It’s the final weekend before Christmas. That means there are many Christmas, Chanukah, and Winter related activities this weekend. We also have more tickets for the Grand Rapids Ball Drop on New Year’s Eve. And, if you want to travel back to the 80’s for a few hours...there are a couple of events to do just that!

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

Click on the event title for additional information.


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    Holiday Caroling Downtown Grand Rapids

    Various Downtown Grand Rapids Locations

    Friday, December 20th, 2019 - 1:15 pm-7:30 pm

    Cost: Free

    To spread joy and cheer this Holiday Season, Opera Grand Rapids will be singing carols in public spaces scattered throughout downtown Grand Rapids. Come join them to enjoy a selection of caroling favorites and celebrate the Season with Opera Grand Rapids!
    1:15 pm-1:30 pm Calder Plaza
    1:45 pm-2:00 pm DeVos Place
    2:15 pm-2:30 pm Grand Rapids Public Museum
    4:00 pm-4:15 pm Rosa Parks Circle/Kilwins
    4:30 pm-4:45 pm Monument Park/Children’s Museum
    5:00 pm-5:15 pm Van Andel Arena
    6:00 pm-6:30 pm Downtown Market
    7:00 pm-7:30 pm Downtown Market

  • 2

    Grand Rapids Ball Drop Ticket Stop

    Chubby's Bar & Grill, 5751 Byron Center Ave., SW, Wyoming, MI 49519

    Friday, December 20th, 2019 - 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    The Grand Rapids Ball Drop is returning to downtown Grand Rapids for New Year’s Eve. General Admission tickets are free, but you can only get them at our ticket stops. Our Street Team will be giving away 100 Tickets (limit 4 per person). Take care of your New Year's plan now, and stop out and grab your tickets!

  • 3

    Christmas Lights

    Various Locations and Times throughout West Michigan

    Cost: Free

    Load up the car and hit the roads. There are many people who have decorated their homes to the max! The website Grand Rapids Kids has put together a lists of locations to go check out the lights. According to their website: “ “Our elves have scoured the land along with listening to your proclamations of THE  BEST places to catch a good Christmas light show. So take a peek at the list, print a copy of our Holiday Light Scavenger Hunt and load up the kids. It’s time to take in the magic of lights and music.”

  • 4

    Grand Rapids Ballet: The Nutcracker

    DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, December 20th, 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 - 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

    Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 - 1:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $32.00

    West Michigan’s favorite holiday tradition returns to the grandeur of DeVos Performance Hall with sets by famed children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg (“The Polar Express”, “Jumanji”), Broadway-quality set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (“Wicked”, “Sweeney Todd”, “Saturday Night Live”), choreography by Val Caniparoli, and the live music of your Grand Rapids Symphony. Don’t miss the magic!

  • 5

    Ultimate 80s PARTY featuring Tiffany

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

    Friday, December 20th, 2019 - 8:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $15.00

    Are you ready to flash back to the era of wild hairdos, skin tight leotards, and most iconic pop music the world has ever heard? That’s right, the 80s are calling to take back the dance floors! The original performer of the hit classic “I Think We’re Alone Now” -- Tiffany -- will be hosting the night, alongside bands playing tribute to the essentials from the 80’s.

  • 6

    Comedian Alonzo Bodden

    Dr. Grin’s at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, December 20th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 - 5:30 pm, 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets are $15.00-$20.00 depending on show time

    Alonzo Bodden, who won Season 3 on NBC's "Last Comic Standing," has been a panelist on NPR's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me," and his special, "Heavy Lightweight," is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. In 2011, he starred in the comedy special "Who's Paying Attention" on Showtime, released a DVD, and hosts a podcast of the same name. Alonzo has made the rounds on the late night television circuit including appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn," and "The Keenen Ivory Wayans" show. His film credits include "Scary Movie 4," "The Girl Next Door," and "Bringing Down the House" starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah.

  • 7

    Snowflake Break

    Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 through Sunday, January 5th, 2020

    Cost: Free with general admission

    This holiday season, visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum and take part in a variety of family friendly programs and activities themed around history, science and culture, and our special exhibits – Bodies Revealed, Design Zone & TOYS! Visitors can make their own themed snowflakes and take home ornaments, play a variety of games and more! General admission includes hands–on activities for Snowflake Break, special holiday displays and admission to Design Zone and TOYS! The Bodies Revealed exhibit will be an additional fee.

  • 8

    Rooftop Reindeer at Meijer Gardens

    Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 - 1:00 pm

    Cost: Included with General Admission

    Reindeer will be on-hand at the Gerald R. Ford Grove near the entrance to the Lena Meijer Children's Garden. Guests can visit the reindeer, get an up-close look and maybe even pet them.

  • 9

    Mega 80's Ugly Christmas Sweater & Speedo Party

    The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave., SW, Grand Rapids. MI 49503

    Saturday, December 21st, 2019 - 8:00 pm-12:00 Midnight

    Cost: Tickets are $12.00

    The Mega 80's sprung onto the Detroit music scene and have not looked back. Their mix of accurately replicated sounds of the 80's era, their expansive play list and retro style has made them a dominating force in entertainment. With all of the continued improvements to the show, from adding dancers, video elements and a spectacular light show, the Mega 80's production will soon be putting on a show like no one else!

  • 10

    Grand Menorah Lighting & Chocolate Gelt Drop!

    Calder Plaza, 351 Ottawa Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503,

    Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 - 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

    Cost: Free

    Come celebrate the first night of Chanukah together! Lively Chanukah music, Sufganiot (donuts), Hot delicious latkes, Epic Chanukah Gelt drop, Exciting entertainment, and more!! Menorah lighting at 5:00 pm. Fun for the whole family!

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