This first weekend of December will feature Christmas lights, music, animals, a bar crawl, an open house, ballet and an implosion! Something for all!

Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.

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  • 1

    Christmas Lite Show

    Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Dr., NE Comstock Park, MI 49321

    Runs through Sunday, December 31st, 2017 - 5:30 pm-9:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $20

    This is West Michigan's largest, animated, drive thru light show, which is now celebrating it's 20th year of entertaining people of all ages. Enjoy nearly two miles, over a million lights, animated displays, lighted tunnels, and more. On select evenings, you can stop at the Santa house, and give him your wish list!

  • 2

    Light Up Downtown - Winter Season Kickoff

    Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink, 135 Monroe Center St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, December 1st, 2017 - 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    Join in the holiday themed festivities as the City of Grand Rapids kicks off the season with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. All of the holiday lights in Downtown GR switch on at 5:45 pm, followed by skating at the Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink (Kids, 17 and under, skate free all night). Santa and Mrs. Claus will be around to take professional photos with the whole family.

  • 3

    Hockey: The Grand Rapids Griffins vs. The Texas Stars

    Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St W. Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, December 1st, 2017 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $16 if purchased in advance

    The Grand Rapids Griffins host the Texas Stars on Friday night at the Van Andel Arena. It’s a Friday night game, so that means $2 beers and $2 hot dogs. There will also be a Red Kettle jersey auction after the game.

  • 4

    The Prince Experience

    20 Monroe Live, 11 Ottawa Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, December 1st, 2017 - 9:00 pm

    Cost: $15.00

    This is the ultimate tribute to Prince.  Enjoy all of your favorite songs like “Purple Rain”, and “Little Red Corvette”.  Come enjoy all of the classics and party like it's 1999!

  • 5

    Christmas for the Animals!

    John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    Free holiday event for the community! Visit Santa and his reindeer. Plus, crafts, music, ice carving demonstrations, and animals getting presents! Kids get to make their own enrichment for the animals. Christmas for the Animals showcases a special kind of animal care that keeps the animals engaged, interested in their environment and behaving as they would in the wild.

  • 6

    12 Bars of Xmas Crawl

    Starts at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 - 12 Noon-8:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets are $25

    The 12 Bars of Christmas Crawl is coming to town. Grab your best holiday onesies, Santa suits, ugly sweaters, and elf costumes and get ready to crawl! What you get: 16 oz. Bad Santa Stadium Cup for all your drink, Commemorative Santa hat, Wristband for entry and drink/food specials, No cover with your ticket purchase, Drink specials at all participating bars, Everyone dressed in outrageous costumes. Participating  bars: The B.O.B., Bobarino's, Flanagan’s Irish Pub, Garage Bar, Holiday Bar, J. Gardella’s, Kuzzin’s Lounge, O’Toole’s Pub, River City Saloon, Steel Cat, Tin Can Bar, Z’s Bar and Restaurant.

  • 7

    The Nutcracker

    Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hill Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

    Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 - 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm

    Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 - 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm

    The West Michigan Youth Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center this weekend. There are two performances on Saturday and two on Sunday.

  • 8

    Holiday Open House

    Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 - 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    This annual event will feature a visit from Santa and his Mrs. and a few of their reindeer! Enjoy holiday stories and music from various choirs. There is no charge to attend the event, and reservations are not needed

  • 9

    Hallmark Channel Presents Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2017

    Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 - 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $48.50

    Over the past 20-plus years, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become a critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum, musical powerhouse, and its annual winter tours a beloved, multi-generational holiday tradition. Join them on Sunday for two performances of “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” Fans will get the chance to experience this exciting stage spectacle, including new awe-inspiring effects, and staging, certain to make the story even more engaging for fans.

  • 10

    The Pontiac Silverdome Implosion

    Pontiac Silverdome (Public parking and viewing area for the demolition at the Oakland County Water Resource Commission site at 155 N. Opdyke. Vehicles must be parked by 8:15 am.)

    Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 - 8:30 am

    The Pontiac Silverdome, former home of the Detroit Lions and Pistons, is set to be imploded on Sunday. The implosion at 8:30 am will be part of the first phase. The implosion will break the metal beams at the perimeter of the stadium that were used to keep the roof inflated. The remaining demolition will be done in phases during the next year. If you can’t make it to Pontiac, the event is scheduled to be broadcast live on the City of Pontiac FaceBook page.

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