Nutcracker and Holiday Shows in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Gather the family and celebrate the 2021 holidays at these 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 2021 guide to holiday stage performances and Christmas films to make the season merry and bright — in metro Detroit, Ann Arbor and beyond.

Looking for some more holiday fun? Don’t forget to check out the Metro Parent calendar for even more December events for the whole family.

A Christmas Carol at Meadow Brook Theatre

Dec. 1-5, 8-9, 11-12, 14-23, 2021

A crabby old man learns the true meaning of Christmas after he is visited by three ghosts on the night before Christmas.

A Christmas Carol – The Musical

Dec. 2-5, 2021

  • Address: Risen Christ Lutheran Church, 46250 Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth
  • Time: 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: $15/person

Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas and charitable giving until three ghosts visit him on Christmas eve and show him the past, present and future.

Elf The Musical at the Village Theater

Dec. 2-5, 2021

A young orphan named Buddy crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and ends up at the North Pole. He tries to live as an elf but eventually heads back to New York City to learn who he truly is.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Dec. 3-5, 2021

  • Address: Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Time: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $34.50-plus

Enjoy a holiday-themed acrobatic performance that can’t be missed.

The Nutcracker Ballet with Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra

Dec. 4-5, 2021

  • Address: Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $20-$35

Ballet Americana performs this holiday favorite with music from the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra.

The Hip-Hop Nutcracker

Dec. 5, 2021

This show puts a hip-hop twist on the beloved holiday classic.

The Short & Suite Nutcracker

Dec. 10-12, 2021

  • Address: Jackson College Music Hall – Potter Center, 2111 Emmons Road, Jackson
  • Time: 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Cost: $15-$25

Randazzo Dance Company presents a holiday show that features a variety of dance styles coupled with the magic of the Nutcracker Suite.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage

Dec. 11, 2021

Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts characters hit the stage and uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

A Very Merry Nutcracker by Ballet Chelsea

Dec. 11-12, 2021

  • Address: Jackson College Music Hall – Potter Center, 2111 Emmons Road, Jackson
  • Time: 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $17.50-$30/main floor, $10-$22.50/balcony

Join Marie and her Nutcracker Prince as they head off on an adventure in the Land of Sweets.

Winter Wonderland at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

Dec. 11, 2021

This year’s DSO holiday show features conductor Thomas Wilkins.

A Magical Cirque Christmas

Dec. 12, 2021

Enjoy an evening of breathtaking cirque performances accompanied by live versions of your favorite holiday songs.

Merry & Bright: A Holiday Concert

Dec. 16-18, 2021

  • Address: The Encore Musical Theatre Company, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter
  • Time: 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Cost: $40

Broadway stars Geoff and Chelsea Packard, Tyler Driskill and others join in this local holiday show.

Macomb Ballet Company Presents the Nutcracker

Dec. 17-19, 2021

  • Address: Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn
  • Time: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1 p.m. Saturday, noon and 5 p.m. Sunday
  • Cost: $20-$25

Clara meets the Snow Queen and tackles the enchanted forest during this colorful holiday performance.

A Motown Christmas

Dec. 18, 2021

In celebration of the 61st Anniversary of Motown, this show will feature performances from members of The Edsels, The Captains and The Temptations.

Holiday Movies at the Redford Theatre

Dec. 3-4, 10, 17 and 19, 2021

See holiday classic movies including A Christmas Story and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Dec. 4) and It’s a Wonderful Life (Dec. 10). There’s even another holiday mystery movie (Dec. 19).

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