It’s a long Thanksgiving weekend for most people. We have events on Thanksgiving day and all weekend long. We have Christmas lights and traditions, a Turkey Trot, Hockey & Basketball, Music, Model Trains, and Tickets for New Year’s Eve.

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

Click on the event title for additional information.


  • 1

    27th Annual Grand Rapids Turkey Trot

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

    Thursday, November 28th, 2019 - 8:00 am

    Cost: Registration starts at $35.00

    It is the biggest and best holiday 5K race/walk event in West Michigan. Once again over 5,000 participants come together to support Grand Rapids Public School students! GR Turkey Trot 2019 "Together We Are Better!" -- engaging the entire community in a higher level of awareness around physical fitness, movement and nutrition in a fun-filled way, all while supporting after school opportunities for the students of GRPS. Register early and take advantage of special promotional rates. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group. And the Mini Trot is back again for those ages 12 and under - Free of charge.

  • 2

    Mel Trotter Ministries Thanksgiving Banquet

    DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Thursday, November 28th, 2019 - 11:00 am

    Cost: Free

    It is the 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Community Meal on Thanksgiving Day. Anyone who might not otherwise have a Thanksgiving meal is welcome to attend this community meal. No RSVP is necessary for attendees. The doors open at 10:00 am. The meal will be served from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. The last bus will depart from DeVos Place at 1:20 pm.

  • 3

    Christmas Lite Show

    Fifth Third Ballpark, 4500 West River Dr., NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321

    Runs through Saturday, January 4th, 2020

    Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 5:30 pm -9:30 pm / Friday & Saturday 5:30 pm-10:00pm

    Cost: $18.00-$75.00

    West Michigan’s largest, animated, drive-thru light show, is now celebrating it’s 22nd year of entertaining people of all ages. The event is located at Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps. Enjoy nearly two miles, over a million lights, animated displays, lighted tunnels, and more. On select evenings, you can stop at the Santa house, and give him your wish list! Gates close at 9:30 during the weekdays and 10:00 on weekends.  You can still get in if you are in line. If you are going through at closing time they will not shut the lights off on you.

  • 4

    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 (Closed on Thanksgiving Day)

    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.

  • 5

    Grand Rapids Ball Drop Ticket Stop

    Uptown Cheapskate, 4693 Wilson Ave., SW, Suite A, Grandville, MI 49418

    Friday, November 29th, 2019 - 1:00 pm-2:00 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 again this Friday. They will be giving away 100 Tickets (limit 4 per person).

  • 6

    Hockey: The Grand Rapids Griffins vs. The Manitoba Moose

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

    Friday, November 29th, 2019 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $16.00

    At this Friday’s game, it will be the 20th Annual Teddy Bear Toss, benefiting Hug-A-Bears of Kent County. Bring a stuffed animal, new with tags or in new condition, to the game to throw on the ice! There will also be $2 beers and $2 hot dogs and a post-game open skate.

  • 7

    An Evening with The Verve Pipe

    Listening Room, 123 Ionia Ave., SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Friday, November 29th, 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Saturday, November 30th, 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets are $42.00

    With a reputation for spectacular live performances, the multi-platinum alternative rock band The Verve Pipe are recognized worldwide for their radio hits “Photograph”, “Hero”, “Happiness Is”, “Never Let You Down” and the #1 smash single “The Freshmen”.

  • 8

    Basketball: The Grand Rapids Drive vs. The Texas Legends

    The DeltaPlex Arena, 2500 Turner Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544

    Saturday, November 30th, 2019 - 7:00 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $5.00

    It will be 90’s night at the game!

  • 9

    Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2019 presented by Hallmark Channel

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

    Sunday, December 1st, 2019 - 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm

    Cost: Tickets start at $47.00

    The multi-platinum, critically acclaimed progressive rock group, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, returns with all new staging and effects in the unforgettable show that started it all, "Christmas Eve and Other Stories.”. A product of the vision and imagination of TSO's late founder/composer/lyricist Paul O'Neill, "Christmas Eve and Other Stories" began the unique format O'Neill called "Rock Theater" and forged a deep connection with their fans that it turned into the wildly-successful tour, cementing the group's status as a must see, multi-generational, holiday tradition and kick-started the trend of Yuletide season tours. In keeping with the classic line "If You Want to Arrange It, This World You Can Change It," the story is set on Christmas Eve when a young angel is sent to Earth to bring back what is best representative of humanity. Following favorite TSO themes of "strangers helping strangers" and "the kindness of others," "Christmas Eve and Other Stories" takes listeners all over the world to help reunite a young girl with her distraught father.

  • 10

    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 Sunday, December 1st, 2019 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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