Metro Health Christmas & Holiday Traditions

Metro Health Christmas & Holiday Traditions

November 26, 2019 January 5, 2020

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

Ring in the holiday season with our most beloved winter exhibition. Forget the hustle and bustle and find joy in our winter wonderland - 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 the Signs of the Season and learn the meaning behind some of the world's most iconic symbols.

Honoring holiday cultures around the world, Meijer Gardens focuses on the authenticity of 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 made from natural materials, and model trolleys and trains. 

EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS
We will be open until 9 pm on December 17-21, 23, 26-28 and 30.
PLEASE NOTE: Meijer Gardens is CLOSED on November 28, 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.

This film will be shown continuously in the Hoffman Family Auditorium and is available below. 

 

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Events

November 2, 2019 9:00 am

2019 Holiday Gift Show

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

The first of our Member Holiday Parties features the official tree lighting ceremony.

November 26, 2019 5:00 pm

Santa Visits

All visitors are welcome to share their holiday wishes with Santa. Tuesday evenings through December 17.

November 26, 2019 6:00 pm

The Original Dickens Carolers

They're a holiday tradition.

November 30 1:00 pm December 21, 2019

Rooftop Reindeer

Each Saturday through December 21, reindeer will be on-hand near the entrance to the Lena Meijer Children's Garden.

December 1, 2019 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party - December 1

The second of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 2, 2019 7:00 pm

Adult Holiday Party

An Adult Party for our members 18 and over.

Ages

18 and over
December 8, 2019 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party - December 8

The third of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 15, 2019 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party - December 15

The fourth of our Member Holiday Parties.

December 16, 2019 6:00 pm

Member Holiday Party - December 16

The fifth and final of our Member Holiday Parties.

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

Spectrum Health
Ruffino Wines
BHS Insurance
Blessings in a Backpack 
Candace & Bruce Matthews
Cascade Engineering
Bill & Marilyn Crawford
Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation
Doug, Sarah & Kendall Meijer
Gilson Graphics
Hanna & Alex Tuzzolino
Herman Miller Cares
Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
Master Arts Theatre - "A Season of Stories" 
Hank & Liesel Meijer
J.C. & Tammy Huizenga
Lena Meijer
Owen Ames Kimball
Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation
Pioneer Construction
Steelcase
TEKTON, Inc. / Attallah & Mimi Amash
The I.C.N. Foundation
Universal Forest Products Foundation
Van Andel Institute