10 Things To Do this Weekend: December 15th-17th
As Christmas gets nearer, there are a lot of holiday activities this weekend in West Michigan. There are also some sporting events, concerts, Menorahs, films, skating shows, some fat tire biking, reindeer, and maple syrup and pancakes. Have Fun!
Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.
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UICA, 2 Fulton St W., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, December 15th, 2017 - 12:30 pm
Saturday, December 16th, 2017 - 12:30 pm & 5:45 pm
Sunday, December 17th, 2017 - 12:30 pm & 5:45 pm
Cost: UICA Members: $4, Public: $8
Loving Vincent is the world's first fully oil painted feature film - the first film of its kind. The film explores the life and unusual death of Vincent Van Gogh via depictions of his artworks. Directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman. Run Time: 94 min. MPAA Rating: PG-13
Hockey: The Grand Rapids Griffins
Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St W. Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, December 15th, 2017 - 7:00 pm - vs. The Chicago Wolves
Saturday, December 16th, 2017 - 7:00 pm - vs. The Milwaukee Admirals
Cost: Tickets start at $16 if purchased in advance
The Grand Rapids Griffins will be at home for two games this weekend. On Friday, the Griffins will take on the Chicago Wolves.It’s a Friday night game, so that means $2 beers and $2 hot dogs. On Saturday, the Griffins host the Milwaukee Admirals. On Saturday there will be a Huntington Bank post-game autograph session.
Basketball: Grand Rapids Drive vs. the Delaware 87ers
The DeltaPlex Arena, 2500 Turner Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Friday, December 15th, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $5.00
The Detroit Pistons presents the Grand Rapids Drive vs. the Delaware 87ers. Doors open at 6 pm with Tip-Off at 7 pm.
Grand Rapids Symphony: Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops
DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, December 15th, 2017 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 16th, 2017 - 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 17th, 2017 - 3:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $18
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Ring in the holiday cheer with heartwarming seasonal favorites including “Sleigh Ride”, the “Hallelujah Chorus”, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”, a holiday sing-along and more. Join Bob Bernhardt, your Grand Rapids Symphony, vocalist Leon Williams, the GR Symphony Chorus and Youth Chorus, plus the Embellish Handbell Choir for the annual GR Pops holiday tradition that is sure to get the entire family in the Holiday spirit!
Holiday Ice Show
Patterson Ice Center, 2550 Patterson Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Saturday, December 16th, 2017 - 11:20 AM
Cost: Tickets are sold at the door. $7.00 each with kids 3 and under free.
Hosted by Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club. See the skaters bring in the holidays with their annual Holiday Ice Show. They are sure to put you in the Holiday spirit and leave you impressed with their talents!!
Fatbike Riding Open House
Indian Trails Golf Course, 2776 Kalamazoo Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Saturday, December 16th, 2017 - 12:00 Noon-3:00 pm
Cost: Trail fee is $5. Demo bikes are available for free
Check out an exciting winter fat tire biking experience! Refreshments and demo bikes will be available. Conditions permitting, there will be 5 demo bikes available on a first come, first served basis. A shorter beginner trail will be included along with the standard trail. Minimum tire width to use the trails is 3.8 inches The clubhouse will provide hot chili, cold beer, and a warm fire. Heated bathrooms and changing areas available. Thank you to Alger Bikes for teaming up to provide demo bikes!
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 E. Beltline Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Saturday, December 16th, 2017 - 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Cost: Included with the cost of a regular admission
There are a lot of different Christmas events at Frederik Meijer Gardens this time of year. This Saturday, Reindeer will be on-hand near the entrance to the Lena Meijer Children's Garden. Guests can visit the reindeer, get an up-close look and maybe even pet them.
Barrel Aged Maple Syrup Pancake Breakfast & Free Pancakes!
Long Road Distillers, 537 Leonard St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Sunday, December 17th, 2017 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Cost: Syrup is $19/pint. Must buy syrup to receive free pancakes
They had so much fun at their Maple Syrup release party, that we are going to do it again. Join Long Road Distillers for brunch on Sunday and celebrate their Barrel Aged Maple Syrup with FREE pancakes! Buy a bottle of Barrel Aged Maple Syrup during brunch and get a free Phat Stack of pancakes. Buy 2 bottles? Get two Phat Stacks! They will have the rest of their brunch menu available, too, including a la carte sides like bacon, red skin potatoes, toast & jam, and eggs!
Grand Menorah Lighting at the Calder Plaza
Calder Plaza, 300 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Sunday, December 17th, 2017 - 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Hosted by Chabad House of Western Michigan. Come celebrate the 6th night of Chanukah together! Lively Chanukah music, Sufganiot (donuts), Hot delicious latkes, Chanukah Gelt, Exciting LED Light Show and more!! Fun for the whole family!
Celebration! Cinema Woodland, 3195 28th St., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Friday, December 15th, 2017 - 12:30 pm, 3:15 pm, 6:00 pm, 8:45 pm
Saturday, December 16th, 2017 - 12:30 pm, 3:15 pm, 6:00 pm, 8:45 pm
Sunday, December 17th, 2017 - 12:30 pm, 3:15 pm, 6:00 pm, 8:45 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $5.00
Here is your chance to see a Christmas classic on the big screen! Two talented song-and-dance men--reserve officers -- team up after the war with a sister act and trek to Vermont for a white Christmas. Shenanigans begin when they discover that the inn they've chosen is run by their old army general, who's in financial trouble.