University of Michigan Health-West Christmas & Holiday Traditions

University of Michigan Health-West Christmas & Holiday Traditions

November 23, 2021 January 2, 2022

Experience the season through a global soundtrack that’s sure to inspire and intrigue. University of Michigan Health-West Christmas & Holiday Traditions marks the 27th year of our annual horticulture exhibition at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, honoring the role music, bells, gongs, whistles and animals play in treasured holiday celebrations.

Enter our winter wonderland, illuminated by 300,000 lights and filled with the sights and sounds of 46 cultural displays—each begging a closer look. As you take them in, see and hear instruments and objects that bring the holidays to life.

Overview

Excitement surrounds the holiday season as the annual University of Michigan Health-West Christmas & Holiday Traditions exhibition brings the glow of over 300,000 lights, strolling carolers, rooftop reindeer and 46 international trees and displays.

Across cultures and continents, countless experiences connect us and conjure the spirit of the holidays. Lend us an ear as we explore the Sounds of the Season.

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

Click here to view our digital exhibition guide.

EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS
In addition to our regular Tuesday late hours, we will be open until 9 pm on December 20-23 and 27-30.

PLEASE NOTE: Meijer Gardens will be closed for the day on November 25, December 25 & January 1. 

MEMBER HOLIDAY PARTIES: 

Tree Lighting Ceremony, Monday, November 22, 6–8 pm
Evening Family Party, Sunday, December 5, 6–8 pm
Evening Family Party, Sunday, December 12, 6–8 pm
Adult Party (18+), Monday, December 13, 7–9 pm
Morning Family Party, Sunday, December 19, 9–11 am
Evening Family Party, December 19, 6–8 pm

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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.

This film is available below. 

 

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Events

November 23, 2021 5:00 pm

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.

November 23, 2021 5:00 pm

Live Music by Samuel Nalangria

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

November 23, 2021 6:00 pm

The Original Dickens Carolers

Listen to this festive holiday tradition!

November 27, 2021 1:00 pm

Rooftop Reindeer

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

December 5, 2021 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party - December 5

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

December 12, 2021 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party - December 12

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

December 13, 2021 7:00 pm

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!

December 19, 2021 9:00 am

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!

December 19, 2021 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party - December 19

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

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

Exhibition element sponsors:

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Additional support from:

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