Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

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Welcome the Holiday Season at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting! 

This annual event features a jam-packed schedule of dynamic attractions to officially kick off the holiday season in Grand Rapids!

This year's event will include:


  • Santa and Mrs. Clause will make a grand entrance
  • The Grand Rapids Ballet will have characters from the Nutcracker
  • There will be open-skate at Rosa Parks Circle
  • Maranda will make an appearance
  • USPS will be onsite to help you write your letters to Santa and have items for all your mailing needs this holiday season
  • Grand Rapids Public Library will have a craft to make
  • Corgis will do a parade around the ice rink after the tree is lit
  • Read GR will have a free book giveaway
  • Festival of the Arts will have a stamping activity
  • Grand Rapids Rise team members and Griff from the Grand Rapids Griffins will be there
  • Grand Rapids Gold will bring a wheel to spin and Bucket will be there
  • Grand Rapids Children's Museum will have the Kids Can Van
  • Salvation Army will have a Brass Band
  • Matrix will have the photo booth for Santa and the giant snow globe for the Whoville characters
  • Launch Trampoline Park will have handouts
  • Mexican Heritage Association of Western Michigan will have a fun craft to make
  • Girls Chorale Academy will sing 3 songs
  • The Home Depot will have Kids Workshop
  • The Western Michigan University Skate Team will perform
  • The Golden Tiger Kung Fu group will do a martial arts demonstration 


  • Angel's Thai Cafe will have Kapoon soup samples and coupons 
  • Salvation Army will have hot chocolate, coffee, and donuts
  • Sanaritas will have candy and flags from countries around the world
  • Pochis Colombian Coffee will have a cultural booth and Colombian Drinks
  • Edelweiss Club of GR will have mulled spiced wine, hot coco, and cookies
  • West Michigan Asian-American Association will have soup samples
  • Irish Culture Committee will have Irish soda bread samples
  • Asian Pacific - Filipino Asian Festival will have treats & Lunar New Year coloring sheets and 2024 info handouts
  • Patty Matters food truck (will have a fee)
  • Dine Out Dawgs food cart
  • Studio Park will have popcorn
  • Gerald R. Ford International Airport will have a table and handing out swag bags including a reusable bag, light up necklaces, airplane toys, and candy
  • Country Fresh will bring festive ice cream flavors
  • Soldadera Coffee will have a table

If you are able:

The Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) will be at the GRFD booth accepting donations of:

  • Socks
  • Handwarmers
  • Hats
  • Gloves

2023 Jingle Bell Run powered by Gazelle Sports

Attention runners! Immediately following the tree-lighting ceremony (5-6pm) there is a FREE 3-mile run that begins at the northern end of Rosa Parks Circle.

View a map of the course and get registered for this festive fun run today!


  • Friday, December 01, 2023 | 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM


Rosa Parks Circle, 135 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, Grand Rapids, View Map

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