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What's Going On: Holiday Edition 2021

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SweatFest ‘21
133 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids
Dec. 4, all day

If you missed Skelletones, this is your chance to dive right back in and stay there all day. SweatFest is an all-day punk, hardcore and emo event, featuring bands like Antidote, Last Gasp, Bitter Truth and more.

An Evening with David Sedaris
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.

David Sedaris is a nationally beloved author and humorist known for telling great stories in a uniquely clever way. See the icon in an intimate setting with all-new readings and recollections, as well as a Q&A session and book signing.

New Year’s Eve Gothic Circus
Opera GR
1320 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

Experience the ultimate New Year’s Eve party with Opera Grand Rapids. One ticket to this Gothic Circus themed party gets you admission, food, an open bar and entertainment from the Daredevil Circus Company and The Theatre Bizarre Orchestra. 


Christmas & Holiday Traditions
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
1000 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids

This marks the 27th year of Meijer Garden’s annual horticulture exhibition, this year honoring the role music, bells, gongs, whistles and animals play in treasured holiday celebrations. Enter a winter wonderland illuminated by 300,000 lights and filled with the sights and sounds of 46 cultural displays.

Christmas Lite Show
LMCU Ballpark
4500 W. River Dr., Grand Rapids

If you’re new to Grand Rapids, let us give you a hot tip: You need to see the Christmas Lite Show at our ballpark. This is a magical journey through two miles of Christmas magic, featuring over a million lights, animated displays, lighted tunnels and more. Enjoy it in your own vehicle or hop in the Memory Lane Train and get whisked away.

Shop Hop
Uptown Grand Rapids
Dec. 2

The Uptown Shop Hop we all know and love is back yet again. Come for special festivities around town on December 2, when all the local shops will pull out all the stops, with extra special experiences and moments of cheer for you to enjoy as you sip and shop your around. Live entertainment, caroling, ice sculpting, a tree lighting, and more!

The Magic of Christmas at Paddock Place
Paddock Place
1033 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids
Dec. 2-12

The Magic of Christmas Co. is partnering with The Paddock Place to create a local “Hallmark” Christmas event for us. Come by the historic Paddock Place for pictures with Santa, a Magic of Christmas light up walk through for families, a German style Christmas Village populated by local businesses, artists and food vendors, and a tree lighting event.

Christmas Market NohChe
Eastern Kille Distillery
700 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 4, 10 a.m.

Get your holiday shopping done at this year’s Christmas Market NohChe. Shop from local Grand Rapids area artists, makers, and small businesses for unique and special gifts. While you’re shopping, the bar will be open for some of your favorite Eastern Kille staples, plus a few specialty cocktails you can’t get any other time of the year!

Holiday Cocktail & Ugly Santa Party Bus Tour
Downtown Kalamazoo
Dec. 4, 12-6 p.m.

Kalamazoo is kicking off the holiday season with a specialty bus tour showcasing three distilleries — The Kalamazoo StillhouseGull Lake Distilling Co. and Green Door Distilling Co. — each presenting a signature holiday cocktail using a different spirit. Guests will learn about each distillery, its chosen spirit and how to make a festive craft cocktail for your next holiday party. Ugly holiday sweaters strongly encouraged!

Outdoor Holiday Market
Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver St., Saugatuck
Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Kick off the festive season with Saugatuck at the Outdoor Holiday Market. Around 40 vendors will come together in the Outdoor Plaza & Pavilion with high-end crafts, home decor, wearables, jewelry, paper goods, artisan baked goods, greens, and much more. While you shop, enjoy a specialty holiday beverages from the bar and food from local vendors, alongside your favorite holiday numbers by live band.

Holiday Sip & Shop
The Lit
61 Sheldon Blvd. SE, Grand Rapids
Dec. 9, 6-9 p.m.

The Grand Rapids Holiday Sip & Shop is a community-driven event, bringing together local makers and artisans, holiday customers, and Treetops Collective, a Grand Rapids-based non-profit organization for a one-night-only shopping occasion with 22 handmade vendors.

Christmas with Blue October
The Intersection
133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 11, 7 p.m.

Blue October is an alternative rock band known for hits like “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean,” and they’re coming to Grand Rapids with some dark and gloomy Christmas music in tow. Rock out—festively.

Made Market
Goei Center
818 Butterworth St. SW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Made Market is back this holiday season with more makers & shopping at the Goei Center! Come shop amazing makers, grab some eats & drinks & enjoy the community of this great city. Made Market is GR’s “finest curated handmade market,” showcasing the best makers from Grand Rapids and the surrounding region.

Cookie Decorating Workshop
Bridge Street Market
405 Seward Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 16, 5:30-7 p.m.

In this beginner’s workshop hosted by Sweet Details Grand Rapids, you will learn the basics (which are actually quite advanced) of cookie decoration while creating a set of cookies! You’ll learn about icing consistincies, outlines, floods, wet-on-wet, texture and sprinkles. And you’ll take home your own cookies and recipes for perfect cookies/icings. Family friendly!

Pentatonix: Evergreen Christmas Tour
Van Andel Arena
130 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids
Dec. 16, 7 p.m.

Pentatonix may be the most famous a capella group on Earth, and that didn’t happen by accident. They’re especially well-known for their Christmas music, releasing their 6th holiday album, Evergreen, in October. 

DAAC Artist Market
1553 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
Dec. 16-17

This is the DAAC’s first artist market in the new space, and they’re so excited to welcome you in. Head here either day for the coolest local art around, made by creators of all ages and all mediums.

Taste and Tour with Delilah
The Felt Estate
6597 138th Ave., Holland
Dec. 17, 6-9 p.m.

Head to the absolutely gorgeous, historic Felt Estate for This Taste and Tour event, featuring craft beers from New Holland Brewing Company and wines from Fenn Valley Vineyards; a guided holiday tour with director, Patty Meyer; and a holiday concert with Delilah DeWylde.

Holiday Classics with Dave Wickerham
Grand Rapids Public Museum
272 Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 17-20 

If you’ve never experienced the public museum’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ, you’re absolutely missing out. Watch a master, Dave Wickerham, at work on this massive organ from 1928, playing holiday classics in a way you’ve never seen.

Jingle Bell Brunch
Creston Brewery
1504 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
Dec. 19, 11 a.m.

Creston Brewery is back, and it’s time to celebrate with a fun, jolly drag brunch. Come for the food, enjoy the performance, and stay for the beer. 

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