It’s the final weekend of the year 2019! There are still many Christmas themed activities. There are also a lot of things going on at the area museums. It’s also your last chance to get your FREE General Admission tickets forthe Grand Rapids Ball Drop on New Year’s Eve.

Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.

Click on the event title for additional information.


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    Grand Rapids Ball Drop Ticket Stop

    Amazing Lash Studio, 2088 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

    Friday, December 27th, 2019 - 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

    Cost: Free

    The Grand Rapids Ball Drop is returning to downtown Grand Rapids for New Year’s Eve. General Admission tickets are free, but you can only get them at our ticket stops. Our Street Team will be giving away 100 Tickets (limit 4 per person). Take care of your New Year's plan now, and stop out and grab your tickets! This is the LAST Ticket Stop!

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    Snowflake Break

    Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Runs through Sunday, January 5th, 2020

    Cost: Free with general admission

    This holiday season, visit the Grand Rapids Public Museum and take part in a variety of family friendly programs and activities themed around history, science and culture, and our special exhibits – Bodies Revealed, Design Zone & TOYS! Visitors can make their own themed snowflakes and take home ornaments, play a variety of games and more! General admission includes hands–on activities for Snowflake Break, special holiday displays and admission to Design Zone and TOYS! The Bodies Revealed exhibit will be an additional fee.

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    Free Youth Admission to the Grand Rapids Art Museum

    Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center, NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Runs through Sunday, January 5th, 2020

    Cost: Free

    It's a big win over Winter break for anyone 17-years of age and under at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. From now until January 5th, you get in FREE at the Art Museum to check out their fabulous collection and special exhibitions.

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    Former Breton Village Train on Display at the Gerald R. Ford Museum

    Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Runs through Sunday, January 5th, 2020

    Cost: Included with General Admission

    The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum is excited to host the train formerly at Breton Village Mall again this holiday season.  The train was acquired last year. This year they've added to the train and modified it to fit in their feature exhibit space. Members of the Grand River Valley Railroad Club operate the train while it is on display.

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    Metro Health Christmas & Holiday Traditions

    Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

    Runs through Sunday, January 5th, 2020

    Cost: Included with general admission

    Excitement surrounds this time of year as the annual Metro Health Christmas & Holiday Traditions exhibition brings the glow of over 300,000 colorful lights, strolling carolers, visits from Santa, rooftop reindeer and 46 international trees and displays. Ring in the season with their most beloved winter exhibition. Honoring holiday cultures around the world, Meijer Gardens focuses on the authenticity of the symbols of beloved holiday traditions -- it's an idyllic spot to center your thoughts on the true meaning of the holidays.

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    Bodies Revealed

    Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

    Runs through Spring 2020

    Cost: Additional admission cost

    After nearly a decade, Bodies Revealed has returned to the Grand Rapids Public Museum. This exhibition features real, whole and partial body specimens that have been preserved through an innovative process, giving visitors the opportunity to view the complexity of their own organs and systems like never before. Bodies Revealed allows people to learn about their own bodies and, ultimately, teach how to take better care of one’s own health and make positive lifestyle choices. In this phenomenal exhibition about the amazing and complex machine we call the human body, 10 full body human specimens and hundreds of organs are respectfully displayed to tell the story of the miraculous systems at work within each of us. With a reverent, academic approach, this display allows people of all ages to more closely observe the skeletal, muscular, nervous, digestive, respiratory, reproductive and circulatory systems, and to absorb information normally reserved only for medical professionals.

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    Christmas Lights

    Various Locations and Times throughout West Michigan

    Cost: Free

    Load up the car and hit the roads. There are many people who have decorated their homes to the max! The website Grand Rapids Kids has put together a list of locations to go check out the lights. According to their website: “ “Our elves have scoured the land along with listening to your proclamations of THE  BEST places to catch a good Christmas light show. So take a peek at the list, print a copy of our Holiday Light Scavenger Hunt and load up the kids. It’s time to take in the magic of lights and music.”

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    Hockey: The Grand Rapids Griffins vs. The Milwaukee Admirals

    Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, December 27th, 2019 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $16.00

    Because it’s a Friday night game there will also be $2 beers and $2 hot dogs. It will also be College Night.

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    Trippin’ Billies - The Dave Matthews Tribute Band with Hannah Rose and the GravesTones

    20 Monroe Live, 11 Ottawa Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, December 27th, 2019 - 8:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $15.00

    Bringing fans the music of The Dave Matthews Band for close to twenty years, Trippin’ Billies has become the gold standard for tribute bands. Based out of Chicago, the Billies have toured extensively throughout the U.S. performing at many of the same theaters Dave himself once graced. Easily earning the distinction of the nation’s premier Dave Matthews tribute act.

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    Comedian Laurie Kilmartin

    Dr. Grin’s at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, December 27th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Saturday, December 28th, 2019 - 8:00 pm & 10:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets are $10.00-$15.00 depending on show time

    Laurie Kilmartin has appeared on "CONAN," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and Comedy Central. Her Seeso special "45 Jokes About My Dead Dad" made Vulture's list of Top Ten Comedy Specials of 2016. She is currently a writer for "CONAN" on TBS, and previously wrote for "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn" (Comedy Central) and "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (CBS).

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