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Frederik Meijer Gardens hosts annual “Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World” celebration

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By Gary Manier – Collegiate Staff

Each year, Frederik Meijer Gardens celebrates the holidays with an event that represents over 40 international traditions.

Mainstays of the exhibit include a German tree covered with handmade glass ornaments and springerle cookies, an England tree with antique Christmas cards and mistletoe and the Eid al-Fitr display which celebrates the end of Ramadan.

“The holidays are always a magical time at Meijer Gardens,” said Andrea Wolschleger, public relations manager of Frederik Meijer Gardens. “The young and young-at-heart can appreciate the glow of the lit trees, the enchanting Railway Garden and really get into the holiday spirit with reindeer and Santa appearances.”

Admission is $12 for adults and $9 for students and is on display through Jan. 3, 2016.

On Dec. 15-17, 22, 23, 26 and 28-30 Meijer Gardens’ closing hours will extend from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. for special events.

These events include:

The Original Dickens Carolers, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22.

Santa Visits, 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22.

Roof Top Reindeer, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, Nov 28, Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

Christmas Cabaret Gala, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec 3.

Winter-time Walks, Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. and Saturdays 11:15 a.m. Nov. 24-Dec. 29.

Fees are included with admission. It is suggested that visitors dress warm when visiting outdoor exhibits. There will be a log cabin with a hearth where stories will be told and holiday-themed classes will be taught. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy festive learning opportunities for adults and families. Fees apply for classes and workshops.

Visit Frederik Meijer Gardens’ website for more information about activities.