Nutcracker and Holiday Shows in Southeast Michigan

Gather the family and celebrate the 2016 holidays at these kid-friendly stage performances and films in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

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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 2016 guide to holiday stage performances and Christmas films to make the season merry and bright – in metro Detroit, Ann Arbor and 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.

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A Christmas Carol at Meadow Brook Theatre

Nov. 11-Dec. 23, 2016 (see times for select date information)

  • Address: Meadow Brook Theatre, 207 Wilson Hall, Oakland University, Rochester
  • Times: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. first two Sundays (then 6:30 starting Nov. 27), 7 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Dec. 13-14, 8 p.m. Dec. 19-21, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 22, 1 p.m. Dec. 23
  • Tickets: $21-$36/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 Snow Queen at Northville Marquis Theatre

Nov. 12-Jan. 28 (Saturdays-Sundays; plus Dec. 26-28)

  • Address: Northville Marquis Theatre, 135 E. Main St., Northville
  • Times: 2:30 p.m. all days
  • Tickets: $9
  • Phone: 248-349-8110

Enjoy a kid-friendly show about a queen who loves the ice and snow.

ELF: The Musical at Fox Theatre

Nov. 15-20, 2016

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $35-$75
  • Phone: 800-745-3000

A grown man finds out that he was raised as and by one of Santa’s elves. Now, he’s on a quest to find his birth father in the Big Apple.

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

Nov. 17, 2016

  • Address: Seligman Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit Country Day School, 22305 W. 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills
  • Times: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday
  • Tickets: $10-$75
  • Phone: 248-646-3347

This fest features performances by FAR’s special needs students. Formerly known as Flutes, Friends and Fa-la-la.

Christmas Rocks II at the Macomb Center for Performing Arts

Nov. 20, 2016

  • Address: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 2:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $18-$50
  • Phone: 800-993-7464 (SING)

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

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Fox Theatre

Nov. 22-26, 2016

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $29-plus
  • Phone: 800-745-3000

After selling out four 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.

The Nutcracker by BalletMet Columbus at Detroit Opera House

Nov. 25-27, 2016

  • Address: Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Times: 2:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $29-$99
  • 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.

Forever Christmas at the Avon Players Theatre

Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4 and 9-10, 2016

  • Address: Avon Players Theatre, 1185 Washington Road, Rochester
  • Times: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays
  • Tickets: $20-$22
  • Phone: 248-608-9077

Christmas means so many different things to so many different people. Explore the sights, sounds and traditions of the season a this warm holiday revue.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Saline Area Players

Dec. 1-4, 2016

  • Address: Fifth Corner, 211 Willis Road, Saline
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $5/person (cash or check only; no credit cards)
  • Phone: 734-957-6585

A very reluctant pageant director wants to make this year’s Christmas show the best ever, but he has to do it with the biggest troublemakers in the town, the Herdman siblings.

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

Dec. 2-3, 2016

  • Address: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, noon, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $10/10 a.m. matinees, $20/afternoon shows ($17/students and seniors)
  • Phone: 586-286-2222

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

The Nutcracker at the Michael A. Guido Theater

Dec. 2-3, 2016

  • Address: Michael A. Guido Theater, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 8 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $20-$35
  • Phone: 313-943-2354

Don’t miss the snowflakes and sugarplums of the magical stage show The Nutcracker, performed by the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra and Ballet Americana, with principle dancers from San Francisco Ballet.

White Christmas at the Redford Theatre

Dec. 2-3, 2016

  • 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.

It’s a Wonderful Life at the Penn Theatre

Dec. 2-4, 2016

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

This 1946 classic movie shows on the big screen as part of the Holiday Classics series at the Penn.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Starlight Theater

Dec. 2-18, 2016 (Fridays-Sundays)

  • Address: Starlight Theater, 7370 Highland Road (M-59), Waterford
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 and 4:30 p.m. Sundays
  • Tickets: $15/adults, $14/seniors, $12/students, $11/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.

Frosty at the Michigan Theater

Dec. 3, 2016

  • Address: Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $12
  • Phone: 734-668-8463

A little orphan named Billy finds a magic hat that brings a snowman to life in this Frosty the Snowman-inspired show.

Christmas Around the World 2016 at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

Dec. 3, 2016

  • Address: The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Biltmore Studio, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Times: 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $13-$15/person
  • Phone: 734-394-5300

Santa’s elves are traveling around the world to stop a rogue elf from stealing letters to Santa, and ultimately save Christmas.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at the Fox Theatre

Dec. 3-4, 2016

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Times: 1, 4:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $25-$60
  • Phone: 800-745-3000

The title song just might get stuck in your head – but that’s OK! This show is sure to please all ages.

Handel’s Messiah by University Musical Society in Ann Arbor

Dec. 3-4, 2016

  • Address: Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Times: 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $12-$36
  • Phone: 734-764-2538

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

The Nutcracker by Ballet Chelsea

Dec. 3-4 and 10-11, 2016

  • Address: Chelsea High School Performing Arts Complex, 740 N. Freer Road, Chelsea
  • Times: 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 3, 2 p.m. Dec. 4 and 11, 7 p.m. Dec. 10; with a Sugar Plum Tea at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays
  • Tickets: $20/adults, $15/kids and seniors, $12/sugar plum tea
  • Phone: 734-475-3070

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

Elf at the Michigan Theater

Dec. 4, 2016

  • Address: Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: Free
  • Phone: 734-668-8463

The hilarious PG-rated movie starring Will Ferrell about the regular-sized man raised as an elf who heads back to New York City to find his family plays.

Simply Dickens Christmas Carols Show at Plymouth Historical Museum

Dec. 6, 2016

  • Address: Plymouth Historical Museum, 155 S. Main St., Plymouth
  • Time: 7 p.m. Tuesday
  • Ticket: $15/advance, $20/at door (reduced prices for members)
  • Phone: 734-455-8940

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

Ebird & Friends Holiday Show at the Ark

Dec. 8-11, 2016

  • Address: Friday-Saturday: The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; Sunday: Hartland High School Auditorium, 10635 Dunham Road
  • Time: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $20-$27/Thursday, $25-$50/Friday-Sunday

This annual family variety-style show has tunes by The Ragbirds, along with a variety of talented Ann Arbor artists.

Only The Best: 25 Years of Mosaic Stories at the DIA Film Theatre

Dec. 8-11, 2016

  • Address: Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave.
  • Times: 10 a.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $25/adults, $20/students and seniors. $15/ages 5-17
  • Phone: 313-872-6910, ext. 4024

Last year, it was Woodward Wonderland, but this year marks the 25th anniversary season for this local theater group, and they’re celebrating by showcasing their biggest and best performances.

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The Ten Tenors: Home for the Holidays at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 10, 2016

  • Address: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $43-plus
  • Phone: 586-286-2141

Autstrailian opera stars, The Ten Tenors, perform traditional holiday classics like “Joy to the World,” “Sleigh Ride,” and many others.

The Polar Express at the Penn Theatre

Dec. 10-11, 2016

  • Address: Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
  • Times: 4:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Tickets: $3/all seats
  • Phone: 734-453-0870

This 2004 flick takes a doubter to the North Pole on a magical train so that he can learn about friendship and the true spirit of Christmas. Rated G.

Dearborn Holiday Choral Festival at Michael A. Guido Theater

Dec. 10, 2016

  • Address: Michael A. Guido Theater, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $11-$18; $6/student discount in balcony B
  • Phone: 313-943-2354

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

Too Hot to Handel at Detroit Opera House

Dec. 10, 2016

  • Address: Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
  • 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.

A Winter Fantasy at Detroit Opera House

Dec. 11, 2016

  • Address: Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Time: 3-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $50/box seats, $30/ages 18-plus, $15/ages 5-plus, free/ages 4 and under
  • Phone: 313-237-7464

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

Handel’s Messiah at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 11, 2016

  • Address: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $35-$40/general, $15/ages 12 and under
  • Phone: 586-286-2222

The Metropolitan Detroit Chorale performs this holiday classic.

Holiday Pops With the Phil at the Penn Theatre

Dec. 15, 2016

  • Address: Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
  • Time: 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday
  • Tickets: $30/adults, $25/seniors, $10/students with ID
  • Phone: 734-451-2112

For the fifth year running, Holiday Pops show delivers traditional Christmas songs along with the fantastic tunes of Hanukkah.

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

Dec. 15-18, 2016

  • 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: $24/advance (not sold the day of the performance)
  • Phone: 734-394-5300

This Broadway-style Christmas show returns with a cast of more than 100 of the most talented singers and dancers in southeast Michigan.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at Fox Theatre

Dec. 16, 2016

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday
  • Tickets: $30-$90
  • Phone: 800-745-3000

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

Frosty Follies at Trenton Village Theatre

Dec. 16-17, 2016

  • Address: Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson Ave., Trenton
  • Times: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $7/ticket, $12/preferred seating
  • Phone: 734-362-8153

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

It’s a Wonderful Life at the Redford Theatre

Dec. 16-17, 2016

  • 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 this classic film about a man who is about to give up before a guardian angel swoops in and shows him how good he has it.

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

Dec. 16-18, 2016

  • Address: Power Center for Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor
  • Times: 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $30/adults, $15/under age 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.

Home for the Holidays at Orchestra Hall

Dec. 16-18, 2016

  • Address: Orchestra Hall, Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $19-$115
  • Phone: 313-576-5111

The DSO brings this holiday tradition, which celebrates the holidays with music, to the stage – plus there’s a visit from Santa Claus.

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas at City Theatre

Dec. 16-18, 2016

  • Address: City Theatre, 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $29.50
  • Phone: 313-471-3465

Nancy is looking forward to all the glitz and glamour of Christmas time, but things don’t turn out the way she hoped. Will she still have a splendiferous Christmas, even though things turn out differently?

ELF at the Penn Theatre

Dec. 16-18, 2016

  • Address: Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
  • Times: 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Tickets: $3/all seats
  • Phone: 734-453-0870

The 2003 holiday family film comes to the big screen as part of the Holiday Classics film series. Rated PG.

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

Dec. 18, 2016

  • Address: Michael A. Guido Theater, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $19/general, free/ages 12 and under
  • Phone: 313-943-2354

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

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Fox Theatre

Dec. 18, 2016

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $30-plus
  • Phone: 800-745-3000

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

Christmas Concert at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 18, 2016

  • Address: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $20/adults, $18/seniors. $10/students and ages 12 and under
  • Phone: 586-286-2222

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

Sister’s Christmas Catechism at City Theatre

Dec. 29, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017

  • Address: City Theatre, 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $38
  • Phone: 800-745-3000

A sister for Christ investigates Christmas’ greatest mystery: What ever happened to the Magi’s gold? Will she crack the case? Find out!

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