10 Things To Do this Weekend: November 30th-December 2nd
We have sports, a night time nature hike, lots of stage productions, pet adoptions, a tree lighting, a Menorah lighting, and Christmas for the animals.
Some activities include the kids, while others are more for the adults.
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Hockey: The Grand Rapids Griffins
Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, November 30th, 2018 - 7:00 pm - Grand Rapids Griffins vs. San Antonio Rampage
Saturday, December 1st, 2018 - 7:00 pm - Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Texas Stars
Cost: Tickets start at $16.00
You have two chances to see the Grand Rapids Griffins in action this weekend. On Friday, it is the Red Kettle Game presented by Salvation Army. There will be a Red Kettle jersey auction post-game and because it’s a Friday game that means there will be $2 beers and $2 hot dogs. On Saturday, there will be a power bank giveaway presented by DTE Energy, it will be Social Media Nigh, and there will be a Huntington Bank post-game autograph session.
Basketball: The Grand Rapids Drive vs. The Lakeland Magic
The DeltaPlex Arena, 2500 Turner Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Friday, November 30th, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $5.00
The Grand Rapids Drive take on the Lakeland Magic at home on Friday night at the Deltaplex.
DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Friday, November 30th, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 1st, 2018 - 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 - 1:00 pm & 6:30 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $42.50
Broadway Grand Rapids presents “Jersey Boys”. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard... and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story—a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, JERSEY BOYS. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true. Featuring the legendary top ten hits “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Walk Like A Man”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, “December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)”.
Christmas for the Animals
John Ball Zoo, 1300 Fulton W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Saturday, December 1st, 2018 - 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Featuring: Santa & his Reindeer, Ice Carving, Holiday crafts, and animal enrichment demonstrations. Thank you so much for your past donations at Christmas for the Animals. Because of the overwhelming generosity of our community, please consider the following ways to give to the Zoo in lieu of perishable enrichment items: Donate online to support the Zoo, Make a donation at Christmas for the Animals (suggested donation of $1), Purchase an enrichment item from John Ball Zoo’s wish list, Sponsor an animal at the Zoo, and when purchasing holiday gifts, support the Zoo through AmazonSmile
Empty the Shelters
Various Locations and times
Saturday, December 1st, 2018
Responding to overcrowding in shelters across the country, The Bissell Pet Foundation has added an additional Empty the Shelters event in 2018. On December 1, pet lovers will have the opportunity to adopt a pet for $20 and BISSELL Pet Foundation will sponsor the remaining cost at 81 participating organizations in 14 states. All potential adopters are screened by qualified adoption counselors at every participating shelter to ensure each pet is matched with the right family.
West Michigan Youth Ballet presents “The Nutcracker”
Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, 600 Forest Hill Ave., SE, Grand Rapids, MI 495462
Saturday, December 1st, 2018 - 1:00 pm & 4:30 pm
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 - 1:00 pm & 4:30 pm
Cost: Adults $18-$23, Students $13-$17, Children 5 & under $8
West Michigan Youth Ballet proudly presents The Nutcracker, a holiday family tradition. Join them as the youth from West Michigan tell the tale of Clara and her Nutcracker prince on their journey through an enchanted land where she meets magical characters only she can bring to life in her dreams. Music and dance transport Clara to the Land of Sweets where Fairies and Princes await!
Rosa Parks Circle Tree Lighting
Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center St., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Saturday, December 1st, 2018 - 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
As a part of Light Up Downtown, you can join The City of Grand Rapids, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, City Manager Mark Washington & Andy Rent from 100.5 The River for the annual holiday tree lighting at Rosa Parks Circle. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be televised by WOOD TV-8 at 6:30 pm
Blandford Nature Night Hike
Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Saturday, December 1st, 2018 - 6:30 pm
Cost: $5 for members, $8 for non-members
Enjoy a crisp, evening hike through Blandford’s woods. Practice using your nocturnal senses of hearing and night vision while enjoying a winter’s night.
Grand Menorah Lighting & Fire Show at the Calder Plaza
Calder Plaza, 300 Ottawa Ave., NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 - 4:15 pm-5:15 pm
Come celebrate the first night of Chanukah together with Mayor Rosalynn Bliss! Fire Show, Lively Chanukah music, Sufganiot (donuts), Hot delicious latkes, Chanukah Gelt Drop, Exciting entertainment, and more!! The Menorah lighting is at 5:00 pm. Fun for the whole family, followed by Temple Emanuel’s Chanukah concert at 5:30 pm!
Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2018 Presented By Hallmark Channel
Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 - 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $46.00
This year’s 20th anniversary tour, a presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” featuring founder/composer/lyricist Paul O’Neill’s timeless story of a runaway who finds her way into a mysterious abandoned theater. TSO’s Winter Tour 2018 is presented by Hallmark Channel. The rock opera also features such enduring fan-favorites as "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24," "O’ Come All Ye Faithful," "Good King Joy," "Christmas Canon," "Music Box Blues," "Promises To Keep," and "This Christmas Day." Additionally, the tour will enjoy a new second set containing some of TSO’s greatest hits and fan-pleasers.