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Get in the Holiday Spirit with these December Events

Ice Skating in Grand Rapids at Rosa Parks Circle

‘Tis the season to be jolly!  The Greater Grand Rapids metro area is getting in the spirit of the season with a number of events and celebrations throughout The Rapid’s service area. Enjoy all our community has to offer through the holidays by getting on board. Here are a few events that offer fun for the whole family:

Light Up Downtown

Kick off the holiday season by joining in the holiday festivities in Downtown Grand Rapids! On Dec. 2 at Rosa Parks Circle, come together to see the annual lighting of the Christmas tree, ice skating performances, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, caroling, and much more. There’s a little bit of holiday cheer for everyone in your family to love. The best part is the entire event is free!

Routes SL, 6, 9, 11 can get you there.

Tuesdays on the Town

Need an excuse to get out and shop? Head downtown to shop and stroll until 8 p.m. every Tuesday! Start your evening with dinner and then enjoy some late night shopping entertainment. Explore all the local boutique shops, sports apparel, kitchen gifts, clothing, specialty foods, and unique gifts, salon/spa services. Various shops will have specials and other features like trunk shows, refreshments, demos, and music.

Routes 1, 2, 3,4, 5+ can get you there.

28th Annual Holiday Artists’ Market Presented by Steelcase

On Dec. 2, don’t miss a chance to visit the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) to shop for locally crafted gifts and goods. The Holiday Artists’ Market features works from dozens of  regional artists, including jewelry, home goods, fine art, holiday cards, accessories, and toys. Attendees will also have access to live music and local food and beverage vendors while shopping for for incredible handmade gifts for friends and family. Support regional artists by shopping locally this holiday season.

Routes 1, 4, 6, 13, 14, 15  can get you there.

Photos with Santa at Woodland Mall

Santas coming to town! Don’t miss your chance to get a photo with him at Woodland Mall from now until Dec. 24. He will be located in the Macy’s court area. Santa hours are Mon. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Sun., noon – 6 p.m. View pricing and book your photos here.  You can even bring your pets! Just make sure your pet is in a travel carrier if you bring them with you on the bus.

Routes 5, 6, 17, 28, 44  can get you there.

Giftworks: Make it, Take it, Give it!

Experience the joy of giving with Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Each week offers a new project to create with your child. This event is running until Dec. 23, and takes place every Wednesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m., Saturdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m.  and 5:30-7:30 p.m. during Thursday Night Family Night. Price Per Person:  $8.50 ages 1 and up; $7.50 Seniors; $1.75 Thursdays after 5:00pm

Routes SL, 1, 4, 14, 15  can get you there.

Science Tuesdays at the Museum

Every Tuesday, you can visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum for an ongoing education experience offering science programming based on a monthly theme. Science Tuesdays take place throughout the day every Tuesday with a  variety of activities and interactive displays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This month, uncover the science of snow!

Routes 7, 9, 12, 50 can get you there.

Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle

Beginning Dec. 2, grab your ice skates and ride with us to Rosa Parks Circle to skate your heart out. Admission for 17 and under is just $1 and those 18 and older pay just $2. If you don’t own a pair of ice skates, you can rent them for free with paid admission.

Don’t forget that open skate hours are weather-dependent. Cancellations will be announced on the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation program update/cancellation line.

Routes SL, 6, 9, 11 can get you there.

Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops

From Dec. 1 – 4, enjoy all of your seasonal favorites at DeVos Performance Hall. Attendees will enjoy Sleigh Ride, the Symphony Chorus and Youth Chorus, holiday sing-along, a visit from Santa, and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus finale. There’s no better way to kick off the holiday season.

Routes SL, 11, 13, 50 can get you there.

Winter Wonderland at the Downtown Market

Experience the magic of the holiday season… Downtown Market Style! Enjoy special offers from our Market Hall Merchants, experience delicious food and beverage demos in the Market’s Teaching Kitchen, and shop the Holiday Artisan Market. Don’t forget to share your wish list with Santa in the Greenhouse!

The Nutcracker

After a sold-out world premiere in 2014, The Nutcracker, re-imagined by Polar Express author Chris Van Allsburg, returns for two weekends–Dec. 9 – 11 and Dec. 16-18–at DeVos Performance Hall. This production features choreography by Val Caniparoli and imaginative set design by Eugene Lee. Sugar plum fairies, fighting mice, and toy soldiers make this enchanting story the perfect tradition for the entire family. The Nutcracker will be performed in concert with the Grammy-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony.

Routes SL, 11, 13, 50 can get you there.

A Christmas Story The Musical

Don’t miss the highlight of the holiday season; A Christmas Story, The Musical as it comes to life on stage. From Dec. 27 – 30 at DeVos Performance Hall, this perennial holiday movie favorite is coming to Grand Rapids. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. What’s not to love?

Routes SL, 11, 13, 50 can get you there.

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Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.