Holidays in Grand Rapids

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Story by Leah Ash, Culture Editor

The end of the year is quickly approaching — and so are the holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, or just the end of the semester, there are plenty of holidays coming up. 

There are plenty of events coming up on campus, including a community “AQuismas” on Monday, Dec. 5, beginning at 8 P.M.. This is an annual event put on by the Residence Life department and will be located in the Regina Main Lobby. The evening will be filled with fun activities like cookie decorating, various crafts, hot cocoa, carols and more!

“Christmas on Campus” returns on Thursday, Dec. 8, for everyone to enjoy. The Aquinas community – alumni, students, faculty, staff, retirees – will be able to walk around campus and not only enjoy the Christmas lights, but also say “hello” to President Córdoba at Holmdene Manor, visit with Santa, eat some cookies and hear AQ carolers perform.

Off-campus, Frederik Meijer Gardens will once again display the University of Michigan Health-West: Christmas and Holiday Traditions exhibit. This exhibit will have 46 different displays that showcase how light is used in different cultures around the world. This includes Christmas trees, cultural displays, a Railway Garden, and more. The entire exhibit will have more than 350,000 lights to enjoy. 

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Kick December off with a bang by getting tickets to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra on Sunday, Dec. 4. They will be performing their famous show “Ghosts of Christmas Eve” at 3 P.M. and 7:30 P.M.. 

While it’s not a holiday specific occurrence, Rosa Parks Circle will be open for ice skating on Friday, Nov. 25. Return to campus and go out on the town with friends with a fun, winter activity. 

Keep an eye out for more events to appear – EngageAQ will soon fill with all sorts of things for students to do to celebrate the holiday season (and take a break from exam stress!).