Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

November 22, 2016 January 8, 2017

Ring in the holiday season with our most beloved winter exhibition. We're taking a new look at stories of old, with an intriguing exploration of the folklore and traditions that shape holiday celebrations around the world.

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.

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 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

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

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

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The second of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 1, 2016 6:00 pm

Christmas Cabaret

Tickets are now available for the annual Christmas Cabaret holiday gala on Thursday, December 1, 2016.

View the menu HERE.

December 4, 2016 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

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The third of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 12, 2016 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

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The fourth of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 18, 2016 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

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The fifth and final of our Member Holiday Parties.

Sponsors

Associate Sponsor

Holland Home

Lead Railway Garden Sponsor

Warner Norcross & Judd

Christmas Cabaret Presenting Sponsor

Van Dellen Steel, Inc.

Additional Supporters

The Meijer Foundation
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation
Botanic and Sculpture Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance
Beusse & Porter Family Foundation
Blessings in a Backpack
Cascade Engineering
Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation
Bill & Marilyn Crawford
Mimi Cummings
Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation
Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation
Chris & Deanna Eckert
Everett’s Landscape Management, Inc.
Gilson Graphics
Henry Mast Greenhouses, Inc.
Herman Miller Cares
J.C. & Tammy Huizenga
The I.C.N. Foundation
Jandernoa Foundation
Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
Doug, Sarah & Kendall Meijer
Hank & Liesel Meijer
Lena Meijer
Meijer, Inc.
Michigan Christmas Tree Association
Norris, Perné & French LLP Investment Counsel
Owen Ames Kimball Co.
Pioneer Construction Co.
RDV Corporation
Rothbury Farms
Real Space
S. Abraham & Sons, Inc.
Steelcase, Inc.
Superior Ground Cover
TEKTON
Hanna & Alex Tuzzolino

Exhibition Programming Sponsor

Universal Forest Products Foundation