 – Rock out at the Van Andel Arena with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra as they have two performances today at 3:00PM and 7:30PM.

December 04 – Enjoy free admission to the Kentwood Fun Spot and have a blast skating those Monday blues away.

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.

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December 06 – Snuggle up on a horse-drawn trolley ride through downtown Zeeland during Feel the Zeel along with other fun seasonal activities.

December 07 – Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of what the very first Christmas might have been like at the Critter Barn’s Live Nativity.

December 08 – Check off all the readers on your shopping list by checking out the Scholastic Warehouse Sale. Registration is required to shop this event.

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December 09 – The city of Wyoming hosts the Great Candy Cane Hunt today. Preregistration is required and tickets are $2.00 under adults and 2 and under, ages 3-14 tickets are $5.00/residents, $7.00/non-residents.

Sunday, December 10 – Your heart will grow three times in size as you and your family walk or run at this year’s Whoville 5K and Fun Run.

December 11 – Join The Shoppies as they celebrate the annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair” during Shopkins LIVE! at the DeVos performance Hall.

December 12 – Find out what it would be like to have Minecraft come to life as you test your skills at Minecraft at the Museum. Lakeshore Museum Center offers two different sessions and accompanying adults get free admission.

December 13 – Let the kids burn off energy at the indoor playground at Holland Playland, while you enjoy a hot beverage from the adjacent Gathering Grounds in Central Wesleyan Church.

December 14 – Bask in the glow of the Light Show at the Fifth Third Ball park from either the comfort of your own vehicle or by taking a ride on the Memory Lane Train.

December 15 – Bounce on in to SkyZone today for a special Toddler Time as Santa visits.

December 16 – Explore an instrument petting zoo, make crafts,  sing carols and more at the Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops Spectacular before enjoying the matinee performance of the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Sunday, December 17 – Celebrate the sixth night of Chanukah tonight at Calder Plaza featuring live music and festive foods.

December 18 – Eat more chicken (for breakfast!) at Mom’s Monday hosted by Chick-fil-A Grand Rapids South.

December 19 – Festivities abound today at Frederik Meijer Gardens: from exploring Christmas and holiday traditions from around the world, to taking in a winter time walk, listening to costumed Dickens carolers, and of course visiting with Santa, there is plenty to enjoy at this west Michigan gem.

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December 20Splash away the cold at either Preschool Swim at the Holland Aquatic Center or Family Swim at Goldfish Swim School.

December 21 – Marvel at the graceful feats performed at the Old National Bank Cirque de Noel.

December 22 – Visit Santa and his reindeer and explore the village of Whoville at Deer Tracks Junction.

December 23 – Make a craft or two during Snowflake Break at the Grand Rapids Public Museum as well as explore current exhibits, “Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids“, “Brain: The World Inside Your Head”, or a miniature Grand Rapids constructed out of Legos.

Sunday, December 24 – Don’t miss your last chance to visit Santa before he flies off to work tonight. You can find him at either Rivertown Crossings or Woodland Mall.

December 25 – Fill a thermos of cocoa, grab some cookies, and take a drive to check out some local light displays using our Holiday Light Guide.

December 26 – Check out Gymco for one or more of their holiday day camps available of mornings, afternoons, or all day.

December 27 – Be a part of history as it comes alive at Night At Your Museum. GRPM will be filled with colorful characters from throughout history. Tickets sell out quickly, so make sure to get them early!

December 28 – Lace up some skates and take a few laps around the outdoor ice skating rink at Rosa Parks Circle.

December 29 – Kids are sure to enjoy playing, crafts, and more at the holiday sports camp or mini-camps at MVP Sportsplex.

December 30Hear the story of Ferdinand at today’s story time at Barnes & Noble at their Holland, Muskegon, Rivertown, or Woodland locations.

Sunday, December 31 – Make a noisemaker, create a resolution wand, and dance and play your way into 2018 at GRCM’s annual New Year’s Early Eve party!

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By | 2017-12-04T21:23:42+00:00 November 26th, 2017|Categories: Christmas, SEASONAL, Winter|2 Comments

About the Author:

Steph Sneller
Steph is an explorer of local adventures having honed her skills moving all across the country (thanks to her husband's military service) before settling down in the Grand Rapids area with her ragamuffin boy and giggly girl. When not checking out the latest going-on, she can be found gobbling up books and coffee, planning overly ambitious parties, or napping.


  1. Miriam November 30, 2017 at 8:31 am - Reply

    So great to have this!! Great ideas for fun and memories

  2. Tracy E. Sievers via Facebook November 23, 2015 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Can you do this for every month of the year? 😉 Thanks for creating this. I can’t imagine that was an easy feat.

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