Getting ready for the holidays will probably be everyone’s main priority, but we all need a break. There are several things to do around West Michigan this weekend...from Christmas events, to outdoor activities, comedy, ice cream, and more!

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

Click on the event title for additional information.


  • 1

    Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

    Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 E. Beltline Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

    Runs through Sunday, January 6th, 2019 - During Regular Hours

    Cost: Included with regular admission

    Ring in the holiday season with their most beloved winter exhibition. It's the season of joy! Forget the hustle and bustle and find joy in their winter wonderland - it's an idyllic spot to center your thoughts on the true meaning of the holidays. Excitement surrounds this time of year as the annual Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition brings the glow of nearly 400,000 colorful lights, strolling carolers, visits from Santa, rooftop reindeer and 42 international trees and displays.

  • 2

    Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle

    Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Runs through Sunday, February 24th, 2019 weather permitting

    Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:45 pm, Sundays 11:00 am-8:45 pm

    Cost: Adults $3.00, Youth $1.00

    The ice is ready for skating at Rosa Parks Circle! Skates are free with your paid admission. Sizes range from youth 8 through men's 15. Skates are available first come, first served. You may bring your own skates. Ice balance aids are available. Shoe bins available and lockers available for 25 cents. There are public restrooms on site at the rink

  • 3

    Furniture City Creamery’s Annual Holiday Pint Sale

    Furniture City Creamery, 958 Cherry St., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

    Daily Hours 12:00 Noon-8:00 pm

    Cost: Varies

    Their Annual Pint Sale began on Monday, December 17th. Once the pint sale starts, they keep our doors open (outside of holiday hours) until they run out. We will then be taking their holiday break until mid-January, so stock up.

  • 4

    Christmas Lite Show

    Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Dr., NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321

    Runs through December 31st, 2018 - 5:30 pm-9:30 pm

    Cost: $22 per car

    West Michigan's largest, animated, drive thru light show, is now celebrating its 20th year, of entertaining people of all ages. The event is located at Fifth Third Ballpark. Enjoy nearly two miles, over a million lights, animated displays, lighted tunnels, and more. On select evenings, you can stop at the Santa house, and give him your wish list!

  • 5

    Comedian Frank Roche

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

    Thursday, December 20th, 2018 - 8:00 pm

    Friday, December 21st, 2018 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets for Thursday are $5.00, Friday tickets are $10.00, and Saturday tickets are $15.00

    Born and raised in Detroit, this national headliner is one of the highest energy acts on the comedy circuit today. Fusing rapid-fire antics, improv and dead-on celebrity impressions have made Frank a crowd favorite coast to coast. Named Festival Favorite at the renowned Boston Comedy Festival. Winner of Comedy Central's "Michigan Comedy Survivor." Featured on NBC's "America's Got Talent," NBC's "Nightshift" and Comedy Central, as well as Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy Tour with Dave Chappelle, and Katt Williams "Born Again... Again" Tour.

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    The Nutcracker

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

    Friday, December 21st, 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 - 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

    Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 - 2:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $32.00

    It isn’t the holidays in 2018 without the magic of Grand Rapids Ballet’s The Nutcracker. The world-famous design of Chris Van Allsburg (The Polar Express, Jumanji), Broadway-quality sets by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Saturday Night Live), festive choreography by Val Caniparoli, and live music from Grand Rapids Symphony all come together to create pure magic.

  • 7

    WinterWest 2018

    Richmond Park, 1101 Richmond St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 - 10:00 am-2:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    WinterWest is a winter fun, free event in collaboration with the City of Grand Rapids Parks and Rec Department, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and West Grand Neighborhood Organization to encourage outdoor park engagement during the chilly winter months. This event is free to the public. The popular youth and adult crazy cardboard sled races return this year! Bring your family and friends and enjoy hot chocolate, kid activities, snowman and snow fort building, and more!

  • 8

    Snowflake Break

    Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm

    Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm

    (Runs through Sunday, January 6th, 2019)

    Cost: Free with general admission to the Museum.

    This holiday season, visit the GRPM and take part in a variety of family friendly programs and activities themed around history, science and culture – and our special exhibits Expedition: Dinosaur and TOYS! Visitors can make their own themed snowflakes and punched tin take home crafts, play a variety of games and more!

  • 9

    "Old School" Ugly Sweater Holiday Party featuring The Dan Band

    20 Monroe Live, 11 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 - 8:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $10.00

    It’s time to get out your ugly sweaters and find your inner Frank The Tank (but no streaking, please), and join them for a night dedicated to the cult classic “Old School” featuring the only band suited for this event, The Dan Band! As seen in movies like “Old School”, “The Hangover”, and “Starsky & Hutch”, fans are in for a night of fun, music and laughs. Fun things include: an Ugly sweater contest, Tailgate-style games, Get your picture taken with our Bad Santa, Video DJ DigiMark playing your favorite movie scenes, and more. Food & drink will be available in the venue.

  • 10

    I Love the 90's Holiday Party

    The Amway Grand Hotel, 187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 - 9:00 pm

    Cost:  $25.00 plus $2.00 processing fee

    Back by popular demand is the original 90’s party. This time, it’s the “I love the 90’s Holiday Party” that takes place on Saturday at the Amway Grand Plaza hotel. It’s a feel good party with a purpose. Benefiting Zion’s Dream. Come enjoy those 90’s feel good hits that that will have you dancing like you are wearing MC Hammer pants. Music by the 3 top DJs in the city, DJ Brock, DJ Budcat & DJ Hypnotic. Hosted by Jash’d.

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