Embrace the beauty of winter

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park invites guests to celebrate the season with extended holiday hours
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A Display of Menorahs, special candle holders that are lit during Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights (Dec. 7-15, 2023) are on display at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Photo by Johnny Quirin.

Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture park has announced a wide array of exhibitions and events that blend art, culture, nature, and the magic of the season. From immersive light exhibits to jazz brunches, the holiday season will soon be in full swing, with extended hours, too! On Dec. 18–22 and 26–30 the museum and sculpture park is open until 9 p.m. Members have access to exclusive early morning hours on Sundays, from 9-11 a.m. through January 7, 2024.

Each year as the days grow shorter, the park transforms into a serene winter wonderland offering frosty beauty and festive charm. Whether it’s a family outing, romantic stroll, or a quiet moment of reflection you’re after, Frederik Meijer Gardens is a great place to embracing the unique beauty of winter.

Winter Schedule

Christmas Trees from Around the World. Photo by Dean VanDis.

University of Michigan Health–West: Christmas & Holiday Traditions (through January 7, 2024): Explore over 40 unique displays depicting holiday traditions from around the globe, complemented by 350,000 twinkling lights and stunning winter plantings. Discover a miniature winter wonderland in the Railway Garden, located within the Grace Jarecki Seasonal Display Greenhouse, featuring trains weaving through holiday-themed horticulture and landmarks.

Winter Glow (5:30 – 8:30 pm, Dec. 1822 and 26–30, 2023): Experience an immersive winter lighting display near The American Horse at the DeVos Van Andel Piazza, complete with color-changing lights, dynamic choreography and a custom soundtrack.

Forest of Dreams: Contemporary Tree Sculpture (through Feb. 25, 2024)
This unique sculpture exhibition presents trees in a new light, showcasing their power, beauty, and diversity through the works of 15 renowned artists, including Emilie Brzezinski, Louise Bourgeois, and Ai Weiwei.

Jazz Brunches featuring the Dave Bennett Quartet (11 am – 1 pm, January 14 and February 3): Escape the cold and join Meijer Gardens for a new Jazz Brunch featuring the Dave Bennett Quartet. The Huizenga Grand Room will provide a perfect backdrop with communal seating. Guests can enjoy brunch at their own pace with interactive drink and food stations.

Tickets include a custom Bloody Mary Bar, Mimosa Feature, Biscuit Bar, Chef Fire Stations and bespoke breakfast offerings prepared by the award-winning Meijer Gardens Culinary Arts Team. Makes a great holiday gift for a brunch lover! Register by Jan. 5 for the January 14 brunch, and by Jan. 24 for the February 3 brunch.

Winter Nights at Meijer Gardens (Tuesdays January 23 and 30, February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 5:30–8pm.)
Join Meijer Gardens for new, experimental evenings featuring unique performances, food and drink specials, and fun photo opportunities in the Garden Pavilion surrounded by Jaume Plensa’s monumental Utopia sculpture. Food and drink specials begin at 5:30 pm, entertainment begins at 6 pm. These experimental events are included in general admission and complementary for Meijer Garden members.

Note: FMG is closed Nov. 23- 25, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

For more information, visit MeijerGardens.org/winter.

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