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Frederik Meijer Gardens prepares for holiday tradition
Frederik Meijer Gardens prepares for holiday tradition

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The annuals are out and the poinsettias are in at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

The venue’s annual “Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” exhibition opens to the public November 26. The holiday wonderland will feature more than 40 international trees and displays, along with a decked out Railway Garden, complete with model trolleys, trains and replicas of more than 30 Grand Rapids landmarks, designed out of natural materials by Paul Busse. 

 “Many cultures use similar palettes of natural materials to decorate and celebrate the holidays,” said Director of Horticulture, Steve LaWarre. “Seeds, wood, fruit and natural fibers can be found woven throughout different displays and decorated trees, within the Railway Garden and throughout the entire exhibition.”

Visitors are also invited to take a horse drawn carriage through the candle-lit Sculpture Park and listen to carols. Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World runs through January 5. 

Exhibition Activities

  • Extended Holiday Hours: Open until 9 p.m. on December 17-21, 23-24, 26-28, 30-31 (Please note: Meijer Gardens is closed on November 28, December 25 and January 1 and will close at 5 p.m. on December 24 and 31.)
     
  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides: December 3, 10, 17-22, 5:30-9 p.m.
    Reservations required, call 616-975-3151. Members $65 per carriage, non-members $90 per carriage (up to four adults). A $25 fee will apply for all cancellations and rescheduling.
     
  • The Original Dickens Carolers: Tuesdays, November 26, December 3, 10, 17, 6-8 p.m.
     
  • Santa Visits: Tuesdays, November 26, December 3, 10, 17, 5-8 p.m.
     
  • Art Activities for Families: Tuesdays, November 26, December 3, 10, 17, 6-8 p.m.
     
  • Roof Top Reindeer: Saturdays, November 30, December 7, 14, 21, 1-4 p.m.
     
  • Horse–Drawn Sing-Along Trolley Rides: December 17-21, 5:30-9 p.m.
    No reservations required. Adults $8, children $5. New this year: Reserve the trolley for your family or group by calling 616-975-3151. Group rates are $45 for six people, $65 for eight people and $100 for 14 people. $25 fee for all cancellations and rescheduling.
  • Christmas and Holiday Themed Classes: Enjoy festive learning opportunities for adults and families. Fees apply. Visit MeijerGardens.org/education for more information. 

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