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Spreading the spirit of Christmas with WMTA

Posted at 8:35 AM, Dec 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-06 08:35:01-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — There is still cause to celebrate Christmas, even though it is unlike any other given everything that's happened this year.

Courtney Sheffer, Marketing Director for West Michigan Tourist Association (WMTA), joined Fox 17 live to share how our community is spreading the spirit of the holiday.

First, CranHill Ranch in Rodney is hosting a drive-thru live nativity, where guests can experience the story of Jesus' birth coming to life on December 11 through 13. The 'Star of Wonder: Journey to the Manger' nativity scene is complete with actors, animals, lights, and narration. The event is free for the whole family and refreshments of Chrismas cookies, coffee, and hot cocoa will follow.

Next, Frederik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park is hosting its annual Metro Health Christmas & Holiday Traditions display through January 3, 2021. Viewers can enjoy 46 trees and displays decorated to represent different countries from around the world. And of course, guest can also be mesmerized by the Railway Garden and its wonderland.

Finally, the Critter Barn in Zeeland will be decorated and open for a walk-through featuring all animals and a live nativity scene from December 9 through 30. This event will also be available to stream from the comfort of your own home. For more information, click here.