Christmas Notes…Happenings in & around Grand Rapids, Michigan

Christmas in Grand Rapids, MIDecember is a festive and active month in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  In a city which traditionally is blanketed in snow and is home to one of the highest per capita church buildings in the United States, there is much to offer in the way of traditional celebrations and events.  Here are few offerings you might want to check out!

Frederik Meijer GardensA display of Christmas Trees highlights the Celebration of Christmas around the world.  In addition, the festivities include the option to ride in a carriage.  Also featured at Frederik Meijer Gardens is the Gardens Holiday Express.  This 600 ft. miniature train ride takes you through the trees and greenery for a visit with historic Grand Rapids. Very interesting and fun…

Brookside Christian Reformed Church brings Bethlehem to Grand Rapids, Michigan in this Nativity Celebration which takes place outside.  You can still make it this weekend…December 7, 8, 9  2007

The Festival of Lights, a production by Calvary Nondenominational Church surrounds you in 200,000 lights, a Christmas tradition in the Grand Rapids area which is accompanied by a 150 member choir and 50 piece ensemble.  Tickets can be purchased at  Dates for the production are December 7-9 and 14-16.

The Grand Rapids Ballet Company  presents The Nutcracker on December 14-16, 20-23 2007.  The Grand Rapids Ballet Company is Grand Rapids’ only professional ballet company.  It has been  distinguished by creative and innovative performances.

West Catholic Highschool has recently been named one of the nations Top 50 Catholic Highschools.  On December 12th, the West Catholic Middle School Banks 5th – 8th grades will perform in the highschool cafeteria a concert…Christmas….and a Whole Lot More.

One can’t think of Christmas without mentioning Noel, the Victorian themed restaurant in Jamestown, Michigan that celebrates Christmas all year round!  This delightful restaurant features home cooked meal in a gorgeous setting…a church.  Downstairs, you can find all sorts of Christmas decking and ornaments.  It’s a unique way to enjoy the holiday spirit at Christmas or anytime of the year!

Earlier this month, Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mi presented one of the country’s longest running performances of Handel’s Messiah earlier this December 5th. It was televised by WGVU and will be shown in a shortened version on the public broadcasting station on December 23, 24 and 25.

I love Christmas time.  It’s a time to get together with new friends and old.  Grand Rapids, Michigan has many special events throughout the city.  If you have an opportunity, I’d encourage you to check out some of these holiday traditions.

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