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Meijer Gardens exhibits 'Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World'

November 27, 2015
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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World
The exhibit "Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World" features more than 40 international trees and displays. Courtesy Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is ready to take visitors on a trip around the world this holiday season.

Meijer Gardens’ “Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” exhibit features more than 40 international trees and displays and an international railway garden set in a winter wonderland.

It will be on display from Nov. 24 through Jan. 3.

Railway garden landmarks

New this year and as a culmination of its 20th anniversary, Meijer Gardens is adding five landmarks from Grand Rapids’ sister cities to the railway garden route: Independence Square-Black Star Gate, GA District in Ghana; Palazzo Dei Priori, Perugia, Italy; Chomeiji Temple, Omihachiman, Japan; Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan, Zapopan, Mexico; and Bielsko-Biala Town Hall, Poland.

Local sister city representatives selected the landmarks.

The landmarks have been intricately crafted using fine details and natural materials.

The railway garden also features 30 Grand Rapids landmarks, designed by Paul Busse of Applied Imagination.

Visitors will find familiarity in the Fifth Third Ballpark created with willow light posts, the Ada Covered Bridge with a cedar roof and the Meyer May House with oak bark siding and red ruscus leaves.

“Guests can now travel from West Michigan to significant sites around the world,” said Steve LaWarre, director of horticulture, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Season-long activities

Meijer Gardens will host several exhibition-related activities during the holiday season: The Original Dickens Carolers, Santa visits, rooftop reindeer, Christmas Cabaret Gala, winter walks, Christmas and holiday-themed classes and more.

Hours

Meijer Gardens will operate extended hours on certain dates in December as well.

It will be open until 9 p.m. on nine days in December: 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 26, 28, 29 and 30.

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