Grand Rapids Christmas Plays Calendar: Spectacular Nutcrackers and other Holiday Shows in GR

Nutcracker and Holiday Performances in Grand Rapids West Michigan

Nutcracker & Other Favorite Grand Rapids Christmas Plays 2020

As a child, there was nothing I looked forward to more than going to see the Nutcracker ballet with my mom. Nothing got me in the holiday spirit quite like sitting in those theater seats.

I could smell Christmas in Clara’s family room. I clenched my fists as the Mouse King made his first appearance. My eyes were captivated by the Sugar Plum Fairy. As a mom now myself, I can hardly wait to start taking my own daughter and begin a new tradition.

This year the Grand Rapids Christmas plays scene is quite different in light of the pandemic. Most Christmas plays and ballets have gone virtual, which gives you the chance to take in a show in your pjs or fancy dress (whatever amuses you!), and if a kid gets antsy in their seat on the couch, it won’t bother any theatre-going neighbors sitting near you.

Check out our list of Christmas plays & ballets below, and let us know which performances you’ll be viewing with your family.

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Grand Rapids Christmas Plays, Ballets & Concerts 2020

Check this list for the latest listings of Christmas plays and performances around West Michigan in 2020. Have a performance to add to this list? Submit it here!

Handbells Celebrate the Holidays
Hosted by Scott Club
Virtual Event
» December 1, 2020 | 1pm
Ann Habicht brings handbells and holiday songs to celebrate the festive season. All are welcome. Non-members/guests – email [email protected] to request a link.


West Michigan Youth Ballet presents: The Nutcracker
Hosted by West Michigan Youth Ballet
Virtual Event
» December 4, 2020 | 7pm
The WMYB is excited to announce three live-streamed performances of the Nutcracker spanning three days, December 4th, 5th & 6th at various show times to fit your schedule. Tickets will be available through wmyb.org. Asking a minimum of $30/family.


GR Symphony Holiday Pops
Hosted by Grand Rapids Symphony
Virtual Event
» December 4 & 5, 2020 | 7:30pm
The West Michigan holiday tradition features familiar holiday favorites with your Grand Rapids Symphony and includes virtual performances from the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus, vocalist Capathia Jenkins, and singer/pianist Tony DeSare. $25


West Michigan Youth Ballet presents: The Nutcracker
Hosted by West Michigan Youth Ballet
Virtual Event
» December 5, 2020 | 4:30pm
The WMYB is excited to announce three live-streamed performances of the Nutcracker spanning three days, December 4th, 5th & 6th at various show times to fit your schedule. Tickets will be available through wmyb.org. Asking a minimum of $30/family.


West Michigan Youth Ballet presents: The Nutcracker
Hosted by West Michigan Youth Ballet
Virtual Event
» December 6, 2020 | 2pm
The WMYB is excited to announce three live-streamed performances of the Nutcracker spanning three days, December 4th, 5th & 6th at various show times to fit your schedule. Tickets will be available through wmyb.org. Asking a minimum of $30/family.


A Virtually Celtic Christmas
Hosted by Holland Civic Center Place
Virtual Event
» December 6, 2020 | 7pm
Deck the halls and grab the Eggnog!  A Virtually Celtic Christmas concert is coming to the Holland Civic Center Place on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at 7pm. Tickets will be available starting at 10am Friday, November 6th, and will stream on the ShowTix4U platform. $25


Home for the Holidays Virtual Concert
Hosted by West Michigan Symphony

Virtual Event
» December 11, 2020 | 7:30pm
This year’s program features all your Holiday favorites performed by the WMS strings. We will be showcasing the Frauenthal Center’s newly-restored 1929 Barton Theatre Organ, played by the dazzling and dexterous Peter Kurdziel. Joining him will be the amazing Russian Bayan accordionist Stas Venglevski–a whole symphony by himself–and our good friend, Diane Penning.


Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ Concert: Holiday Classics
Grand Rapids Public Museum

272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
» December 18, 2020 | 7pm
Deck the halls this season by enjoying cheerful holiday songs on the GRPM’s Mighty Wurlitzer Theater organ, performed by Lance Luce. Organ concerts are offered virtually and in-person!


Online VINTAGE CHRISTMAS Show
Hosted by Master Arts Theatre
Virtual Event

» December 17-31, 2020
Celebrate the holidays by traveling back to the golden age of radio with our VINTAGE CHRISTMAS show! We will be presenting two classic holiday radio shows . . . FATHER KNOWS BEST-THE CHRISTMAS EPISODE from 1953 and O. Henry’s THE GIFT OF THE MAGI from 1943. $5 tickets


A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play
Hosted by Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
Virtual Event

» December 18-31, 2020
The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage costumes, the magic of live sound effects, and musical underscoring. Individual ticket $9.99, family ticket $24.99


The Nutcracker Experience
Hosted by Grand Rapids Ballet
Virtual Event

» December 18-27, 2020
The beloved holiday classic, with choreography by Val Caniparoli, as you’ve never seen it before! Enjoy many of your favorite on-stage moments, behind-the-scenes interviews and rehearsals, and more. And the story wouldn’t be complete without the musical accompaniment of Grand Rapids Symphony. $15


The Michigan Ballet Academy presents Clara’s Dream, A Nutcracker Story: an immersive 360 film
Hosted by Michigan Ballet Academy
Virtual Event

» December 19-31, 2020
A narrated, poetic reimagining about a young girl’s and her love for a broken Nutcracker. $30 for streaming window


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