There’s no other place in Grand Rapids that boasts more magical sights, holiday cheer and rich history this Christmas season than the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World Exhibition.
I now understand why this exhibition is the most beloved winter attraction at the Gardens. I visited for the first time this week and I was blown away by all of the brightly decorated trees and the harmonies of the strolling carolers.I felt like one of the many, small children running around the Gardens, excitedly pointing at the toy train passing through or the brightly lit cactus that seemed to warm the chilly air. It felt amazing to wander through the arid and tropical rooms, stroll through the halls filled with Christmas trees decorated with different cultures’ heritage ornaments and trinkets and experience a pure sense of awe. As an adult, this time of year can be as equally stressful as cheerful but visiting the week before Christmas definitely boosted my sense of holiday cheer!
The exhibition has nearly 400,000 lights displayed in total, rooftop reindeer, visits from Santa and more than 40 international trees and information about the origin culture. You will also find these adorable, beguiling miniature building models made from natural materials in the Railway Garden exhibition (you’ll even recognize some local models).
You can still experience all of the magic and excitement this season brings to the Gardens through January 8th. The park also has extended open hours until 9pm tomorrow and Friday as well as 12/26-12/30 so guests can truly feel the sense of wonder after the sun goes down and the lights shine at their brightest. I hope your holiday season has been magical and that you’ve been experiencing moments for yourself like I did at the Gardens! Happy Holidays!