Santa Parade! Nutcracker Tea Time! And more family fun in West Michigan


The Art Van Santa Parade rolled through downtown Grand Rapids on Nov. 17, 2018. (Michael Buck/WOOD TV8)

Looking for family fun this weekend? Maranda has a list of Top Picks for your family to enjoy!

Santa Parade in GR

Downtown Grand Rapids

Saturday, November 17

9 a.m.

Downtown Grand Rapids will be filled the sweet sounds of local marching bands, carolers, and local performers. Entrants for the 2018 event will create unique entries around the theme, including costumes, music and floats based on popular & classic holiday songs.

Battle Creek Holiday Open House

Kool Center

Saturday, November 17

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

As a gift to the community, the Battle Creek Community Foundation invites you and your family to the Kool Family Community Center to enjoy this FREE and open to all ages event!
Join us in celebrating the holiday season! Look forward to the following 
entertainment and activities:

-Photos with Santa -Indoor snowball zone!
-Game tables -Story time with Mrs. Claus 
-Lego Wonderland -Hot cocoa and cookies
-Live Reindeer -Popcorn assortment
-Coloring pages

Snowman with GR Symphony

DeVos Performance Hall

Saturday, November 17

3 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Based on the award-winning children’s book The Snowman by Raymond Briggs, this concert captures a magical night for a boy and his snowman friend. Live orchestral music accompanies the Oscar-nominated 1982 movie. A great way to kick-off the holiday season!

Join us at 2 pm for FREE pre-concert kids activities including crafts and an instrument petting zoo!

Nutcracker Ballet Tea

Holland Area Arts Council

Sunday, November 18

1p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Tickets: $35 per person | $15 for children 10 & under

This holiday season, the Arts Council is reprising their partnership with Grand Rapids Ballet in two special performances. The Nutcracker Ballet Tea is a story-time brunch in a winter fairy-tale land of ballerinas, nutcrackers and toy soldiers. Members of Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company will dance vignettes from The Nutcracker as Attila Mosolygo, Junior Company Artistic Director reads The Nutcracker story. The performance includes high tea, delicious snacks and a box of treats for each child to enjoy.

The Princess and the Pea at the Ballet Arts Ensemble

Chenery Auditorium

Sunday, November 16 and 18

2 p.m.

Tickets: $13 – $18. 

To open this year’s season, Ballet Arts Ensemble (BAE) and Artistic Director Cathleen Huling have chosen to retell Hans Christian Andersen’s enchanting story, “The Princess and the Pea.”

Annie at Cornerstone University

Nov. 15-17 at 7 p.m. | Nov. 17 & 18 at 1 p.m.

Matthews Performing Arts Center | Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

Tickets:$17 all seats

“Annie” tells the story of a young orphan girl who uses her pluck and positivity to charm the hearts of all she meets, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. This family-friendly musical brings Harold Gray’s beloved comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” to life on stage. One of the world’s best-loved musicals, this production features some of the greatest musical theatre ever written.

Little Mermaid at GR Civic Theatre

Nov. 16-18, 21-25, and 28-30 | Dec. 1-2, 5-9, and 12-16

Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday Matinees at 2:00 p.m.

Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen and Disney’s animated film from 1989, this timeless love story follows the plight of Princess Ariel and her forbidden love for a human prince in the world above. Irresistible songs by the Academy Award-winning Alan Menken including “Under the Sea”, “Kiss the Girl”, and “Part of Your World”, will have you humming along with a cast of lovable sea creatures from start to finish.

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