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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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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.

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