Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

November 21, 2017 January 7, 2018

Ring in the holiday season with our most beloved winter exhibition. It's the season of reflection. Forget the hustle and bustle and find your calm in our winter wonderland - it's an idyllic spot to center your thoughts on the true meaning of the holidays.

Excitement surrounds this time of year as the annual Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition brings the glow of nearly 400,000 lights, strolling carolers, visits from Santa, rooftop reindeer and more than 40 international trees and displays.

Overview

Excitement surrounds the holiday season as the annual Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition brings the glow of nearly 400,000 lights, strolling carolers, rooftop reindeer and more than 40 international trees and displays.

It's the season of reflection. Forget the hustle and bustle and find your calm in our winter wonderland - it's an idyllic spot to center your thoughts on the true meaning of the holidays.

Honoring holiday cultures around the world, 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.

The companion Railway Garden exhibition is a unique horticultural display that incorporates garden design, miniature buildings made from natural materials, and model trolleys and trains. 

EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS
We will be open until 9 pm on December 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
PLEASE NOTE: Meijer Gardens is CLOSED on November 23, December 25 and January 1.
 

Events

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The first of our Member Holiday Parties features the official tree lighting ceremony.

Nov
21
4:00 pm 8:00 pm

Check-in from 4-6 pm, event lasts until 8 pm

Pre-registration is required by calling Julie at 616-975-3145 or Erin at 616-977-7683.  Register early to secure your check-in time and confirm total numbers 1 week prior to the event.

Cost:  Scouts are $6 each, siblings are $6 each, leaders (up to 2) $4 each, additional adults $10 each, Meijer Gardens member adults are no charge.

We’ve moved the date up to provide Scout Troops with a more enjoyable and less crowded experience while providing access to the spectacular displays both indoors and outdoors. 

“Reflection” is the theme for this year’s Christmas & Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition. Using a special Discovery Guide, Scouts will reflect on their own family’s holiday traditions, from cooking favorite foods to displaying special decorations, as they learn about the variety of ways people celebrate Christmas and other holiday traditions around the world. In the art room, scouts will create an ornament inspired by the tin folk art ornaments on the Mexico tree.  They will also have an opportunity to work in teams to assemble a Szopka – a Polish nativity scene. Be sure to bring your camera to capture their creation!

Stop by the Railway Garden to see historic landmark buildings and enjoy trolleys, a train, and shimmering lights. Stroll through the lush Tropical Conservatory and enjoy hundreds of poinsettias and a 14-foot Moravian Star. Enjoy the Original Dickens Carolers singing beloved carols from 6-8 pm. Adventurous scouts may want to bundle up and enjoy a wintertime walk outdoors.

November 21, 2017 5:00 pm

Santa Visits

All visitors are welcome to share their holiday wishes with Santa. 

November 21, 2017 6:00 pm

The Original Dickens Carolers

They're a holiday tradition.

November 25, 2017 1:00 pm

Rooftop Reindeer

Reindeer will be on-hand near the entrance to the Lena Meijer Children's Garden.

November 26, 2017 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

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The second of our Member Holiday Parties.

November 27, 2017 7:00 pm

Adult Holiday Party

An Adult Party for our members 18 and over.

December 3, 2017 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

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The third of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 7, 2017 6:00 pm

Christmas Cabaret

Join us for Meijer Garden’s signature holiday celebration, Christmas Cabaret!

December 11, 2017 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

The fourth of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 17, 2017 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

The fifth and final of our Member Holiday Parties.

Sponsors

Lead Railway Garden Sponsor

Warner Norcross & Judd

Additional Supporters

The Meijer Foundation
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation
Botanic and Sculpture Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts
BHS Insurance
Cascade Engineering
Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation
Bill & Marilyn Crawford
Mimi Cummings
Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation
Chris & Deanna Eckert
Gilson Graphics
Herman Miller Cares
J.C. & Tammy Huizenga
The I.C.N. Foundation
Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
Candace & Bruce Matthews
Doug, Sarah & Kendall Meijer
Hank & Liesel Meijer
Lena Meijer
Norris, Perné & French LLP Investment Counsel
Owen Ames Kimball
Pioneer Construction
Rothbury Farms
Steelcase, Inc.
TECKTON, Inc. / Attallah & Mimi Amash
Hanna & Alex Tuzzolino
Universal Forest Products Foundation
Van Andel Institute