Experience a historical Christmas in downtown Grand Rapids

Vintage photo of Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, 1970s. Photo courtesy of Fubble Entertainment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) For the first time in years, the Grand Rapids community will be able to step back in time to see their favorite vintage decorations displayed in downtown Grand Rapids. Fubble Entertainment has partnered with DGRI, the Grand Rapids Public Museum and Christmas Décor to revive original holiday decorations that adorned the streets of Grand Rapids in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s.

There will be an informal lighting ceremony starting at Monument Park located at Fulton St. East Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503 at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12.

The displays will include:

  • Monument Park will have a replicated tree of lights in honor of the original that once hung on the exterior of Herpolsheimer’s department store (Division Ave. and Monroe Center).
  • Veteran’s Park will have a replicated large candle in honor of the previous one that stood in the middle of the intersection of Fulton St. and Sheldon Ave.
  • East Fulton at 54 Jefferson Ave. (Old Public Museum) will have overhead lights hanging from building to building at the beginning of Jefferson Ave. and will continue with vintage colored lights in the trees and eight-foot hanging Christmas Trees and other figures on the light poles.
  • The Old Public Museum (54 Jefferson Ave.) will have classic lights hanging from the top and will have Christmas windows honoring icons from past Holidays.

Click through the photo gallery below to view historical holiday photos from Grand Rapids (Photos courtesy of Fubble Entertainment).

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Don’t miss this exciting event. Also, make sure to attend the live taping of the holiday special, “Holiday Memories of Grand Rapids” at the Wealthy Street Theater on Monday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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