What Festive GR Families will be doing over Thanksgiving Weekend

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Spend Thanksgiving Weekend Having Fun with Loved Ones

If you’re looking for something fun to do (besides eating, of course) for the 2019 Thanksgiving weekend in greater Grand Rapids, check out this list of events.

Friday, Nov. 29

Hooray!! Time to skate! Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink opens for the season Friday. Can’t make on opening day? No worries, lace up those skates any day of Thanksgiving weekend.

Unleash your creativity and make Fused Glass Ornaments at the Mud Room. All supplies included, but bring your imagination.

If you’re looking to take your visit with the guy in red to the next level, Santa visits are every Friday at Deer Tracks Junction. You will get a whole “Christmas Experience” including a trip to Whoville to meet the Grinch.

Enjoy live reindeer, carriage & trolley rides, pictures with Santa, and s’mores at the Gaslight Village Tree Lighting… a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season.


Saturday, Nov. 30

Enjoy Crafts and Critters at Coopersville Farm Museum Kids Day. Fun for all ages including spending time with farmyard “critters.”

Rooftop Reindeer return to at Frederik Meijer Gardens.

Build and decorate a Stocking Ornament at several Home Depot locations – Grand Haven, Grandville, Kentwood, Walker, and Wyoming. Find your nearest location on our events calendar here.

Dear Santa and Cookies for Santa Storytime at area Barnes and Noble stores – Holland, Muskegon, Grandville, and Grand Rapids. Check out our events calendar to find your location.


Sunday, Dec. 1

Kids can make gifts for others at GiftWorks! Make It, Take It, Gift It! at the GR Children’s Museum.

You won’t want to miss the Holiday Open House and TRAIN Opening at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum starting at 1 pm. Holiday music, Santa visits and reindeer round out this free family event.


All Weekend

Take in a show! The ever-popular, just-one-hour, holiday tradition continues this year with CARE Ballet’sTwas the Night Before Christmas.

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Ongoing Traditions

Get your handsaw ready to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree at one of many local Christmas tree farms and follow it up with a stop to see Santa.

In the mood to buy gifts? Shop the Holiday Pop Up Markets at Fulton Street Farmer’s Market, full of Christmas greenery and other trimmings for your home or take in the Holiday Kerstmarkt in Holland  – an outdoor European-style market full of unique holiday items.

Carve out some time to visit the dramatic tree displays at Meijer Gardens or the Festival of Trees at the Muskegon Art Museum.

Take in a show. Enjoy the magic of a top-notch musical with Broadway Grand Rapid’s production of The Lion King or join Buddy when you hum along with Elf at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

Or maybe it’s an engine that’s calling your name? Take a ride on the Santa Train, complete with elves, presents, and story-time.

Enjoy winter exploring and fun in the Children’s Garden at the during a Winter-Time Walk at Frederik Meijer Gardens.


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

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