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WIN! Ticket to the Holiday Classic – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

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This giveaway is sponsored by CARE Ballet.

by Monica Vedders


The Holidays Are Almost Here!

With a chill in the air and radio stations teasing us with holiday sounds, most most of us can tell the holidays are right around the corner. One familiar holiday story that most everyone knows is ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

But have you ever seen it as a ballet? If not, you should!

The CARE Ballet is very excited to bring this familiar tale to life again this holiday season. Their production is just 60 minutes long, the perfect length for young attenders.

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas… Set to Music and Performed Through Dance

This original ballet, based on Clement C. Moore’s familiar poem and set to familiar Christmas music, has become a holiday tradition in Grand Rapids. Mischievous mice, dancing stockings, and Santa with his sleigh and prancing reindeer combine to create a magical holiday treat. The performance includes an opportunity to visit with Santa and the cast on stage after the show, so don’t forget your camera!

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Tickets to the show are $12 for adults and $8 for students. You may purchase tickets online, or call CARE at (616) 464-3682. Performance take place at the St. Cecilia Music Center.


  • Friday 11/29 at 7 pm
  • Saturday 11/30 at 11 am or 3 pm
  • Sunday 12/1 at 3 pm

Thanks to our friends at the CARE Ballet, for letting us give away 4 sets of 4 tickets to a ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Performance! To enter this giveaway, please leave us a comment telling us something that your family enjoys doing the night before Christmas.

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This giveaway will close on November 26, 2013 at midnight and the winner will be notified via email. *All opinions are those of grkids.com.  No purchase necessary to enter the contest. Leaving a comment on this blog post is not a requirement of entry. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to grkids.com and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used to enter the contest and notify winners. Entrants will release Facebook from all liability. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and reside in Michigan. Only one entry per household. Entrants may also enter the contest by sending an email to contests at grkids dot com containing their name, address, phone number and email address along with the words: care ballet: twas the night before giveaway contest in the subject line. Grand Rapids Kids’ liability is limited to the value of the prize.



  • Jody

    I would love to take my girls to see this!

  • heidi j

    My girls would love this!!!

  • Alicia

    Our family loves to enjoy cookies, reading the Christmas story, and wearing our new Christmas pj’s!

  • Kristen

    We like going to the Christmas Eve service at church. Then, we come home, make a fire and eat appetizers.

  • Julie

    We love getting new Christmas pajamas delivered by our Elf on the Shelf – straight from the North Pole!

  • Amanda Warner

    Wouldn’t this be an awesome new Christmas tradition :-) my little dancer would absolutely love this!!

  • Stephanie Dantuma

    On the Night Before Christmas, we spend the evening with my mother in law enjoying a nice meal together and opening a few gifts. When my family and I arrive back home, we get in our jammies and sit on the couch together and read Twas The Night Before Christmas together. My husband, 10 yr old son, and myself each take turns reading a page to my youngest son who is 2 yrs. Then we set out cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer alongside a cup of milk in our special Santa mug. Then its off to bed to dream of sugar plum fairies!

  • Sara

    My oldest daughter is an aspiring dancer. She recently broke her foot so she’s been a little discouraged lately. This is something that might give her exactly what she needs.

    Our family enjoys making cookies, movie time, popcorn cuddles.

  • Becky

    My boys would love to see this. We always do Christmas Eve Service followed by new PJs and Twas the Night Before Christmas book as a family. Love this holiday!!!

  • Tami King

    We love to watch our favorite Christmas movies, finish wrapping presents, enjoy hot chocolate & a toasty fire… Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Nancy E

    We like to take a family drive to see all the beautiful Christmas lights, then back home for hot cocoa and goodies. Thank you for the chance to enter.

  • Heather

    our family tradition for many years now has been going to Christmas Eve church service, go back to my parents house, sing a few Christmas carols, read from the bible, enjoy some snacks and open gifts. Then we can enjoy our Christmas morning with our own little families

  • Jennifer A

    The night before Christmas after getting the kids asleep in their beds, my husband and I start wrapping all the presents and as they get done, they go right under the tree. :)

  • rachel v.

    We like to spend Christmas eve with our family; having food fellowship, and fun!

  • Marylyn

    We spend the evening with my family..then we come home to get ready for santa.

  • D.C

    We spend a portion of our Christmas Eve with extended family. One of my favorite things is to wait til the kids go to bed on Christmas Eve, to place presents under the tree. It makes waking up in the morning feel magical when we see the expressions on their faces!

  • Heather

    My kids would love this! The night before Christmas we love spending time with extended family by eating, opening presents, and watching A Christmas Story.

  • Kelly Bos

    On Christmas Eve our tradition includes reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and setting out milk and cookies for Santa just before bed. It is something the kids look forward to every year! In fact, my middle son has already determined exactly which kind of cookie he wants to make for Santa this year :) Thank you for this opportunity GRKids and Care Ballet!!

  • Amanda

    We go to Christmas Eve mass at our church and then go to my parents house to celebrate!

  • Jaime

    We always go to Christmas Eve Mass and then go to Grandma’s house for dinner and to open presents. We come home and put on our jammies and get into bed and wait for Santa to come! We would love to see this ballet and experience something new!

  • Laura

    Every Christmas Eve my kids take their baths and have their new Christmas PJs waiting for them. Then they get the cookies ready and say their goodbyes to our elf.

  • Dodie Cumings

    We always usually go look at Christmas lights then we let the kids open one present that is their pjs and then. we make them go to bed. It would be cool to go to this…

  • Tanya

    We go to the Christmas Eve service at church and then go home, watch a Christmas movie and get cookies & milk ready.

    I would love to take my son to this.

  • Kate L

    We usually spend Christmas Eve with part of the family we don’t usually get to see.

  • Barb W

    My family usually goes to church on Christmas Eve for the midnight service. It’s a beautiful experience and let’s us usher in Christmas on the right note.

  • Erica

    sounds like fun

  • christine stander

    We light to attend an evening church service if there is one. We also like to watch “It’s A Charlie Brown Christmas” with the lights off and a fire in the fireplace eating popcorn all cozy on the couch.

  • Kim

    Christmas Eve is a quiet day for just the 5 of us; simple and priceless. We spend the day watching our favorite classic movies with the fireplace blazing, drinking hot chocolate and eating snacks. We attend our church’s Christmas Eve service. After returning home we read the story of Jesus’ birth out of the Bible while re-enacting with the nativity set. The kids open one present, new pajamas, before snuggling in bed for the night. They wake up the next morning, excited to find baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes in the manger!

  • Mellissa Ramirez

    Every year on Christmas eve my boys unwrap one gift (pjs) & we read a recorded book my mom made of “twas the night before Christmas”

  • Angela

    We volunteer at church for the Christmas Eve services and then go out eat. We always read the story of Jesus’ birth before bed.

  • Katrina

    We always go to church on Christmas Eve, and let the kids unwrap one gift (new pjs) and watch a Christmas movie together with hot cocoa and popcorn!

  • Tracy

    We always celebrate Christmas Eve with my husbands side of the family, spending the whole day together and the kids have to find where the presents are hidden in the house before anything can be unwrapped.

  • Molly

    We go to Christmas Eve Mass than get together with our extended family for dinner, laughs & fun times!

  • Kim

    We enjoy Hot Cocoa, Christmas Classics on the TV and just having time to be together.

  • jill kuiper

    We go to Christmas Eve service at church then go out looking at Christmas lights.

  • Willow Cramer

    We always go to the Christmas Eve service at Calary it is just beautiful!! My kids wear matching pjs to the service!!

  • Stacey R

    We always visit my parents, prepare special dishes that we only eat on Christmas Eve, and EVERYONE gathers around the television to watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

  • Tara

    On the night before Christmas our family enjoys spending time together, having a family dinner and going to the Christmas Eve service at church.

  • susan m

    Christmas Eve service at church and baking Jesus a birthday cake

  • Joy

    What a great show! our family would be delighted to see this show.

  • Rachel

    The kids open up their video message from Santa. I have done this the last three years. Now part of our tradition. Would love to take the kids to the show!

  • Georgine

    We hang out and eat and watch a classic Christmas movie, which ever one might be on TV, talk about the tradition in some way shape or form, and we read the Grinch before bed

  • Tara

    Each of the boys gets to open 1 small present on Christmas Eve. We then all sip on some hot cocoa (or regular chocolate milk for the littlest one!) while listening to Christmas music and gather around our lit up Christmas tree with the main lights off. Wonderful way to bond as a family and relax together before the craziness of Christmas Day begins!

  • Cheryl

    What a fun show! My family would be blessed to win this! The night before Christmas the we read a few Christmas story books or a Christmas movie, and open one special present from under the tree.

  • Melody

    Our family likes to decorate and bake cookies for Santa, then the kids get to open one present each, and we have a family movie night before bed!

  • Kristin

    We go to church, out to dinner at Ichiban, open one gift and off to bed!

  • angela

    My daughter would love this!

  • Emily Dafoe

    We love to have Elf on the Shelf come visit us!

  • Deb

    We usually spend the night before Christmas with our family opening gifts. :)

  • Maya

    Our family has cookies egg nog meat & cheese a veggie tray we watch a movie & play games as a family

  • Cheri Kay

    We spend the evening with my grandmother and the whole family and then the kids’ and I open 1 present (always a new pair of Jammies) then we snuggle to sleep with a crazy level of excitement!!!

  • ben

    my little ballerinas would have a ball

  • Tabitha

    The night before Christmas I make cookies with my kids and leave them out for Santa. We also mske a birthday cake for Jesus for his birthday the next day and read the story of how he was born.

  • Dana

    New PJs, opening 1 present, and watching movies :)

  • Jennifer

    I would love to take my daughter to see this with my nephew. They love christmas and teaching them the true meaning is the best!

  • Anne Detmers

    We have lunch with my sister and brother in law. Attend church and have dinner with family!

  • Amanda

    My family loves making christmas cookies for Santa, reading twas the night before xmas and opening that one gift, with new christmas jammies, slippers, christmas book hot coco found on the pinterest site.

  • donna agon

    I would love to take my daughter to this!

  • Amber

    Every christmas eve me and my children do the traditional cookies and milk, but one year they wanted to do cookies and coke. The day before (day of x-mas eve) {if not done the week before} we go and get our traditional yearly ornaments–it can not be the same from the previous years so we go to a new store each year.

  • Becky

    This would be great to incorporate into our 24 days of Christmas. We do something every night holiday related until Christmas.

  • Sara Harder

    We let the kids open one gift before Christmas day. We follow a tradition that my husband had when he was little by getting a stuffed animal of some kind on Christmas Eve.

  • Melissa VanGessel

    Would love to take my son to see this. My husband went when he was little

  • Holly

    The night before Christmas we go to my parent’s house and have family dinner and do gifts with them. When we get home, the pajama elf has visited and left us new pajamas for Christmas morning. Then we set out cookies and milk for Santa, and carrots for the reindeer.

  • Allison

    After mass and dinner we drive around and pick one random house to give our Christmas jar to (mason jar we fill with money all year long). We ring the door bell and run. Then we go home, let our kids open one gift (pjs), and read Twas the Night Before Christmas before bed.

  • Michelle Sanborn

    On the night before Christmas, we have dinner and celebrate the holiday with my mom, brother, and sister-in-law. And we always make sure to put out cookies for Santa along with a candy cane.

  • susan

    Sounds wonderful.

  • Lara R.

    The night before Christmas we open our gifts (Not Santa’s), we have family over, play games, watch a funny Christmas movie, turn the fireplace on, and enjoy yummy food!

  • Jennifer

    On Christmas Eve, we have a family party. We then come home to get into a new pair of pajamas and put out the cookies and milk for Santa. We also leave out for him the book “Twas the Night Before Christmas” so he can leave a note to my children.

  • Regan Johnson

    We make hot choc with marshmallows and candy canes! Watch movies, and enjoy time with our family! :)

  • Amy g

    We lived away from family for ten years so we started our own traditions.. Open and wear new pjs, cuddle up to read polar express and watch it. For years we would take day hikes in the mountains but not sure this year what we will do during the day as this is our first year back :)

  • Christina

    On Christmas Eve we leave out our Christmas cookies and (soy) milk (in case Santa is lactose intolerant, like Daddy! LOL!) and carrots for the reindeer. We get into our Christmas jammies and read ‘Twas the Night before Christmas and then mommy and daddy hope for the kids to go to sleep right away since we’ve done NONE of our wrapping!

  • Catrina S.

    My two oldest kiddos would love to go see this!

  • julie

    We love having our family christmas party, followed by watching Ralphie and getting the kids in their new jammies!

  • Debi Crawford-Poyner

    Wow! What fun it would be to attend this with 3 of my kindergartners from St.Mark Lutheran School in Kentwood.

  • Sarah

    We love writing our note to Santa and decorating cookies the night before Christmas.

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  • Laura Ford

    We visit with family and enjoy each other’s company before bedtime at home.

  • sarah grove

    On the night before Christmas my husband and I take our children to Grandmas house for cookies, music, and the kids run and play in their Christmas PJs!


    My son and I bake cookies for Santa and eat a few “just to make sure they’re ok” for him!

  • Melissa

    My girls would love this!

  • kathie

    We always put cookies out for Santa and read Twas the Night Before Christmas together. We always spend the night with my mom, the kids grandmother…this will be our first year without her after her passing…so hoping to make this year special for the kids.

  • Beth M

    Our tradition is to make cookies and open one present (new pjs), and then watch a movie together.

  • Kim

    We make chocolate fondue and eat it all in the living room and open presents from the family. Darn if my kids don’t always get pajamas.
    We set out milk and cookies on our special plate and carrots for the reindeer then try really really hard to fall asleep so Santa will come faster.

  • Jennifer

    We go to mass and have a nice meal together at home.

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  • heidi mcclintic

    We. Get our pjs on and watch christmas movies and drink hot chocolate while waiting for santa

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