Downtown Market Hosting Cheerful Array of Holiday Events Beginning This Saturday

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is hosting a variety of holiday events, beginning with the Very Merry Market day this Saturday, making it the one-stop destination in Grand Rapids for holiday cheer the whole family can enjoy.

Guests can pick out a freshly-cut Christmas tree and decor, visit Santa and mail their Christmas lists to the North Pole and sip hot cocoa while shopping local for special gifts.

For more info about holiday events and to register for classes, visit:

Very Merry Market Day

Nov. 17, Downtown Market second floor, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

This local holiday market is a great way to start the holiday shopping, with more than 40 local artisans and gift ideas including jewelry, art, home décor, home goods, soaps, lotions, locally-made food and lots more.

Christmas Tree & Decor Lot:

Nov. 17-Dec. 16, in Market Shed. (Black Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,  Wed. and Fri., 4-7 p.m., Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)

Find the perfect holiday wreath or tree at the Christmas Tree Lot, hosted by Lenderink Tree Farms

Winter Wonderland:

Dec. 5 from 4-8 p.m. throughout the Market

Celebrate the season with a family event perfect for kids and adults to get in the spirit of the season and an extra hour of shopping, with all Market businesses open until 8 p.m. Free activities during the Winter Wonderland Open House include a holiday artisan market, featuring 25+ local entrepreneurs and artisans, visits with Santa in the greenhouse, stations for writing and “mailing” letters to Santa, kids treat making, Holland Dickens Carolers, bar serving beer, wine and specialty drinks made with Market ingredients and a clothing donation opportunity to benefit Degagé Ministries. Free event.

Snacks with Santa:

Dec. 11, 3:30-6:30 p.m., second floor

Kids can visit the Downtown Market and get their photo with the big man in red, enjoy some snacks, make special holiday crafts and more. Free event.

Visits with Santa:

Dec. 14, noon-3 p.m., Dec. 15 & 16, noon-5 p.m., second floor

Guests can stop by the Downtown Market to visit the big guy himself! Kids can bring their wish lists to ensure they land on his ‘nice’ list. Free event.

Holly Jolly Cookie Bash:

Bake the day away with four festive cookies that will get you invited to all of the holiday parties. In this popular class you will leave with eight dozen cookies, including French chocolate mendiants, Raspberry linzer cookies, Lemon cranberry shortbread cookies and Chocolate swirl meringues. Nov. 24, Dec. 1. Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, times vary.

Kids Cookie Workshops:

Kids will learn simple techniques to make beautiful holiday cookies, including outlining, piping, and other royal icing techniques. In this class, the cookies are made, the icing is mixed, and the focus is on frosting and decorating. Kids will leave the mess with us and take home three dozen festive holiday cookies. Nov. 25, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9. Times vary.

About the Grand Rapids Downtown Market 

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is the region’s new choice for fresh, delicious foods and amazing public market merchants. The Market is a $30 million, self-sustaining, LEED-certified, mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local foods and growing. It incorporates entrepreneur and experimentation space for both emerging and experienced food artisans and merchants including a 24-vendor Market Hall, two full-service restaurants. More at