Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

November 24, 2015 January 3, 2016

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

Excitement surrounds the holiday season 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.

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. This year we welcome buildings from our five Sister Cities across the world: Bielsko-Biala, Poland; Ga District, Ghana; Omihachiman, Japan; Perugia, Italy; and Zapopan, Mexico.

Events

Dec
16
5:30 pm 9:00 pm
December 16, 2014 5:30 pm

Sing-Along Trolley

Sing-Along Trolley

December 15, 2014 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

The fourth and final of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 14, 2014 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

The third of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 9, 2014 5:30 pm

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Sold Out

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Cost

  • Members $65 per carriage, up to four adults
  • Non-Members $90 per carriage, up to four adults
December 7, 2014 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

The second of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 4, 2014 7:00 pm

Holiday Gala

This enchanted evening will feature horse-drawn carriage rides through the sculpture park, dancing, a strolling dinner, and roaming holiday entertainment. Enjoy the dazzling trees and displays representing holiday cultures around the world. Don't miss your opportunity to attend this spectacular annual event. 

 

December 2, 2014 6:00 pm

Family Art Activities

Making Mini-Kadomatsu

November 29, 2014 1:00 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.

November 25, 2014 6:00 pm

The Original Dickens Carolers

Hear from the Original Dickens Carolers

November 25, 2014 5:00 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.

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

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