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Things to do over Christmas Break


By Gary Manier – Collegiate Staff

This special edition list includes twice as many fun things for you to do over Christmas Break. There are ball games, ice skating, music and a few New Year’s party options.

Rosa Parks Circle, 155 Monroe Center St. NW, hosts open ice skating sessions from 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Sunday from Dec. 3 through Jan. 3. The hours change from Jan. 4 through Mar. 6. to Monday and Tuesday: 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-9:45 p.m. and Sunday noon- 8:45 p.m. Skating is subject to weather and any closings will be posted to Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation’s website. Admission is $1 for skaters 17 and under and $2 for anyone over the age of 18. Ice skate rentals are free with driver’s license or state I.D.

The Grand Rapids Griffins are playing three home games at Van Andel Arena over Christmas break. The Griffins face the Milwaukee Admirals at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 and 7 p.m. Jan. 8. and the Lake Erie Monsters at 7 p.m. Jan. 9. Ticket prices range from $16-$35 depending on seat choice. On Friday, Jan. 8 from 6-8 p.m. hot dogs and domestic draft beers are only $2 each.

The Grand Rapids Drive will play their next home game at 7 p.m. Jan. 2 at the DeltaPlex Arena. Ticket prices range from $5-$30 and doors open at 6 p.m. for both games.

The Pyramid Scheme will host a holiday edition Retro D’Luxe dance party at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 26. Retro D’Luxe is a classic video dance party with a DJ. This is a 21 and up event and admission is $2.

Starting Wednesday, Jan.6 The Harris Building will be host to live jazz music every Wednesday through Feb. 24. The Wednesday night jazz series features the Robin Connell Trio as house band and includes local and regional acts weekly. Admission is $10 and there will be a cash bar.

Amore Trattoria Italiana, 5080D Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park is hosting their third annual New Year’s Masquerade Ball from 4 p.m. until midnight on Dec. 31. There will be a special Venetian menu and a costume contest. Reservation is required and can be done by calling (616)785-5344.

SpeakEZ Lounge is having their annual Vintage New Years Eve party. This year it’s 1986. There are two different seating and show options available, each feature a three-course menu inspired by the mid 80’s. Dinner seatings require reservation and can be done by calling (616)458-3125. Dinner reservations are good for two hours. First seating option goes from 5-6:30 p.m. and ticket price is $35. Second seating option goes from 7-9 p.m. and ticket price is $55. Both options will feature their own unique atmosphere.

Subway’s Hot New Year’s Eve Party takes place downtown Grand Rapids for its eighth consecutive year. The party has been moved to the corner of Grandville Ave. and Cherry St.

The music starts at 7 p.m. and the line up consists of Kevin Rudolf, Five Knives, Carolina Liar, Tryon and GR’s Big Talent winner; Ja’Leeyna Dooley. This is a free event with a ball drop at midnight. There will be a warming tent near the stage and hot chocolate and coffee will be served throughout the night. Coors Light will have a beer tent for visitors over the age of 21.

If you’re unable to make it out, watch the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square from your computer on their online video service.