This will be your last weekend to check out a few Christmas related events. There will also be hockey, special exhibits at the museums, concerts, comedy, Sesame Street, and more.

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

Click on the event title for additional information.


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    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.

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    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

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    Snowflake Break

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

    Saturday, December 29th, 2018 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm

    Sunday, December 30th, 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!

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    Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present

    Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center, NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Runs through Sunday, January 13th, 2018 - During regular Museum Hours

    Cost: Free with admission, free for members

    Comprising over 200 images in color and black-and-white from the past 175 years, Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present presents an astonishing diversity of work by more than 150 photographers. The exhibition includes classic images of legendary athletes and historic action shots, as well as pictures taken behind-the-scenes and on the sidelines. Sports familiar and unfamiliar are represented, in photographs taken across six continents. Fans and spectators worldwide are portrayed, too, demonstrating an enthusiasm for sports that transcends national borders and socioeconomic levels.

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    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

    This is your last weekend to check out West Michigan's largest, animated, drive thru light show, which 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!

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    Comedian Chris Porter

    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

    Best known as a finalist on season 4 of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" and for his one-hour special "Ugly & Angry," one of Netflix's top-rated specials for three years, you may also know this in-demand comic from his very own "Comedy Central Presents" special.

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    Trippin Billies - Dave Matthews Tribute Band

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

    Friday, December 28th, 2018 - 9:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $15.00

    Bringing fans the music of The Dave Matthews Band for close to twenty years, Trippin’ Billies has become the gold standard for tribute bands. Based out of Chicago, the Billies have toured extensively throughout the U.S. performing at many of the same theaters Dave himself once graced. The high-energy performance and caliber of musicianship will have you singing along by the second chorus.

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    Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic

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

    Saturday, December 29th, 2018 - 10:30 am & 2:30 pm

    Sunday, December 30th, 2018 - 10:30 am & 2:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $15.00

    When magician extraordinaire Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood. Elmo wants to be part of the big event. But there's one problem…Elmo doesn't know how to do magic! That's when Elmo teams up with Abby and Justin, embarking on an amazing journey where Elmo will discover the "power of yet" - the lesson that with perseverance and practice, nothing can stand between you and your dream. Along the way, Elmo and Abby, joined by their friends Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Grover, Rosita, Count von Count, and Gonger, discover the many magical moments in everyday life. In the end, Elmo learns that you can do anything you set your mind to if you just keep trying!

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    Hockey: The Grand Rapids Griffins

    Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Saturday, December 1st, 2018 - 7:00 pm - The Grand Rapids Griffins vs. The Cleveland Monsters

    Cost: Tickets start at $16.00

    Catch the Grand Rapids Griffins on the ice at home this Saturday night at Van Andel Arena. There will be a bluetooth speaker giveaway presented by Adventure Credit Union

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    A Night Made in Michigan: Pop Evil with special guests Wayland, WIlson, Handsome Pete

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

    Saturday, December 29th, 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $25.50

    Join GRD for “A Night Made in Michigan” on Saturday, featuring the band that started in North Muskegon -- Pop Evil. Special guests Wayland, Handsome Pete, and Wilson will round out the show.

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