|GRNow Weekend Guide November 30-December 2, 2012|
Holiday events are in full swing this weekend with the Grand Rapids Art Museum Tree Lighting, Santa parades in Rockford, Wyoming/Kentwood and Grand Haven, Christmas for the Animals at John Ball Zoo and the UICA's Holiday Artists' Market.
GRAM Christmas Tree Lighting - At the special annual holiday ceremony, the Grand Rapids Art Museum will switch on the lights of the 40-foot fir tree at Wege Plaza, plus Rosa Parks Circle will officially open for ice skating (weather permitting).
Grand Rapids Griffins - It's another round of Dollar Beers Dollar Dogs at Van Andel Arena when the Griffins take on the Texas Stars at 7 p.m. Friday is also College and Military Night.
UICA Holiday Artists' Market - Stop by the UICA for the 24th annual holiday sale and find one-of-a-kind works by 60 of the region's most exciting artists. Take advantage of free admission and parking, plus beverages, snacks and a children's workshop.
Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree - The 67-foot tall tree on stage at the Frauenthal Center in Muskegon is America's tallest and features 25,000 lights and 300 singers accompanied by the award-winning 50-piece orchestra from Mona Shores High School. Performances: November 29, 30 & December 1.
All Friday Events
Rockford Santa Parade - The annual parade in downtown Rockford is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. After the parade, children can meet Santa in the Rotary Pavilion and share their Christmas wishlists.
Wyoming-Kentwood Santa Parade - The Wyoming-Kentwood Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Santa Claus Parade December 1 at 10 a.m. The starting point is 34th Street & South Division, and the parade will continue south along Division to Brann's Steakhouse.
Christmas for the Animals - Zookeepers from John Ball Zoo invite the community to bring a gift for the animals while visiting Santa and the reindeer. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jingle Bell Parade - The annual nighttime parade in downtown Grand Haven steps off at 6 p.m. and winds along Washington and Harbor Drive before ending at Central Park for the lighting of the community tree
All Saturday Events
The Stache Dache - Start growing that 'stache and head to Gazelle Sports on 28th Street for a fun run that includes either a 2.5 or 5 mile course. There will be post-race refreshments and the entry fee is only $5. Proceeds will benefit Movember, which raises awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer initiatives
All Sunday Events