University of Michigan Health-West: Christmas & Holiday Traditions

November 22, 2022 through January 8, 2023

This exhibition—honoring cultures and holiday traditions from around the world—has grown to 42 unique displays depicting fact and folklore, past and present. University of Michigan Health-West: Christmas & Holiday Traditions is a hallmark Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park exhibition. Dedicate time to appreciate the stunning presentations of winter plantings, the artistry of our adorned Christmas trees, intriguing cultural displays and the beloved Railway Garden. Venture outdoors and discover the beauty of nature with wintertime walks. Indoors and out, our magnificent grounds will sparkle with 350,000 lights.

Overview

Showcasing the Season in a New Light

See the season in a new light at the University of Michigan Health–West: Christmas & Holiday Traditions exhibition! We’re illuminating the ways diverse cultures use light to uplift hope, warmth, faith, remembrance, gratitude, prosperity and more during the darkest days of the year. From the warm glow of the Hanukkah menorah, to the bright flash of Diwali fireworks, to the starry sparkle of Filipino Christmas lanterns, light is at the center of the celebration in holiday festivities around the world.

This year’s exhibition features additional indoor lighting and a new immersive light experience at the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater—beginning at 6 pm, December 19–23 and 26–30). Bundle up and come celebrate the season with us!

This exhibition honors cultures and holiday traditions from around the world. The annual celebration of Christmas & Holiday Traditions and the winter season is a Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park hallmark. Meijer Gardens collaborates with community partners on development of the exhibition. Traditions vary from region to region and family to family; the details of each display do not suggest all people in any one culture celebrate the holidays in exactly the same way. Meijer Gardens honors the joy all families bring to one another when they gather together in celebration.

Lena Meijer, and some of her family and friends, began Christmas & Holiday Traditions in 1995 with 20 displays. For 2022, the exhibition has grown to 42 displays depicting fact and folklore, past and present. Dedicate time to appreciate the stunning presentations of winter plantings, the artistry of our adorned Christmas trees, intriguing cultural displays and the beloved Railway Garden. Venture outdoors and discover the beauty of nature with wintertime walks. Indoors and out, our magnificent grounds will sparkle with 350,000 lights.

The companion Railway Garden exhibition is a unique horticultural display incorporating garden design, miniature buildings handmade from natural materials, and model trolleys and trains.

PLEASE NOTE: Meijer Gardens is closed for the day on November 25, 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.

Please watch the award-winning film joy, highlighting several locally celebrated traditions from centuries ago, still vital today.

The film is available below.


Events

Nov 5, 2022 at 9:00 AM

Holiday Gift Show

Make your list. Check it twice. Get ready to get your gift on!

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Included with admission

Dec 19, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Seasonal Light Experience at Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater

It’s an awe-inspiring, immersive lightshow inspired by the natural world!

Fee Information
Included with admission

Dec 20, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Seasonal Light Experience at Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater

It’s an awe-inspiring, immersive lightshow inspired by the natural world!

Fee Information
Included with admission

Dec 21, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Seasonal Light Experience at Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater

It’s an awe-inspiring, immersive lightshow inspired by the natural world!

Fee Information
Included with admission

Dec 22, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Seasonal Light Experience at Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater

It’s an awe-inspiring, immersive lightshow inspired by the natural world!

Fee Information
Included with admission

Dec 23, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Seasonal Light Experience at Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater

It’s an awe-inspiring, immersive lightshow inspired by the natural world!

Fee Information
Included with admission

Dec 26, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Seasonal Light Experience at Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater

It’s an awe-inspiring, immersive lightshow inspired by the natural world!

Fee Information
Included with admission

Dec 27, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Seasonal Light Experience at Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater

It’s an awe-inspiring, immersive lightshow inspired by the natural world!

Fee Information
Included with admission

Dec 28, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Seasonal Light Experience at Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater

It’s an awe-inspiring, immersive lightshow inspired by the natural world!

Fee Information
Included with admission

Dec 29, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Seasonal Light Experience at Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater

It’s an awe-inspiring, immersive lightshow inspired by the natural world!

Fee Information
Included with admission

Dec 30, 2022 at 6:00 PM

Seasonal Light Experience at Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater

It’s an awe-inspiring, immersive lightshow inspired by the natural world!

Fee Information
Included with admission

Dec 21, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Past Event

Santa & Mrs. Claus Visits

All guests are welcome to share their holiday wishes with Santa & Mrs. Claus in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory. Tuesday evenings through December 21.

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Included with admission

Dec 21, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Past Event

The Original Dickens Carolers

Listen to this festive holiday tradition!

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Included with admission

Dec 21, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Past Event

Live Music by Samuel Nalangira

Experience the sounds of folk and world music with Samuel Nalangira, a native of Uganda, Africa in the Welcome Center on Tuesday evenings.

Fee Information
Included with admission

Dec 19, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Past Event

Member Holiday Party - December 19

The fifth of our Member Holiday Parties during the University of Michigan Health–West Christmas & Holiday Traditions exhibition. Join us for the first time in the morning!

Fee Information
Free for members

Dec 19, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Past Event

Member Holiday Party - December 19

The fifth of our Member Holiday Parties during the University of Michigan Health–West Christmas & Holiday Traditions exhibition. Join us for the first time in the morning!

Fee Information
Free for members

Dec 18, 2021 at 1:00 PM

Past Event

Rooftop Reindeer

Each Saturday through December 18, reindeer will be on-hand in Michigan's Farm Garden.

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Included with admission

Dec 14, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Past Event

Live Music by Samuel Nalangira

Experience the sounds of folk and world music with Samuel Nalangira, a native of Uganda, Africa in the Welcome Center on Tuesday evenings.

Fee Information
Included with admission

Dec 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Past Event

Member Holiday Party - Adult Party (18+)

The fourth of our Member Holiday Parties during the University of Michigan Health–West Christmas & Holiday Traditions exhibition—for adults only!

Fee Information
Free for members

Dec 12, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Past Event

Member Holiday Party - December 12

The third of our Member Holiday Parties during the University of Michigan Health–West Christmas & Holiday Traditions exhibition.

Fee Information
Free for members

Dec 11, 2021 at 1:00 PM

Past Event

Rooftop Reindeer

Each Saturday through December 18, reindeer will be on-hand in Michigan's Farm Garden.

Fee Information
Included with admission

Dec 7, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Past Event

Live Music by Samuel Nalangira

Experience the sounds of folk and world music with Samuel Nalangira, a native of Uganda, Africa in the Welcome Center on Tuesday evenings.

Fee Information
Included with admission

Dec 5, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Past Event

Member Holiday Party - December 5

The second of our Member Holiday Parties during the University of Michigan Health–West Christmas & Holiday Traditions exhibition.

Fee Information
Free for members

Dec 4, 2021 at 1:00 PM

Past Event

Rooftop Reindeer

Each Saturday through December 18, reindeer will be on-hand in Michigan's Farm Garden.

Fee Information
Included with admission

Nov 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Past Event

Live Music by Samuel Nalangira

Experience the sounds of folk and world music with Samuel Nalangira, a native of Uganda, Africa in the Welcome Center on Tuesday evenings.

Fee Information
Included with admission

Nov 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM

Past Event

Rooftop Reindeer

Each Saturday through December 18, reindeer will be on-hand in Michigan's Farm Garden.

Fee Information
Included with admission

Nov 23, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Past Event

Live Music by Samuel Nalangira

Experience the sounds of folk and world music with Samuel Nalangira, a native of Uganda, Africa in the Welcome Center on Tuesday evenings.

Fee Information
Included with admission

Sponsors

Title Sponsor

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 Arts and Culture Council, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts
Life EMS
Michigan Radio
Star 105.7

Showcasing the Season in a New Light

See the season in a new light at the University of Michigan Health–West: Christmas & Holiday Traditions exhibition! We’re illuminating the ways diverse cultures use light to uplift hope, warmth, faith, remembrance, gratitude, prosperity and more during the darkest days of the year. From the warm glow of the Hanukkah menorah, to the bright flash of Diwali fireworks, to the starry sparkle of Filipino Christmas lanterns, light is at the center of the celebration in holiday festivities around the world.

This year’s exhibition features additional indoor lighting and a new immersive light experience at the Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater—beginning at 6 pm, December 19–23 and 26–30). Bundle up and come celebrate the season with us!

This exhibition honors cultures and holiday traditions from around the world. The annual celebration of Christmas & Holiday Traditions and the winter season is a Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park hallmark. Meijer Gardens collaborates with community partners on development of the exhibition. Traditions vary from region to region and family to family; the details of each display do not suggest all people in any one culture celebrate the holidays in exactly the same way. Meijer Gardens honors the joy all families bring to one another when they gather together in celebration.

Lena Meijer, and some of her family and friends, began Christmas & Holiday Traditions in 1995 with 20 displays. For 2022, the exhibition has grown to 42 displays depicting fact and folklore, past and present. Dedicate time to appreciate the stunning presentations of winter plantings, the artistry of our adorned Christmas trees, intriguing cultural displays and the beloved Railway Garden. Venture outdoors and discover the beauty of nature with wintertime walks. Indoors and out, our magnificent grounds will sparkle with 350,000 lights.

The companion Railway Garden exhibition is a unique horticultural display incorporating garden design, miniature buildings handmade from natural materials, and model trolleys and trains.

PLEASE NOTE: Meijer Gardens is closed for the day on November 25, December 25 and January 1.