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Nutcracker and Holiday Shows in Southeast Michigan

Gather the family and celebrate the 2014 holidays with at these kid-friendly stage performances and films in Macomb, Oakland Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Looking for something kid- and grown-up-friendly to do this holiday season? Perhaps a holiday show might be the way to go to boost that Christmas spirit. If this idea tickles your fancy, Metro Parent has got your back with your 2014 guide to holiday stage performances and Christmas films to make the season merry and bright – in metro Detroit, Ann Arbor and a bit beyond. So, jump out of bed and peruse this list of shows, playing up until New Year's Eve, to find the perfect one for you and your family.

Christmas Rocks at Novi High School

Nov. 14, 2014

  • Address: Fuerst Auditorium at Novi High School, 24062 Taft Road, Novi
  • Time: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday
  • Tickets: $18-$38
  • Phone: 248-448-1500

This 42-year-old holiday show feature the 250-voice CMI Concert Choir singing some of your favorite holiday music with tons of effect and audience participation.

A Christmas Carol at Meadow Brook Theatre

Nov. 14-Dec. 21, 2014 (Wednesdays-Sundays with special show Tuesday Dec. 16)

  • Address: Meadow Brook Theatre, 207 Wilson Hall, Oakland University, Rochester
  • Times: Click on link above for specific date/time breakdown
  • Tickets: $19-$42/tickets
  • Phone: 248-377-3300

The grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge learns a lesson from Christmas ghosts that haunt him during the night and become a cheery Christmas delight.

The Candy Mansion Caper at St. Dunstan's Theatre

Nov. 14-23, 2014 (Fridays-Sundays)

  • Address: St. Dunstan's Theatre, 400 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, 1 and 3 p.m. Sundays
  • Tickets: $8
  • Phone: 888-71-TICKETS

Mother Hubbard is ready to unveil her gingerbread candy mansion just in time for the holidays, but the key has gone missing. Help her find the key in this fun, children's holiday mystery.

Christmas Rocks at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center

Nov. 16, 2014

  • Address: Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 2:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $18-$38
  • Phone: 800-993-7464

Now in its 42 year, this show features the talents of over 250 voices and has some holiday classics as well as audience participation.

Flutes, Friends and Fa-La-La at Detroit Country Day School

Nov. 19, 2014

  • 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: $25-$200/tickets
  • Phone: 248-646-3347

This fest features performances by FAR's special needs students along with a bazaar full of handmade gifts made by the clients.

Christmas Caroled at The Encore Musical Theatre Company

Nov. 20-Dec. 21, 2014 (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. 27; also, the Thursday Dec. 11 show takes place at 3 p.m.)
  • Costs: $22-$32
  • Phone: 734-268-6200

This new musical, written by Daniel C. Cooney and Dayle Ann Hunt, makes its world premiere. Borrowing from classic tales, it wraps around an old-fashioned Christmas and is performed as a musical. Features such favorites as "White Christmas," "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "O Holy Night" and others.

A Christmas Story at the Redford Theatre

Nov. 21-22, 2014

  • Address: Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit
  • Times: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $7
  • Phone: 313-537-2560

Grab the whole family and watch all this classic film about a young boy's quest for an air rifle.

Christmas Rocks at the Macomb Center for Performing Arts

Nov. 23, 2014

  • Address: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township.
  • Time: 2:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $18-$38
  • Phone: 800-993-7464

This holiday tradition features the 250-member Concert Ministries, Inc. choir performing some of your favorite holiday songs and encouraging audience participation.

The Nutcracker, BalletMet Columbus at Detroit Opera House

Nov. 28-30, 2014

  • Address: Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Times: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $38-$68/tickets, add $10/lunch (matinees only)
  • Phone: 313-237-7464

From the dazzling choreography to the beautiful music, this annual holiday production is for theatergoers of all ages. Features more than 100 professional dancers and local kids.

Miracle on 34th Street at the Avon Players Theatre

Nov. 28-Dec. 5-7, 12-13, 2014

  • Address: Avon Players Theatre, 1185 Washington Road, Rochester Hills
  • Times: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays
  • Tickets: $14-$16
  • Phone: 248-608-9077

Kris Kringle, a little old man in a retirement home, gets a job as Santa for Macy's. Kris releases tons of good tidings and holiday cheer, but ends up in a court competency hearing. This outcome of this hearing decides one little girl's belief in Santa.

Christmas Eve on Woodward Avenue with Karen Newman

Dec. 3, 2014

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
  • Tickets: $25-$45
  • Phone: 313-471-6611

You know the fantastic version of the national anthem that happens at the Joe? Well, now you can enjoy Christmas carols from the woman behind that voice, Karen Newman.

A Christmas Carol: The Musical at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

Dec. 4-6, 2014

  • Address: The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Times: 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $17-$22/tickets
  • Phone: 734-394-5300

The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas hit the stage with musical flair.

A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol by Saline Area Players

Dec. 4-7, 2014

  • Address: Stone Arch Arts & Events, 117 S. Ann Arbor St., Saline
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. today-Friday, 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $5/person
  • Phone: 734-429-1480

The Saline Area Players celebrate its sixth year of doing a holiday show with this twist on Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol – with fairytale characters playing the parts.

Rock 'n' Roll Santa at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

Dec. 4-7, 2014

  • Address: Biltmore Studio, The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Times: 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $12/person
  • Phone: 734-394-5300

Check out this '50s-flavored show about some hip, music-playing reindeer organize a band to save the North Pole from debt.

It's a Wonderful Life at the Penn Theatre

Dec. 4-7, 2014

  • Address: Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
  • Times: 7 p.m. Thursday, 7 and 9:25 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $3/all seats
  • Phone: 734-453-0870

Bring the kids to check out this 1946 holiday movie. It's part of the theater's Holiday Classics series.

The Nutcracker at the Michael A. Guido Theater

Dec. 5-6, 2014

  • Address: Michael A. Guido Theater, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 8 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $15-$26
  • Phone: 313-943-2354

Don't miss the snowflakes and sugarplums of the magical stage show The Nutcracker, performed by the Ballet Americana Dance Company.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation at the Redford Theatre

Dec. 5-6, 2014

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

Crack up as the Griswold family's big Christmas plans turn into a huge disaster in this PG-13-rated 1989 film.

Snow Queen at Children's Creative Center Stage

Dec. 5-7, 2014

  • Address: The Children's Creative Center Stage, 1600 Pauline Blvd., Ann Arbor
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday.
  • Tickets: $8/adults, $5/kids and students
  • Phone: 734-971-2228

The Ann Arbor Civic Theatre presents its original spin on the Hans Christian Andersen story.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Starlight Theater

Dec. 5-7, 12-14 and 19-21, 2014

  • Address: 7370 Highland Road (M-59), Waterford
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 7-9 and 14-16
  • Tickets: $14/adults, $11/students, $10/kids
  • Phone: 248-886-8880

What happens when six unruly kids attend church for the first time – and are subsequently given roles in the Christmas play? Madness! Watch it all unfold at this Waterford theater.

A Christmas Carol at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 6, 2014

  • Address: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $33-$39/general, $15/ages 12 and under
  • Phone: 586-286-2141

The Nebraska Theatre Caravan delivers two performances of the Charles Dickens classic live on stage.

A Glorious Noise at Christ Church Cranbrook

Dec. 6, 2014

  • Address: Christ Church Cranbrook, 470 Church Road, Bloomfield Hills
  • Time: 8-10 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $25
  • Phone: 248-352-2276

The Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra collaborates with the venue's interim music director for this holiday show

Singalong with Santa with Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 6, 2014

  • 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: 734-994-4801

Sing all your favorite Christmas carols with Santa Claus, himself. Includes cider and cookies too.

Too Hot to Handel at Detroit Opera House

Dec. 6, 2014

  • Address: Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $33-$71
  • Phone: 313-237-7464

This "distinctively Detroit" jazz/gospel performance features the Rackham Symphony Choir and soloists in a reinterpretation of Handel's Messiah.

Canton Concert Band's Christmas Concert

Dec. 6, 2014

  • Address: St. Michael's Church, 7000 N. Sheldon Road, Canton
  • Time: 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $12/adults, $10/kids and seniors

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

Handel's Messiah by University Musical Society in Ann Arbor

Dec. 6-7, 2014

  • Address: Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Times: 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $10-$36
  • Phone: 734-764-2538

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the UMS Choral Union start the season off with this holiday tradition.

The Nutcracker at the River Raisin Centre for the Arts

Dec. 6-7, 2014

  • Address: River Raisin Centre for the Arts, 114 S. Monroe St., Monroe
  • Times: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 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 Ballet Chelsea

Dec. 6-7, 2014

  • Address: Chelsea High School Performing Arts Complex, 740 N. Freer Road, Chelsea
  • Times: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $20/adults, $15/students and seniors
  • Phone: 734-475-3070

Ballet Chelsea performs the classic holiday ballet full of sugarplums, brave soldiers and a handsome prince.

The Nutcracker at Salem High School in Canton

Dec. 6-7, 2014

  • 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, add $3/Sugar Plum Parade
  • Phone: 734-676-7233

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

BeckRidge Chorale: Wonder of Christmas at Northville High School

Dec. 6-7, 2014

  • Address: Northville High School, 45700 Six Mile Road, Northville
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $15-$18
  • Phone: 888-459-4887

The whole family can experience the voices of the chorale as they sing their hearts out about the majesty, joy and wonder of Christmas.

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

Dec. 6-7, 2014

  • Address: City Theatre, 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $35-$55
  • Phone: 313-471-3465

Chart-topping rock guitarist, Gary Hoey, serves up a holiday show featuring fave tunes like "Hocus Pocus" and "Misirlou."

Frosted Children's Lunch Theater at Genitti's Hole in the Wall

Dec. 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21, 2014

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

An ancient legend tells of magical snowmen who will return one day. Years pass until all that remains is a song, a button nose and a lost silk hat. Can the hat be found or will Christmas be ruined forever?

Snow Queen by PuppetART at Detroit Puppet Theater

Dec. 6, 13, 18, 20 and 27-28, 2014
(Also Jan. 10, 15, 17, 24 and 31, 2015)

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

PuppetART delivers this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's story.

Linda Eder: Christmas Where You Are at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 7, 2014

  • Address: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $43-$59
  • Phone: 586-286-2141

Linda Eder returns to the stage to perform the festive songs from her latest release.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at Fox Theatre

Dec. 7, 2014

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Times: 7 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $30-$85
  • Phone: 313-471-3200

An American holiday tradition for decades, this show features some of your favorite Christmas tunes and is presented by Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis.

Saline Fiddlers Winter Hometown Concert in Saline

Dec. 7, 2014

  • Address: Ellen A. Ewing Performing Arts Center, Saline Area High School, 1300 Campus Parkway, Saline
  • Time: 1:30 p.m./instrument petting zoo for kids, 3 p.m./show Sunday
  • Tickets: $10/adults, $5/students
  • Phone: 734-944-0077

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

A Winter Fantasy at Detroit Opera House

Dec. 7, 2014

  • Address: Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Time: 2:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $15/kids, $30/adults, free/kids 5 and under, $8/parking
  • Phone: 313-237-7464

Ring in the holiday season with this festive performance by the Michigan Opera Children's Chorus.

Holiday Brass at the Macomb Center for Performing Arts

Dec. 9, 2014

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

The Brass of Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings performs this seasonal celebration accompanied with the Dakota High School Varsity Choir.

Simply Dickens Christmas Show at Plymouth Historical Museum

Dec. 10, 2014

  • Address: Plymouth Historical Museum, 155 S. Main St., Plymouth
  • Time: 7 p.m. Wednesday
  • Ticket: $10/advance, $15/at door
  • Phone: 734-455-8940

This show highlights the carols of long ago that are hardly heard today and comedic holiday skits performed by actors in period dress.

Holiday Pops With the Phil at the Penn Theatre

Dec. 11, 2014

  • Address: Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
  • Time: 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday
  • Tickets: $30/adults, $10/students
  • Phone: 734-451-2112

For the third year running, Holiday Pops delivers traditional Christmasc along with the fantastic tunes of Hanukkah.

Sister's Christmas Catechism at City Theatre

Dec. 11-14, 2014

  • Address: City Theatre, 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $38
  • Phone: 313-471-3465

A sister for Christ investigates Christmas' greatest mystery: what ever happened to the Magi's gold? Will she crack the case?

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

Dec. 12-13, 2014

  • 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: 586-286-2141

The Nutcracker comes to you this holiday season by way of the Macomb Ballet Company.

Woodward Wonderland by Mosaic Youth Theatre in Detroit

Dec. 12-13, 2014

  • Address: Detroit Film Theatre at Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave.
  • Times: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $19.50-$35.50
  • Phone: 313-833-7900

Pay tribute to Metro Detroit's unique holiday traditions with a series of short plays and singalongs. No children under 5.

Miracle on 34th Street at the Penn Theatre

Dec. 12-14, 2014

  • Address: Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
  • Times: 7 p.m. Friday, 4:45 and 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Tickets: $3/all seats
  • Phone: 734-453-0870

This 1947 classic movie shows on the big screen as part of the Holiday Classics series at the Penn.

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

Dec. 12-14, 2014

  • 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: 734-763-8587

Enjoy a professional-caliber production of the classic ballet featuring full costumes and scenery, from snow to a flying dragon and everything in between.

Grand Rapids Ballet's The Nutcracker at DeVos Performance Hall

Dec. 12-14 and 19-21, 2014

  • Address: DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays
  • Tickets: $20-$65
  • Phone: 800-982-2787

While out of the southeast Michigan region, this show is worth a journey. The renowned holiday tradition completely re-imagined, featuring all-new sets and costumes.

The Nutcracker Presented by the Michigan Ballet Theatre

Dec. 12-14 and 19-21, 2014

  • Address: Dec. 12-14: Oxford High School, 745 N. Oxford Road; Dec.19-21: Avondale High School, 2800 Waukegan, Auburn Hills.
  • Times: 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays
  • Tickets: $32/adults, $28/seniors
  • Phone: 248-652-3117

The Michigan Ballet Theatre brings this holiday classic to two locations in Oakland County.

MCTOS Christmas Show at Redford Theatre

Dec. 13, 2014

  • Address: Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit
  • Times: 8 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $10/adults, $5/kids under 12
  • Phone: 313-537-2560

Melissa Ambrose-Eidson will perform with the Casali Holiday dancers at this annual Christmas event. Expect a bell choir and a visit from Santa, too.

The Russian Classical Ballet Nutcracker at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 13, 2014

  • Address: Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison St., Detroit
  • Time: 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $25-$45
  • Phone: 313-887-8500

Join Clara on her magical journey through the enchanting Land of Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets.

Ebird & Friends Holiday Show in Washtenaw County

Dec. 13-14, 2014

  • Address: Saturday: The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, Sunday: Hartland High School Auditorium, 10635 Dunham Road
  • Time: 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $25 Saturday, $20/Sunday

This seventh annual family variety-style show has tunes by The Ragbirds and a variety of talented Ann Arbor artists.

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

Dec. 13-22, 2014 (Wednesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays-Sundays)

  • Address: Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms
  • Times: 2 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Mondays
  • Tickets: $24/tickets
  • Phone: 313-881-4004

This lavish adaptation of Irving Berlin's White Christmas hits the stage for another year.

Dearborn Holiday Choral Festival at Michael A. Guido Theater

Dec. 13, 2014

  • 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.

Motor City Brass Band presents Sounds of the Season at the Ford Community Performing Arts Center

Dec. 14, 2014

  • Address: Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 3-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $19/adults, $17/seniors, $15/students
  • Phone: 248-788-6618

Motor City Brass is coming to the Ford Community Performing Arts Center this holiday season to present its annual Sounds of the Season.

Handel’s Messiah at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 14, 2014

  • Address: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $25/general, $15/students
  • Phone: 586-286-2141

For a 45th year, the Metropolitan Detroit Chorale performs this holiday classic.

Elf at the Michigan Theater

Dec. 14, 2014

  • Address: Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $10/adults, $8/students and seniors, free/12 and under
  • Phone: 734-668-8463

The hilarious PG-rated movie starring Will Ferrell about the regular-sized man raised elf who heads back to New York City to find his family plays as part of the Toyota Family-Friendly Film Series.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Fox Theatre

Dec. 16-20, 2014

  • Address: 3011 Woodward Ave, Detroit
  • Times: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 2 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Tickets: starting at $24
  • Phone: 313-471-6611

After selling out three years in a row, this critically acclaimed show returns for a with high-flying holiday cheer. Colorful, imaginative and festive, this aerial show is perfect for all ages.

Home Alone with the DSO at Orchestra Hall

Dec. 17, 2014

  • Address: Orchestra Hall, Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
  • Tickets: $30-$85
  • Phone: 313-576-5111

The '90s holiday flick is projected up on the big screen in high def, complete with accompaniment by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation at the Penn Theatre

Dec. 18-19, 2014

  • Address: Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
  • Times: 7 p.m. Thursday, 7 and 9:05 p.m. Friday
  • Tickets: $3/all seats
  • Phone: 734-453-0870

Witness the Griswold family's Christmas disaster in this wacky 1989 holiday movie. It's rated PG-13.

The Central City Christmas Spectacular at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

Dec. 18-21, 2014

  • Address: The 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 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $23/advance (not sold the day of the performance)
  • Phone: 734-459-0400

Now in its 11th anniversary year, this Broadway-style Christmas show returns with more a cast of more than 100 of the most talented singers and dancers in Southeast Michigan.

White Christmas at the Redford Theatre

Dec. 19-20, 2014

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

If you're looking for an affordable event for the whole family, catch this holiday classic holiday movie. Bring you camera because Santa is making a visit to the theater this weekend.

White Christmas: The Musical at Warren Community Center

Dec. 19-21, 2014

  • Address: Warren Community Center & Auditorium, 5460 Arden Ave., Warren
  • Times: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $12/adults, $5/kids
  • Phone: 586-268-8400

Warren Civic Theatre puts a musical spin on the classic tale and features 17 Irving Berlin songs.

Frosty Follies at Trenton Village Theatre

Dec. 19-21, 2014

  • 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: $7/tickets
  • Phone: 734-771-7945 (talk to Karen)

The holiday favorite hits the stage and is performed by the Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center.

White Christmas at the Redford Theatre

Dec. 19-20, 2014

  • 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 memorable way to spend the holiday. Don't forget to bring your camera for pictures with Santa.

Clara and the Nut at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

Dec. 19-21, 2014

  • Address: Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $25/adults, $20/students and seniors, $15/kids under 12
  • Phone: 734-763-3333

This contemporary show, featuring ballet, jazz, tap and other modern dance styles, puts a twist on the classic ballet, The Nutcracker, and is performed by the Randazzo Dance Company.

Home for the Holidays with Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 19-21, 2014

  • Address: Orchestra Hall, Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Times: 10:45 a.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $19-$100
  • Phone: 313-576-5111

Detroit's favorite holiday tradition is the perfect way to spend times with family and friends this holiday season. Its so much fun that even Santa will stop by for a visit.

The Polar Express at the Penn Theatre

Dec. 20-21, 2014

  • Address: Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
  • Times: 4:45 and 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Tickets: $3/all seats
  • Phone: 734-453-0870

The 2004 holiday family film comes to the big screen as part of the Holiday Classics film series. Rated PG.

Home for the Holidays at the River Raisin Centre for the Arts

Dec. 20-21, 2014

  • Address: River Raisin Centre for the Arts, 114 S. Monroe St., Monroe
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $22-$25/adults, $15/students
  • Phone: 734-242-7722

This spectacular show features tappers, singers, a children's chorus, show band and tons of Christmas cheer all paying homage to local veterans.

A Joyful Christmas at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 21, 2014

  • 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: 586-286-2141

Experience the joys of the holiday season with performances by the Detroit Concert Choir.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker at Fox Theatre

Dec. 21, 2014

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $31.50-plus
  • Phone: 313-471-3200

The Fox hosts this beautiful production. This year, the show brings life-sized Matrushka dolls and whimsical 10-foot-tall silk puppets, along with the classic "Dove of Peace" which has a 20-foot wingspan and is performed by two dancers.

Aaron Radatz Holiday Magic Show

Dec. 27, 2014

  • Address: The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Time: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $24/tickets
  • Phone: 734-394-5300

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

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