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Nutcracker and Holiday Shows in Southeast Michigan

Celebrate the 2013 holiday season with the whole family at these kid-friendly stage performances and films in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties

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Looking for something to do this holiday season? Perhaps a holiday show to boost your Christmas spirit? Well, here it is: Metro Parent's 2013 official guide, guaranteed to make this season a special one for the whole family! Whether it's ballet, a musical, a play or choir, you'll find it here. Browse through the days up to New Year's Eve and find the perfect event to share with entire family.

PuppetART delivers this show that honors the Hanukkah holiday season.

Christmasmagic at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 15, 2013

  • Address: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday
  • Tickets: $15-$34
  • Phone: 313-943-2354

With sold out performances in each venue, this event has become tradition among concertgoers. Mixing the most requested music of the holiday season, Christmasmagic also incorporates production, pageantry, visuals, costuming, special effects, creative lighting and sound, as well as audience participation and surprise gifts to make this concert an unforgettable experience for the whole family! This is its first of three local shows marking its 41st year. Presented by Concert Ministries, Inc.

A Christmas Carol at Meadow Brook Theatre

Nov. 15-Dec. 22, 2013 (Wednesdays-Sundays)

  • Address: Meadow Brook Theatre, 207 Wilson Hall, Oakland University, Rochester
  • Times: 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays
  • Tickets: $24-$39/tickets
  • Phone: 248-377-3300

Ebenezer Scrooge learns a lesson from Christmas ghosts that haunt him, shedding his miserly ways and becoming a big Christmas advocate.

Christmasmagic at Michael A. Guido Theatre

Nov. 16, 2013

  • Address: Michael A. Guido Theatre, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 2:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $15-$34
  • Phone: 313-943-2354

Catch this 41st annual tradition on its second of three local stops this holiday season. It features production, pageantry, visuals, costuming, special effects, creative lighting and sound, audience participation and surprise gifts. Presented by Concert Ministries, Inc.

Flutes, Friends and Fa-La-La in Beverly Hills

Nov. 20, 2013

  • Address: Seligman Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit Country Day School, 22305 W. 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills
  • Times: 5:30 p.m. bazaar and auction, 7 p.m. concert, Wednesday
  • Tickets: $10-$200/tickets
  • Phone: 248-646-3347

This fest features Alexander Zonjic and Josh White Jr., who perform with FAR Conservatory's special needs students.

White Christmas at The Encore Musical Theatre Company in Dexter

Nov. 21-Dec. 22, 2013 (Thursdays-Sundays)

  • Address: The Encore Musical Theatre Company, 3126 Broad St., Suite A, Dexter
  • Times: 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays (note: no show on Thanksgiving Day Nov. 28; also, the Thursday Dec. 5 show takes place at 3 p.m.)
  • Costs: $26-$32/adults, $22-$29/kids
  • Phone: 734-268-6200

Irving Berlin's musical is a guaranteed holiday mood sparker. Watch this popular musical group, which mixes professional and community actors, bring it to life.

Christmasmagic at Novi High School

Nov. 22, 2013

  • Address: Novi High School, 24062 Taft Road, Novi
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday
  • Tickets: $15-$34
  • Phone: 313-943-2354

Catch this 41st annual tradition on its third of three local stops this holiday season. It features production, pageantry, visuals, costuming, special effects, creative lighting and sound, audience participation and surprise gifts. Presented by Concert Ministries, Inc.

It's A Wonderful Life at the Redford Theatre

Nov. 22-23, 2013

  • Address: Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit
  • Times: 8 p.m. Friday, 1 and 8 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $6
  • Phone: 313-537-2560

Catch this holiday classic holiday movie at the Redford Theatre if you're looking for an affordable event for the family.

The Three Little Pigs' Christmas at St. Dunstan's Theatre

Nov. 22-24, 2013

  • Address: St. Dunstan's Theatre, 400 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $8
  • Phone: 888-71-TICKETS

The night before Christmas, Mama Pig, Junior Pig and Piglet are about to eat dinner – but, every time Junior is about to eat his turnips, the doorbell rings, and Big Bad Wolf and Little Bad Wolf are there in disguises, trying to crash the story! Check out this fun stage show that's a treat for kids.

The Nutcracker, BalletMet Columbus at Detroit Opera House

Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2013

  • Address: Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $25-$65/tickets, add $10/lunch (Saturday/Sunday only)
  • Phone: 313-237-7464

From the dazzling choreography to the beautiful music, this annual holiday production is for theatergoers of all ages. The two special family matinees feature live reindeer, photos with Santa and the Nutcracker, the Sugar Plum Parade, kid-friendly buffet, holiday-themed crafts and more.

Marty Bufalini's It's A Wonderful Life – Radio Show in Rochester Hills

Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 6-8, 13-14, 2013

  • Address: Avon Players Theatre, 1185 Washington Road, Rochester Hills
  • Times: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays
  • Tickets: $18/adults, $16/students
  • Phone: 248-608-9077

A spectacle for all audiences, this adaptation is based on the classic Frank Capra film and takes you back to Bedford Falls – presented as a classic radio show production.

Macomb Symphony Orchestra Carols for Christmas at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 1, 2013

  • Address: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $24/adults, $20/students and seniors
  • Phone: 586-286-2222

Celebrate this time of the year with Carols for Christmas featuring the Michigan Caroling Company

Helm Hanukkah Holiday Show at PuppetART Detroit Puppet Theater

Dec. 1 and 7-8, 2013

  • Address: PuppetART Detroit Puppet Theater, 25 E. Grand River Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 2 p.m. Sundays, Saturday
  • Tickets: $10/adults, $5/kids, $8/workshop after show
  • Phone: 313-961-7777

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Fox Theatre

Dec. 3-7, 2013

  • Address: 3011 Woodward Ave, Detroit
  • Times: 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 2 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Tickets: $39-$69/tickets
  • Phone: 313-471-6611

On its fifth year tour, Cirque Dreams Holidaze returns to the Fox Theatre, bringing some high-flying holiday cheer. Colorful, imaginative and festive, this amazing aerial show is perfect for all ages. Don't miss this holiday spectacular.

Elf the Musical at Detroit Opera House

Dec. 3-15, 2013

  • Address: Detroit Operan House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-6 and 10-13 (Tuesdays-Fridays), 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14 (Saturdays), 1 and 6:30 p .m. Dec. 8 and 15 (Sundays) (note that there are no shows on Mondays)
  • Tickets: $24-$69/tickets
  • Phone: 313-237-7464

In this modern-day Christmas classic, Buddy teaches everyone the meaning of Christmas. The perfect event for the whole family, if you saw the movie, you won't want to miss Elf the Musical.

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