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 exhibition brings the glow of 300,000 lights, strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and more than 40 international trees and displays.


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.


Lead Exhibition Sponsor

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