The Santa Parade happens on Saturday in downtown Grand Rapids. Other events this weekend include another Grand Rapids Ball Drop Ticket Stop, and the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival. There is also hockey, basketball, WWE wrestling. A couple of stage productions... Elf, the Musical and The Lion King. There is even a walk through the Christmas lights at Fifth Third Ballpark

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

Click on the event title for additional information.


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    Cocktail Week GR

    Various Locations and Times

    Runs through Sunday, November 24th, 2019

    Cost: Varies

    Sip local! Join the fun as Michigan's creative beverage capital celebrates the art of the craft cocktail. Sample the handiwork of the area's leading bartenders. Savor the unique flavors of made-in-Grand Rapids artisanal spirits. And share your enthusiasm for cocktail culture with fellow aficionados.

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    Grand Rapids Ball Drop Ticket Stop

    Bailey's Grove Beverages, 3866 52nd St., SE, Kentwood, MI

    Friday, November 22nd, 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 again this Friday. They will be giving away 100 Tickets (limit 4 per person).

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    12th Annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival

    DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 - 4:00 pm-10:00 pm

    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 - 2:00 pm-10:00 pm

    Cost: $20.00. Tasting Tickets are .50 each and are sold onsite at the Festival. All food and beverage samples require varied amounts of tasting tickets.

    Forbes magazine calls it one of the “Best Fall Wine Festivals in North America You Don’t Want to Miss”. Now in its 12th year, this festival has established itself as Michigan’s annual tasting event, measured by more than 1,500 wines, beers, ciders and spirits from around the world, along with creations from the area’s finest restaurants. From the connoisseur who lives and breathes for the finer things in life to the novice looking for an introduction to the world of food and spirits, this Festival will deliver a grand experience that is sure to please every palette.

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    Hockey: The Grand Rapids Griffins vs. The Milwaukee Admirals

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

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $16.00

    This Friday is College Night at the Griffins game. There will also be $2 beers and $2 hot dogs.

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    Basketball: The Grand Rapids Drive vs. The Fort Wayne Mad Ants

    The DeltaPlex Arena, 2500 Turner Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $5.00

    Each Friday Night home game features $2 Beers and $2 Hot Dogs! This Friday it will be First Responders and Superheroes night.

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    Elf, The Musical

    Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, 30 N. Division Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Sunday, November 24th, 2019 - 2:00 pm

    (Runs through Sunday, December 22nd, 2019)

    Cost: Tickets start at $35.00

    A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully unaware life among his family of elves. This all comes to an end when his disastrous toy making efforts force the admission that he is a human. With a little encouragement from Santa, Buddy heads to New York City on a quest to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Despite some bumps along the way, his enthusiastic cheer encourages his new family (and the whole city) to remember the true spirit of the holiday season…“the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Recommended for ages 10 and up.

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    Broadway Grand Rapids presents “The Lion King”

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

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 - 8:00 pm

    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 - 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm

    Sunday, November 24th, 2019 - 1:00 pm & 6:30 pm

    (Runs through Sunday, December 1st, 2019)

    Cost: Tickets prices vary

    More than 95 million people around the world have experienced the phenomenon of Disney’s The Lion King. Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, this landmark musical event brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. The Lion King also features some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.

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    2019 Art Van Santa Parade

    Downtown Grand Rapids, MI

    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 - 9:00 am

    Cost: Free

    The West Michigan holiday season will officially kick-off with the Art Van Santa Parade, presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees. Downtown Grand Rapids will be filled the sweet sounds of local marching bands, carolers, and local performers. Thousands of parade-goers will be watching as the Parade makes its way down the streets of Grand Rapids. The parade will start at Michigan and Monroe and go south on Monroe to Fulton Street. If you can’t make it out to see the parade it person, it will be broadcast live on WOOD TV 8 starting at 9 am on Saturday.

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    Winter Wonder Walk

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

    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 - 6:00 pm

    Cost: Adults (13 & older) $20, Children (6-12) $10, Children (5 and under) Free

    This is your chance to get a preview and see the lights up Close! Walk at your own pace, enjoy hot cocoa, and meet Santa's Reindeer! This is your chance to take close-up photos of the displays! (Think Christmas Card Family Style Photos!) Bring the whole family for a night out of fun! The event will take place rain or shine. Please dress for inclement weather. (The Christmas Lite Show will be open evenings starting at 5:30 pm beginning on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019.)

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    WWE Live Supershow

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

    Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $15.00

    See your favorite WWE Superstars Live including: Daniel Bryan vs. The Fiend, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin, Natalya & Charlotte Flair vs. The Kabuki Warriors, plus, Randy Orton, Rusev, The Miz, Lacey Evans, Ricochet & many more! (Card is subject to change)

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