Christmas themed activities are geared up for this weekend. There are Christmas trees, skating, beer, comedy, hockey, basketball, stage and music productions, and more. Plus, don’t forget to support local businesses on Saturday during Small Business Saturday.

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

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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.

  • 2

    Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle

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

    Officially opens for the season on Friday, November 23rd, 2018 - 3:00 pm (and 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

    Gaslight Village Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Gaslight Village, East Grand Rapids, MI

    Friday, November 23rd, 2018 - 5:00 pm-8:15 pm

    Cost: Free

    Join host, Rachel Ruiz of eightWest and WOODD TV 8 for a holiday season kick-off. Mayor Amna Seibold will be on-hand to lead a carol while children can meet Santa Claus and see live reindeer. Light-up wands will be available for children at various shops in the Village. To help keep warm, the East Grand Rapids Community Foundation will once again hand out Hothands Hand Warmers. The tree is officially lit at 7:00 pm.

  • 4

    Hockey: The Grand Rapids Griffins

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

    Friday, November 23rd, 2018 - 7:00 pm - Grand Rapids Griffins  vs. Milwaukee Admirals

    Cost: Tickets start at $16.00

    During the game it will be the 19th Annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by J&H Family Stores. Fans are encouraged to bring new, store-tagged teddy bears and stuffed animals to throw onto the ice after the Griffins score their first goal. And because it is a Friday night game, there will be $2 Beers and $2 Hot Dogs.

  • 5

    Disney's “The Little Mermaid”

    Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, 30 N. Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Runs November 21-25, and 28-30, December 1-2, 5-9, and 12-16

    Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm

    Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm

    Cost: Adult Tickets start at $22.00

    Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen and Disney’s animated film from 1989, this timeless love story follows the plight of Princess Ariel and her forbidden love for a human prince in the world above. Irresistible songs by the Academy Award-winning Alan Menken including “Under the Sea”, “Kiss the Girl”, and “Part of Your World”, will have you humming along with a cast of lovable sea creatures from start to finish.

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    Comedian Dave Dyer

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

    Friday, November 23rd, 2018 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Saturday, November 24th, 2018 - 5:30 pm, 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $10.00

    After college, Dave tried his hand at an open mic night and did a joke about his junior prom date that was a total lie, but got a huge laugh. The response prompted him to go a second time, then a third, and so on. Soon, he started working his way into guest spots, then MC'ing, then featuring, until finally, he bought a booking agent enough lunches that he let Dave headline some of his "B" Rooms. Over the years, Dave has had the good fortune of writing monologue material for both Bill Maher on ABC's "Politically Incorrect" and Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night."

  • 7

    Battery - Tribute to Metallica

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

    Friday, November 23rd, 2018 - 8:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $10.00

    Battery is a Metallica Tribute who has been endorsed by and performed with Metallica on their Garage Inc. tour, and voted “The Best Metallica Tribute” by MTV! They’ll be performing The Black Album on Black Friday!

  • 8

    Small Business Saturday

    Various Locations and Times

    Cost: Varies

    First observed on November 27, 2010, this day is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. Get out and support those businesses that make their home here in West Michigan.

  • 9

    Basketball: The Grand Rapids Drive

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

    Saturday, November 24th, 2018 - 7:00 pm - Grand Rapids Drive vs. Long Island Nets

    Cost: Tickets start at $5.00

    The Grand Rapids Drive are at home on Saturday evening. It will be First Responders Night. Also, Saturday nights are Metro Health Family Nights where for $44 you can get 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 pops.

  • 10

    A Drag Queen Christmas -The Naughty Tour

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

    Saturday, November 24th, 2018 - 8:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $20:00

    Murray & Peter proudly present the must see annual holiday spectacular, A Drag Queen Christmas, with your favorite contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race on Saturday at DeVos Performance Hall. Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour will feature Drag Race contestants Latrice Royale, Naomi Smalls, Thorgy Thor, Raja Gemini, Miss Vanjie & Farrah Moan hosted by the one and only Miz Cracker.

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