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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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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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