Nutcracker and Holiday Shows in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Gather the family and celebrate the 2019 holidays at these kid-friendly stage performances, films and holiday shows in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

A group of dancers performing a show

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 2019 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 holiday shows in metro Detroit that lead up to the big day to find the perfect one for you and your family – and don’t forget to check out the Metro Parent calendar for even more holiday family fun.

A Christmas Carol at Meadow Brook Theatre

Nov. 8-Dec. 22, 2019 (see times for select date information)

  • Address: Meadow Brook Theatre, 207 Wilson Hall, Oakland University, Rochester
  • Times: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 8 p.m Friday, Nov. 15, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7-Sunday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11-Thursday, Dec. 12, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14-Sunday, Dec. 15, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17-Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21-Sunday, Dec. 22
  • Tickets: $30-$45/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.

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

Nov. 13, 2019

  • Address: Seligman Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit Country Day School, 22305 W. 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills
  • Times: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $10-$150
  • Phone: 248-646-3347
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This fest features performances by FAR’s special needs students. Formerly known as Flutes, Friends and Fa-la-la.

Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at the Fox Theatre

Nov. 20-23, 2019

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Times: 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $40-plus
  • Phone: 800-745-3000

See the classic book come to life. The story of the Grinch who hated Christmas and all the whos in Whoville who loved it.

Disney Junior Holiday Party at the Fox Theatre in Detroit 

Nov. 27, 2019

  • Venue: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Cost: $15-plus

Join Mickey, Minnie, and other Disney Junior characters for singing and dancing to holiday classics.

The Nutcracker by BalletMet at Detroit Opera House

Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2019

  • Address: Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Times: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $29-plus
  • Phone: 313-237-7464

From the dazzling choreography to the beautiful music, this annual holiday production is for theatergoers of all ages.

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

Dec. 1, 2019

  • Venue: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 2 and 5:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $30-plus

The classic claymation movie comes to life in this musical fit for all ages.

A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol by Saline Area Players

Dec. 5-8, 2019

  • Address: Fifth Corner, 211 Willis Road, Saline
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Tickets: $6/person (cash or check only; no credit cards)
  • Phone: 734-255-4388

The classic Christmas Carol story, but with a twist. Characters from classic fairy tales bring this story to life.

Miracle on 34th Street at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

Dec. 5-8, 2019

  • Address: The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Biltmore Studio, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Times: 7:30 Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $15-$18
  • Phone: 734-394-5300

This ultimate holiday favorite tells the story of a family taking in a Macy’s Santa Claus who may be the real deal.

The Nutcracker at the Michael A. Guido Theater

Dec. 6-7, 2019

  • Address: Michael A. Guido Theater, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 7 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.

Holiday Classics at the Penn Theatre

Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 19-20 and 21-22 2019

  • Address: Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
  • Times: Vary by date and show; check ahead
  • Tickets: $3/all seats
  • Phone: 734-453-0870

The historic Plymouth theatre packs the month of December with holiday classic flicks. See It’s a Wonderful Life (PG) Dec. 6-8, ELF (PG) Dec. 13-15, A Christmas Story (PG) Dec. 19-20, and The Polar Express (PG) Dec. 21-22.

Holiday Movies at the Redford Theatre 

Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14 and 20-21, 2019

  • Address: Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit
  • Time: Varies by date and show; check ahead
  • Tickets: $5/person
  • Phone: 313-537-2560

See holiday classic movies including National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (Dec. 6), The Muppet Christmas Carol (Dec. 7), Jingle All the Way (Dec. 7), White Christmas (Dec. 13 and 14) and It’s a Wonderful Life (Dec. 20-21).

The Nutcracker by Ballet Chelsea

Dec. 7-8, 2019

  • Address: Chelsea High School Performing Arts Complex, 740 N. Freer Road, Chelsea
  • Times: 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Tickets: $10-$30
  • Phone: 734-475-3070

Ballet Chelsea performs the classic holiday ballet full of sugarplums, brave soldiers and a handsome prince. Plays at in Jackson Dec. 14-15, too. 

Ebird & Friends Holiday Show at the Ark

Dec. 12-14, 2019

  • Address: The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $25-$50;  $15/kids on Saturday

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

Unlocking Christmas at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

Dec. 13, 2019

  • Address: The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: $15
  • Phone: 734-394-5300

Siblings Max, Maggie and Marie must unlock the magic of the north pole all around the world and save Christmas. Will they make it in time?

Michigan Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker at the Lake Orion Performing Arts Center

Dec. 14-15, 2019

  • Address: Lake Orion High School, 495 E. Scripps Road, Lake Orion
  • Times: 2 a.m. 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $28-$32

The Michigan Ballet Theatre performs their version of this holiday classic show.

A Winter Fantasy at Detroit Opera House

Dec. 14, 2018

  • Address: Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Time: 4 p.m.
  • Tickets: $30
  • Phone: 313-237-7464

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

Dearborn Holiday Choral Festival at Michael A. Guido Theater

Dec. 14, 2019

  • Address: Michael A. Guido Theater, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Tickets: $11-$18
  • Phone: 313-943-2354

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

The Nutcracker 2019 at the Michigan Theater

Dec. 14, 2019

  • Address: Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $35-$45
  • Phone: 734-668-8463

The Academy of Russian Classical Ballet and the Michigan Classical Ballet join forces to put on this must-see.

Too Hot to Handel at Detroit Opera House

Dec. 14, 2019

  • Address: Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $33-$75
  • Phone: 313-237-7464

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

The Nutcracker Ballet at Seaholm High School in Birmingham 

Dec. 14-15, 2019

  • Address: Seaholm High School, 2436 W. Lincoln, Birmingham
  • Time: 1 p.m.
  • Tickets: $15/kids, $20/adults
  • Phone: 248-990-8483

Rose Marie Floyd Contemporary Civic Ballet presents a performance of this holiday classic show.

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

Dec. 15, 2019

  • Address: Michael A. Guido Theater, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $20/general
  • 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.

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

Dec. 20-22, 2019

  • 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, 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $10-$20
  • Phone: 586-286-2222

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

Home for the Holidays at Orchestra Hall

Dec. 20-22, 2019

  • 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-$120/adults
  • 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.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at Fox Theatre

Dec. 21, 2019

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Times: 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: $30-plus
  • 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.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Fox Theatre

Dec. 22, 2019

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $49-plus
  • Phone: 800-745-3000

The Fox Theatre hosts this beautiful production. This year, the show brings Russian Snow Maidens and a two-dancer Dove of Peace to life.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Little Caesars Arena

Dec. 28, 2019

  • Address: Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 3 and 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: $49.50-plus
  • Phone: 800-745-3000

This world renowned, multi-platinum orchestra presents its The Ghosts of Christmas Eve tour.

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