Jingle All The Way And Keep The Jangle In Your Pocket

Looking for free holiday fun for your family? West Michigan communities are loaded with activities and holiday cheer, offering you and your family affordable ways to celebrate the season.

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!

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Free Christmas Activities Throughout the Season

A must-do for any family with young kids: a picture with Santa! On most Tuesday evenings you can take a picture of your child visiting Santa for free at Frederik Meijer Gardens. Santa is located outside on his sleigh; you do not need to pay admission unless you also plan to visit the Gardens. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Looking for more free Santa pics? We’ve got a list here.

Many of our local communities also host Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Holiday Parades. This is a perfect way to kick-off your holiday season.

Don’t forget about our great libraries! KDL offers many free activities throughout winter. Typically this includes opportunities to meet live reindeer, make gingerbread houses, meet Santa, or even watch a sled dog demonstration.

Maybe you’d like to take a step back in time and visit the Live Nativity at the Critter Barn? It runs December 6-29 on Tuesdays through Saturdays. (While the event is free, they gladly accept donations.) Check out a full list of live Nativities here.

Can’t decide? We’ve tracked down all the free, holiday fun in the area and grouped it by date on our handy list below. Take your pick!


Jump to find…
Eat with Santa
Santa Parades
Trains + Sleigh Ride Events
Santa Photos + Visits
Holiday Countdown Calendar
Experiences Gift Guide
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Nutcracker + Holiday Show List

Free Holiday Events Around Grand Rapids – 2018

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