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.


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 the 2021 digital exhibition guide.

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


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. 




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:

Coming soon!

Additional support from:

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