Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

November 25, 2014 January 4, 2015

Excitement surrounds this time of year as the annual Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World brings the glow of 300,000 lights, strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and more than 40 international trees and displays.

Overview

For guests of all ages to enjoy, the Railway Garden is a unique horticultural display that incorporates garden design, miniature buildings made from natural materials, and model trolleys and trains. The Railway Garden is celebrated through 30 iconic Grand Rapids landmarks including favorites like: Fifth Third Ballpark, The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Holland Harbor Light House "Big Red" and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Honoring holiday cultures around the globe, 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.

Meijer Gardens transforms into a botanic wonderland with poinsettias, orchids and amaryllis. Programming includes horse-drawn carriage rides through the candle-lit Sculpture Park, Santa visits, live reindeer, carolers and more.

Events

November 25, 20145:00 pm

Santa Visits

Santa visits

November 25, 20146:00 pm

The Original Dickens Carolers

Hear from the Original Dickens Carolers

November 28, 201410:00 am / Children's Garden

Winter-Time Walks

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

November 29, 20141:00 pm

Rooftop Reindeer

Rooftop Reindeer

December 2, 201410:00 am / Children's Garden

Winter-Time Walks

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

December 2, 20145:00 pm

Santa Visits

Santa visits

December 2, 20146:00 pm

The Original Dickens Carolers

Hear from the Original Dickens Carolers

December 2, 20146:00 pm

Family Art Activities

Making Mini-Kadomatsu

Dec
4
7:00 pm 11:59 pm
December 4, 20147:00 pm

Christmas Gala

This enchanted evening will feature horse-drawn carriage rides through the sculpture park, dancing, a strolling dinner, and roaming holiday entertainment. Enjoy the dazzling trees and displays representing holiday cultures around the world. Don't miss your opportunity to attend this spectacular annual event. 

Click HERE to make your reservation or Contact Elizabeth McCarthy at 616-975-3168 for more information. 

December 5, 201410:00 am / Children's Garden

Winter-Time Walks

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

December 6, 20141:00 pm

Rooftop Reindeer

Rooftop Reindeer

December 9, 201410:00 am / Children's Garden

Winter-Time Walks

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

December 9, 20145:00 pm

Santa Visits

Santa visits

December 9, 20145:30 pm

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Cost

  • Members $65 per carriage, up to four adults
  • Non-Members $90 per carriage, up to four adults
December 9, 20146:00 pm

The Original Dickens Carolers

Hear from the Original Dickens Carolers

December 9, 20146:00 pm

Family Art Activities

Making Mini-Kadomatsu

December 12, 201410:00 am / Children's Garden

Winter-Time Walks

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

December 13, 20141:00 pm

Rooftop Reindeer

Rooftop Reindeer

December 16, 201410:00 am / Children's Garden

Winter-Time Walks

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

December 16, 20145:00 pm

Santa Visits

Santa visits

December 16, 20145:30 pm

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Cost

  • Members $65 per carriage, up to four adults
  • Non-Members $90 per carriage, up to four adults
Dec
16
5:30 pm 9:00 pm
December 16, 20145:30 pm

Sing-Along Trolley

Sing-Along Trolley

December 16, 20146:00 pm

The Original Dickens Carolers

Hear from the Original Dickens Carolers

December 16, 20146:00 pm

Family Art Activities

Making Mini-Kadomatsu

December 17, 20145:30 pm

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Cost

  • Members $65 per carriage, up to four adults
  • Non-Members $90 per carriage, up to four adults
Dec
17
5:30 pm 9:00 pm
December 17, 20145:30 pm

Sing-Along Trolley

Sing-Along Trolley

December 18, 20145:30 pm

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Cost

  • Members $65 per carriage, up to four adults
  • Non-Members $90 per carriage, up to four adults
Dec
18
5:30 pm 9:00 pm
December 18, 20145:30 pm

Sing-Along Trolley

Sing-Along Trolley

December 19, 201410:00 am / Children's Garden

Winter-Time Walks

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

December 19, 20145:30 pm

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Cost

  • Members $65 per carriage, up to four adults
  • Non-Members $90 per carriage, up to four adults
Dec
19
5:30 pm 9:00 pm
December 19, 20145:30 pm

Sing-Along Trolley

Sing-Along Trolley

December 20, 20141:00 pm

Rooftop Reindeer

Rooftop Reindeer

December 20, 20145:30 pm

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Cost

  • Members $65 per carriage, up to four adults
  • Non-Members $90 per carriage, up to four adults
Dec
20
5:30 pm 9:00 pm
December 20, 20145:30 pm

Sing-Along Trolley

Sing-Along Trolley

December 22, 20145:30 pm

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Cost

  • Members $65 per carriage, up to four adults
  • Non-Members $90 per carriage, up to four adults
December 23, 201410:00 am / Children's Garden

Winter-Time Walks

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

December 23, 20145:00 pm

Santa Visits

Santa visits

December 23, 20145:30 pm

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Cost

  • Members $65 per carriage, up to four adults
  • Non-Members $90 per carriage, up to four adults
December 23, 20146:00 pm

The Original Dickens Carolers

Hear from the Original Dickens Carolers

December 23, 20146:00 pm

Family Art Activities

Making Mini-Kadomatsu

December 26, 201410:00 am / Children's Garden

Winter-Time Walks

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

December 30, 201410:00 am / Children's Garden

Winter-Time Walks

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

January 2, 201510:00 am / Children's Garden

Winter-Time Walks

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

Sponsors

Lead Railway Garden Sponsor

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

Lead Gala Sponsor

Steelcase, Inc.

Other Sponsors

  • 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
  • Dean Foods Company
  • Deloitte
  • Daniel and Pamella DeVos Foundation
  • Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation
  • Eileen DeVries
  • Everett’s Landscape Management, Inc.
  • Gilson
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Henry Mast Greenhouses, Inc.
  • J.C. and Tammy Huizenga
  • Mike and Sue Jandernoa
  • The Keeler Foundation
  • Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
  • McCormick and Company, Inc.
  • The Meijer Foundation
  • Doug Meijer and Kendall Meijer
  • Hank and Liesel Meijer
  • Hanna Meijer
  • Lena Meijer
  • Michigan Christmas Tree Association
  • MLive Media Group
  • Nestlé USA
  • Norris, Perné & French, LLP
  • Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.
  • Rosenzweig-Coopersmith Foundation
  • Rothbury Farms
  • Steelcase, Inc.
  • Steele and Mary Taylor
  • Superior Groundcover, Inc.
  • Universal Forest Products, Inc.
  • Greg and Meg Willit