Low Cost or FREE: Christmas Activities around Grand Rapids & West Michigan in 2020

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Jingle All The Way And Keep The Jangle In Your Pocket

Looking for free or affordable holiday fun for your family?

Enjoying holiday traditions with your family doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

In fact, some of your best memories might even come from things that are free, like going out to see Christmas lights.

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Free & Low Cost Christmas Activities & Events Throughout the Holiday Season

One Time Only Events

Use this list to find holiday events that are happening for just one day around Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

Scroll to the next session to find ongoing holiday events.

*Looking for more? All of the events listed below were taken from our MASTER CALENDAR.

lighted truck at Zeeland Magical Christmas Parade
Zeeland Magical Christmas Parade

Ongoing Holiday Events

Dec 1-4,
1-11, 18
Community Christmas Tree Exhibit » 6-8pm. Featured inside the Coopersville Farm Museum is a beautiful display of tree decorated by the community; businesses, organizations, and individuals. Free admission on select dates.
Coopersville Farm Museum
375 Main Street, Coopersville, MI  49404
Dec 2-5
Walk Through Sparta Candy Cane Lane » 5:30-9pm. Sparta is hosting a free lighted walkway to bring some magic to your month! The lights are lining the walking path, just beyond the Santa workshop where you can take a peak inside Santa’s work station! Drop off a letter to Santa at the Chamber office (194 E Division) to get a reply from Santa (be sure to leave a return address!). Stop into Sparta retail shops for all your shopping to find the perfect gift. And grab take out food to bring home!
Candy Cane Lane
201 E Division St, Sparta, MI 49345
Dec 4,5, &11,12
Kerstmarkt Holiday Market 2020Experience a delightful outdoor European-style market with holiday items, delicious food and artisan demonstrations in Holland, Michigan. Located at the 8th Street Marketplace at the corner of 8th Street and Pine Avenue
8th Street Marketplace
8th Street and Pine Avenue, Holland, MI 49423
til Dec 6
Festival of Wreaths» Each participating downtown business or organization will host a designer wreath provided by the MMA in a window facing the street or sidewalk from November 24-December 6. The MMA will provide a walking map with the location of all the wreaths in both a printed and digital version, accessible via a QR code.
Muskegon Museum of Art
296 W Webster Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440
Dec 9-30
Tues – Saturdays
Critter Barn Christmas NativityYou are invited to view our unique collection of photography from Bethlehem and Galilee. “Walk through” our Christmas Nativity staged with live animals!​ Also, enjoy a “December walk around the Critter Barn” with your family and friends. Visit cows, sheep, goats, rabbits, donkeys and more. Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm. $5 per person (age 3 and up) or $20 per Family Ticket
Critter Barn
Dec 11-13
Luminary Hike» 5-9pm. As you meander through the forest on a candle-lit path, you’ll enjoy the beautiful serenity of the forest at night and experience the power of nature! Pre-registration and masks required. $2/person OR $10/family
Wittenbach Wege Center
11715 Vergennes St, Lowell, MI 49331
Dec 11,12

Renew Christmas Drive-Thru Light Display » 6-7pm. It is our goal to light up our driveway with Christmas spirit and host a few drive thru options at our farm this December! Some of our therapeutic riding horses will also be joining in on the fun from a distance! Enter our U-Shaped drive from the west, and exit on the east side of the property.
Renew Therapeutic Riding Center
5080 146th Ave, Holland, MI 49423
Dec 12,13
MINI Nativity: Let’s Celebrate His Birth» 4-6pm. Come Celebrate the Birth of Jesus through a Live MINI Nativity Scene at the mini red stable where inside the Holy Family will admire The Christ Child as The Angel, Shepherds and Wisemen also adore Him. Fell pony & Gypsy Vanner horse jingle rides will be available. $5 suggested donation/person
Fellinlove Farm
6364 144th Ave, Holland, MI 49423
til Dec 15
December Storywalk Book – Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea BeatyFollow one girl’s boundless imagination and curiosity in this month’s storywalk book. Journey through why, what, how, and when to embark on fact-finding missions and elaborate scientific experiments all the while discovering the value of thinking through problems and staying curious.
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
701 W. Cloverdale Rd, Hastings, MI 49058
til Dec 24
Santa’s Wonderland» By popular demand we continue the tradition in a safe and responsible way. Families who visit Santa receive a free 4×6 studio-quality photo, as well as a free digital greeting card that can be shared on social media. During your visit, families can mail their letter to Santa and bring home free holiday craft activity kits while supplies last. Reservations required.
Cabela’s Grandville
3000 44th Street SW, Grandville, MI 49418
til Jan 1
Elf Hunt in Downtown Rockford20 mischievous elves escaped from Santa’s sleigh and are hiding around the Rockford business district. The hunt starts now, and you have till the new year to track them down! Clues available if you follow this link.
Downtown Rockford
til Jan 1
Self-Guided Christmas Lights TourUse the map, list and scavenger hunt to find the best-dressed holiday houses in West Michigan. Most light displays are free, a few charge a fee.
West MI
til Jan 2
Christmas Tree Walk» Come out and enjoy an outdoor walk through 40 Christmas Trees decorated by local businesses and organizations. On Fridays and Saturdays from 6-8pm, there will be special events and activities such as food trucks, free hot cocoa, and more. November 27 is our tree lighting ceremony at 6PM.
Life Stream Church
6561 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale, MI 49401
$5 donation
Fellinlove Farm’s Winter Wonderland» Walk on our 3/4 mile nature trail decorated with lights and winter creatures, and then watch the “parade” as we bring all of the large animals to their barns with the backdrop of the colorful fountain, koi pond, trail/house/barn lights. Animal interaction welcomed before or after “parade”. Dress warmly. $5 suggested donation/person
Fellinlove Farm6364 144th Ave, Holland, MI 49423
Outdoor Ice Skating with Free Skate Rentals» The Outdoor Skating Rink (synthetic ice) is located at the Elm Street Park across from City Hall. Visit the Howard Miller Library for FREE ice skate rentals.
The City of Zeeland Skating Rink
Elm Street, Zeeland, MI 49464
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Luminary Hike at Wittenbach Wege Center in Lowell

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