Nutcracker and Holiday Shows in Southeast Michigan

Gather the family and celebrate the 2017 holidays at these kid-friendly stage performances, films and holiday shows 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 2017 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 leading up to the big day to find the perfect one for you and your family.

A Christmas Carol at Meadow Brook Theatre

Nov. 10-Dec. 24, 2017 (see times for select date information)

  • Address: Meadow Brook Theatre, 207 Wilson Hall, Oakland University, Rochester
  • Times: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, 8 p.m Friday, Nov. 17, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18: 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 and Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 17, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 and Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24
  • Tickets: $22-$43/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. 15, 2017

  • 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. Wednesday
  • Tickets: $10-$150
  • Phone: 248-646-3347

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

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Store Christmas! The Musical at Fox Theatre

Nov. 17-19, 2017

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $35-$75
  • Phone: 800-745-3000

Enjoy a musical version of the classic Dr. Seuss story of a Grinch that discovers the true meaning of Christmas.

A Christmas Story at the Avon Players Theatre

Nov. 24-26, Dec. 1-2 and 8-9, 2017

  • Address: Avon Players Theatre, 1185 Washington Road, Rochester
  • Times: 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; plus Saturday matinees at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9
  • Tickets: $18
  • Phone: 248-608-9077

Christmas means so many different things to so many different people and to Ralphie, it means a Red Ryder 200-shot Carbine Action Range Air Rifle. Will he convince his mom or will she stick to her guns about the dangers.

The Nutcracker by Cincinnati Ballet at Detroit Opera House

Nov. 25-26, 2017

  • Address: Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Times: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $29-$110
  • Phone: 313-237-7464

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

A Christmas Story at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2017

  • 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: $16-$18
  • Phone: 734-394-5300

This ultimate holiday favorite tells the story of a little boy and his quest for the perfect Christmas present

Silent Night: The Real(ish) Story by Saline Area Players

Nov. 30 and Dec. 1-3, 2017

  • 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: 734-255-4388

Find out the true origin story of the beloved Christmas carol.

The Nutcracker at the Michael A. Guido Theater

Dec. 1-2, 2017

  • 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.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Fox Theatre

Dec. 1-3, 2017

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $29-$69
  • Phone: 800-745-3000

This critically acclaimed show returns for a with high-flying holiday cheer. Colorful, imaginative and festive, this aerial show is perfect for all ages.

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

Dec. 1-3, 2017

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

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

It’s a Wonderful Life at the Penn Theatre

Dec. 1-3, 2017

  • 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.

Metro Dance North Pole News at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill

Dec. 2, 2017

  • Address: The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton
  • Times: 2 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $18/adults, $15/kids
  • Phone: 734-394-5300

The North Pole can be hectic this time of year, but Santa’s elves are here to keep things cool. After the show, Santa sticks around for pictures.

Frozen Sing-Along at the Michigan Theater

Dec. 3, 2017

  • Address: Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $16
  • Phone: 734-668-8463

Anna, Elsa and their snowman friend hit the big screen. Head out and sing some of your favorite songs from the Disney flick.

Ebird & Friends Holiday Show at the Ark

Dec. 7-9, 2017

  • 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.

A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Macomb Center for Performing Arts

Dec. 9, 2017

  • Address: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $35-$40/adults, $15/kids 12 and under
  • Phone: 800-993-7464 (SING)

The award-winning story about a boy named Charlie and dinky Christmas tree hit the stage for a live performance.

The Nutcracker 2017 at the Michigan Theater

Dec. 9, 2017

  • Address: Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $25-$45
  • Phone: 734-668-8463

Take a journey to the Kingdom of Sweets with the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet.

Dearborn Holiday Choral Festival at Michael A. Guido Theater

Dec. 9, 2017

  • 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.

The Nutcracker by Ballet Chelsea

Dec. 9-10, 2017

  • Address: Chelsea High School Performing Arts Complex, 740 N. Freer Road, Chelsea
  • Times: 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $10-$25
  • Phone: 734-475-3070

Ballet Chelsea performs the classic holiday ballet full of sugarplums, brave soldiers and a handsome prince. Plays at 7 p.m. in Jackson on Dec. 8, too. 

Woodward Wonderland at the DIA Film Theatre

Dec. 9-10, 2017

  • Address: Detroit Film Theatre, Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave.
  • Times: 7 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $12-$60
  • Phone: 313-872-6910, ext. 4024

Mosaic Detroit brings everything that metro Detroiters love about the holiday season to the theater during this holiday show.

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

Dec. 10, 2017

  • Address: Michael A. Guido Theater, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $14/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.

Holiday Pops With the Phil at the Penn Theatre

Dec. 14, 2017

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

Frosty Follies at Trenton Village Theatre

Dec. 15-16, 2017

  • Address: Trenton Village Theatre, 2447 W. Jefferson Ave., Trenton
  • Times: 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $10/ticket, $15/preferred seating
  • Phone: 734-362-8153

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

White Christmas at the Redford Theatre

Dec. 15-16, 2017

  • 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.

Home for the Holidays at Orchestra Hall

Dec. 15-17, 2017

  • 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, $12-$55/kids
  • 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.

Elf at the Penn Theatre 

Dec. 15-17, 2017

  • Address: Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
  • Times: 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, 4:45 and 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Tickets: $3/all seats (cash only)
  • Phone: 734-453-0870

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

Too Hot to Handel at Detroit Opera House

Dec. 16, 2017

  • Address: Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $33-$73
  • Phone: 313-237-7464

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

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at Fox Theatre

Dec. 16, 2017

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $26.50-$86.50
  • 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. 17, 2017

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $31.50-plus
  • Phone: 800-745-3000

The Fox Theatre hosts this beautiful production. This year, the show brings life-sized Matryoshka dolls, Ded Moroz (Father Christmas) and a Snegurochka (Snow Maiden); plus a 50-foot growing Christmas Tree and a Dove of Peace with a 20-foot wingspan.

A Winter Fantasy at Detroit Opera House

Dec. 17, 2017

  • Address: Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit
  • Time: 3-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $10-$25
  • Phone: 313-237-7464

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

Christmas with the Detroit Concert Choir at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 17, 2017

  • Address: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $10/students, $18/seniors, $20/adults
  • Phone: 586-286-2141

The Detroit Concert Choir performs beautiful classic carols and more modern ones, too.

Sister’s Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 19, 2017

  • Address: Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
  • Tickets: $43-$58
  • Phone: 586-286-2222

This hilarious holiday mystery retells the story of the nativity with the goal of finding out what happened to the Magi’s gold.

ELF The Musical at the Fox Theatre

Dec. 20-24, 2017

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Times: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m., 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday
  • Tickets: $35-$75
  • Phone: 800-745-3000

This musical tells the story of a man, who was raised by elves and is now searching for his real dad in the Big Apple.

The Polar Express at the Penn Theatre

Dec. 21-23, 2017

  • Address: Penn Theatre, 760 Penniman Ave., Plymouth
  • Times: 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 4:45-7 p.m. Saturday
  • Tickets: $3/all seats (cash only)
  • 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.

It’s a Wonderful Life at the Redford Theatre

Dec. 22-23, 2017

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

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Little Caesars Arena

Dec. 23, 2017

  • Address: Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 3 and 8 p.m.
  • Tickets: $42.50-$72.50
  • Phone: 800-745-3000

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

This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly. 

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