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 42 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. 

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. 


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


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. 




November 6, 2021 9:00 am

Holiday Gift Show 2021

Free for members, get your gift on at Meijer Gardens!

November 23, 2021 5:00 pm

Santa Visits

All guests are welcome to share their holiday wishes with Santa. Tuesday evenings through December 21.

November 23, 2021 5:00 pm

Live Music by Samuel Nalagria

Experience the sounds of folk and wold music with Samuel Nalagria, a native of Uganda, Africa in the new Garden Pavilion on Tuesday evenings.

November 23, 2021 6:00 pm

The Original Dickens Carolers

They're a holiday tradition.


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
Star 105.7

Exhibition element sponsors:

Coming soon!

Additional support from:

Coming soon!