Christmas in Grand Rapids – The Ultimate Guide to Holiday fun in the West Mitten

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2019 Guide to Grand Rapids Christmas Fun

There is something magical about the holiday season in West Michigan, for kids and parents alike. The twinkling lights, fresh snow, and the excitement in the air all make this a memorable time of year. If you are like me, you want to soak in as many of these holiday moments as you can.

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Our gigantic Holiday Family Fun Guide is your #1 resource for all things HOLIDAY this season. We’ll give you loads of ideas on places to go and things to do with the whole family.

Pin it, post it, save it, or print it.  And have loads of FUN!

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Santa on the Riverwalk – Lowell

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Celebrate the season with us!

We are hosting a variety of programs during holiday break that are sure to keep your kids happy, busy and entertained… and they might even learn something.

The holiday line-up includes Ready for Reindeer, Meet the Sled Dogs, Countdown to Happy Noon Year and KDL Open: Family Arcade, Mini Golf and Silent Disco. All programs are free!

Visit for dates, times and locations.

WEBSITE FACEBOOK  | 616-784-2016


Ho, Ho, Ho… More Grand Rapids Holiday Fun!

The Big List of Santa Parades
Christmas Tree Farms List
Favorite Christmas Light Displays
Where To Find Holiday Trains
Where to Buy Holiday Treats & Sweets
12 Days of a Grand Rapids Christmas
Where to Visit Santa in West Michigan
Nutcracker & Other Holiday Show Schedules
Live Nativities
Meet the REAL Santa Claus, GR
Christmas Eve Activities & Church Services


Although the holidays can be amazing, they can also be exhausting. Sometimes just sitting and relaxing is one of the best ways to enjoy the season. And if you can be entertained all the while, I call that a win-win. Check out Huge List of Christmas Shows to find one that is right for your family.

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Twas the Night Before Christmas – C.A.R.E. Ballet

One of my favorites is the Grand Rapids Ballet’s Nutcracker, complete with set design by Chris VanAllsburg.

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This year the Civic Theatre is bringing us Elf, the Musical, which is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Kids will love cheering on Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen when C.A.R.E. ballet presents ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

A regional favorite is the Singing Christmas Tree in Muskegon, where the Mona Shores high school choir and orchestra form a human tree that belts out our favorite Christmas songs. For a more traditional Christmas experience, families can enjoy live Nativities around Grand Rapids


Santa. Trains. Twinkling Lights. Parades. These five words inspire extreme excitement in all kids (and adults!). You’ll find all of these in our lists for Holiday Traditions this year.

Check out the Santa Sightings list for all the places you’ll find Santa around town.

Christmas in Grand Rapids at the Grand Rapids Santa Parade

Santa can also be found at many Holiday Parades and Tree Lighting Ceremonies. And in Grand Rapids on November 23, he’s the star of the ever popular Grand Rapids Santa Parade.

While Santa is in many places at once during Christmas, there’s only one true Santa. We’ve got the list of his Grand Rapids appearances and the story of how he became Santa Claus here.

Everything holiday is building up to the most special moment of the season: Christmas. One of my favorite parts of Christmas is my church’s Christmas Eve service. It’s that final moment where everything of the last few weeks comes together and we sing the joy of Christmas. Here’s where you can find a Christmas Eve church service near you, in addition to Christmas Eve activities in Grand Rapids.

With all of the excitement of the season, sometimes a low key family night is in order. Load up your car with blankets and hot cocoa and visit some of the reader-recommended homes decked out in lights for the holiday season in our Holiday Lights Tour (updating soon!).

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Near Thornapple River Drive and Laraway Lake in Ada

Have a little one who loves trains? Then come aboard, and check out list of Holiday Trains to see some amazing holiday train displays. While you’re out and about, don’t forget to pick out your Christmas tree at at a local Christmas Tree Farm.

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At BattleGR Tactical Games our goal is to provide you with fun and memorable experiences through tactical laser tag, with different games kids and adults both love. Each game has a different objective just like a video game.

Let us help you create unforgettable memories this holiday season. We provide fun and memorable experiences for birthday parties, corporate events, holiday parties, church groups, schools, and sports teams. We can even set up at your location.

Check out our website for fun holiday events at our arena! We also sell gift cards if you’re looking for the gift of an experience.

4735 Lake Michigan Dr NW Ste E | Grand Rapids, MI 49534
WEBSITE FACEBOOK | 616-345-0698



Giving kids an experience for Christmas instead of piles of toys is an idea that’s been taking off with parents. Honing your gift-buying down to just a couple of really meaningful gifts means that you have to be very intentional about which gifts you choose.

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Our list of over 50 holiday gift experience ideas for Grand Rapids families lays it all out for you so you can see what’s available and choose the perfect gift for each person in your family.

Still looking for something tangible to give, perhaps to that hard-to-buy-for boss? Watch for our list of the local artisans crafting delicious Christmas sweets and treats near Grand Rapids. Pick a Christmas pie, beautiful Christmas cookies or maybe some super cute cake pops.

Get friends and relatives involved in this gifting approach, too! You can sign up kids for swim classes or dance lessons, bring the whole family to some of the fun attractions in the area, or take in a movie or play.

Holland Aquatic Center

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Located in the heart of Holland, the Holland Community Aquatic Center offers a local get away for families.

Children of all ages will enjoy a visit to HCAC, whether it be to play in the Splash Zone with dump buckets and the tire swing or the 150 Foot water slide, AquaTrack, and Zipline!

Check out the website for rates and schedules and plan your next visit today!

550 Maple Avenue  | Holland, MI  49423
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-393-7595



If you are trying to make each day count this holiday season, this section is for you.

Anticipation is a hallmark of the holiday season. We’ve put together this adorable 12 Days of Grand Rapids Christmas graphic that gives you lots of “things to do” ideas.

12 Days of Grand Rapids Christmas

You’ll also want to check out our 31 Days of December (updating soon!) to see a different activity each day that your family will enjoy.

If you are looking for something free and right in your neighborhood, check out your local library! Many branches hold different (and usually free) events to help you fully enjoy the holiday season.

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

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Make It. Wrap It. Give It.

Celebrate the joy of the season at The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum with GIFTWORKS. Featuring a new handmade project each week for your child to create, wrap and share with someone special.

Program runs daily from November 24 thru December 30. Free with museum admission.

11 Sheldon Ave NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49503

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-235-4726


Home with the kids this winter break and trying to get together a game plan of how you’ll spend your time? Check out our Winter Break Activity Guide, full of activities for everyone in your family. One that our founder Melody loves is the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex – it has an ice skating trail through the woods!

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Muskegon Winter Sports Complex – Ice Skating Trail
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No matter how you choose to celebrate the season, we hope it is full of joy and light.

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