It's going to be a super Saturday this Saturday, November 17. The Annual Santa Claus Parade is downtown, beginning at 9 a.m., and that's major fun for the whole family. Then, hang around and take your children to the symphony!

Back by popular demand, The Snowman, the classic animated film, returns to Grand Rapids and opens the Grand Rapids Symphony's 2018-19 DTE Energy Foundation Family Series.

It's an hour-long concert, which has sold-out past performance by the Grand Rapids Symphony, features the well-known animated film, projected onto a 40-foot screen while accompanied by the musical score performed live at 3 p.m., in DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. The Snowman wordlessly tells the story of a boy who builds a snowman who comes to life and leads him on an adventure to meet Father Christmas.

 

Come early for pre-concert activities beginning at 2 p.m. Children can experience the joy of making music with an instrument petting zoo and keep their creative juices flowing with crafts inspired by the playful snowman they’ll soon see in the show.

Tickets are $15 adults and $5 children, available at the Grand Rapids Symphony box office, weekdays 9 am-5 pm at 300 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 100, (located across from the Calder Plaza), or by calling 616.454.9451 x 4. (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket service fee, with a $12 maximum.)

Tickets are available at the DeVos Place box office, weekdays 10 am - 6 pm or on the day of the concert beginning two hours prior to the performance. Tickets also may be purchased online at GRSymphony.org.

Full-time students of any age are able to purchase tickets for only $5 on the day of the concert by enrolling in the GRS Student Ticket program.