Winter Break Activity Guide for Grand Rapids – 2016

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2016 Christmas & Winter Break Activity Guide
Thanksgiving is over and there’s just a short time before Winter Break is upon us! How are you planning to fill the long days? Use this guide to help you plan your days for make Winter Break 2016 the most memorable one your kids have […]

By |December 24th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, SEASONAL, Winter|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Which Christmas Dad Do You Have in Your Life?

We welcome Todd Chance, local dad and founder of DADDY DAUGHTER TIME to the writing team here at GRKIDS. We’re excited to add his insights and passions to the mix over here and think his debut article is a fun way to introduce him to you.

Welcome, Todd!

Christmas is almost here so chances are you’ve […]

By |December 22nd, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, humor|0 Comments

Family Friendly Christmas Eve Church Services

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the Christmas Eve service at our church. It’s the best part of Christmas if you ask me – the celebration, the anticipation, and none of the material things that can cloud Christmas cheer. I remember when my oldest was one year old and for the first […]

By |December 21st, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General|1 Comment

How to Slow Down and Simplify Christmas

Hey, friend. Christmas is almost here! Are you feeling joyful? Excited? Or maybe just super overwhelmed and tired and stressed out…?

I hear ya. Well, good news! It’s time to relax, weary mama. Grab a cup of hot cocoa, load up the marshmallows (and feel free to add a little nip of “something extra” if you […]

By |December 20th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General|0 Comments

WIN! Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! Family 4 Pack to GRPM

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Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown NOW AT GRPM!
Grand Rapids Public Museum invites your family to “celebrate the anticipation, joy and pitfalls of the holiday season” in the best way America has known how since A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired on CBS in 1965. There are few characters […]

By |December 12th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, SEASONAL, WIN, Winter|Tags: , , , , |254 Comments

Holiday Lights Tour in Greater Grand Rapids – 2016

Updated for 2016!
Here’s our yearly roundup of where to see Christmas lights around Greater Grand Rapids.

Last night my kids and I went out for three hours to scout lights and found a handful of houses to include.

We played our “count the ___” game to help make the night more memorable. Each person in the car chooses […]

By |December 7th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, Winter|98 Comments

Where to Find Live Nativities Around Grand Rapids

Sure, you can set up a Nativity scene with figurines at home, but a live reenactment really makes the first Christmas tangible for your kids. You can find them throughout the month but a majority of Nativities will be happening the weekend of December 9.
RELATED: The Gigantic Grand Rapids HOLIDAY Fun Guide

Live Nativity Roundup for Grand Rapids – […]

By |December 4th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, SEASONAL|2 Comments

Celebrate the Holidays with Your Local West Michigan Library

All through the year West Michigan libraries offer free and affordable fun for families. And during the holidays, they pull out all the stops. You’ll find West Michigan libraries are loaded with activities and holiday cheer, offering you and your family affordable ways to celebrate the season.

We’ve tracked down all the local holiday library fun in […]

By |November 29th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, Winter|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Grand Rapids Area ADVENT ACTIVITY CALENDAR for Kids and Families

December 2016 – Advent Activity Calendar – Grand Rapids Area
There are LEGO advent calendars, wooden house advent calendars, chocolate advent calendars, little people advent calendar, religious advent calendars and more.

We thought it would be fun to make our very own Advent Activity Calendar for the Grand Rapids Area as another fun way to count down the days until […]

By |November 29th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General|0 Comments

31 Days of DECEMBER Fun for Kids in Grand Rapids – 2016

Do you see what I see? A month packed to the brim with holiday fun, offering countless ways to enjoy December, in anticipation of the new year!

From trains and trolleys, to snowflakes and Santa…you won’t be able to miss the holiday cheer. Although we couldn’t come close to listing them all, we picked 31 of […]

By |November 28th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, SEASONAL, Winter|1 Comment

When and Where to Find Santa Around Grand Rapids 2016

Tall santas, short santas, round santas, thin santas – there’s no shortage of santa sightings in West Michigan this year! With all these options hopefully there won’t be any long lines, wherever you chose to visit this Christmas icon.

If you know of other places Santa will be making an appearance, leave us a comment or submit the […]

By |November 27th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, Winter|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Holiday Trains Around Grand Rapids

This information is updated for the 2016 season.

There is something magical about trains at Christmas time. Whether it is the site of train tracks wrapped underneath a family’s Christmas tree or watching a Holiday favorite like The Polar Express, trains are a part of holiday traditions for many. Find out where you can experience this holiday magic […]

By |November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, Winter|3 Comments

Greater Grand Rapids Christmas Tree Guide

Ladies and Gentlemen, Get Out Your Handsaws!
It’s time. We’ve had our first “snow” and temps have dropped below 40 degrees. It’s time to head out and cut your own Christmas tree. 

Did you know that cut-your-own Christmas trees are considerably cheaper than precuts?? I was checking out prices as I made this post and I’m ready to make the switch. Not only […]

By |November 20th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, Guides, Winter|3 Comments

Huge List of Holiday Shows for Families – West Michigan

It’s time.

Holiday shows are here and area artists are bringing their A-game with some of the best performances of the year. Musicals, ballets, plays and more are lighting up the calendar from here till Christmas.

Which performances will you choose to help celebrate the season?


Related: Tree Lightings and Holiday Parades Around Grand Rapids
List of Holiday Plays, Concerts and […]

By |November 17th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, Winter|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Tree Lightings and Holiday Parades for Greater Grand Rapids

I hope Consumer’s Energy is ready, because tree lighting season is here and we have no shortage of beautiful holiday trees in municipalities around West Michigan ready to be alit in Christmas glory!

And with them comes Santa. Maybe some parades. And definitely candy!

Grab your mittens and hats and head out to a local parade or […]

By |November 16th, 2016|Categories: Christmas, General, Winter|Tags: |0 Comments