It’s another very busy weekend in West Michigan this weekend. From Gymnastics to Holiday Pops. We have the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Rosa Park Circles on Friday. There is hockey and basketball, a fly fishing show, a record & cd show, a toy show, and a sportscard &  memorabilia show! Plus, a few more chances for you to pick up free tickets for the Grand Rapids Ball Drop in downtown Grand Rapids on New Year’s Eve.

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

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    Gymnastics on the Grand 2019

    DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, December 6th, 2019 - Doors open at 7:00 am

    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 - Doors open at 7:00 am

    Sunday, December 8th, 2019 - Doors open at 7:00 am

    Cost: Adults $20, Seniors (over 65) and Kids (7-17 years old) $10, Children 6 & under free, Competing gymnasts free

    It will be an exciting weekend of competition hosted by Grand Rapids Gymnastics Booster Club. This is a great experience for athletes and spectators. Competition starts bright and early Friday morning and continues through Sunday evening. The highlight of the meet is the showstopping Event Finals on Saturday evening where the best gymnasts compete head to head. The Event Finals competition on Saturday evening is sponsored by GK Elite Sportswear and preceded by the Special Olympics exhibition.

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    GR Symphony Presents Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops

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

    Friday, December 6th, 2019 - 10:00 am & 7:30 pm

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

    Sunday, December 8th, 2019 - 2:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $20.00

    It’s Grand Rapids’ favorite Holiday music tradition! Your family will thrill to the spectacle of the season as the GR Pops and their very special guests perform this sparkling holiday celebration. Carols, sing-alongs and more. And yes, Virginia, there will be a Santa Claus! New this year, a 6th Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops performance has been added, taking place on Friday, December 6 at 10 AM! This one-hour concert will be a shortened version of the holiday favorite, perfect for young families and those who prefer daytime concerts. Please note the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and Youth Chorus will not perform at this program.

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    Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Rosa Parks Circle

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

    Friday, December 6th, 2019 - 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

    Cost: Free

    Join the city along with Maranda & Andy Rent from 100.5 The River and help welcome the holidays to Grand Rapids. Check out various cultural booths demonstrating how holidays are celebrated around the world. Learn about African delicacies from A Glimpse of Africa, try some hot tea from the West Michigan Asian American Association Inc & Grand Rapids Chinese Language School, warm up with German Glühwein (warm spiced wine; purchase only, age 21+) hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies from the Edelweiss Club Grand Rapids, grab some goodies and learn about Kwanzaa from Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives, experience traditions from the Mexican Heritage Association, sample tasty brown bread from the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) & Irish Cultural Committee of Grand Rapids, create paper cranes with the Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival, and more! Visit community organization booths for crafts, activities, and giveaways & enjoy a free cup of piping hot cocoa from Maranda! Make sure you stop by the ArtPrize tent to grab a reusable tote to carry all of your goodies! Grab some free tasty peppermint stick ice cream (goes great in hot chocolate) from Hudsonville Ice Cream! Explore a Grand Rapids Fire Department fire engine or Grand Rapids Police Department police car. Make a craft with the Grand Rapids Public Library or make a commemorative snow globe courtesy of Matrix Entertainment Agency at the Office of Special Events tent. You can also pick up a free kids book to read later from ReadGR Watch dazzling ice skating performances from the WMU Synchronized Skating Teams and the Lake Effect Flurries Synchro Team, and cheer on the Grand Rapids Sled Wings adaptive hockey team as they take the ice for an exhibition (Grand Rapids Sled Wings info) Hang with Crash from the West Michigan Whitecaps and see if you can spot some crazy characters straight out of Whoville! Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus! Dig out your ugly sweaters, bedazzle your running pants with lights & break out your jingle bells!

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    Basketball: The Grand Rapids Drive vs. The College Park Skyhawks

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

    Friday, December 6th, 2019 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $5.00

    It will be Star Wars night at the game! The first 1,000 fans in the door get a lightsaber, plus your favorite characters will be there for photos. There will also be $2 hot dogs and $2 beers.

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    Hockey: The Grand Rapids Griffins vs. The Rockford Ice Hogs

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

    Friday, December 6th, 2019 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $16.00

    At this Friday’s game, it will be the Fifth Annual Red Kettle Game presented by The Salvation Army. Because it’s a Friday night game there will also be $2 beers and $2 hot dogs. It will also be College Night and there will be a Red Kettle jersey auction after the game.

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    Great Lakes Fly Fishing Show

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

    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 - 9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Price: Adults $10, Kids 12-17 $5, Kids under 12 are free. Parking is $5, cash only

    There will be presentations from river guides Kevin Feenstra, Ray Schmidt and Brian Pitser. MSU researchers Emily Dean and Nicole Watson will be on hand to present their fisheries research including the latest on Grayling in Michigan. Come and see expert fly tiers from Michigan and Indiana tie their favorite patterns for all species of fish. Vendors will be there with a variety of fly fishing gear and rod manufacturer representatives will be on hand to discuss the latest in rod technology at their booths. Want to cast a rod or two? Come on over to the indoor casting pond and discover your new favorite rod just in time for Christmas. Fly shops will be on hand so you can be sure to have that rod under the tree. There will also be raffles, a full concession booth, and beer!

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    Grand Rapids Toy Show

    Home School Building, 5625 Burlingame Ave., SW, Wyoming, MI 49509

    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 - 9:00 am-3:00 pm

    Cost: Early Bird Admission (from 7-9 am) $10, Adults $5, Kids under 12 FREE with Adult

    It’s been happening for 25 years. ​You'll find antique toys, litho tin & pressed steel, die cast, battery operated & wind-ups, dolls, bears, furniture, games, playsets, pedal cars, vehicles, promos, models, hobby, radio control, movie posters, autographs, steam & mobilia, Sci-Fi, action, farm/western, aviation/military, fast food promotionals, comic/Disneyana/characters, racing collectibles, advertising, coin op & vending and more!

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    Sportscard and Memorabilia Show

    Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, US-31 and 24th Street, Holland, MI 49423

    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 - 9:00 am-3:00 pm

    Cost: Free Admission

    West Michigan's premier sportscard show is back for another season! The show features many of Michigan's best dealers offering new and vintage sports cards, memorabilia, non-sports cards, and much more! Door prize drawings will take place during the show.

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    Grand Rapids Record & CD Show

    American Legion Post 179 Neal E. Fonger, 2327 Wilson Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534

    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 - 10:00 am-5:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    The last chance this year to purchase vintage vinyl records and CD's for yourself or that special someone on your gift list! Dealers and collectors from all over the midwest and beyond selling New and Vintage Vinyl records including 45's, LP's, 78's, CD's, books, videos, DVD's, posters and music memorabilia. Rock, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Country, Pop, Indie, Metal, Prog and more! Truly something for everyone's musical taste! If you have a passion for music, come hang out with like minded people and enjoy!

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    Grand Rapids Ball Drop Ticket Stop

    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 - 12:00 Noon-1:00 pm - Hot Rod Harley-Davidson, 149 Shoreline Dr., Muskegon, MI 49440

    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 - 3:00 pm-4:00 pm - Planet Fitness, 1501 E. Apple Ave, Muskegon, MI

    Cost: Free

    The Grand Rapids Ball Drop is returning to downtown Grand Rapids for New Year’s Eve. General Admission tickets are free, but you can only get them at our ticket stops. Our Street Team will be out again this weekend. Look for them in Muskegon on Saturday. They will be giving away 100 Tickets (limit 4 per person).

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