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

November 23, 2018
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Meijer Gardens Christmas Trees
Courtesy Meijer Gardens/Dean Van Dis

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is celebrating “the season of joy.”

Meijer Gardens’ “Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” exhibition opened this week and will be on display through Jan. 6.

The exhibition features 42 Christmas and holiday trees, decorated with 300,000 colorful lights, that represent various countries and cultures, as well as poinsettias, orchids and amaryllis.

The Railway Garden, with models of 30 local landmarks, travels through three indoor garden spaces, including the newly renovated Grace Jarecki Seasonal Display Greenhouse.

The film “Joy” is being shown continuously in the Hoffman Family Auditorium and is also posted to Meijer Gardens’ YouTube channel. The film shows the diverse fabric of holiday life across the local community.

There are also various activities happening during the exhibition, such as Santa visits, rooftop reindeer, the Christmas Cabaret Gala, Christmas- and holiday-themed classes and walks.

“This holiday season, guests have a special opportunity to see how our community joyfully celebrates a variety of traditions from centuries ago that remain vibrant today,” said Steve LaWarre, director of horticulture, Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

“These traditions are wonderful, celebratory aspects of West Michigan’s diversity and community.”

Meijer Gardens will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

More information on the exhibition is online.

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