Nutcracker Shows and Holiday Performances in Metro Detroit

Get in the holiday spirit at one of these upcoming holiday stage shows and concerts.
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The Hard Nut, a playful retelling of The Nutcracker, comes to the Detroit Opera House Dec. 3-4 // Photograph by Julieta Cervantes.

The holidays are fast approaching, and with stage performances of The Nutcracker, comedy shows that poke a little fun at the traditions of this time of year, and musical versions of your favorite seasonal movies, Metro Detroit has no shortage of stage shows sure to give you a little holiday cheer.

Here’s a few of our favorite upcoming Nutcracker shows and holiday performances happening in southeast Michigan in 2022.

A Drag Queen Christmas

Trinity the Tuck and special guest Todrick Hall, host this 8th annual show, which features live performances by fan-favorite Drag Queens. Must be 21 years old and up to attend. Tickets start at $51. 8 p.m. Nov. 16. Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel. 313presents.com.

The Nutcracker Ballet

Angie Hahn’s Academy of Dance performs the holiday classic with much of the original choreography. $15-$20. Nov. 19. Village Theater at Cherry Hill; canton-mi.org.

Elf The Musical

The Broadway adaptation of the heartwarming story about a man named buddy who was raised as an elf by Santa in the North Pole, and then heads to New York to find his real dad returns to Detroit. Tickets start at $40. Nov. 22-27. Fox Theatre; 313presents.com.

Polar Express 3D

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn plays this classic holiday movie about a boy who climbs aboard a magical train to the North Pole on their big screen. $7.25-$10. Nov. 25-Jan. 1. The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation; thehenryford.org.

A Very Electric Christmas

This show, presented by Lightwire Theatre, tells the story of a young bird named Max who is thrown off course during his family’s seasonal migration and ends up at the North Pole. $15-$25. Nov. 27. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts; musichall.org.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical

The beloved holiday song has been turned into a musical performance. See what happens to veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis who meet and follow a set of singing sisters, and their business ventures along the way. $16-$18. Dec. 1-4. Village Theater at Cherry Hill; canton-mi.org.

The Nutcracker

Macomb Ballet Company puts on a traditional performance of The Nutcracker, complete with the sugar plums dancing in your head. $25. Dec. 2-4. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts; macombcenter.com.

Who’s Holiday!

Cindy Lou Who shares the story of how she met The Grinch that one Christmas Eve, and the turn of events her life took after that night, at this adults-only comedy performance. $15-$25. Select days Dec. 2-19. The Ringwald Theatre; theringwald.com.

The Hard Nut

The Mark Morris Dance Group performs a playful retelling of The Nutcracker set in the 1970s. Tickets start at $29. Dec. 3-4. Detroit Opera House; detroitopera.org.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and all of your other favorite Peanuts characters as they try to find the true meaning of Christmas. The audience is invited to sing along with the show. Tickets start at $30. Dec. 4. Fox Theatre; 313presents.com.

Holiday Pops

Catch Chrstimas Rocks, Chanukah Festival Overture, Let it Snow, and more seasonal songs to lift the spirits at this annual holiday show. $10-$30. Dec. 8. Penn Theatre; michiganphil.org.

Christmas with Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith

The iconic, multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning duo co-bills this Christmas concert, with special guest Michael Tait. Tickets start at $30. Dec. 8. Fox Theatre; 313presents.com.

Holiday Pops!

This show highlights the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, Measure for Measure, and members of the Huron and Pioneer High School Choirs, as they perform seasonal music, carols, and classic holiday songs. $20-$90. Dec. 9. Hill Auditorium; a2so.org.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

With more than 35 years of performances, this show is the longest running concert tour in the entertainment industry. This year’s show will highlight classic tunes from your favorite Mannheim Steamroller Christmas albums. Tickets start at $30. Dec. 10. Fox Theatre; 313presents.com.

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet

This performance of The Nutcracker features stars from Ukraine Ballet along with dazzling acrobatics, stunning costumes, giant puppets, and more. Tickets start at $35. Dec. 11. Fox Theatre; 313presents.com.

Luminare – Christmas 2022

Enjoy reimagined Christmas classics alongside brand-new holiday music. $29-$41. Dec. 15. Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel; soundboarddetroit.com.

‘Twas the Night Before …

Catch the first-ever Christmas show by Cirque du Soleil, which tells the story of a curious young girl named Isabella who is jaded by Christmas and ends up in a Christmas poem. Tickets start at $26.50. Dec. 15-26. Fox Theatre; 313presents.com.

The Second City’s Holidazed & Confused

This one is for all the Grinches out there, and pokes fun at the time-honored traditions of the holidays, including having a “six-foot fire hazard in your living room,” and “watching your kid howl on Santa’s lap.” $35. Dec. 9; Village Theater at Cherry Hill; canton-mi.org.

Motown Nutcracker

Legacy Dance Studio, LLC has teamed up with DMX Dance Studio to bring you a stage performance of the classic holiday show with a modern Motown twist. Contact for ticket prices. Dec. 17. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts; musichall.org.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve — The Best of TSO & More

The multi-platinum rock group returns to Detroit for two performances of their highly-anticipated holiday show. Catch them as they put their spin on your favorite holiday classics. $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to charity. Tickets start at $43.50. Dec. 29. Little Caesars Arena. 313presents.com.

Looking for even more holiday fun? Check out the Detroit Tree Lighting on Nov. 18, Noel Night in Detroit on December 3, or the Downtown Detroit Markets.

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