Metro Health Christmas & Holiday Traditions

Metro Health Christmas & Holiday Traditions

November 24, 2020 January 3, 2021

Excitement surrounds this time of year as the annual Metro Health Christmas & Holiday Traditions exhibition brings the glow of over 300,000 colorful lights, virtual visits from Santa, rooftop reindeer and 46 international trees and displays.

Ring in the season with our most beloved winter exhibition. Honoring holiday cultures around the world, Meijer Gardens focuses on the handcrafted symbols of beloved holiday traditions - it's an idyllic spot to center your thoughts on the true meaning of the holidays.

Overview

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

This year, explore our theme of Handcrafted and learn more about the care that goes into creating the seasons traditions by hand. Celebrate the creativity on display made with hundreds of skilled and caring hands.

Honoring holiday cultures around the world, Meijer Gardens focuses on the authenticity of beloved 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. 

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. 

EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS
We will be open until 9 pm on November 24, December 1, 8, 14–19, 21–23, 26, 28–30

PLEASE NOTE: Meijer Gardens will be closed for the day on November 26, December 25 & January 1. Due to current guidelines, capacity restrictions will be in effect and wait times may apply.

EXTENDED MEMBERS ONLY HOURS
In addition to our current early member hours (which happen on the first full weekend every month on Saturdays from 8 am – 9 am and Sundays from 9 am – 11 am) Meijer Gardens will also open early for members only on Sundays from 9 am - 11 am on November 29, December 13, 20, 27.

What is new and different?

How will the exhibition be different this year?
Metro Health Christmas & Holiday Traditions will once again feature international trees and displays, the beloved Railway Garden, and thousands of twinkling lights inside and out. The layout of the displays will be spread out more than in years past, to allow for greater physical distancing. Guests will notice that more of the trees and displays are located in the Huizenga Grand Room.

Are you tracking capacity?
Yes. We are limiting capacity to 30% of our normal capacity to comply with current State of Michigan guidelines. When we reach capacity, guests will enter on a one-in, one-out basis. Wait times may apply.

What precautions are you taking to help prevent the spread of COVID-19? 
We are following all local, state and federal guidelines. The exhibition is set up in a way for guests to more easily physically distance, we have hand sanitizer stations set up throughout, and are observing capacity restrictions. Visit MeijerGardens.org/COVID to view our full safety plan. 

Where will I wait in line?
The line will remain at the front desk and extend into the Cook Entryway and PNC Portico.

Can I buy tickets online or ahead of time?
We do not offer advanced tickets. All admission tickets are purchased upon arrival. 

Is any of the exhibition outdoors?
The trees, cultural displays and Railway Garden that are featured as part of the Metro Health Christmas & Holiday Traditions exhibition are located indoors. The outdoor Gardens & Sculpture Park is open with nearly 300,000 lights featured throughout the grounds. 

Will we be able to visit with Santa?
Virtual Santa visits will be offered on the Tuesday nights (starting November 24) before Christmas from 5-8 pm. These interactive visits with Santa will occur in the Hauenstein and Pfeiffer Event Rooms, located off of the main BISSELL Corridor. While your children will not be able to sit on Santa’s lap this year, we have a virtual connection with Santa and he will interact with guests live from the North Pole.

Will we hear the Dickens Carolers?
The Dickens Carolers will be here performing virtually on Tuesday evenings before Christmas from 6-8 pm. Guests will be able to enjoy these live performances on monitors located throughout the facility.

Will we see the Rooftop Reindeer?
The Rooftop Reindeer will be here from 1-4 pm on the Saturdays leading up to Christmas. While you will be able to get close to them for photos, guests will not be able to pet or touch the reindeer this year.

I am a member. Are you still having member holiday parties?
In order to comply with current State of Michigan guidelines, we are not able to host in person member parties. However, we will have some great virtual experiences that will be emailed to all members. We have added additional member early hours during the exhibition this year:
Exclusive member early hours during exhibition are:
Saturdays: 8 - 9 am on Dec 5 and Jan 2
Sundays: 9 - 11 am on Nov 29; Dec 6 ,13, 20, 27; Jan 3

Are you open late on any nights other than Tuesday nights?
We will be open until 9 pm on November 24, December 1, 8, 14–19, 21–23, 26, 28–30
PLEASE NOTE: Meijer Gardens will be closed for the day on November 26, December 25 & January 1. 

What is the construction that is happening?
The construction that you will see is part of our exciting expansion project called Welcoming the World: Honoring a Legacy of Love. Learn more about our expansion at MeijerGardens.org/growing

Will there be a Holiday Gift Show this year?
Unfortunately, due to current State of Michigan guidelines there will not be a Holiday Gift Show this year. However, we have many wonderful and unique products, many by local artisans, in the DeVos Keeler Gift Shop. Please call the Gift Shop at 616-957-7904 with any questions or to arrange for curbside pick-up. Please note, an admission ticket for Meijer Gardens will be required to enter the Gift Shop during this year's exhibition.

Can I schedule a tour for my group? 
Special group pricing for groups of 10+ is available. Advanced notice is required. Please call the group tour office at 616-977-7681.

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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 24, 2020 5:00 pm

Virtual Santa Visits

Virtual Santa visits will be offered on the Tuesday nights.

November 28, 2020 1:00 pm

Rooftop Reindeer

Reindeer will be here from 1-4 pm on the Saturdays leading up to Christmas.

December 1, 2020 6:00 pm

Virtual Original Dickens Carolers

They're a holiday tradition.

Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Lead Railway Garden Sponsor

Educational Events Sponsor

Steelcase

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
Michigan Radio
FOX17
Star 105.7

Exhibition element sponsors:

Amway
Aquinas College
BHS Insurance
Cascade Engineering
Bill & Marilyn Crawford
Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation
DK Security
Chris & Deanna Eckert
Everett's Landscape Management, Inc.
Grand Valley State University
Herman Miller Cares
J.C. & Tammy Huizenga
The I.C.N. Foundation
Insignia Homes
i understand
Jandernoa Foundation
Lacks Enterprises
Macatawa Bank 
Candace & Bruce Matthews
Doug Meijer
Hank & Liesel Meijer
Lena Meijer
Metro Health
Northpointe Bank
Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.
Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation
Pioneer Construction
Jim & Marie Preston
Priority Health
RDV Corporation
Steelcase Inc.
Superior Ground Cover
Lena, Olivia, Hanna & Alex Tuzzolino
Universal Forest Products Foundation
Van Andel Institute
Sharon Van Dellen
Warner Norcross + Judd
Wolverine Worldwide

Additional support from:

Amy Assenmacher
Andy & Pam Daugavietis
Deloitte
Jan Deur
Gary & Sue Eberle
Nancy & Gerard Hickey
Ted & Amy Heilman
Kristen Herweyer
Ron & Heidi Hofman
Mary Ann Keeler
Ray Loeschner
Meijer Inc.
Kathy Vogelsang
Maryln & Doug Walton