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Christmas & Holiday Traditions

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Annual Events


Annual Events

White light outdoor Christmas trees with a pond in the foreground

Nov 22, 2022 - Jan 8, 2023

Christmas & Holiday Traditions

The beloved University of Michigan Health-West: Christmas & Holiday Traditions exhibition begins in November and runs through the entire month of December and into January each year. It includes more than 40 trees and cultural displays, over 350,000 colorful lights both indoors and outdoors, choirs, rooftop reindeer, as well as the wonderful Railway Garden.



6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Dec 1, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Christmas Cabaret

The Christmas Cabaret is back after a three-year hiatus and we're celebrating the 25th year of this festive event! We are excited to celebrate the holiday season with you thanks in large part to the generosity of our presenting sponsor, Old National Bank. We invite you to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as you see the season in a new light at the University of Michigan Health-West: Christmas & Holiday Traditions exhibition! This year we’re illuminating the ways in which diverse cultures use light—featuring winter plantings, the artistry of our adorned Christmas trees, intriguing cultural displays and the beloved Railway Garden.

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Mar 1, 2023 - Apr 30, 2023

Butterflies Are Blooming

The beloved Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming annual exhibition features thousands of tropical butterflies from Central and South America, Africa, and Asia flying freely in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. Every year, from March 1 through April 30, experience butterflies close up and watch them emerge from their chrysalises—right before your eyes.