GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) Thanksgiving is always a special time of year, we get to spend the holiday with family and friends and kick off the season. After the turkey and stuffing, there’s plenty to see and do this weekend. Check out Maranda’s top picks in this week’s Five Star Family Fun Update. To get a full list of events e-mailed to you each week, click here to sign up!Holland Civic Theater Presents: A Charlie Brown Christmas
50 West Ninth Street
Nov 25 7pm
Nov 26 & 27 2pm
Dec 2 7pm
Dec 3 2pm & 7pm
Dec 8 & 9 7pm
Dec 10 2pm & 7pm
When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to learn what the real meaning of Christmas is.
Frederik Meijer Gardens
November 22- Jan 8
Ring in the holiday season with their most beloved winter exhibition. See the glow of nearly 400,000 lights, strolling carolers, visits from Santa, rooftop reindeer and more than 40 international trees and displays. Regular admission rates: Adults $14.50, children (5-13) $7, children (3-4) $4 children 2 and under free. Free to members.
Performances of ‘Twas’ will begin Friday, November 25 at 7 p.m. at the East Grand Rapids High School Performing Arts Center. Repeat performances are offered on Saturday, November 26 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Sunday, November 27 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available on-line at www.careballet.org or at the door. Parking is free.
West Michigan’s largest, animated drive-through light show is now celebrating its 20th year. Enjoy nearly 2 miles and over a million lights, animated displays, lighted tunnels and more.
Cost: $17 per carThe Santa Train
Saturday, November 26
Coopersville & Marne Railway
11am & 1:30pm
Children (2-12) $17
Each of their vintage passenger cars has a special seat reserved just for Santa and his friends. Elves will escort children to sit with Santa and all children get a present. Their story-telling Princess will read Christmas-themed books to children in each of the railcars.