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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

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.

 

Holiday Classics at the Penn Theatre

Dec. 5-8, 13-15 and 19-22, 2013

  • Address: Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
  • Times: 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 5, 7 and 9:25 p.m. Friday-Saturday Dec. 6-7, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday Dec. 8; 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 13, 4:45 and 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Dec. 14-15; 7 p.m. Thursday Dec. 9, 7 and 9:05 p.m. Friday Dec. 20; 4:45 and 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Dec. 21-22
  • Tickets: $3/all seats
  • Phone: 734-453-0870

Bring the kids to check out some great holiday shows, including the 1946 It's a Wonderful Life (Dec. 5-8); 2003 Elf (Dec. 13-15); 1983 A Christmas Story (Dec. 19-20) and 2004 The Polar Express (Dec. 21-22).

The Nutcracker at the Michael A. Guido Theater

Dec. 6-7, 2013

  • Address: Michael A. Guido Theater, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 8 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $12-$26
  • Phone: 313-943-2354

Don't miss the snowflakes and sugarplums of the magical stage show The Nutcracker.

Home Alone at the Redford Theatre

Dec. 6-7, 2013

  • Address: Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit
  • Times: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $5
  • Phone: 313-537-2560

Enjoy this classic PG-rated Christmas film starring Macaulay Culkin, Catherine O'Hara, John Heard, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. And remember to bring a camera for pix with Santa!

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus at Hartland Music Hall

Dec. 6-8, 2013

  • Address: Hartland Music Hall, 3619 Avon St., Hartland
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $6
  • Phone: 248-231-0184

Watch Santa Claus grow from orphaned boy to rosy old man in The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus and get your family in the Christmas spirit.

Miracle on 34th Street the Musical at Trenton Village Theatre

Dec. 6-8 and 13-14, 2013

  • Address: Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson Ave., Trenton
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 8 only)
  • Tickets: $10-$15/tickets
  • Phone: 734-671-2202 (talk to Debbie)

See a song-filled version of the classic Christmas movie centered on Santa and a little girl who comes to discover that the whiskered fellow is the real deal.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) by Two Muses Theatre

Dec. 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22, 2013

  • Address: Two Muses Theatre space at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 6800 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Times: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays
  • Tickets: $18/adults, $15/students (ages 15-plus) and seniors (ages 62-plus)
  • Phone: 248-850-9919

This madcap romp covers the usual holiday stories in incredibly unusual, downright zany ways. Evening performances are geared to more adult crowds, but the matinees are more family friendly.

Sing-Along with Santa at the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 7, 2013

  • Address: Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 4 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $12/adults, $8/kids, $35/family up to six people
  • Phone: 734-665-6149

Santa Claus reads A Visit from St. Nicholas and sings all your favorite Christmas carols.

Handel's Messiah by University Musical Society in Ann Arbor

Dec. 7, 2013

  • Address: Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Times: 8 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $10-$36
  • Phone: 734-764-2538

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the UMS Choral Union start the season off with a spirited "Hallelujah Chorus."

Bill Haley's Comets Rock 'N Roll Christmas in Canton

Dec. 7, 2013

  • Address: Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Time: 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $29
  • Phone: 734-394-5300

Featuring some of the Comets' greatest hits, this show features Joey Kaye, the youngest drummer of the rock band that made waves in the '50s. These tunes will tempt you to sing along!

Michigan Classic Ballet Company's The Nutcracker at Mercy High School

Dec. 7-8, 2013

  • Address: Mercy High School Auditorium, 29300 W. 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills
  • Time: 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 7, 3 p.m. Dec. 8
  • Tickets: $18-$22/tickets
  • Phone: 248-334-6964

This presentation features talent from the Michigan Classic Ballet Company as well as the Grand Rapids Ballet Company.

The Nutcracker at the River Raisin Centre for the Arts

Dec. 7-8, 2013

  • Address: River Raisin Centre for the Arts, 114 S. Monroe St., Monroe
  • Times: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $18/adults, $16/seniors, $12/kids
  • Phone: 734-242-7722

Lavish sets, beautifully choreographed routines and spectacular costumes bring this classic tale to life. The River Raisin Ballet Company's production is sure to delight families.

The Nutcracker by Youth Dance Theatre of Michigan in Chelsea

Dec. 7-8, 2013

  • Address: Chelsea High School Performing Arts Complex Auditorium, 740 N. Freer Road, Chelsea
  • Times: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $18/adults, $15/seniors, $12/students
  • Phone: 734-475-3070

The Youth Dance Theatre of Michigan, which includes performers ages 8-18, presents this favorite holiday show for the 16th year. Add $12 for a special Sugarplum Fairy tea at 12:30 p.m. Sunday before the show.

The Nutcracker at Salem High School in Canton

Dec. 7-8, 2013

  • Address: Salem High School, 46181 Joy Road, Canton
  • Times: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $25/adults, $18/ages 12 and under
  • Phone: 734-676-7233

The Plymouth-Canton Ballet Company presents this annual performance that's accompanied by the Michigan Philharmonic.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Two Muses Theatre

Dec. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22, 2013

  • Address: Two Muses Theatre space at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 6800 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Times: 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays
  • Tickets: $15/adults, students and seniors; $10/ages 12 and under; $45/family four pack
  • Phone: 248-850-9919

This wacky holiday show, written by Broadway playwright Ken Ludwig, uses the classic poem as a springboard to tell the tale of a mouse, elf and little girl who all gang up to save Christmas.

Playtime Pirate's Holiday Adventure Children's Lunch Theater at Genitti's Hole in the Wall

Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29, 2013

  • Address: Genitti's Hole-in-the-Wall, 108 E. Main St., Northville
  • Times: 11:30 a.m. all Saturdays, 1 p.m. Sunday Dec. 8, 12:30 p.m. Sundays Dec. 15, 22 and 29
  • Costs: $17.95/adults, $14.95/kids
  • Phone: 248-349-0522

Join a band of pirates to help them in their quest to claim the ultimate booty: Santa's magical bag of toys! Each show is capped with a special bonus visit from Mr. Claus himself.

 

Fiddlers ReStrung Toys for Tots Hometown Concert in Saline

Dec. 8, 2013

  • Address: Ellen A. Ewing Auditorium, Saline Area High School, 1300 Campus Parkway, Saline
  • Time: 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $10/adults, $5/students
  • Phone: 734-663-8923

These high school fiddlers kick up a Christmas concert with energy and the holiday spirit.

Sounds of the Season at Stagecrafters' Baldwin Theater

Dec. 8, 2013

  • Address: Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak
  • Times: 5:45 p.m. pre-glow, 7 p.m. concert Sunday
  • Tickets: $25/general reserved, $50/VIP
  • Phone: 248-541-6430

Enjoy Broadway melodies and seasonal favorites with Sounds of the Season in this fundraiser event to support Stagecrafters' community theater shows.

Canton Concert Band's Annual Christmas Show

Dec. 8, 2013

  • Address: Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Time: 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $12/adults, $10/kids and seniors
  • Phone: 734-394-5300

Canton Concert Band's Christmas show is an annual Christmas show that will enrich your holiday tradition.

Holiday Brass at First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak

Dec. 8, 2013

  • Address: First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak, 529 Hendrie Blvd., Royal Oak
  • Time: 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $35/adults, $10/students
  • Phone: 248-559-2095

The Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings delivers an entertaining and innovative musical experience this holiday season.

Tony Orlando's Great American Christmas

Dec. 8, 2013

  • Address: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $43-$58/tickets
  • Phone: 586-286-2141

Written, produced and directed by Tony Orlando himself, the Great American Christmas is a musical treat for all ages.

BeckRidge Chorale Holiday Concert

Dec. 10, 2013

  • Address: Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
  • Tickets: $18
  • Phone: 734-394-5300

Known for taking classic Christmas songs and presenting them in fresh and exciting setting, the BeckRidge Chorale's concert is a must-see for the whole family.

Holiday Brass at the Macomb Center for Performing Arts

Dec. 10, 2013

  • Address: Macomb Center for Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
  • Tickets: $25/general, $20/students, $15/ages 12 and under
  • Phone: 586-286-2141

The Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings teams up with the 42-member Fraser Singers high school chamber choir to give audiences an entertaining and innovative musical experience.

Woodward Wonderland by Mosaic Youth Theatre in Detroit

Dec. 12-15, 2013

  • Address: Detroit Film Theatre at Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave.
  • Times: 10 a.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $24/adults, $16/kids
  • Phone: 313-872-6910

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit's holiday tradition takes a nostalgic theatrical journey to magical Motor City destinations and notable events – from Toyland on the 12th floor of old J.L. Hudson's store to that 1990 America's Thanksgiving Parade where the Chilly Willy float got loose.

A Wonderful Worldful of Christmas at the Village Theater

Dec. 12-15, 2013

  • Address: Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Time: 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Tickets: $10/tickets
  • Phone: 734-394-5300

A holiday musical fantasy, this show tells the story of a brother and sister who learn the meaning of Christmas on a trip around the world, where they meet Santa Claus himself.

Cherry Hill Singers Christmas Concert Canton

Dec. 13, 2013

  • Address: Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday
  • Tickets: $12
  • Phone: 734-394-5300

The BeckRidge Chorale delivers a sing-along with the songs of the season in this show titled, We Need a Little Christmas.

Ho Ho Hoey's Rockin' Holiday Show at City Theatre

Dec. 13, 2013

  • Address: City Theatre, 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 8 p.m. Friday
  • Cost: $35-$55
  • Phone: 313-471-3200

Rock guitarist Gary Hoey serves up a music-packed holiday show featuring fave tunes like "Hocus Pocus" and "Misirlou."

Holiday Pops Concert at Hill Auditorium

Dec. 13, 2013

  • Address: Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 8 p.m. Friday
  • Tickets: $10-$45
  • Phone: 734-994-4801

It's time for the second annual Holiday Pops Concert! The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra teams up with Measure for Measure, plus singing groups, to deliver fun spins on recognizable holiday tunes.

Yo Gabba Gabba Holiday Show at the Fox Theatre

Dec. 13, 2013

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. Friday
  • Tickets: $26-$46
  • Phone: 313-471-3200

Sing and dance to your favorite Yo Gabba Gabba tunes and some awesome holiday songs featuring DJ Lance and Biz Markie. There will also be special surprises for the audience. A great holiday pick for preschoolers and younger kids.

 

The Nutcracker by Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre at Power Center for Performing Arts

Dec. 13-15, 2013

  • Address: Power Center for Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor
  • Times: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $25/adults, $20/students and seniors, $15/kids under 12
  • Phone: 734-668-1001

Arrive a bit early and soak up holiday music performed by Suzuki violin musicians. Then enjoy a professional-caliber version of the classic featuring full costumes and scenery, from snow to a flying dragon.

Christmas Time at Redford Theatre

Dec. 14, 2013

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

It's time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas time at the Redford Theatre as Dave Calendine performs on the Barton organ along with the Casali Holiday Dancers. Don't forget your camera to get picture with ol' St. Nick.

Christmastime in Ireland at River Raisin Centre for the Arts

Dec. 14, 2013

  • Address: River Raisin Centre for the Arts, 114 S. Monroe St., Monroe
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $32/adults, $29/seniors, $18/kids
  • Phone: 734-242-7722

Get ready to laugh, clap, dance and sing and celebrate the Christmas season with Tony Kenny and his all-star cast.

Dearborn Holiday Choral Festival at Michael A. Guido Theater

Dec. 14, 2013

  • Address: Michael A. Guido Theater, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $11-$18
  • Phone: 313-943-2354

The Dearborn Community Chorus is bringing you the sounds of the season at this annual holiday event.

Snow Queen Christmas Holiday Show at PuppetART Detroit Puppet Theater

Dec. 14 and 21, 2013

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

This hometown spin on a classic Hans Christian Andersen story tells the tale of two young friends who experience the struggle of good vs. evil as Gerda sets out to rescue her buddy Kai from the Snow Queen.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas The Musical by Grosse Pointe Theatre

Dec. 14-15, 17-19, 21-22, 2013

  • Address: Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms
  • Times: 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 14, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday Dec. 17-19, 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 21, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 22
  • Tickets: $24/tickets
  • Phone: 313-881-4004

This lavish production is indeed merry and bright, featuring 17 popular songs from "The Best Things Happen While You're Dancing" to, of course, "White Christmas."

Mark O'Connor & Friends Appalachian Christmas at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 15, 2013

  • Address: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $20-$58
  • Phone: 586-286-2141

This esteemed fiddler and composer fuses folk, country, jazz and classical music this season to bring families a joyous holiday event.

Motor City Brass Band presents Sounds of the Season at Michael A. Guido Theater

Dec. 15, 2013

  • Address: Michael A. Guido Theater, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $14/adults, $10/students
  • Phone: 248-788-6618

Motor City Brass is coming to the Michael A. Guido Theater this holiday season to present its annual Sounds of the Season.

A Winter Fantasy at Detroit Opera House

Dec. 16, 2013

  • Address: Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Time: 6-9 p.m. Monday
  • Tickets: $30/18-plus, $15/ages 5-16, free/4 and under, $50/box seats
  • Phone: 313-237-7464

Celebrate the holiday season, sing and give back! This concert, featuring the Michigan Opera Theatre Children's Chorus, is also a fundraiser with a silent auction and a raffle that beings at 6 p.m.

Christmas Eve on Woodward Avenue with Karen Newman

Dec. 18, 2013

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
  • Tickets: $25-$55
  • Phone: 313-471-6611

You've heard her sing the national anthem at the Joe Louis Arena; now, the singer performs original songs and holiday favorites at the Fox.

The Central City Christmas Spectacular in Canton

Dec. 19-22, 2013

  • Address: Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Times: 6 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; noon and 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $22 (reserved tickets; not sold during performances)
  • Phone: 734-459-0400

Now in its 10th anniversary year, this Broadway-style Christmas show returns with more than 150 dancers, singers and gymnasts from Canton and nearby communities.

White Christmas at the Redford Theatre

Dec. 20-21, 2013

  • Address: Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit
  • Times: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $5
  • Phone: 313-537-2560

Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, White Christmas is a fun and affordable way to spend the holiday. Don't forget to bring your camera for pictures with Santa!

Macomb Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 20-21, 2013

  • Address: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $15/adults, $12/students and seniors
  • Phone: 586-286-2222

The Nutcracker comes to you this holiday season, presented by the Macomb Center. Don't miss out on the cast meet-and-greet following all four shows!

Home for the Holidays with Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 20-22, 2013

  • Address: Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Times: 10:45 a.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $19-$105
  • Phone: 313-576-5111

Detroit's favorites holiday musical tradition is Home for the Holidays. Perfect for sharing with family and friends – and even Santa stops by for the holiday celebration.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis at Fox Theatre

Dec. 21, 2013

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Times: 8 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $30-$85
  • Phone: 313-471-6611

An American holiday tradition for 25 years now, this show, presented by Grammy-winning Davis, has fave Christmas tunes and amazing multimedia effects.

Christmas with the Detroit Concert Choir at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 22, 2013

  • Address: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $20/adults, $18/seniors $10/ages 21 and under
  • Phone: 586-286-2222

Don't miss Christmas with the Detroit Concert Choir, promising joyful and wondrous songs of the season.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker at Fox Theatre

Dec. 22, 2013

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $28-$122
  • Phone: 313-471-3200

The Fox Theatre is bringing you the Moscow Ballet's beautiful production. This year, the performance features an appearance from Dove of Peace – one stunning bird (created by two dancers) with a wingspan of 20 feet!

Oh, Ananse! Kwanzaa Holiday Show at PuppetART Detroit Puppet Theater

Dec. 27-29, 2013

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

This West African folktale tells a story of a young man who must master three challenging tasks to earn the right to become a storyteller. Has a hip-hop flair and features tabletop puppets and actors dressed up.

Aaron Radatz Holiday Magic Show

Dec. 28, 2013

  • Address: Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Time: 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $24/tickets
  • Phone: 734-394-5300

Las Vegas magician Aaron Radatz returns to for another magical and comedic performance your family is sure to love.

New Year's Eve: Matt King as Elvis, Paul McCartney & Roy Orbison from Vegas

Dec. 31, 2013

  • Address: Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Time: 4 and 7 p.m. Tuesday
  • Tickets: $29
  • Phone: 734-394-5300

Bring your family to spend New Years Eve with the King of Rock 'n' Roll – Elvis Presley! Well, it's really Matt King, but who knows the difference? They sound alike and they look alike. It's an experience for the whole family to remember.

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