December Events


Gazelle Sports Dirty Herd. For those who love trail running and free weekly events, join a herd of runners as they navigate through dynamic terrain and the orchard’s woods. Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery. 4 pm.


Studio Night at Grand Rapids Brewing Company. Artists, writers, musicians and other creative workers are invited to the brewery’s back room to work on their own projects among accessible collaboration from fellow creatives. 25% discount for all who participate. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. 6-11 pm.

Comedy Outlet Mondays. Laugh Monday off as you watch a variety of improv, sketch, puppet and musical performances. Dog Story Theater. 7 pm.


Meijer Free Tuesdays means free admission and explorations to the Grand Rapids Art Museum from 10 am-5 pm.

Science Tuesdays at the Museum: Science of Snow. A variety of activities and interactive displays focusing on snow and ice are featured at the museum in conjunction with current exhibits, including a guest science speaker in the Meijer Theater once a month. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 10 am-4 pm.


Meijer Free Thursday Nights means free admission and an evening of art pieces. The Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5-9 pm.


Drop-In Family Saturdays welcome families to join the fun and participate in exciting art activities in the museum’s Education Studio. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 11 am-5 pm.

Wine & Cheese Saturdays. Sample wine from around the world complemented with the perfect cheese pairing. The Cheese Lady Grand Rapids. 1-3 pm.


Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion. Get an in-depth look at the work of the Dutch fashion designer and her cutting-edge designs that have been worn by style icons and have electrified European runways. The designs often feature unusual materials such as umbrella ribs and synthetic boat rigging and the exhibit includes videos and interactive displays. Grand Rapids Art Museum. More information and museum hours at

Christmas Traditions Around the World. The Gardens glow with over 400,000 lights illuminating trees and displays representing various holiday traditions practiced around the world. Festive features like Santa visits, rooftop reindeer and strolling carolers join the fun throughout the month. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Hours and activities at

GRAM Selects ArtPrize Eight: Encore. Take a second glance at some of the strongest works exhibited during this year’s ArtPrize Eight festival. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Hours at

Inspired Style exhibit. GRPM partners with KCAD’s school of fashion to reveal a stylish exhibit that follows fashion spanning from the 1850s to the 1950s. Grand Rapids Public Museum. Museum hours at

Walk of Life and Hearts and Bones exhibit. The featured artists use an eccentric collection of materials and art forms to express relationships between ideas and showcase interactive artwork. Fed Galleries @KCAD. Gallery hours at

Almost Home exhibit. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Hours at

Coming Home exhibit. Celebrate our inspiring mitten state with a series of works by emerging and established Michigan artists. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Hours at

Through December 2

Mel Trotter Fall Food Drive. It’s the last couple of days to ensure someone has food on their table this holiday season by bringing non-perishable food items to Mel Trotter’s big, blue barrels, set up at participating locations. For a list of locations, visit

Through December 18

Beauty and the Beast. Witness the story of Belle, who gives up her freedom to save her father’s life and discovers her new overlord is a furious beast that just needs a beauty to tame his heart. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at

Through December 24

LowellArts! Holiday Market. Featuring gift items and artwork from over 50 area artists, this seasonal fair is perfect for finding unique gifts for family, friends and yourself. LowellArts! King Gallery. 10 am-6 pm (Tue-Sat).

December 1

Intro to GROW. An excellent opportunity for those thinking of starting their own business with discussions of the programs and services GROW offers. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. Noon-1 pm and 6-7 pm.

Inforum: Hormones and Your Health Roundtable Discussion. Keystone Pharmacy. 6 pm. RSVP at

Uptown GR Holiday Shop Hop. Enjoy the festive shopping atmosphere complemented by in-store specials, live entertainment and treats. Uptown Neighborhood (East Fulton, East Hills, Wealthy Street and Eastown). 4-10 pm. Neighborhood map at

Yoga at GRAM. Partake in a salubrious Vinyasa-style yoga class among the beautiful artworks of the museum. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5:45-6:45 pm.

Reading the Great Lakes. This monthly book club explores our beloved Great Lakes. This month’s selection is The Brink: Stories by Austin Bunn. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. For a complete list of books, visit

The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet. See this romantic, tragic story portrayed unlike anything you’ve seen before in the Wellspring Prep Drama Club’s special production of the tale. Dog Story Theater. 7 pm. Tickets at

December 1-4

Grand Rapids Holiday Pops. Seasonal favorites performed by the Grand Rapids Symphony bring holiday cheer to audiences who attend every year for tradition or are listening for the first time. DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets and showtimes at

December 2

First Fridays Gallery Hop. Avenue for the Arts welcomes you to a night of gallery going as artwork and handmade goods by local artists take over building spaces along the corridor. Exclusive food and drink specials offered by local businesses make for an exciting evening of culture and libations. South Division. 6-9 pm.

Girl Power Luncheon: Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders. Join Kent County Girls on the Run for their annual luncheon featuring Mayor Rosalynn Bliss as this year’s speaker. Salvation Army KROC Center. 11:45 am-1:30 pm.

Light Up Downtown. Celebrate the holiday season and final month of 2016 at the community tree lighting ceremony featuring an ice skating performance, carolers, food trucks, entertainment and photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Rosa Parks Circle. 5-7 pm. Details and updates at Light Up Downtown Facebook event page.

Heart Ball 20th Anniversary Celebration. Community members gather with philanthropic leaders for an engaging evening of fun and passion that supports the life-saving programs of the American Heart Association. DeVos Place. 6-10 pm.

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Austin Spurs. DeltaPlex. 7 pm.

Brass Bands of Battle Creek presents Sounds of the Season. Enjoy a holiday concert full of classic and new favorites performed by these internationally renowned musicians. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at

December 2 & 3

UICA 28th Annual Holiday Artists’ Market. Shop among beautifully crafted gifts and goods from dozens of local artists who are displaying jewelry, home goods, fine art, holiday cards, toys and everything else you need for that special holiday gift. Held at Steelcase Town Hall, 901 44th St SE. Free admission and parking. 6-9 pm (Fri) 10 am-5 pm (Sat).

December 2-4

Gymnastics on the Grand Invitational. Thousands of gymnasts from the Midwest gather to “wow” spectators with their incredible movements at this annual invitational that is open to the public. DeVos Place. 8 am-9 pm. Full schedule and more information at

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Follow the journey of four children as they explore a magical kingdom in this beautiful ballet that interprets C.S. Lewis’s beloved story in a new way. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm (Fri) 2 and 7 pm (Sat) 2 pm (Sun). Tickets at

December 3

Jingle Bell 5K. Strap some bells on your shoes and join the community for a festive 5K that benefits the Arthritis Foundation. GVSU Eberhard Center. 9 am-noon. Register at

Community Training Run. Rise and shine to train for Grand Rapids’ biggest road race with a free group run followed by snacks and camaraderie with fellow runners and goal-setters. David D. Hunting YMCA. 8-10:30 am. Full schedule at

Breakfast With Santa. Seat yourself at the table for a special holiday meal with Santa and Mrs. Claus along with a festive planetarium show, admission to the museum’s current exhibits and the opportunity to get pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 8:30 and 10 am.

Decorate Cookies with Mrs. Claus. Santa and Mrs. Claus visit from the North Pole to hear wish lists and bring materials to decorate sugar cookies with kids. Rylee’s Ace Hardware (Michigan Street location). 10 am-noon.

Holiday Pops Spectacular. This pre-concert party is full of festive treats, games, crafts, caroling, photos and more fun for the entire family, including an instrument petting zoo. Tickets include admission to the GR Holiday Pops concert proceeding the party. DeVos Performance Hall (Monroe Rooms). 1-2:30 pm. Tickets at

December 3, 10 & 17

Rooftop Reindeer. Meet some of Santa’s reindeer as they make a stop at the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 1-4 pm.

December 4

Holiday Open House. Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the presidential museum bringing holiday stories, music and a few of their reindeer. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 1-4 pm.

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Delaware 87ers. DeltaPlex Arena. 1 pm. Tickets at

GRAM Classical Concert Series presents Black Oak Ensemble. During wintertime, enjoy live classical music amidst the art museum’s beautiful architecture and galleries. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm.

Holiday Hymns & Santa. The whole family is invited to a holiday carol session followed by punch and cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Covenant Village of the Great Lakes. 5-7 pm.

December 4, 10, 17 & 18

Holly Jolly Cookie Bash. Kids are invited to join Santa’s elves in making batches of cookies to share with friends and family during this holiday season. The Downtown Market. Times and registration at

December 5

Prospective Literacy Tutor Orientation. Those interested in being a literacy tutor can learn more about the literacy center’s programs at this information session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 10-11 am. Call (616) 459-5151 to register.

Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s information session. Spectrum Healthier Communities. 1-3 pm.

An Aging Rainbow: Meeting the Needs of LGBT Elders. This program covers topics related to improving the care for LGBT elders and addresses the barriers that prevent quality late life experiences among the group. Wealthy Theater. 2 pm.

Holiday Card Potluck. Bring a dish to pass and get into the holiday spirit by joining the South Division community in making holiday cards that they and you can share with friends and loved ones. Supplies provided. Avenue for the Arts. 6-8 pm.

West Michigan Jazz Society Holiday Party. Go out for a festive evening of musical entertainment featuring vocalist Mary Rademacher and Kathy Lamar, a cash bar and an exquisite dinner. Thousand Oaks Country Club. 6-9:30 pm. Reservations at

Repeal Day Party. Celebrate the overturn of prohibition with live music, a cash bar and food available from Two Scotts Barbecue. Long Road Distillers. 8 pm-midnight. Tickets at the event’s Facebook page.

December 6

GROW Sparkle Celebration. Step away from the office and take a night to celebrate your and hundreds of West Michigan women’s entrepreneurial spirit and pursuits with shopping, a silent auction, food, drinks and socializing. Kent Country Club. 5-7:30 pm. Tickets at

Winter in Northern Italy. Warm the cold winter nights with the flavors of northern Italy by mastering Pasta Bolognese, panzanella salad and cantuccini cookies. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at

December 6, 13 & 20

Santa Visits the Gardens. Kids can bring their wish list to Mr. Claus, and parents don’t forget the camera so you can grab a great photo of them on Santa’s sleigh. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 5-8 pm.

CMC Movie: The Royal Tenenbaums. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm.

December 7

Jay Van Andel Seminar Series featuring Dr. Alice Chen Plotkin: Toward Translation in Neurodegenerative Disease. Van Andel Institute. Noon-1 pm.

Winter Wonderland. Experience the magic of the season at The Market with delicious food and beverage demos, a holiday artisan market and a visit from Santa in the greenhouses. The Downtown Market. 4-8 pm.

WMEAC Film Series: Anthropocene. This monthly film series focuses on films that work to raise awareness and create action on issues directly affecting West Michigan. West Michigan Environmental Action Council. 6-9 pm.

Alzheimer’s Education Series: Part II. A local elder law attorney discusses legal and financial considerations to aid in the planning process for families facing dementia or memory loss. Rockford Library. 6:30-8:30 pm. Details and future sessions at

Using Facebook to Promote Your Business. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm.

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Sioux Falls Skyforce. DeltaPlex Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at

Healthy Holidays Workshop: Introspection. Join GR Natural Health for a supportive and encouraging group workshop that helps you enter, complete and enjoy your holiday season in a healthy and mindful manner. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 7-8 pm.

Salvant devours the writing of Maupassant, Virginia Woolf, John Kennedy Toole and poets L. Brock-Broido and Langston Hughes. She follows Tamar Adler author of “An Everlasting Meal” and Julia Turshen author of Small Victories cookbook.

December 8

Evening Explorers. Kids, grades 2-5, are welcome to the library for hands-on STEAM experiences where they build and create in a variety of activities and materials. Grand Rapids Public Library. 6:30 pm.

Spectacular Jazz Series presents Cécile McLorin Salvant. The native European singer performs unique interpretations of unknown and seldom recorded jazz and blues compositions. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at

December 9

Pop Scholars: Improv Comedy. Laugh with a night of smart, risk-taking improv comedy performed by Grand Rapids’ 4-man improvisational experts. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm.

December 9-11

A Christmas Carol. University Wits welcomes the holiday season with a delightful and funny twist on this classic tale the whole family can enjoy. Dog Story Theater. Tickets and showtimes at


December 9-11 & 16-17

GR Ballet presents The Nutcracker. The classic tale, re-imagined by Chris Van Allsburg, returns in a magnificent production that easily becomes a magical and marveling tradition for the entire family. DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets and showtimes at

December 10

Merry & Bright Holiday Open House. Doors open early for you to enjoy gourmet hot cocoa, holiday savings and beauty with makeup sessions, products and giveaways. Bengtson Center. 7 am-1 pm. RSVP at

Make a Christmas Tablescape. Join the flower experts for a workshop that shows you how to create a beautiful piece to join your holiday décor. Eastern Floral (all locations). 10-11:30 am. RSVP by calling your local store.

Vegan GR Holiday Pop-up Shop. Celebrate and experience the goods that come from GR’s talented vegan bakers and makers, offering food and non-food items that can easily knock out some of your holiday shopping. West Michigan Co-op. 11 am-3 pm.

Iris van Herpen lecture. KCAD professor Suzanne Eberle takes listeners deeper into the wonder of the artist’s work, currently on display in the museum. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm.

Winter Wonderland Puppet Concert. Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe fill the stage with holiday songs for a winter show that all ages can enjoy. Grand Rapids Public Library (Yankee Clipper Branch). 3 pm.

It’s a Wonderful Life radio broadcast. Get into the time of the season with this unique production of the beloved holiday classic coming to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, featuring an ensemble and a cast of characters. Wealthy Theatre. 7-10 pm. Tickets at

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Delaware 87ers. DeltaPlex Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at

Danceoff Well House Benefit. Witness some of the city’s greatest talent as 16 dancers compete head-to-head in this dance competition benefiting the Well House. Pyramid Scheme. 7-9 pm. Audition information and details at

December 10, 11 & 18

Brunch With Santa. Enjoy a jolly brunch with Santa Claus as he visits one of GR’s newest restaurants for made-from-scratch menu items, sugar cookie decorating and professional photos with kids of all ages. The Wheelhouse. 9 am-2 pm.

December 11

GR Comedy Tours. Join guides Amy and Will for an hour-long bus ride with laughs at every turn, ending at the local cider mill. Vander Mill Cider Grand Rapids. 1-4:30 pm.

GRAM Classical Concert Series presents Gregory Maytan on Violin. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm.

Extreme Gingerbread Mansions. Build your dream home with gingerbread during this tasty class where The Market chefs teach you how to roll out gingerbread, use frosting as mortar and create sweet shapes for décor. The Downtown Market. 2-4:30 pm. Register at

December 12

Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors. Caregivers and loved ones learn to understand common behaviors and triggers from one going through the dementia progression. Spectrum Health Healthier Communities. 6:30-8:30 pm. RSVP by calling (800) 272-3900.

Foster Parent and Older Child Adoption Orientation. Staff are on-hand to answer questions about being a foster parent and adopting older children through foster care. DA Blodgett-St. John’s. 6:30-8:30 pm.

Read So Hard Book Club. Join other avid readers for a discussion on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah over a pint and some German-inspired cuisine. Harmony Hall. 7-8:30 pm.

December 13

Women’s Wellness Night: Navigating Your In-Laws. This support group offers women good company and friendly venting while learning healthy coping methods with couple and family therapist Kerry Hart, LLMFT. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 7-8 pm.

‘Tis the Season to Embellish holiday concert. The enchanting sound of handbells fill the hall as the talented 15-member handbell ensemble of West Michigan performs its annual holiday concert. Central Reformed Church. 7:30 pm. Tickets at

CMC Movie: The Life Aquatic. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm.

December 14

Facial Rejuvenation Consult Day. Schedule a consult and learn which treatment options are best for you and receive a small gift for scheduling an appointment. Bengtson Center. 8 am-5 pm. RSVP at

GROW Start Smart Business Readiness Course. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. 6-9 pm.

Winter Nights in Thailand. Hands-on Thai roll instruction teaches students how to make new treats for the holiday dinner table. The Downtown Market. 6-8:30 pm. Register at

Alzheimer’s Education Series: Part III. An Alzheimer’s Association staff member walks the group through strategies for navigating the dementia journey. Rockford Library. 6:30-8:30 pm. Details and future sessions at

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Windy City Bulls. DeltaPlex Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at

Healthy Holidays Workshop: Self-Love. Join GR Natural Health for a supportive and encouraging group workshop that helps you enter, complete and enjoy your holiday season in a healthy and mindful manner. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 7-8 pm.

Cirque du Soleil: Ovo comes to Grand Rapids December 14-16 at Van Andel Arena.

December 14-16

Cirque Du Soleil: Ovo. Follow the story of a community of insects interacting with a mysterious egg that appears in their midst, filled with legendary choreography that leaves lasting wonder. Van Andel Arena. Tickets and showtimes at

December 15

Intro to GROW. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. Noon-1 pm and 6-7 pm.

Beer Explorers: History of Beer. Discover even more about your favorite beverage and its particular history in Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 6 pm. Full class schedule at

Author Visit: Kevin P. Keefe. The author of Twelve Twenty Five visits the library to take audience members on a journey through the life of a World War II-era steam engine. 7 pm.

December 16

Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 2-3 pm. Call (616) 459-5151 to register.

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Erie BayHawks. DeltaPlex Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at

December 16 & 17

Wurlitzer Organ presents Holiday Classics. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 7 pm (Fri) and 2 pm (Sat).

December 16-18

The Zoo Story. See what happens during the phenomenon when a person suddenly discovers the abyss within themself. Dog Story Theater. Tickets and showtimes at

December 17

Miracle on 34th Street. Witness the musical based on a favorite holiday tale during this energetic and holiday spirit-inducing play about what happens when Kris Kringle fills in for Santa Claus only to have his sanity questioned in trial. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 2 and 7 pm. Tickets at

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Oklahoma City Blue. DeltaPlex Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at

Hometown Holidays concert. Enjoy a string of festive holiday jams from the Grand River Folk Arts Society. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm.

December 18

Whoville 5K. Join a stampede of quirky characters in their best Whoville outfit and race the Grinch from Mt. Crumpit back to Whoville for a sweet finish of hot chocolate. Riverside Park. 10 am-1 pm. Register at

GRAM Classical Concert Series presents Music of the Spheres. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm.

December 19

Andrew Ripp Self-Titled Christmas show. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm.

December 20

Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 6-7 pm. Call (616) 459-5151 to register.

Snoop Dogg: Puff Puff Pass concert. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at

December 21

Healthy Holidays Workshop: New Beginnings. Join GR Natural Health for a supportive and encouraging group workshop that helps you enter, complete and enjoy your holiday season in a healthy and mindful manner. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 7-8 pm.

Rapid Delivery Improv. The local improv troupe gives a versatile show built 100% from audience suggestions, so don’t hold back your ideas. Dog Story Theater. 7:30 pm.

December 22

Best of Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve. This heart-pounding rock opera follows a young runaway, who seeks shelter in an abandoned theater only to encounter the ghosts from concert hall’s past, appearing in visions led by the orchestra’s greatest crowd-pleasers. Van Andel Arena. 3 and 8 pm. Tickets at

[Tech]Knowledgey Thursdays. Teens, grades 6-12, are invited to the library to create awesome robots and try their hands at the latest tech trends. Grand Rapids Public Library. 3 pm.

December 22 & 23

Cirque de Noël. Christmas is even more magical when Grand Rapids Symphony beautifully performs holiday favorites while aerialists, acrobats, contortionists and jugglers dazzle audience members with unbelievable choreography. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm (Thu) 8 pm (Fri). Tickets at

December 23

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Maine Red Claws. DeltaPlex Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at

December 24

Eyes Out for Santa. Turn your eyes toward the sky to catch a peak of Santa’s famous sleigh, flying through the nighttime as he soars from house to house to deliver gifts to the good girls and boys in the community.

December 25

Merry Christmas! We hope your holidays are full of warmth, joy and a lot of good local cheer. Happy Holidays from WLM!


December 27-30

A Christmas Story: The Musical. Experience the Christmas story you love in a new way with fantastic choreography, original songs and signature dialogue that has made this story a favorite among generations. DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets and showtimes at

December 28

Prospective Literacy Tutor Information Session. Literacy Center of West Michigan. 10-11 am. Call (616) 459-5151 to register.

December 30

Blood Drive. Give the ultimate gift before the New Year by donating blood with the American Red Cross. Hanley Christian Reformed Church. 11 am-4:45 pm.

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Greensboro. DeltaPlex Arena. 7 pm. Tickets at

December 31

NYE featuring musicians Seth Bernard, The Crane Wives, Vox Vidorra and the Go Rounds. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm.




Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.