Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

November 22, 2016 January 8, 2017

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, 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.

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.

EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS
December 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
PLEASE NOTE: Meijer Gardens is CLOSED on November 24, December 25 and January 1.
 

Events

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

November 22, 2016 10:15 am / Children's Garden

Winter-Time Walks - Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays

Winter in the Children’s Garden can be chilly, but fun! 

November 22, 2016 5:00 pm / Cook Entryway

Santa Visits

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

November 22, 2016 6:00 pm

The Original Dickens Carolers

They're a holiday tradition at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

November 26, 2016 1:00 pm

Rooftop Reindeer

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

November 27, 2016 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

The second of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 4, 2016 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

The third of our Member Holiday Parties.

Dec
6
4:00 pm 8:00 pm

With scavenger hunts in hand, scouts will explore some of the world’s most cherished holiday traditions as well as fun folklore from Iceland, Germany, Ghana, England, Mexico and more! Kids will unleash their creativity with a unique art activity. New this year—the event is taking place on Tuesday evening and troops will be able to enjoy thousands of dazzling lights outdoors as well as the rest of Meijer Gardens, including the beloved Railway Garden, conservatories, galleries, gift shop and café. Allow about two hours for your visit and reserve a check-in time between 4 and 6 pm. The $6 per scout cost includes all materials and admission; a patch is not included. 

Register early—check-in times fill quickly!  A credit card is required to secure your reservation. Register by phone by calling Rebecca Hofmann at (616) 977-7683 or Julie Francke at (616) 975-3145.

The registration deadline is December 1, 2016 (5 days before the event).
Don’t delay—numbers can be adjusted up until the registration deadline.  There are no refunds after December 1st.

December 12, 2016 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

The fourth of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 18, 2016 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

The fifth and final of our Member Holiday Parties.

Sponsors

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