Meijer Gardens announces holiday schedule in Grand Rapids

Photo of Chris Carr
The 27th annual holiday season exhibition will open to the public on Nov. 23.

The 27th annual holiday season exhibition will open to the public on Nov. 23.

Photo by Dean Van Dis/courtesy of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Cultures and traditions from around the globe will be celebrated at the annual holiday celebration at Meijer Gardens.

Starting Nov. 23, Grand Rapids’ Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park will be hosting the University of Michigan Health-West Christmas & Holiday traditions exhibition. The exhibition will run until Jan. 2 of the new year.

"There are many different customs and traditions displayed in Christmas tree form and other structures," said Laurene Grunwald, director of Sculpture, Art Collections, Exhibitions and Installations at Frederik Meijer Gardens.

The exhibition features 46 displays inside the buildings and more included out in the grounds. In addition to Christmas trees and displays of different global traditions, the exhibit boasts the railway gardens which features decorated trolleys that roam around the facilities, up around the ceiling and down on the ground.

With the ongoing pandemic affecting the function of many organizations and institutions, the Meijer Gardens are no different.

"It's been evolving and changing," Grunwald said, discussing the need to focus on using larger and more open spaces that the facility provides to maintain effective social distancing. "Our building has grown in size during the last year of construction and increased the space we can utilize."

The gardens will be open to the public throughout the holiday season with the exceptions of Nov. 25, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 and will see some extended hours. The gardens will be open later until 9 p.m. on the days of Dec. 20-23 and Dec. 27-30.

For more information on the gardens and its ongoing holiday events, visit