Now that everyone is stuffed from Thanksgiving dinner, it’s time to get out there and burn off some of those calories. Here are 10 things you can do this weekend around West Michigan.

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

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  • 1

    Christmas Shopping

    Various Locations, Various Hours

    Friday, November 24th until Christmas

    Cost: Depends on how much you buy!

    A lot of people will be out in the stores on Black Friday to get the best deals that they can. Many stores have special hours for Black Friday and will start their longer holiday hours leading up to Christmas.

  • 2

    Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World

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

    Friday, November 24th, 2017 - 9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Saturday, November 25th, 2017 - 9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Sunday, November 26th, 2017 - 11:00 am-5:00 pm

    (Runs through January 7th, 2018)

    Cost: Members - Free | Adults (14 – 64) - $14.50 | Seniors (65 and older) - $11 | Students (with student ID) - $11 | Children (5–13) - $7 | Children (3–4) - $4 | Children (2 and younger) - FREE

    Ring in the holiday season with this winter exhibition. Forget the hustle and bustle and find your calm in their winter wonderland - it's an idyllic spot to center your thoughts on the true meaning of the holidays. The annual Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World exhibition brings the glow of nearly 400,000 lights, strolling carolers, visits from Santa, rooftop reindeer and more than 40 international trees and displays.

  • 3

    Shop for a Jaguar & Land Rover

    Sharpe Jaguar & Land Rover, 1010 28th St., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

    Friday, November 24th, 2017 - 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Cost: Free to stop by

    Jojo will be at Sharpe Jaguar & Land Rover this Friday from 12-2 pm.  There is no better way than to shop for the perfect car for yourself or others on Black Friday. When you buy a car, Sharpe will pay your sales tax!  Also, every test drive will enter you in to win a $200 Broadway Grand Rapids Certificate and an overnight stay at the JW Marriott. You don't even need to make an appointment, they will take walk ins.  You will even get 20% off all lifestyle accessories. Stop by to say HI to Jojo and spin the WFGR Prize Wheel for a chance to win more prizes!

  • 4

    Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle

    Rosa Parks Circle, Corner of Monroe Ave and Pearl St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, November 24th, 2017 - Officially opens for the season at 5:00 pm (OPENING DELAYED UNTIL SATURDAY)

    Cost: Adults - $3, Children under 18 - $1

    On Friday evening at 5 pm the ice rink at Rosa Parks Circle officially opens for the season (DUE TO THE WARM AND SUNNY WEATHER ON FRIDAY, THE OPENING HAS BEEN DELAYED UNTIL AT LEAST SATURDAY). The rink will be open for skating through March. Monday through Saturday the rink opens at 10 am and Sunday at 11 am.   You can skate nightly until 9:45 pm. It’s also really affordable, adults can skate for $3 and children under 18 can skate for just $1. Skates are included in your admission. If you have them, you can bring your own skates. Lockers are available for 25 cents.

  • 5

    Basketball: Grand Rapids Drive vs. Sioux Falls Skyforce

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

    Friday, November 24th, 2017 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $5.00

    The Detroit Pistons presents the Grand Rapids Drive vs. the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Doors open at 6 pm with Tip-Off at 7 pm.

  • 6

    Hockey: The Grand Rapids Griffins vs. The Manitoba Moose

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

    Friday, November 24thd, 2017 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $16 if purchased in advance

    It’s the first home game for the Grand Rapids Griffins since November 8th. Welcome them back home as they take on the Manitoba Moose. It’s a Friday night game, so that means $2 beers and $2 hot dogs.

  • 7


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

    Friday, November 24th, 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Saturday November 25th, 2017 - 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

    Sunday, November 26th, 2017 - 2:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $18

    In the midst of the 1930s, Annie is an orphan who is searching for her family. With no help from the tyrannical orphanage director, Miss Hannigan, Annie is selected to stay with a millionaire, Daddy Warbucks, for the holidays. Will Annie finally have the family she’s dreamed of?

  • 8

    Watch Your Favorite Holiday Specials on TV

    Hours Vary

    Cost: Free

    What better way to get into the Christmas Spirit than to sit down with the family and watch some of your favorite Christmas specials. All of your old favorites as well as some newer favorites will be on TV between now and Christmas. We have a list of the dates and times for these shows on the WFGR website.

  • 9

    Broadway Grand Rapids presents Les Misérable

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

    Friday, November 24th, 2017 - 8:00 pm

    Saturday, November 25th, 2017 - 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm

    Sunday, November 26th, 2017 - 1:00 pm & 6:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $38

    Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more.

  • 10

    Small Business Saturday

    Downtown Market Grand Rapids, 435 Ionia Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 and other locations

    Saturday, November 25th, 2017 - 9:00 am-7:00 pm

    Cost: Free Admission

    Did you know that for every $100 spent locally, an average of $68 stays in the community? The Grand Rapids Market is an example of just how impactful shopping small and supporting locally-owned businesses really is. Celebrate Small Business Saturday by shopping at your favorite small business, not on in the Downtown Market but throughout the area.

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