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
Entire facility is open until 9 pm on December 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29, 30.
PLEASE NOTE: Meijer Gardens is CLOSED on November 26, December 25 and January 1.
 

Events

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

November 24, 2015 10:30 am / Children's Garden

Winter-Time Walks - Tuesdays & Saturdays

Winter in the Children’s Garden can be chilly, but fun! On Tuesdays and Saturdays, bundle up and join us on an outdoor interactive discovery walk to investigate the Children’s Garden in new ways. Then gather by the hearth in the log cabin to learn about winter with stories and kid-friendly conversation.

November 24, 2015 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.

November 24, 2015 6:00 pm

The Original Dickens Carolers

Enjoy singing entertainment from carolers dressed in period costume.

November 28, 2015 1:00 pm

Rooftop Reindeer

As part of Meijer Gardens' Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World Exhibition, live reindeer will visit outside the Children's Garden for photos and petting.

December 6, 2015 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

The second of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 13, 2015 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

The third of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 20, 2015 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party

The fourth and final of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 1, 2016 6:30 pm

Christmas Cabaret

Join us for our 22nd annual event complementing the Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition.

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