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Christmas & Holiday Traditions at Frederik Meijer Gardens

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., - November 12, 2013 - Experience the magic of the holidays at Frederik Meijer Gardens &
Sculpture Park with the annual "Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World" exhibition on display
November 26 through January 5, 2014. Visitors from all over the nation visit Meijer Gardens to experience over
40 international trees and displays, the enchanting Railway Garden and holiday wonderland that encompasses it.
Celebrating its 19th year, this year's exhibition focuses on the use of natural materials for an experience only
Meijer Gardens can create.
"Many cultures use similar palettes of natural materials to decorate and celebrate the holidays," said Director of
Horticulture, Steve LaWarre. "Seeds, wood, fruit and natural fibers can be found woven throughout different
displays and decorated trees, within the Railway Garden and throughout the entire exhibition."
The much-loved Railway Garden meanders through four lush indoor garden spaces, bringing together colorful
plantings with storybook scenes. The unique horticultural artistry complements the model trolleys, trains and
handcrafted buildings replicating over 30 Grand Rapids landmarks, designed by Paul Busse. Visitors will find
familiarity in the Fifth Third Ballpark created with willow light posts and elm bark seating, the Ada Covered
Bridge with a cedar roof and willow trusses and the Meyer May House with oak bark siding and red ruscus leaves.
Debuting this year is the Korean hanbok, the traditional dress worn during Seollal, the Korean New Year and
most significant holiday recognized by Korean families. With its strikingly vibrant natural silk and intricate
detailing, this garment is the centerpiece in a redesigned display, which honors the historic Korean culture.
Mainstays of the exhibition include the Germany tree, adorned with handmade glass ornaments and homemade
springerle cookies, the England tree-with antique Christmas cards and mistletoe-and the beautiful Eid ul-Fitr
display, which celebrates the end of Ramadan.
 Meijer Gardens transforms into a botanic wonderland with poinsettias, orchids and amaryllis. Horse-drawm
carriage rides through the candle-lit Sculpture Park, the smell of evergreens as visitors enter the building and
the sounds of carolers and hand bells make it a festive place to enjoy the holiday season.
A variety of family-friendly activities are offered throughout the exhibition.
Exhibition Activities
? Extended Holiday Hours: Open until 9 p.m. on December 17-21, 23-24, 26-28, 30-31 (Please note:
Meijer Gardens is closed on November 28, December 25 and January 1 and will close at 5 p.m. on
December 24 and 31)
? Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides: December 3, 10, 17-22, 5:30-9 p.m.
Reservations required, call 616-975-3151. Members $65 per carriage, non-members $90 per carriage
(up to four adults). A $25 fee will apply for all cancellations and rescheduling.
? The Original Dickens Carolers: Tuesdays, November 26, December 3, 10, 17, 6-8 p.m.
? Santa Visits: Tuesdays, November 26, December 3, 10, 17, 5-8 p.m.
? Art Activities for Families: Tuesdays, November 26, December 3, 10, 17, 6-8 p.m.
? Roof Top Reindeer: Saturdays, November 30, December 7, 14, 21, 1-4 p.m.
? Horse-Drawn Sing-Along Trolley Rides: December 17-21, 5:30-9 p.m.
No reservations required. Adults $8, children $5. New this year: Reserve the trolley for your family or group by calling 616-975-3151. Group rates are $45 for six people, $65 for eight people and $100 for 14 people. $25 fee for all cancellations and rescheduling.
? Christmas and Holiday Themed Classes: Enjoy festive learning opportunities for adults and families. Fees
apply. Visit www.MeijerGardens.org/education for more information.
 

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