Virtual Nutcracker and Holiday Shows in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Gather the family and celebrate the 2020 holidays at these virtual performances, films and holiday shows.

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 2020 guide to virtual 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 December family fun.

A Very Merry Nutcracker by Ballet Chelsea

Dec. 4-6, 2020

  • Location: Chelsea Fair Grounds, 20501 W. Old US Highway 12, Chelsea
  • Times: 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Varies

Enjoy a drive-in production of Ballet Chelsea’s annual nutcracker performance.

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

Cyrus Chestnut Quartet: A Charlie Brown Christmas by Orchestra Hall

Dec. 6, 2020

  • Location: Virtual
  • Time: 4 p.m.
  • Tickets: $12

Listen classical performances of beloved songs from A Charlie Brown Christmas including Linus and Lucy, Christmas Time is Here and others.

Celtic Thunder Christmas

Dec. 11, 2020

  • Location: Virtual
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $35/device

Celtic Thunder pay homage to their favorite holiday songs including Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow, It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas and more during this online show.

Ho Ho Ho! The North Pole Chronicles by Saline Area Players

Dec. 12-13, 2020

  • Location: Virtual
  • Time: Vary
  • Cost: Fees may apply

This online performance brings a unique blend of theatrics, costuming and virtual backgrounds together to tell the story of what’s happening in the North Pole.

Virtual Holiday Watch Party with the Michigan Theater

Dec. 13 and 20, 2020

  • Location: Virtual
  • Time: 5 p.m. daily
  • Cost: Fees apply
  • Phone: 734-668-8463

The Michigan Theater is hosting virtual watch parties of It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas on Zoom. Get your concessions from the theater, register online and enjoy.

Holiday Movies at the Redford Theatre

Dec. 18 and 20, 2020

  • Location: Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit
  • Time: Varies by date and show; check ahead
  • Cost: $7/person

See holiday classic movies including National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (Dec. 18) and It’s a Wonderful Life (Dec. 20). Face masks are required during the shows.

Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker

Dec. 19, 2020-Jan. 1, 2021

  • Location: Virtual
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Cost: $24.99/device

Stream a performance of the Great Russian Nutcracker on MarqueeTV through Jan. 1, 2021. Plus, go backstage to see what life is like behind the curtain.

This post is updated regularly.

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