December Events

Sunday

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. gazellesports.com/thedirtyherd

Mondays

Studio Night at Grand Rapids Brewing Company. Work on your art projects among accessible collaboration from fellow creators. 25% discount for all who participate. Grand Rapids Brewing Company. 6-11 pm. grbrewingcompany.com

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

Tuesdays

Science Tuesdays at the Museum: Science of Snow. Explore the science behind frozen ice crystals by participating in a variety of activities and interactive displays. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 10 am-4 pm. grpm.org

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

Meanwhile Movie. Kick back for a viewing of a cult classic, with different titles every week in the Wealthy movie theater. Bar privileges open to members. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

Tuesdays through December 19

The Original Dickens Carolers. The beloved carolers stroll through the Gardens’ interior, performing enchanting holiday favorites. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6-8 pm. meijergardens.org

Wednesdays

Wednesday Friendship Lunch. Make friends and enjoy good company during a chef-prepared lunch while learning more about Aurora’s independent retirement community. Aurora Pond. Noon-1:30 pm. RSVP by calling (616) 431-2228. aurorapond.com

Thursdays

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

Saturdays

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. artmuseumgr.org

Saturdays through December 23

Rooftop Reindeer. Santa’s reindeer are visiting the Children’s Garden to meet you and the kids before taking their big flight around the world. Don’t forget the camera. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 1-4 pm. meijergardens.org

Ongoing

Open Skate at Rosa Parks. The ice rink is open and skaters of all levels are invited to shred in the heart of downtown, surrounded by GR’s festive decorations and many local eateries that can warm you up with treats and eats. Rosa Parks Circle. Open skate hours at grcity.us.

Blanket the Community project. Help your neighbors stay warm by dropping off a new blanket at any United Bank branch. Volunteers deliver the blankets to those in need throughout the month. United Bank. More information at unitedbank4u.com.

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World. The Gardens’ interior glows with thousands of lights, illuminating their annual holiday exhibition that showcases the ways the world celebrates the most wonderful time of the year. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. For exhibition hours and additional holiday activities, visit meijergardens.org.

Andy Warhol’s American Icons. Visit the mind of Andy Warhol through GRAM’s newest exhibit composed of the avant-garde artist’s paintings, prints, photographs and film, creating a collection of 20th century cultural icons. Grand Rapids Art Museum. Exhibit runs until February 11. Hours at artmuseumgr.org.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Sign up at any GRPL location for this early literacy program that invites you to introduce your child to the joy of many books before they start school. Grand Rapids Public Library. Details at grpl.org/1000books.

Double Exhibit: Resort and Knockoffs. Explore two exhibits taking over the KCAD gallery spaces featuring the work from Andrew Ellis Johnson and Susanne Salvick shining light on the global refugee crisis, and Knockoffs, which showcases period furniture pieces and student work created based on their interpretations. Fed Galleries @ KCAD. Gallery hours at kcad.edu.

Coming Home and Organize Your Own. This annual exhibit features works by Michigan artists who use the mitten state for inspiration and creative development. Exhibit runs until January 28. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Museum hours at uica.org.

Cultivate exhibit: Food as a Lens. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Gallery hours at uica.org.

Rodin and the Contemporary Figurative Tradition exhibit. Seventeen pieces invite visitors to examine the artist’s relevance and vibrancy among contemporary sculptures. Exhibit runs until January 2018. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 9 am-5 pm. More info at meijergardens.org.

Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids exhibit. Follow mythological creatures to their roots through models and replicas, fossils, interactive exhibits and more. Grand Rapids Public Museum. Exhibit runs until May 20. Hours at grpm.org

The Brain: The World Inside Your Head exhibit. Explore the human brain and see how it works. The exhibit also includes Life of the Mind, looking into mental health treatment throughout history. Grand Rapids Public Museum. Museum hours at grpm.org.

Through December 10

Downtown Market Christmas Tree & Decor Lot. Find this year’s Christmas tree or wreath among a forest of fresh-cut trees from Lenderink Tree Farms. The Downtown Market. Hours at downtownmarketgr.com.

Through December 17

Annie. Enjoy the classic tale of little orphan Annie as she searches for a family while avoiding the wrath of the tyrannical orphanage director, Miss. Hannigan. Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at grct.org.

Through December 18

Salvation Army Angel Tree Toy Drive. Bring a toy to your next lunch meeting, dinner date or just swing by to add a gift to the donation box and brighten a child’s holiday. Wheelhouse. Hours at twisted-rooster.com.

Through December 23

LowellArts Holiday Artists’ Market. Over 50 artists showcase handmade and one-of-a-kind gifts from artsy décor to fashion and invite you to peruse through the thousands of goods to find the perfect gift for your loved ones (and yourself) this holiday season. LowellArts. Market hours Tue-Sat 10 am-6 pm. lowellartsmi.org

December 1

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. More sessions at literacycenterwm.org

Blood Drive. MSU Secchia Campus. 10 am-3:45 pm. Find drives in your area at redcrossblood.org.

Deck the Halls. Join the Holland Museum staff as they decorate for the holidays and blare holiday music as they hang wreaths and prep the tree for the season. Holland Museum. 11 am-4 pm hollandmuseum.org

A Remarkable Luncheon feat. Molly Barker. Barker, Founder of Girls on the Run, joins the community for an empowering luncheon that shares the impact GOTR has on participants, remarkable results a recent study has shown on well-being and volunteer opportunities that invite you to be part of the success. Prince Conference Center. 11:45 am-1:30 pm. Tickets at gotrkmc.org.

Light Up Downtown: Winter Season Kick-off. Ignite the holly and jolly with fellow Rapidians as you gather to watch the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree outside of GRAM and the official opening of the Rosa Parks Ice Skating Rink. Food trucks are on site. Rosa Parks Circle. 5-7 pm. Stay updated on the Facebook event page. downtowngr.org

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 gallery and 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. Avenueforthearts.com

Sinterklaas Eve. Listen to stories, make a Dutch lantern and participate in activities celebrating the tradition of St. Nick. Make sure you have your camera, because Sinterklaas himself is arriving on a white horse during the event, leading the attendees to Centennial Park to light the town Christmas tree. Holland Armory.
6-9 pm. downtownholland.com

Found Footage Festival. Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher screen their collection of videos salvaged from garage sales, thrift stores, warehouses and dumpsters from across the country, providing live commentary along the way and updates on the people featured in some of the home videos. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. 8-11 pm. uica.org

Pop Scholars Improv Comedy show. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

December 1 & 2

Willy Wonka: The Musical. Experience the musical spin on the beloved story of Charlie Bucket and his visit to the famous Chocolate Factory, indulging in sweet adventures and facing some crazy challenges along the way. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 7:30 (Fri). 2 and 7:30 pm (Sat). Tickets at vsfac.com.

Hometown Holidays in Allendale. Discover businesses and holiday fun during this two-day festival featuring festive crafts, food specials, decorations, Santa and the town Tree Lighting Ceremony. Downtown Allendale. Schedule of events and details at allendalechamber.org

December 1-3

Gymnastics on the Grand. Witness some of the best gymnasts in the Midwest at this annual meet featuring special guests, non-stop excitement and incredible feats. DeVos Place. Schedule and admission prices at gymnasticsonthegrand.com.

Michigan Ballet Academy presents The Nutcracker. Experience the classic, holiday story through incredible choreography by ballet students and seize the opportunity to join Clara for a pre-show tea party December 3. Jenison Center for the Arts. 7:30 pm (Fri & Sat) and 2:30 pm (Sat & Sun). Tickets at michiganballet.org.

The Grand Rapids Ballet performs holiday classic The Nutcracker Dec 1-3 & 8-10.

December 1-3 & 8-10

GR Ballet presents The Nutcracker. Witness how the GR’s ballerinas bring this annual tradition to life time and time again during this year’s performance of classic tale, re-imagined with visual art by Chris Van Allsburg, choreography by Val Caniparoli and set design by Eugene Lee. DeVos Performance Hall. Tickets and showtimes at grballet.com.

December 1-30

Visiting Artist: Gary Eldridge. See works by the KCAD grad with decades of experience in illustration, graphic design and catching the eyes of top art agents. Opening reception December 14, 6-9 pm. Flat River Gallery and Framing. Hours at flatrivergalleryandframing.com.

December 2

Holiday Coding Extravaganza. Absorb the understanding of coding needed to begin your journey through any programming language at this day of free workshops along with holiday activities for the kids. Start Garden. 8:30 am-1:30 pm. startgarden.com

Lowell Holiday Art & Craft Holiday Sale. Over 110 of Lowell’s finest arts and craftsmen display handmade sculptures, pottery, jewelry, furniture, soaps, fashion, flowers and more. Enjoy a holiday lunch while at the event! Lowell High School. 9-4 pm. lowellholidayartshow.com

Breakfast with Santa. Santa and Mrs. Claus invite families to be their special guest during this holiday breakfast where children get to get a photo with the gift-giving pair, go on an elf hunt, see a planetarium show and explore the museum’s exhibits. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 8:30 and 10 am. Tickets at grpm.org.

UICA Holiday Artists Market. The annual holiday craft and gift show returns with over 75 vendors selling everything from fashion to food, giving everyone the chance to do their holiday shopping in one convenient location. Steelcase Town Hall. 10 am-6 pm.  uica.org

Well House Volunteer Orientation. Learn more about volunteer opportunities at Well House, a nonprofit that refurbishes vacant homes and turns them into affordable housing for the homeless. Well House. 11 am-noon. wellhousegr.org

Clara’s Nutcracker Party. Precede the show with a festive holiday tea party featuring arts and crafts, tiny treats, a special reading of The Nutcracker, dancing and an impromptu ballet class so you can dance along. Guests then head to DeVos Performance Hall for the matinee performance of The Nutcracker. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel (Ambassador Ballroom). 11 am-2 pm. Tickets at grballet.com.

Polar Express screening. Wealthy Theatre. 2 pm. grcmc.org

Allendale Christmas Tree Lighting. Join the community for their first Tree Lighting Ceremony following a full day of fun as part of the Hometown Holidays weekend. Heritage Town Square Plaza. 6 pm. More events at allendalechamber.org.

80s vs. 90s w/ FeelGood. Indulge in everything you love about 80s and 90s jams with tribute band FeelGood as they spark the can’t-miss dance party of the weekend. The B.O.B. 9 pm-2 am. thebob.com

December 2 & 3

The Nutcracker youth ballet. West Michigan Youth Ballet tells the tale of Clara’s journey through an enchanted land with stunning music and dance that leaves viewers breathless. Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. 1-4 pm. fhfineartscenter.com

December 2, 6 & 9

Holland Farmers Market. Seize your last chance to grab fresh produce and local treats before the farmers market closes for the season. 8th Street Downtown Holland. 8 am-3 pm. hollandfarmersmarket.com

December 3

Holiday Open House. Visit the Ford Museum to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus, who have a few of their reindeer with them, and enjoy stories and live choir performances that fill the air with holiday cheer. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. 1-4 pm. fordlibrarymuseum.gov

Sunday Classical Concert: South American Sounds. Enjoy a midday concert Sundays during the season, featuring a live classical music performance amidst GRAM’s galleries. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. Concert line-up at artmuseumgr.org.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve. TSO returns with a completely updated presentation of their beloved holiday tour, celebrating the art and accomplishments of the group’s late creator, Paul O’Neil. The performance features O’Neil’s coined “Rock Theater” with special effects and staging that deliver the most unforgettable show yet. Van Andel Arena. 3 and 7:30 pm. Tickets at vanandelarena.com.

December 4

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

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Wisconsin Herd. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. Tickets at deltaplex.com.

Noël, Noël, Joyeux Noël: A Celebration of French Holiday Music. Christmas is the most internationally celebrated holiday and GVSU Arts invites you to rendez-vous with French Christmas traditions for the night, experiencing the cultures holiday favorites in this concert performance. Fountain Street Church. 7:30 pm. gvsu.edu

December 5

Local First Member Mixer. Mix and mingle with the Local First team and members at their last mixer of the year, featuring a hearty spread of appetizers and treats along with drinks and live jazz. United Bank. 5:30-7:30 pm. Register at localfirst.com.

Building a Beer City. Join author Pat Evans as he goes over GR’s history of beer-making and its shift from a whiskey trading outpost to a modern brewing giant. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. grpl.org

Meanwhile Movie: Aliens. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

December 6

GROW Sparkle Celebration. Celebrate yourself and the trailblazing women around you during this annual shopping/social event that features vendor booths packed with perfect gifts, a silent auction, and the chance to sip wine and savor the holiday cheer with your fellow ladies. Kent Country Club. 5-7:30 pm. Register at growbusiness.org.

Avenue for the Arts Open Studio Night. All artists and creators are invited to bring their current project and discuss, explore and participate in art-making among fellow makers. Avenue for the Arts. 6-7 pm. avenueforthearts.com

Vietnam War Lecture Series: Admirals Under Fire featuring Dr. Edward J. Marolda. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum & Library. 7 pm. fordlibrarymuseum.gov

December 7

Uptown Grand Rapids Holiday Shop Hop. Have an enchantingly festive night on the town by visiting local boutiques and businesses throughout the East Fulton, East Hills, Eastown and Wealthy Street neighborhoods as they showcase their unique goods and gifts while providing refreshments at some locations. Free shuttle service between neighborhoods. Uptown District Grand Rapids. 4-6 pm. uptowngr.com

GVSU vs. Michigan Tech basketball. DeltaPlex. 6 pm. Tickets at deltaplex.com.

Christmas Cabaret. Spend the opening cocktail hour exploring The Gardens’ Christmas & Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition before sitting down to a delicious dinner while listening to entertainment by Verve Pipe musician Brian Vander Ark and his wife Lux Land at this stunning holiday gala. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 6-10 pm. Tickets at meijergardens.org.

Katy Perry feat. Purity Ring. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. vanandelarena.com

December 7 & 21

Intro to GROW. Get information on programs and services GROW offers for business starters. Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women. Noon-1 pm and 6-7 pm. growbusiness.org

December 8

Up On the Rooftops. Enjoy a tour of Downtown Holland’s neighborhood homes and businesses decorated extravagantly for the holiday. Choose to attend the accompanying dessert reception before or after the tour. Downtown Holland (reception at Fifth Third Bank on 8th Street). 6-9 pm. downtownholland.com

Grand Rapids Drive vs. Raptors 905. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. Tickets at deltaplex.com.

December 9

Merry & Bright Holiday Shop. Spend the morning enjoying savings on makeup, skin care products and more at Bengtson’s annual event, featuring gift ideas from Mason Jones and a space to explore how the beauty resources our experts have. Bengtson Center. 8 am-noon. RSVP at bengtsoncenter.com.

Downtown Shopping Jam. Save big on holiday gifts as you spend the morning weaving through local businesses offering unique items at great discounts. Downtown Holland. 8-10 am. List of businesses at downtownholland.com.

IKUS Breakfast with Santa. Everyone is invited to join their neighbors for Santa’s annual community breakfast filled with food, holiday activities and the chance to visit with and receive a gift from Santa. Indian Trails Camp. 10 am-noon. Find more information on the event’s Facebook page. ikuslife.org

De-stress for the Holidays: An Introduction to Mindfulness. Learn basic skills that help ease the worry of the holiday season and take home techniques that help you incorporate mindfulness throughout the year. Grand Rapids Public Library. 1 pm. grpl.org

A Musical Holiday Show. The Great Lakes Men’s Chorus and Grand Rapids Sweet Adelines join forces to deliver a musical show that energizes audience members with the holiday spirit. Grandville High School Auditorium. Shows at 2 and 7 pm. Tickets at grsa.net.

Kevin Kammeraad’s Winter Wonderland Concert. Bring the whole family to join Kevin and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe as they sing holiday songs along with a few tunes of their own creation. GRPL Yankee Clipper Branch. 3 pm. grpl.org

DanceOff Well House Benefit. 20 of West Michigan’s best dancers go head to head and toe to toe on the dance floor, competing for cash prizes as audience members cheer for the dancer who “wows” them most. Pyramid Scheme. 7-11 pm. Audition form (for dancers) and tickets (for viewers) at danceoff.co

The Last Chance Holiday Market takes place at the Pyramid Scheme December 10.

December 10

Whoville 5K. Dash with Things 1-4 and a new 32 as you join the Cat in the Hat and your favorite Whoville characters for West Michigan’s most whimsical run of the season. Participants enjoy hot chocolate and the Kids’ Run includes a snowball fight. Riverside Park. 11:30 am-5 pm. Register at whoville5k.com.

Sunday Classical Concert: Spektral Quartet: Brahms and Beyond. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. Concert line-up at artmuseumgr.org.

Free Holiday Concert. The Forest Hills Adult Community Band gathers their ensemble to gift audience members with a concert that fills listeners with the holiday spirit. Forest Hills Eastern High School. 2:30 pm. fhfineartscenter.com

Christmas with Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith and special guest Jordan Smith. Van Andel Arena. 7:30 pm. Tickets at vanandelarena.com.

December 11

Keeping the Promise Christmas Dinner. Join Holland Home for an evening of food and entertainment by the band Sons of Serendip while benefiting the Holland Home Resident Assistance Fund. DeVos Place. 5:30-8 pm. Register at hollandhome.org.

WMJS Holiday Party. Celebrate a season of jazz with delicious food and unforgettable performances by Mary Rademacher Reed, Mid-Town Horns and the Rhythm Section Jazz Band. Noto’s Old World Italian Dining. 6 pm. Tickets and reservation form at wmichjazz.org/wmjs-holiday-party.

Foster Parent and Older Child Adoption Orientation. Learn more about being a foster parent and adopting an older child along with getting your questions answered by DABSJ staff. D.A. Blodgett St. John’s. 6:30-8:30 pm. dabsj.org

Shopkins Live! Based on the popular Shopkins toy brand, this performance takes the Grand Rapids stage with a new storyline featuring kids’ favorite characters and original songs. DeVos Performance Hall. 6:30 pm. Tickets at devosperformancehall.com.

Yoga for Community: Grief. Learn yoga practices that aid in lessening grief during this informative class lead by Jenny Tanis Counseling & Yoga. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 7-8 pm. RSVP at grnaturalhealth.com.

December 11-22

12 Days of Cocktails. A limited time series of 12 festive craft cocktails join the menu thanks to a holiday partnership between Wheelhouse bar manager Daren Palacios and local distilleries. Enjoy them during their happy hour, weekdays 3-6 pm. Wheelhouse. Hours at twisted-rooster.com.

The Grand Rapids Symphony will be performing with Cirque de Noël December 12 & 22 at Devos Performance Hall. Photo by Terry Johnston for the Grand Rapids Symphony.

December 12

Local First Lakeshore Member Mixer. Celebrate the end of the year with the Local First team while enjoying appetizers, a cash bar and networking with other local business. Tripelroot. 5:30-7:30 pm. Register at localfirst.com.

Stellacade: Road Blasters. This month’s chosen arcade game is Road Blasters and gamers are invited to compete with others for the top score, winning ultimate arcade-gamer status and glory among peers. Stella’s Lounge. 6-9 pm. Rules and more information at the event’s Facebook page.

Ask the Experts: Aging with Grace. Holistic estheticians and organic skin care specialists invite you to an interactive discussion on aging and how to do it gracefully and naturally. Grand Rapids Natural Health. 6:30-7:30 pm. RSVP at grnaturalhealth.com.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. The legendary music of Mannheim Steamroller graces the Grand Rapids stage for a performance celebrating their 30th anniversary since their first Christmas album, accompanied by dazzling multimedia effects for a truly, special experience. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. Tickets at broadwaygrandrapids.com.

Meanwhile Movie: The Big Lebowski. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

December 13

Volunteer Orientation. Learn about the volunteer opportunities that let you spend copious amounts of time among the Gardens’ beauty. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. 10 am and 7 pm. meijergardens.org

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

December 14

ArtPrize for the Holidays. ArtClub members and ArtPrize fans are invited to a holiday celebration filled with music, prizes, decorations, shopping the ArtPrize HUB store for exclusive gifts, decorating cookies with friends, creativity, food and more. ArtPrize HUB. 6-8 pm. RSVP for the ArtPrize Holiday Party at universe.com.

Opening Reception: Visiting Artist Gary Eldridge. Flat River Gallery and Framing. 6-9 pm. flatrivergalleryandframing.com

December 14-17

Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops. The most wonderful time of the year returns with classic holiday favorites performed by the breathtaking Grand Rapids Symphony, delivering a show that has become an annual tradition throughout the years. DeVos Performance Hall. Showtimes at grsymphony.com.

December 15

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

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

December 15 & 16

Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Concert Series presents Holiday Classics. Bring the entire family for this popular holiday show with John Lauter performing Christmas classics on the historic organ. Grand Rapids Public Museum. 7 pm (Fri) and 2 pm (Sat). grpm.org

December 15-17

Visits with Santa. Santa is squeezing in some final visits before the big night. Bring your wish list and a camera for photos. The Downtown Market. Noon-5 pm. downtownmarketgr.com

December 16

Drop-In Tour: Andy Warhol’s American Icons. Join a tour of GRAM’s newest exhibition showcasing the museum’s collection that illustrates the brilliance of Andy Warhol. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 1-2 pm. artmuseumgr.org

KOP 59: Martin vs. Lozano boxing. DeltaPlex. 7 pm. Tickets at deltaplex.com.

Grand River Folk Arts Society presents The Bittersweet Christmas Band. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm. grcmc.org

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Follow the unrepentant and miserable Ebenezer Scrooge as the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future take him on an unsettling journey of revelations that make him alter his unpleasant actions. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 7:30 pm. Tickets at vsfac.com.

December 16 & 17

Brunch with Santa. Enjoy a delicious buffet-style brunch by Chef Andrew and get your professional photos with Santa taken at either brunch event featuring ballet dancers, cookie decorating, kids activities and fun for all ages. Wheelhouse. 9 am. Make reservations by calling (616) 226-3319. twisted-rooster.com

December 17

Sunday Classical Concert: The Cello and Piano Music of Richard Stöhr. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 2-3 pm. Concert line-up at artmuseumgr.org.

December 18

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

December 19

Meanwhile Movie: Home Alone. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. grcmc.org

December 20

Blood Drive. Wolverine Building Group. 10 am-3:15 pm. Find drives in your area at redcrossblood.org.

Workshop Wednesdays: Artist Critique Night. See what other artists think about your art or writing at this critique night where participants lend thoughts, ideas and responses to pieces presented. Avenue for the Arts. 6-8 pm. RSVP at avenueforthearts.com.

December 21

WYCE Bubble Bash. Join WYCE and the Gilmore Collection for a celebration featuring sparkling wines from around the world along with a fabulous food spread to accompany your holiday spirits. Home at The B.O.B. 5-8:30 pm. Tickets sold at the door, payable by cash or check. thebob.com

LIT Party. GRAM gets dark at this party celebrating the darkest day of the year where, at 9 pm, the museum hits the lights and party-goers take a rare flashlight tour of the galleries. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 5-10 pm. Details at artmuseumgr.org.

Open Studio Night with Daily Robot Shop. Artist Alexis Brannan lets art-lovers in on her art-making experiment and invites you to join the creating process. Avenue for the Arts. 6-8 pm. avenueforthearts.com

Music in the Stacks: The Bootstrap Boys. Hear music performed by the four-piece country band as you explore the library’s collection. Grand Rapids Public Library. 7 pm. grpl.org

December 21 & 22

Cirque de Noël. Experience the magic of Christmas through unbelievable movement as aerialists, acrobats, contortionists and jugglers perform to holiday music by the talented Cirque de la Symphonie artists and the GR Symphony. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm (Thu) and 8 pm (Fri). Tickets at grsymphony.org.

December 22

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

December 22-23

GR Ballet presents A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge needs a wake-up call and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future are there to give it to him by taking the disgruntled character on a journey through his life, complete with all of his wrong-doings. Grand Rapids Ballet. Peter Martin Wege Theatre. Tickets and showtimes at grballet.com.

Brandon Queshawn’s Christmas Comedy Jam. Enjoy live music, performances and lots of laughs at the most festive comedy event you’ll ever experience. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. Tickets at grcmc.org.

December 24

Creston Vibes. Get your artistic soul grooving with this new type of open mic night that invites poets, musicians, magicians and comedians to the stage and wow patrons with a performance following the show’s selected theme. Creston Brewery. 8-10 pm. crestonbrewery.com

December 25

Merry Christmas from WLM! We at WLM wish you the happiest of holidays and thank you for the gift of your readership throughout the seasons.

December 28

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

December 31

Resolution 4M Run. Whether you stuck to your 2017 resolution or just want to end the year on a healthy note before the night’s parties, this 4-mile course gives you a wonderful run through East Grand Rapids and counts as “getting more fit this year.” East Grand Rapids High School. 3:30 pm. More info on classicrace.com.

New Year’s Eve. Wheelhouse rings in the New Year with an outstanding dinner menu and invites everyone to enter 2018 with live music, cocktails, champagne and a countdown to the New Year. Wheelhouse. 4 pm-12:30 am. Reserve your spot at opentable.com.

New Year’s Early Eve. Celebrate New Year’s Eve without compromising your bedtime at the Children’s Museum where you can make your own noisemaker, a resolution wand and play your way into the next year. Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. 6-8 pm. Tickets at grcm.eventbrite.com.

WYCE presents New Year’s Eve. Celebrate the exit from 2017 and launch into 2018 with a full evening of musical guests and dancing. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm-1 am. Tickets at grcmc.org.

NYE Resolution Ball. End 2017 in style at this NYC-level New Year’s Eve party featuring craft cocktails, local cuisine and GR’s very own Resolution Ball. 8 pm-midnight. Tickets at 20monroelive.com.


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