Festive family fun this weekend


Looking for some festive family fun this weekend? Here’s a list of Maranda’s Top Picks!

Critter Barn Live Nativity

Critter Barn: 9275 Adams St, Zeeland, Michigan 49464

December 6 – 29  

Fri & Sat @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm (every 30 min)

Experience the Live Nativity scene inside our historic barn with costumed characters, music, and live animals. Enjoy our beautifully decorated facility and indoor setting. View our unique photo display of Bethlehem and Galilee. Our Nativity room and small animal rooms are heated. Visit cows, donkeys, sheep, goats, rabbits and more. Walk through our bunny wonderland.

Free Admission. Donations support this event; your contribution is appreciated.

Memory Lane Train Tickets at the Christmas Lite Show

Fifth Third Ball Park Christmas Lite Show

Nov 21 – Dec 31

Departure Times: 5:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, & 8:45pm

A whole new way to see the lights! Ride through the Lite Show on the Memory Lane Train.

New for this year is an extended trail, an addition of 10,000 lights, a few new and updated displays, and more.

GR Ballet: The Nutcracker

December 14-16 & 21-23

DeVos Performance Hall

Purchase Tickets Online

It isn’t the holidays in 2018 without the magic of Grand Rapids Ballet’s The Nutcracker. The world-famous design of Chris Van Allsburg (The Polar Express, Jumanji), Broadway-quality sets by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Saturday Night Live), festive choreography by Val Caniparoli, and live music from Grand Rapids Symphony all come together to create pure magic.

Santa Skate at Millennium Ice Rink in Portage

Saturday, December 15, 3 – 5 p.m. 

Milennium Park Ice Rink (280 Romence Road)

$4 Open Skate | $3 Skate Rental 

Join us for an afternoon of fun on the ice with jolly Ol’ Saint Nick! Enjoy holiday music with DJ Matt Ervin and skating with the Big Man himself who will be passing out candy canes. Stay warm with a steaming cup of hot chocolate, hot cider, Water Street Coffee and other refreshments purchased on-site at Millennium Café now open for the skating season. Bring your cameras for this fantastic holiday photo op with family and friends!

Zoo Lights at Binder Park Zoo

November 30 – December 23, Friday & Saturday

5-8 pm each night

$5 Binder Park Zoo Member

$6 General Public

The zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with brilliant light displays, festive décor and plenty of “oohs and aahs”! Celebrate the season with the whole family and plan a merry visit to the zoo to see winter hardy animals on exhibit, ride the carousel and enjoy special featured events each evening!

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