Winter Activities in West Michigan

Each season brings new and exciting opportunities!

Greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan are great places to be in any season. Spend your time downtown Grand Rapids in the winter for World of Winter, hop over to The Tulip Festival in Holland in the Spring, spend time at Lake Michigan in the Summer, pick apples and drink cider in the Fall, and the list goes on!

Keep scrolling to learn about our favorite things to do in West Michigan during the winter season!

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Winter Wonderland Fun!

Don’t let the snowy West Michigan winters stop you from all the fun that goes on during the winter months! We’ve included activities and businesses that will make your winter months in West Michigan fantastic and fun! Whether you want to stay warm inside, or have fun outside in the snow, there are so many fun things to do

Ice Skate at Rosa Parks Circle

End of Nov-End of Feb

A great way to experience the traditions of Grand Rapids and something you truly will never forget. I can remember standing in line for skates and skating in the center of the city as a young girl and those memories are something I hold so close to my heart. 

You can book a reservation to skate on their website by clicking the button below!

Cannonsburg Ski Area

If you love winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and tubing, then Cannonsburg is perfect for you and your family!  They also offer ski, snowboard, and helmet rentals.

World Of Winter Grand Rapids


The World of Winter is such a fun thing that happens in GR during the winter months. It’s a festival that makes Grand Rapids pop in the winter with free programming and activities that are geared for both families and adults. The list of activities is long and they are all so unique, check out their website to learn about all they have to offer below!

Grand Rapids Symphony Holiday Pops

Runs in December 

Spend the holiday season with family and good music! The Pops bring so much joy to that time of year and before or after the show you can walk down and see the big Christmas tree out by Rosa Parks Circle as well!

House Rules Board Game Lounge

Open year round

Yup, you heard that right, there’s a board game lounge/bar in GR and it is such a fun place! You can make a reservation on their website or walk in anytime, so grab some friends and head down to GR for a game night on the winter nights where you don’t want to be freezing outside!

Local Business Highlight: Outside Coffee Co

Outside Coffee is open all year round, but is extra special in the winter with their heated igloos. Sip on a warm coffee or hot chocolate while you watch the snow fall and have good conversations!

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