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You don’t have to travel far to have fun. Take a road trip to Grand Rapids in December and experience holiday delights and family fun.
The Christmas Lite Show
Check out West Michigan’s largest Christmas Lite Show at Fifth Third Ballpark. The Christmas Lite Show features nearly two miles, over two million lights with more than 50 animated displays, many lighted tunnels and more! Families can also reserve a spot on the Memory Lane Train for a unique 360 experience.
Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink
Skate downtown at Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink. The Rink opens for the season on Friday, December 11th and costs $3 for adults and $1 for youth. Skate rental is available with entrance fee and restrooms are open to the public.
Explore Christmas & Holiday Traditions at Meijer Gardens
Reserve your spot at Meijer Gardens and explore the annual holiday exhibit that features over 300,000 lights, strolling carolers, rooftop reindeer and 46 international trees and displays. Train lovers can check out the Railway Garden exhibition that incorporates garden design, miniature buildings handmade from natural materials, and model trolleys and trains.
Shop (and Swim) Downtown
Downtown Grand Rapids is aglow for the holiday season and there are plenty of local shops to find gifts needed from your list. Extend your stay and after a pre or post dinner stroll through the city to take in the lights, take a family dip in the pool at one of these downtown hotels.
- Courtyard Grand Rapids ($104-$111 per night)
- Holiday Inn ($140-$150 per night)
- Embassy Suites by Hilton ($170-$189 per night)
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About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..