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.
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.
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HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT AROUND GRAND RAPIDS
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.
One of my favorites is the Grand Rapids Ballet’s Nutcracker, complete with set design by Chris VanAllsburg.
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
HOLIDAY TRADITIONS FOR GRAND RAPIDS FAMILIES
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.
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!).
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.
HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS & EXPERIENCES
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.
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.
SOMETHING FUN TO DO WITH KIDS ALL SEASON LONG
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.
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.
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!
No matter how you choose to celebrate the season, we hope it is full of joy and light.