Santa, reindeer and the Festival of Lights – Maranda’s Top 5

Local bands take part in the Art Van Santa Parade presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) Fall weekends are the perfect time to get the family out and about to enjoy all West Michigan has to offer. Check out Maranda’s top picks in this week’s Five Star Family Fun Update. To get a full list of events e-mailed to you each week, click here to sign up!

Reindeer Ride at Fifth Third BallPark
Friday, November 18 6pm
Join in for the second annual Reindeer Ride at Fifth Third Ball Park—a non-competitive bike ride through the Christmas Lite Show. This is a fun, hot chocolate-filled night for the entire family. Decorate your bikes for a chance to win a prize!
Tickets: $10 – family 4 pack: $25

The Art Van Santa Parade presented by the Grand Rapids Jaycees
Saturday, November 19 – 9am
The West Michigan holiday season will officially kick-off with the Art Van Santa Parade. The Jaycees are excited to announce the theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas Fun for Everyone”. Downtown will be filled with the sweet sounds of marching bands, carolers and local performers.  You can watch the parade on WOOD TV8 starting at 9am.

Battle Creek Christmas Parade – November 19
Downtown Battle Creek

International Festival  of Lights – Battle Creek
November 19-December 21
Creating holiday magic for a brighter world is what Battle Creek’s International Lights Fest is all about. Once again, this traditional festival of lights will return in all its splendor and beauty to delight visitors from both near and far. Colorful displays sparkle along the Battle Creek River and light the way along State Street every night throughout this festive six-week event.

Grand Rapids Griffins
Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 vs. Texas Stars
Time: 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena (doors open at 6 p.m.).
Calendar Giveaway presented by Fox Motors: The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a 2017 Griffins calendar.
Get in the D-ZONE presented by Family Fitness: Every Friday night is a Griffins D-Zone night. Avoid the concession lines and get your $2 beers and $2 hot dogs served to you in your seats. Call (616) 774-4585 ext. 2 or visit today to purchase a package of four or more D-Zone tickets.
Free Ride Friday on the Rapid: Ride the Rapid to and from any Friday game and enjoy complimentary fare by showing your ticket to the game. Visit for schedule information, routes and maps.

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