What Are You Doing This Christmas Eve?

There is just something magical about Christmas Eve – the stillness, the quiet, the anticipation. But it can be hard to find ways to fill your day until the festivities begin. We have compiled a list of things to do on Christmas Eve as well as where you can find family-friendly Christmas Eve services.

Thanks to our sponsor, WOODLAND MALL.

Your holiday wishes come true with a visit to Santa Claus at Woodland Mall. Seated in the heart of the Arctic Forest will be Santa, ready to take photos with shoppers of all ages now through December 24 during regular mall hours.

(Families with fur-babies are welcome to bring their pets with them for photos with Santa on Mondays now through December 17.)

Christmas Eve Events in Grand Rapids

Passing the Time until Presents and Celebrations

If you need to keep your kids busy on Christmas Eve, we can help you find the perfect way to spend your day. Whether it’s squeezing in a last-minute picture with Santa or seeing some lights, we’ve got you covered.

Monday December 24, 2018

Photos with Santa

Date: 12/24
Location: Woodland Mall – 3195 28th St SE


Visit Santa in The Arctic Forest! When: Photos with Santa run November 10th through December 24th. Where: Arctic Circle Macy's Court Santa Hours Mondays-Saturdays: 10AM-9PM Sundays: Noon-6PM Christmas Eve: 9AM-5PM Santa Break Times Mondays-Saturdays: 1-2PM and 5-6PM Sundays: 2-3PM Christmas Eve Break Time: 12-1PM Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day Santa Photo Pricing: Santa photo packages vary between [...]

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Twas the Night Before Christmas Story Time

Date: 12/24
Location: Schulers Books and Music- 28th Street – 2660 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids

Join us for a special edition of story time at our Grand Rapids location! In this famous poem Saint Nicholas visits a sleeping household to fill stockings on Christmas Eve. Clement C. Moore's classic poem The Night Before Christmas is undeniably the most widely recognized Christmas stories of all time. [...]

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Christmas Eve Live Nativity

Date: 12/24
Location: Grand Rapids First – 2100 44th St SW


Join us on Christmas Eve from 5:00-8:00 pm for a Live Nativity in front of the Worship Center entrance and enjoy over 40 animals. Bring your kids and your camera! Also join us for our Christmas eve service at 6 pm - A musical celebration for the whole family! grfirst.org/christmas

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Santa's Wonderland

Date: 12/24
Location: Cabela’s Grandville – 3000 44th SW


FREE photo with Santa! (November 10-December 24) *Free 4x6 studio quality photo in-store! Other photo packages and Christmas cards available for purchase. Weekdays: 5-8pm; Saturday: 10am-8pm; Sunday: 12pm-5pm Free crafts, games & activities! Gather the family and come experience the joy of a classic Christmas. Stay for free games, crafts, [...]

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Christmas Lite Show

Date: 12/24
Location: Fifth Third Ballpark – 4500 West River Drive

Comstock Park

West Michigan's largest, animated, drive thru light show, is now celebrating it's 21st year, of entertaining people of all ages. The event is located at Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, exit 91, off US 131. Enjoy nearly two miles, over a million lights, animated displays, lighted tunnels, [...]

Time: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Hughes Musical Christmas Light Show

Date: 12/24
Location: Hughes Musical Christmas Show – 10679 Deer Ridge Ct


Christmas light display synchronized to music. Show runs from Dec 1st to Dec 31st every year.

Time: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Live Nativity

Date: 12/24
Location: Algoma Baptist Church – 10515 Grange Ave. NE


Bring the family for a free live narrated retelling of the birth of Christ with live characters and animals. Sing Christmas carols. Pet the animals. Have some hot chocolate and cookies in the church before and after the performances. The performances start each evening at 6, 6:30 and 7 PM [...]

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Family-Friendly Church Services

Many area churches have family-friendly service times on Christmas Eve. Whether yours are little or big, there is a service for you to experience with your kids – before they hurry to bed to await the (early) morning!

Monday December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve at Grand Rapids First

Location: Grand Rapids First – 2100 44th St SW Wyoming
Christmas Eve at Grand Rapids First – Your new Christmas Eve tradition! A Christmas Eve event for the whole family! Invite your family and friends for an amazing musical celebration and beautiful candlelight service at 6:00 pm on Christmas Eve. Come early or stay late for a Live Nativity in [...]
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Location: Ballard Church of Christ – 1633 10 Mile Rd NW Sparta
Ballard Church of Christ invites you to join them for a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service!
Time: 6:00 pm

So We’re Thinking About Buying a Trampoline…

A Trampoline? I’ll Never Get a Trampoline!

This article made possible by Backyard Fun Zone. All opinions are my own.

A few years ago I asked my Facebook friends an innocent question about trampoline storage in the winter. They fired back with all of the reasons I should not get a trampoline. So, I put the thought aside.

But, we’ve been circling back to that thought – wondering more about getting a trampoline now that our kids are a little older. My kids are natural homebodies and I need to encourage them to get out and move more.