Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

November 20, 2018 January 6, 2019

Ring in the holiday season with our most beloved winter exhibition. It's the season of joy! Forget the hustle and bustle and find joy 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 colorful lights, strolling carolers, visits from Santa, rooftop reindeer and 42 international trees and displays.

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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 42 international trees and displays.

Welcome to the season of joy! There's no place to celebrate quite like Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Join us for an intimate look at how the world spreads joy across centuries and cultures.

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 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 and 29.
PLEASE NOTE: Meijer Gardens is CLOSED on November 22, December 25 and January 1.
 

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In many cultures, the holidays bring people together in distinct and memorable ways that are difficult to capture in a display.

New this year, we are presenting a wonderous original film, joy, that explores the diverse festive fabric that is holiday life across our local communities.

This film will be shown continuously in the Hoffman Family Auditorium and is available below. “This year we take note of how our community joyfully commemorates the diverse, generations-old traditions that remain vibrant today though joy, a new film exploring the festive fabric that is holiday life across our local community.” said Maureen Nollette, Annual Exhibitions Designer.

 

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Events

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

November 20, 2018 5:00 pm

Santa Visits

All visitors are welcome to share their holiday wishes with Santa. Tuesday evenings through December 18.

November 20, 2018 6:00 pm

The Original Dickens Carolers

They're a holiday tradition.

November 24, 2018 1:00 pm

Rooftop Reindeer

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

November 25, 2018 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

The second of our Member Holiday Parties.

November 26, 2018 7:00 pm

Adult Holiday Party

An Adult Party for our members 18 and over.

Ages

18 and over
December 2, 2018 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

The third of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 6, 2018 6:00 pm

Christmas Cabaret

Join us for Meijer Garden’s signature holiday celebration, Christmas Cabaret! Presented by Van Dellen Steel, Inc.

December 10, 2018 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

The fourth of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 16, 2018 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

The fifth and final of our Member Holiday Parties.

Sponsors

Lead Railway Garden Sponsor

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

Spectrum Health
Ruffino Wines
BHS Insurance
Blessings in a Backpack 
Candace & Bruce Matthews
Cascade Engineering
Bill & Marilyn Crawford
Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation
Doug, Sarah & Kendall Meijer
Gilson Graphics
Hanna & Alex Tuzzolino
Herman Miller Cares
Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
Master Arts Theatre - "A Season of Stories" 
Hank & Liesel Meijer
J.C. & Tammy Huizenga
Lena Meijer
Owen Ames Kimball
Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation
Pioneer Construction
Steelcase
TEKTON, Inc. / Attallah & Mimi Amash
The I.C.N. Foundation
Universal Forest Products Foundation
Van Andel Institute