Top picks for family fun this holiday weekend


Looking for family fun this holiday weekend? Here are Maranda’s top five picks!

Rosa Parks Circle Opens

Rosa Parks Circle

Friday, November 23

Ice rink opens this holiday weekend! It’s become of one Grand Rapids’ favorite winter pastimes. 

$3.00 for adults

$1,00 for children

Kalamazoo Tree Lighting

Bronson Park

Friday, November 23

5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Visit with Santa during the tree lighting ceremony in Bronson Park. 

Santa will be available from 6:20 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

CARE Ballet Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas

This original ballet, based on Clement C. Moore’s familiar poem and set to traditional holiday music, has become a Thanksgiving Weekend tradition in Grand Rapids. Mischievous mice, dancing stockings, magical toys and Santa with his prancing reindeer combine to create a wonderful hour of family entertainment. Even the youngest members of your family will enjoy this show! The audience is welcome to join Santa and the cast on stage after the performance so don’t forget your camera!

Little Mermaid at GR Civic Theatre

Grand Rapids 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.

Battle Creek Winter Festival Carnival

Saturday, November 24th

4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Festival Market Square

The Winter Festival Carnival is a fun-family friendly event that will be packed with games, activities, face-painting, live music, food, and winter merriment! We will also have trees throughout festival market square for non-profit groups to decorate, as well as a community canvas.

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