10 Things To Do this Weekend: December 14th-16th
As we get closer to Christmas, we have more and more seasonal events...from light displays to concerts and stage productions. There are also some sporting events, ugly sweaters, and a chance to honor our veterans.
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.
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
West Michigan's largest, animated, drive thru light show, 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!
Hockey: The Grand Rapids Griffins
Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, December 14th, 2018 - 7:00 pm - The Grand Rapids Griffins vs. The Rockford IceHogs
Saturday, December 15th, 2018 - 7:00 pm - The Grand Rapids Griffins vs. The Milwaukee Admirals
Cost: Tickets start at $16.00
You have two chances to see the Grand Rapids Griffins in action this weekend. On Friday, there will be $2 beers and $2 hot dogs. On Saturday, there will be an Athletic socks giveaway, it will be Arcade Night, and there will be a Post-game open skate.
Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys - Lessons and Carols
Cathedral of St Andrew, 265 Sheldon Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, December 14th, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 15th, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 16th, 2018 - 3:00 pm
Cost: All concerts are free to the West Michigan Community. A freewill collection will be taken during the performance.
Always a Christmas season favorite. The Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys will be presenting “Choral Concert a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, in the tradition of Kings College, Cambridge.
DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, December 14th, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 15th, 2018 - 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 16th, 2018 - 2:00 pm
Friday, December 21st, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 22nd, 2018 - 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 - 2:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $32.00
It isn’t the holidays in 2018 without the magic of Grand Rapids Ballet’s The Nutcracker. The world-famous design of Chris Van Allsburg (The Polar Express, Jumanji), Broadway-quality sets by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Saturday Night Live), festive choreography by Val Caniparoli, and live music from Grand Rapids Symphony all come together to create pure magic.
Christmas on Ice
Patterson Ice Center, 2550 Patterson Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Saturday, December 15th, 2018 - 11:20 am
Cost: Tickets are $10.00. 5 years and under are free
The Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club hosts “Christmas on Ice” this Saturday. See local skaters perform their annual Holiday Ice Show. The show will start at 11:20 am and feature all your favorite Holiday music. The skaters are sure to impress you and put you in the Holiday spirit!
Wreaths Across America
Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Cemetery, 3000 Monroe Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Saturday, December 15th, 2018 - 12:00 Noon
Cost: Wreath sponsorships start at $15.00
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. Please help our location lay wreaths at as many graves as possible by sponsoring a wreath. Or you can volunteer to participate in the wreath laying ceremony. Thank you so much for supporting Michigan Veterans Cemetery and Wreaths Across America!
Kevin Kammeraad's Winter Wonderland Concert
Grand Rapids Public Library - Yankee Clipper Branch, 2025 Leonard St.., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Saturday, December 15th, 2018 - 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
An interactive, all ages winter holiday show featuring Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe. The show is filled with many well-known holiday songs and a couple of originals as well. Build your own puppet after the performance. Come join them for this popular holiday tradition!
Basketball: The Grand Rapids Drive vs. The Westchester Knicks
The DeltaPlex Arena, 2500 Turner Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Saturday, December 15th, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $5.00
The Grand Rapids Drive take on the Westchester Knicks at home on Saturday night at the Deltaplex. It will be Ugly Sweater Night!
Mega 80s Christmas Sweater, Speedo, & Romper Party
The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Saturday, December 15th, 2018 - Doors open at 8:00 pm
Cost: Tickets are $12 in advance
SectionLive presents A Very Mega 80's Christmas Sweater, Speedo, and Romper Party. This takes the party beyond just ugly Christmas sweater! This is a 21+ show.