Get in the Festive Mood with Holiday “Grinchmas” Events in Michigan

When you think of your favorite Christmas characters, Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer are probably near the top of your list. But what about The Grinch?

The Grinch, the famous green-hued grouch from Dr. Seuss’s 1957 story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” has also earned his place as a holiday favorite. This once-reviled, now-beloved character has stealthily stolen hearts just as he once tried to steal Christmas.

Across the nation, the Grinch’s popularity is clear, with his image featured in parade floats, as giant inflatables in yards, and in dazzling Christmas light displays. This is especially true in Michigan, where Grinch events are a highlight of the holiday season.

Whether you need a bit of Christmas cheer to boost your spirits, you’re a big fan of the Grinch, or you’re looking for a new holiday event to attend, consider checking out these Grinch-themed celebrations during the Christmas season.

Canterbury Village-Lake Orion
Canterbury Village | photo via canterburyvillagelakeorion

Whoville 5K | Northville and Grand Rapids

At first glance, the Whoville 5K is another holiday-themed run/walk, but it’s much more than that. The Whoville 5K is a place more than just a race and it’s filled with all of the wackiest, Grinch-themed fun one could imagine.

Participants can dress in their best Dr. Seuss-themed costumes and see all of their favorite characters along the race route, including The Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and the Mean One himself, The Grinch.

Everyone who participates in the race gets a medal and a festive hat and is invited to snack on sweet treats after the race is over in the Who-village.

Proceeds from each race benefit local charities.

Grinchmas Craft and Vendor Show | Lansing

Note: The 2023 event occurred over Thanksgiving weekend.

Michiganders and visitors looking to cross friends and loved ones off their Christmas list early can attend this Grinch-themed crafts fair at the Lansing Mall, which features local vendors and crafters selling all sorts of Christmas wares, including food and crafts.

This is a perfect place to check friends and loved ones off your holiday shopping list and the Grinch is there for photo ops.

Dinner with Santa and the Grinch | Fraser

The Big Man in Red is coming to town in December and he’s bringing his grumpy green friend along with him!

The Grinch and Santa Claus will set aside their differences (for at least one night anyway) to celebrate a fun evening with guests.

Those who attend will be treated to a magnificent buffet of holiday favorites along with live music and plenty of stories from both Santa and the Grinch.

Guests can bring their cameras to get photos with both of the guests of honor and each child who attends will get a special gift from Santa.


Grinch Weekend at Canterbury Village | Lake Orion

Canterbury Village goes all out for celebrations when the holidays arrive including an annual free Grinch Weekend.

Visitors of all ages can make a donation to a local food pantry to get a free selfie with the Grinch (Cindy Lou Who has also made appearances in past years) and also enjoy holiday shopping at village stores, hot cocoa and cider, fire pits, and much more.

Breakfast With Santa or The Grinch at Canterbury Village | Lake Orion

Canterbury Villages looking for a festive way to enjoy breakfast during the holidays can buy tickets for select dates in November and December to have breakfast with either the Grinch or Santa.

The breakfast includes a scrumptious buffet of eggs, bacon, sausage, and other breakfast favorites and this event is a fun way to enjoy breakfast with a beloved holiday character.

Fairytale Fun Place-Clarkston
Fairytale FUN Place | photo via thefairytale_fun_place

Meet the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who | Clarkston

The Fairytale FUN Place is offering youngsters two chances to meet the Grinch and little Cindy Lou Who in December with a pair of evenings packed with holiday fun.

Visitors can get their photos taken with this beloved Christmas trio and spend an entire evening basking in holiday fun and making plenty of great memories.

Grinch Movie Screenings at Michigan Theatres

Several Metro Detroit theaters have showtimes during the holiday season for the 2000 live-action version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” starring Jim Carrey. 

Google “theater showing The Grinch near me” to see if there are screenings of the cult holiday classic or another version of the Grinch story.

Some venues such as the Great Lakes Center for the Arts are offering double the holiday fun and will show a double feature of “Home Alone” and the 2018 animated version of The Grinch just before Christmas.

See a Performance of The Grinch Musical

Dr. Seuss’ classic story of the Grinch, who hates Christmas, resolves to steal it, and then discovers the true meaning of the holiday was first made into a musical in 1994.

Today, it’s a seasonal musical that’s drawn rave reviews and continues to tour all over the nation. The musical had several performances at Detroit’s Fox Theatre in November 2023 and has also made past stops in Midland and Kalamazoo, so keep your eyes peeled during the holidays for upcoming performances.

Watch The Grinch at Home

Whether you’re able to make it to one of Michigan’s magical Grinch-themed events or not, one of the best ways to get your Grinchy fill is by watching the Grinch at home.

The 1966 animated adaption of the story starring Boris Karloff is a holiday classic as is Jim Carrey’s 2000 live-action adaptation. Viewers can also enjoy the 2018 animated version of the story, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Movie nights are popular during the holiday season, so grab some of your favorite Michigan snacks, get cozy, and start watching!

Note: As of November 2023, the 1966 TV special, the 2018 Grinch movie, and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical Live! are all streaming on Peacock. The live-action movie is available to rent on several streaming services. The 2018 cartoon version is available on Prime Video.

Canterbury Village-Lake Orion
Canterbury Village | photo via carriedawaydetroit

Experience the Fun of a Grinch-Themed Holiday Event in Michigan

If you’re like the Whos down in Whoville and you like Christmas a lot, Michigan’s Grinch-themed events are perfect for those looking for a little more holiday cheer.

Whether you dress up in your best Grinch costume and run the Whoville 5K, you binge-watch Grinch shows and movies at home or you snap a selfie with the Mean One at a meet and greet, there are plenty of events during the holidays for people of all ages to have fun with the Grinch!

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