There are a lot of Christmas related events this weekend along with some comedy and music. We also have a few outdoor activities from skating to fat tire biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. There is The Nutcracker, The Polar Express, Lights Out and Basketball. We also have a Santa Parade and a Santa Train!

Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.

Click on the event title for additional information.


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    Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink

    Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    The 2019/2020 skating season will run through February 23rd, 2020

    Monday-Saturday - 10:00 am-9:45 pm

    Sunday -  11:00 am-8:45 pm

    Cost: Admission price includes skates. Adults $3.00, Youth $1.00

    Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink is a cherished winter activity in Grand Rapids. All open skate hours are weather-dependent. Every Saturday from 10 am to 12:00 Noon it will be Maranda's Free Skate. Kids 17 and under can skate for free thanks to Fifth Third Bank! Plus, Milk Means More and Biggby will provide free hot cocoa!

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    Grand Rapids Ballet: The Nutcracker

    DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, December 13th, 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 - 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

    Sunday, December 15th, 2019 - 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $32.00

    West Michigan’s favorite holiday tradition returns to the grandeur of DeVos Performance Hall with sets by famed children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg (The Polar Express, Jumanji), Broadway-quality set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Saturday Night Live), choreography by Val Caniparoli, and the live music of your Grand Rapids Symphony. Don’t miss the magic!

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    Classic Albums LIVE - Queen's A Night at the Opera

    Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hill Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

    Friday, December 13th, 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $33.00

    Classic Albums Live is a concert series in which musicians perform a classic rock album in its entirety. The musicians go to great lengths to faithfully recreate every sound on the original album. They will be performing Queen’s A Night at the Opera and will be backed by an orchestra or band. If you love the music of Queen you’re sure to love this Live Version of this great album.

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    Comedian Nathan MacIntosh

    Dr. Grin’s at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, December 13th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 5:30 pm, 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets are $15.00

    Nathan Macintosh is an award-winning comedian and actor hailing from Canada now based in NYC. He has been seen on the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, "CONAN" on TBS, "Gotham Comedy Live" for AXS TV and has his own half hour "Comedy Now!" special shown on The Comedy Network/CTV. He has performed at many of the major comedy festivals such as the Halifax Comedy Festival and Boston Comedy Festival.

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    Winter Fun at Indian Trails

    Indian Trails Golf Course, 2776 Kalamazoo Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

    Club House Hours: Saturdays - 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Sundays - Noon-4:00 pm

    Cost: $3 for the Day, $15 for the Season
    The golf season may be over, but the fun doesn’t stop! Winter Fun at Indian Trails is set to begin on Saturday, December 14th. Looking for things to do in the winter in Grand Rapids? Activities include fat tire biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing! They will also have hot chocolate and coffee, cold beer, and a warm fire in the clubhouse.

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    Wyoming Kentwood Santa Parade

    S. Division from 34th Street and marching southbound to Murray Street

    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 - 10:00 am

    Cost: Free

    Help the Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Santa! The parade begins at 10 am at 34th Street and S. Division and will then head south. Bring your camera to Brann's Sizzlin' Steaks & Sports Grille at 4132 S. Division (on the parade route) and take pictures of the kids with Santa immediately after the parade!

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    Santa Train

    Coopersville and Marne Railway, 306 E. Main St., Coopersville, MI 49404

    Various Departure times on Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

    Cost: Adults $23,  Senior (60+) $22, Children (2-12) $21, Under two years old Free

    Ride with the Fun GuyY! Everyone loves Santa and Santa loves children. Each of their vintage passenger cars has a special seat reserved just for the Big Guy and his friends. Elves will escort the children to sit with Santa. All children get a present, even the shy ones! The story-telling Princess will read Christmas-themed books to the children in each of the decorated railcars. All of the cars are comfortably heated and each has a restroom on board. The round-trip from Coopersville to Marne takes 90 minutes.

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    The Polar Express: Storytime & Movie Screening

    Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, 2 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 - 2:00 pm-5:30 pm

    Cost: UICA Members: $5, Non-Members: $10

    You’ll start your adventure-filled day with a reading of the Chris Van Allsburg holiday classic, “The Polar Express”. Then you’ll continue the fantastic fun watching the 2004 film adaptation of the book. To make the day even more special -- show up in your pajamas and indulge in a hot cocoa bar at concessions. Guests who come dressed in pajamas will be entered into a “Best Pajama” contest for their chance to win a prize package including a copy of “The Polar Express” book signed by Chris Van Allsburg. Special Guest Storyteller: Jordan Carson from WOOD TV8 eightWest.

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    Lights Out Championship 6

    The DeltaPlex Arena, 2500 Turner Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544

    Saturday, December 14th, 2019 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: General Admission $35, VIP Floor $50

    Lights Out Championship returns to The DeltaPlex Arena with another exciting night of live Professional and Amateur MMA action! High intensity action, highlight reel knockouts, and some of the top talent around will be in action on the biggest stage in the Midwest! There are 14 scheduled bouts for the evening.

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    Basketball: The Grand Rapids Drive vs. The Maine Red Claws

    The DeltaPlex Arena, 2500 Turner Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544

    Sunday, December 15th, 2019 - 1:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $5.00

    The Grand Rapids Drive are playing in Grand Rapids on Sunday against the Maine Red Claws. Dig through your closet for your Ugly Sweater! It’s the Ugly Sweater game! There will also be $1.00 Hot Dogs.

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