It's another busy weekend leading up to Christmas. From Christmas Lights and Santa to the Reptiles, Coins and honoring our Fallen Heroes. There are even a couple of concerts on the schedule for this weekend.

Wonderland of Lights at Potter Park Zoo

Wonderland of Lights
Photo: Potter Park Zoo via Facebook

Runs Through Friday, December 23, 2022 - Potter Park Zoo, 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI
Thousands of lights create an extraordinary holiday display at the 30th annual Wonderland of Lights! As you take a stroll around the zoo, you can enjoy holiday music, and marvel at the twinkling light displays during this series of magical Michigan winter evenings. If you get hungry, stop by the Savanna Grill for something to eat. There will be goodie bags for the children as you leave. Additional details can be found on the Potter Park Zoo Facebook page.

Christmas Lite Show

Christmas Lite Show
Photo: Christmas Lite Show via Facebook

Runs Through Saturday, December 31, 2022 - LMCU Ballpark, Comstock Park MI
This is West Michigan’s largest, animated drive through light display. This year marks the 25th year of entertaining people of all ages. There will be nearly two miles of Christmas magic with over a million lights, animated displays, lighted tunnels, and more. For more information, visit the Christmas Lite Show Facebook page.

The Colors of Christmas Wonderland

Colors of Christmas Wonderland
Photo: Colors of Christmas Wonderland via Facebook

Runs Through January 1, 2023 - Croton Township Campground, Newaygo, MI
The Colors of Christmas is full of lights and displays that you can drive through or hike through! It opens the day after Thanksgiving and is open every day until January 1st. It is a free event, however donations are appreciated. More information is on the Colors of Christmas Wonderland Facebook page.

GR Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker”

Friday, December 16-Sunday, December 18, 2022 - DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, MI

Get into the holiday spirit as Grand Rapids Ballet dancers take to the stage at DeVos Performance Hall for their annual production of “The Nutcracker”! Enjoy the choreography by Val Caniparoli before a magical and immersive set, imagined by Grand Rapidian Chris Van Allsburg, designed by world-famous Eugene Lee. Join the elegant Sugar Plum Fairy and her gallant Cavalier as they guide Clara through the Land of the Sweets. Along the way, meet menacing mice and brave soldiers in an epic Battle Scene, and join festive celebrations as Clara is mesmerized with a fantastic waltz with live accompaniment from the Grand Rapids Symphony to Tchaikovsky’s magical score.

Midwest Expo's Reptile & Animal Extravaganza, Flea Market, and Coin & Collectibles Shows

4 Mile Showplace
Photo: Google Maps, Canva

Saturday, December 17 & Sunday, December 18, 2022 - 4 Mile Showcase, 1025 4 Mile Road, NW, Grand Rapids, MI

There will be three different Midwest Expo's shows at the 4 Mile Showplace this Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. There will be the Reptile Show & Animal Extravaganza. You'll see everything from Chameleons, Crickets, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Arachnids/Spiders, Snakes, Pythons, Sugar Gliders, Ferrets, Mackaws, Cockatoos, Parrots, Cockatiels, Feeders, and Supplies.

The Coin & Collectibles Show will also be going on. Find Coins, Currency, Cards, Bullion, Tokens, Medals, Exonumia, Colonials, Supplies & a wide selection of numismatic treasures available from vendors all across the Great Lakes region.

While there, come shop till you drop and find an exciting assortment of all kinds of modern and vintage collectables, oddities and more at the 4 Mile Flea Market.

Get additional details on these shows on the Midwest Expos Facebook page.

Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America
Photo: Patriot Realty via Facebook

Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 12 Noon- 2 pm - Michigan Veterans Home, 2950 Monroe Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI

REMEMBER the Fallen...HONOR those who Serve...TEACH our children the value of Freedom. On Saturday, Wreaths Across America will be at Michigan Veterans Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud. Over 3500 wreathes are needed so no veteran is forgotten. You can sponsor a wreath through their website. You can also volunteer to participate in the wreath laying ceremony. Get additional details on the Wreaths Across America Facebook Events page.

Santa Skate!

Santa Skate
Photo: Tarry Hall Roller Skating Rink via Facebook

Saturday, December 17, 2022 - Tarry Hall Roller Skating Rink, 3330 Fairlanes Ave., SW, Grandville, MI

Here is your chance to get your picture taken with Santa and his elves from 1:30-4:30 pm. No reservation is required and you don't need to stand in a long line or pay extra. Skate while you wait to tell Santa what you want for Christmas.

Get additional details on the Santa Skate! Facebook Events page.

For King & Country: A Drummer Boy Christmas

Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 7 pm - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI

Grammy® award winning duo For King & Country present A Drummer Boy Christmas Tour: The 2022 Live Experience. Brothers Joel and Luke will be performing Christmas classics and brand-new songs such as their fan favorite Little Drummer Boy from A Drummer Boy Christmas, #1 hit single For God Is With Us from their recently released Billboard Top 200 album, What Are We Waiting For?, and many more.

Little River Band & Ambrosia

Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 8 pm - Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Mt. Pleasant, MI

The Little River Band’s worldwide album and CD sales now top 30 million. And in 1982 they set a record for having had Top 10 hits for 6 consecutive years – In fact, they were the very first band to achieve that remarkable plateau! “Reminiscing” has had over 5 million air plays on American radio, and “Lady” is close behind with over 4 million air plays.

In the year 1970, four young musicians from the South Bay of Los Angeles, came together to create a new invigorating style of music. Joseph Puerta, Christopher North, David Pack and Burleigh Drummond created a new sound that was defined and recognized as “Ambrosia”.

Midwest Expo's Toy Show

4 Mile Showplace Toy Show
Photos: Google Maps, Canva

Sunday, December 18, 2022 - 4 Mile Showcase, 1025 4 Mile Road, NW, Grand Rapids, MI

Just in time for the holidays, it is another great Toy Show. You will find Barbie, Hot Wheels, Funko, Mattel, GI Joe, Transformers, Star Wars, Tonka, Lego, Disney, games and more, new & vintage toys galore. This show is fun for the whole family! It runs from 10 am to 3 pm and has free admission.

Get additional details on these shows on the Midwest Expos Facebook page.


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