This year, Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World celebrates 19 years of bringing holiday joy to West Michigan with a special focus on the role nature and natural materials play in cultural traditions. With more than 42 cultural trees and displays, Santa, reindeer, carolers, carriage rides and the much-loved Railway Garden, this annual exhibition delights guests of all ages.This season our exhibition and horticulture staff will focus on nature and natural materials as a unique, but critical element for holidays in many cultures. For example, did you ever wonder why so many cultures utilize evergreen branches? They are a symbol of life in the midst of the cold and dark of winter. The Railway Garden is a wonderful example of nature and natural materials, designed by our professional horticulturists together with expert artisans, to celebrate the season in an unexpected way.