Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

November 25, 2014 January 4, 2015

Excitement surrounds this time of year as the annual Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition brings the glow of 300,000 lights, strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and more than 40 international trees and displays.

Overview

For guests of all ages to enjoy, the Railway Garden is a unique horticultural display that incorporates garden design, miniature buildings made from natural materials, and model trolleys and trains. The Railway Garden is celebrated through 30 iconic Grand Rapids landmarks including favorites like: Fifth Third Ballpark, The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Holland Harbor Light House "Big Red" and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Honoring holiday cultures around the globe, Meijer Gardens focuses on the authenticity of holiday traditions: Germany tree, adorned with handmade glass ornaments and homemade springerle cookies, the England tree with antique Christmas cards and mistletoe, and the beautiful Eid ul-Fitr display, which celebrates the end of Ramadan.

Meijer Gardens transforms into a botanic wonderland with poinsettias, orchids and amaryllis. Programming includes horse-drawn carriage rides through the candle-lit Sculpture Park, Santa visits, live reindeer, carolers and more.

Events

December 13, 20141:00 pm

Rooftop Reindeer

Visit us in the Leslie E. Tassell English Perennial and Bulb Garden where you’ll get an up close look at Santa’s reindeer and have the opportunity to pet Dasher, Dancer and the rest of Santa’s flight crew.

December 14, 20146:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

The third of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 15, 20146:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

The fourth and final of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 16, 20145:00 pm

Santa Visits

Even though he knows who has been naughty or nice, Santa welcomes all visitors to share their holiday wishes and take a picture with him on a sleigh in the Cook Entryway.

December 16, 20145:30 pm

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Cost

  • Members $65 per carriage, up to four adults
  • Non-Members $90 per carriage, up to four adults
Dec
16
5:30 pm 9:00 pm
December 16, 20145:30 pm

Sing-Along Trolley

Sing-Along Trolley

December 16, 20146:00 pm

The Original Dickens Carolers

Hear from the Original Dickens Carolers

December 16, 20146:00 pm

Family Art Activities

Making Mini-Kadomatsu

December 17, 20145:30 pm

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Cost

  • Members $65 per carriage, up to four adults
  • Non-Members $90 per carriage, up to four adults
Dec
17
5:30 pm 9:00 pm
December 17, 20145:30 pm

Sing-Along Trolley

Sing-Along Trolley

December 18, 20145:30 pm

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Cost

  • Members $65 per carriage, up to four adults
  • Non-Members $90 per carriage, up to four adults
Dec
18
5:30 pm 9:00 pm
December 18, 20145:30 pm

Sing-Along Trolley

Sing-Along Trolley

December 19, 20145:30 pm

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Cost

  • Members $65 per carriage, up to four adults
  • Non-Members $90 per carriage, up to four adults
Dec
19
5:30 pm 9:00 pm
December 19, 20145:30 pm

Sing-Along Trolley

Sing-Along Trolley

December 20, 20141:00 pm

Rooftop Reindeer

Visit us in the Leslie E. Tassell English Perennial and Bulb Garden where you’ll get an up close look at Santa’s reindeer and have the opportunity to pet Dasher, Dancer and the rest of Santa’s flight crew.

December 20, 20145:30 pm

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Cost

  • Members $65 per carriage, up to four adults
  • Non-Members $90 per carriage, up to four adults
Dec
20
5:30 pm 9:00 pm
December 20, 20145:30 pm

Sing-Along Trolley

Sing-Along Trolley

December 22, 20145:30 pm

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Cost

  • Members $65 per carriage, up to four adults
  • Non-Members $90 per carriage, up to four adults
December 23, 20145:00 pm

Santa Visits

Even though he knows who has been naughty or nice, Santa welcomes all visitors to share their holiday wishes and take a picture with him on a sleigh in the Cook Entryway.

December 23, 20145:30 pm

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Cost

  • Members $65 per carriage, up to four adults
  • Non-Members $90 per carriage, up to four adults
December 23, 20146:00 pm

The Original Dickens Carolers

Hear from the Original Dickens Carolers

December 23, 20146:00 pm

Family Art Activities

Making Mini-Kadomatsu

Sponsors

Lead Exhibition Sponsor

Lead Railway Garden Sponsor

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

Lead Gala Sponsor

Steelcase, Inc.

Other Sponsors

  • Anonymous
  • Attallah and Mimi Amash
  • Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance
  • Blessings in a Backpack
  • Botanic and Sculpture Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
  • Cascade Engineering
  • Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation
  • Coolhand Productions
  • Bill and Marilyn Crawford
  • Deloitte
  • Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation
  • Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation
  • Everett’s Landscape Management, Inc.
  • Gilson
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Henry Mast Greenhouses, Inc.
  • Herman Miller Cares
  • J.C. and Tammy Huizenga
  • Mike and Sue Jandernoa
  • Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
  • The Meijer Foundation
  • Doug Meijer and Kendall Meijer
  • Hank and Liesel Meijer
  • Hanna Meijer
  • Lena Meijer
  • Michigan Christmas Tree Association
  • Norris, Perné & French, LLP
  • Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.
  • RDV Corporation
  • Rothbury Farms
  • Steelcase, Inc.
  • Steele and Mary Taylor
  • Superior Groundcover, Inc.
  • Universal Forest Products, Inc.
  • Greg and Meg Willit