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. 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 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

Nov
21
4:00 pm 8:00 pm

Check-in from 4-7 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 this year’s theme and as Scouts stroll the scenic corridor they will be surrounded by thousands of sparkling lights, some reflecting from mirrors and metals. They will also discover the similarities many of the holiday traditions share throughout the world. Then Scouts will get creative with an art activity.  

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