There's A LOT happening Downtown during the holidays. We'll continually update this list as new information becomes available. Updated December 1, 2017.
Holiday Gift Guide
- First Fridays shopping along the Avenue for the Arts
- Holiday Open House - Monroe Center
- Participating stores celebrate the season with sales, giveaways, raffles, photos with Santa and more!
- ArtPrize Holiday Pop-Up Shop
- Giftworks at Grand Rapids Children's Museum
- Angel Tree Toy Drive led by WOOD TV's Eva Aguirre Cooper
- Tree Lighting Soiree at Vault of Midnight
- Ornament exchange for limited edition Vault of Midnight gifts.
- Free gift wrapping all night!
- Slate Clothing celebrates 1 year on Ionia Ave.
- 20% off special during the Dec. 7 event
- The Downtown Market features 20+ retail vendors
- Christmas Tree & Decor Lot available now through December 10
Share the Joy
- Habitat Happennings: Winter Tour of West Side Homes
- Habitat for Humanity welcomes families home for the holidays
- Snowflake Break at the Grand Rapids Public Museum
- Intro to Mindfulness: De-Stress for the Holidays at the Grand Rapids Public Museum
- Inaugural celebration of Pasko (Christmas) at the Filipino "Parol" Lantern Celebration
See the Sights
- Light Up Downtown winter season kickoff event
- Menorah Lighting at Calder Plaza
- Spend time with Santa
- Ice Skating at Rosa Parks Circle
- Christmas for the Animals
- Free holiday event for the community at John Ball Zoo
- Twinklin' Holiday Lights Tour with Grand Rapids Running Tours
- The Nutcracker & A Christmas Carol presented by Grand Rapids Ballet
- Van Andel Arena presents The Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- Get around Downtown GR for free on the DASH. Park & ride to events, restaurants and shops all season long.
- Rapid and Silver Line buses drop you off right in the action. Explore routes here.
- Your mobile device can make travel to Downtown easier. Try some of the apps available in GR.
- Plan ahead for parking to avoid wasting time looking for a space.
- Stay Downtown for the holidays. Hotels & lodging available here.