Meijer Gardens Christmas 2023: Dazzling Light Show, Christmas Trees, Railway Train Garden & More

Frederik Meijer Gardens Christmas Trees and Railway Garden

Meijer Gardens Christmas Trees & Events Make the Season Bright

November 21, 2023 – January 7, 2024

This holiday season treat yourself to all the festivities a Frederik Meijer Gardens Christmas can bring.

In its 29th year, the event celebrates the theme of Gathering, inviting you to drink up the holiday spirit with fresh poinsettias, evergreens, amaryllis and 350,000 sparkling lights.

Meijer Gardens Christmas Outdoors

And while you’re at it, enjoy a carol or two, marvel at the dazzling light show, cross gifts off your list, and rediscover childhood wonder by petting reindeer, following the miniature trains, and visiting Santa.

With all of this in store and more, read on to see why a Meijer Gardens Christmas visit is the perfect way to get an hearty dose of holiday cheer.

Meijer Gardens is located at 1000 East Beltline Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.

Meijer Gardens Christmas Trees & Winter Glow Ticket Giveaway!

Enter to win a 4-pack of tickets to Meijer Gardens. Tickets are good for anything included with general admission, including the new walk-thru winter lights experience!

FINE PRINT: This giveaway will close on December 8, 2023 at 11PM EST and the winner will be notified via email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond by email accepting the prize. No purchase necessary to enter the contest. These tickets expire on December 31, 2023. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to and not to Facebook. Entrants will release Facebook from all liability. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and reside in Michigan. Only one entry per household or IP address. GRKIDS’ liability is limited to the value of the prize.

Every year, just before Thanksgiving, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Parks kicks off the holiday season with their University of Michigan Health-West Christmas & Holiday Traditions Exhibit.

Our tips for Visiting Meijer Gardens ➡

10 Exciting Things to Do at Meijer Gardens for the Holidays

Making a trek to see the Meijer Gardens Christmas trees and see Santa is a favorite family tradition for many, for good reason.

Be sure to include the festive happenings listed below on your visit, too. As an added bonus, these events are free with general admission.

1) Enjoy 40+ Christmas Trees and Holiday Displays From Around the World

Available during open hours

Be amazed by the exquisitely decorated trees and displays throughout the building.

While the event is a lovely festival of trees, a number of 46 international holiday displays showcase holiday traditions in other ways. Tour the world’s holiday traditions on your visit, including Hanukkah, Diwali and more.

2) Follow the Railway Garden Train 

Available During Open Hours

Head to the Grace Jarecki Seasonal Display Greenhouse for a charming miniature train display.

Frederik Meijer Gardens Railway Garden
Railway Garden at Meijer Gardens

Find yourself surrounded with festive decor as you watch the trains weave through handmade recreations of West Michigan landmarks. Look closely and you may also spot some iconic landmarks of West Michigan sister cities.

3) Attend the Winter Glow Light Show

December 18–22 & 26–30, 2023 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM

The light show event at Meijer Gardens has moved to plaza surrounding The American Horse. But they have an all new show, Winter Glow, in store for 2023.

Winter Glow Meijer Gardens 2023

Lights will shine in a “dance-like choreography” as patterns are projected onto the hill.

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped inside a snow globe — all while listening to a custom soundtrack, standing over bonfires and sipping hot drinks.

Meijer Gardens at Night

4) Hum Along to Festive Old-Fashioned Caroling

Tuesdays, Nov 21, 2023 – Jan 2, 2024, 6 PM – 8 PM

Pause to listen to a familiar carol sung by the Original Dickens Carolers and you’ll feel like you’ve been swept back in time. 

Dickens Carolers at Meijer Gardens

This festive group roams the halls singing holiday favorites and bringing good cheer for all to hear. You’ll find their harmonies filling the BISSELL and Gunberg corridors on Tuesday evenings.

5) Tell Santa What’s on Your List

Tuesdays, Nov 21, 2023 – Dec. 19, 2023, 5 PM – 8 PM – Santa and Mrs. Claus are at the gardens on Tuesday nights beginning Thanksgiving week.

It’s hard to beat the Santa photo op at FMG. Take a picture of the kids with Santa in an illuminated Mimi’s Garden, found on the Courtyard Level of the Welcome Center. 

psst – Telling Santa what’s on your list is a popular activity, so be sure to arrive early if you’d like a shorter wait.

6) See the Reindeer

Saturdays, Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, 2023, 1 PM – 4 PM

On Saturday afternoons, reindeer visit Frederik Meijer Gardens.

Rooftop Reindeer Meijer Gardens Cropped

Head out to Michigan’s Farm Garden for a close-up reindeer experience. You will definitely be able to take pictures of the reindeer – and you might be able to pet them, too.

Reindeer provided by Rooftop Landing Reindeer Farm.

7) Linger in the Tropical Conservatory

Available during open hours

We love feeling like we’re in the tropics in the middle of December!

With its delightfully balmy climate and exotic plants, the Tropical Conservatory will have you feeling like you’re on vacation the moment you step through the doors.

Meijer Gardens Christmas Tropical Conservatory

As you follow the path along the light-adorned palm trees, you might even find yourself humming Mele Kalikimaka along the way.

8) Head Outside to Walk or Play, Especially at Night

Available during open hours

The outdoor Gardens & Sculpture Park is decorated with close to 300,000 lights and is a delight to see after nightfall.

Frederik Meijer Gardens Children's Garden Treehouse in Winter

Be sure to bring warm clothes if you plan to venture outdoors.

Also, the walking paths and Children’s Garden are open for those who would like to visit and play outdoors during daylight hours.

9) Watch an Original Film – “Joy”

In many cultures, the holidays bring people together in distinct and memorable ways difficult to capture in a display.

Meijer Gardens again presents the original film joy, which explores the diverse festive fabric that is holiday life across our local communities.

This film will be shown continuously in the Hoffman Family Auditorium and is also available on the Meijer Gardens YouTube channel.

10) Find Unique Treasures at the Gift Shop

Available during open hours

The Meijer Gardens Gift Shop deserves a place on your holiday shopping list.

They do a wonderful job of offering seasonal merchandise from local vendors, as well as stocking interesting gifts you won’t find in many other places.

Meijer Gardens Gift Shop Gnomes - resized

Find thoughtful toys, books and stuffed animals for the kids on your Christmas list, and candles, local artwork, jewelry and home decor for the adults.

If You Go

Adults (14-64) – $20
Seniors (65 and older) & Students with ID – $15
Museums for All  – $2
Children (3-13) – $10
Children (2 and younger) – FREE
Members (with ID) – FREE
Library Patrons can get in free – see the next section

All admission tickets are purchased at the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Ticketing Center in the Welcome Center. Unless otherwise noted, prices include admission to all special exhibitions.

Other tickets (such as Fifth Third Bank Summer Concert at Meijer Gardens, classes, camps, etc.) may be purchased through their Events Calendar page.

Meijer Gardens will be open until 9 PM December 18-22 & 26-30.

Regular Hours:
Sunday: 11 AM – 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM – 9 PM
Other Days: 9 AM – 5 PM

Christmas & Holiday Traditions Exhibit

Get into Meijer Gardens Free with Your Library Card

Kent District Library
KDL patrons (ages 18 and above) can use their library card “Perk Pass” to reserve up to 6 free passes for Frederick Meijer Gardens.

Cardholders can reserve passes online, print their passes, and visit their attraction on the date they reserved. For Meijer Gardens, Library cardholders may reserve 1 pass per calendar year.

Meijer Gardens Perk Pass KDL

Grand Rapids Public Library
GRPL Cardholders can access free tickets via their “check it out” program. The pass entitles up to 6 people to visit the organization 1 time for free. You must check out a pass or ticket in person at any of the eight Grand Rapids Public Library locations. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wrapping It Up

While Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a treasure any day of the year, it really shines at Christmastime.

What’s your favorite part of Christmas & Holiday Traditions at Meijer Gardens?

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