Nutcracker & Other Favorite Christmas Events + Holiday Performances for 2019

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.

Grand Rapids is rich with options for ballets, plays, musicals and concerts to help get you in the holiday spirit. This year I’m really excited about Elf the Musical at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. I mean, how can you deny Christmas spirit to this joyful face??

Check out our list of Christmas events below! Let us know which performances you’ll be viewing with your family.

The Big List of Holiday Performances around Grand Rapids

Friday November 15, 2019

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Date: 11/15
Location: Miller Auditorium – 1341 Theatre Dr.

Kalamazoo

Your Favorite Grinch Songs Come to Life! Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as comes to life on stage at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo, November 15, 16 & 17, 2019! Showtimes Friday, November 15- 7:30pm Saturday, November 16- 2:00pm & 7:30pm Sunday, November 17- 1:00pm Show Details [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Muskegon Civic Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Date: 11/15
Location: Frauenthal Center – 425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon

The Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand has teamed with Sheldon Harnick, one of the theatre’s most celebrated Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning librettists, and the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s prophetic Christmas Eve is reborn.  From the pages of Dickens comes this scintillating musical adaptation of the Yuletide classic that [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Saturday November 16, 2019

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Date: 11/16
Location: Miller Auditorium – 1341 Theatre Dr.

Kalamazoo

Your Favorite Grinch Songs Come to Life! Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as comes to life on stage at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo, November 15, 16 & 17, 2019! Showtimes Friday, November 15- 7:30pm Saturday, November 16- 2:00pm & 7:30pm Sunday, November 17- 1:00pm Show Details [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Date: 11/16
Location: Miller Auditorium – 1341 Theatre Dr.

Kalamazoo

Your Favorite Grinch Songs Come to Life! Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as comes to life on stage at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo, November 15, 16 & 17, 2019! Showtimes Friday, November 15- 7:30pm Saturday, November 16- 2:00pm & 7:30pm Sunday, November 17- 1:00pm Show Details [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Muskegon Civic Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Date: 11/16
Location: Frauenthal Center – 425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon

The Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand has teamed with Sheldon Harnick, one of the theatre’s most celebrated Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning librettists, and the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s prophetic Christmas Eve is reborn.  From the pages of Dickens comes this scintillating musical adaptation of the Yuletide classic that [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Sunday November 17, 2019

Nutcracker Ballet Tea in Holland

Date: 11/17
Location: Holland Area Arts Council – 150 E. 8th Street

Holland

This holiday season, the Arts Council is reprising their partnership with Grand Rapids Ballet in two special performances for children ages 4 to 10 and their adult guests. The gallery will be filled with the enchanting giggles of children as they experience the magic of music, dance and storytelling. The [...]

Time: 12:30 pm

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Date: 11/17
Location: Miller Auditorium – 1341 Theatre Dr.

Kalamazoo

Your Favorite Grinch Songs Come to Life! Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as comes to life on stage at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo, November 15, 16 & 17, 2019! Showtimes Friday, November 15- 7:30pm Saturday, November 16- 2:00pm & 7:30pm Sunday, November 17- 1:00pm Show Details [...]

Time: 1:00 pm

CARE Ballet at the Library: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Date: 11/17
Location: KDL East Grand Rapids Branch Library – 746 Lakeside Dr SE.

East Grand Rapids

Join us for a preview of CARE Ballet's performance of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas told through music, narration and dance. Performance begins at 2:00 PM sharp with crafts and snacks following. Sponsored by the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library and CARE Ballet.

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Nutcracker Ballet Tea in Holland

Date: 11/17
Location: Holland Area Arts Council – 150 E. 8th Street

Holland

This holiday season, the Arts Council is reprising their partnership with Grand Rapids Ballet in two special performances for children ages 4 to 10 and their adult guests. The gallery will be filled with the enchanting giggles of children as they experience the magic of music, dance and storytelling. The [...]

Time: 2:30 pm

Muskegon Civic Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Date: 11/17
Location: Frauenthal Center – 425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon

The Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand has teamed with Sheldon Harnick, one of the theatre’s most celebrated Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning librettists, and the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s prophetic Christmas Eve is reborn.  From the pages of Dickens comes this scintillating musical adaptation of the Yuletide classic that [...]

Time: 3:00 pm

Thursday November 21, 2019

A Christmas Story - LIVE!

Date: 11/21
Location: Van Singel Fine Arts Center – 8500 Burlingame Ave. SW

Byron Center

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee's Department [...]

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Friday November 22, 2019

A Christmas Story - LIVE!

Date: 11/22
Location: Van Singel Fine Arts Center – 8500 Burlingame Ave. SW

Byron Center

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee's Department [...]

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 11/22
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Muskegon Civic Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Date: 11/22
Location: Frauenthal Center – 425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon

The Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand has teamed with Sheldon Harnick, one of the theatre’s most celebrated Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning librettists, and the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s prophetic Christmas Eve is reborn.  From the pages of Dickens comes this scintillating musical adaptation of the Yuletide classic that [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Saturday November 23, 2019

A Christmas Story - LIVE!

Date: 11/23
Location: Van Singel Fine Arts Center – 8500 Burlingame Ave. SW

Byron Center

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee's Department [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

A Christmas Story - LIVE!

Date: 11/23
Location: Van Singel Fine Arts Center – 8500 Burlingame Ave. SW

Byron Center

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee's Department [...]

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 11/23
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

La Sinfonía Navideña

Date: 11/23
Location: Salvation Army Kroc Center – 2500 S. Division

Grand Rapids

CULROSS Christmas Jubilate STYNE, arr. SAYRE Let it Snow! ANDERSON Sleigh Ride Suite of Carols arr. CHASE Around the World at Chrismastime arr. WENDEL A Merry Christmas Sing-Along RIMSKY-KORSAKOVPolonaise from Christmas Eve LEONTOVICH, arr. HAYMAN Carol of the Bells TORME, arr. LOWDEN The Christmas Song arr. SHELDON A Most Wonderful [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Muskegon Civic Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Date: 11/23
Location: Frauenthal Center – 425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon

The Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand has teamed with Sheldon Harnick, one of the theatre’s most celebrated Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning librettists, and the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s prophetic Christmas Eve is reborn.  From the pages of Dickens comes this scintillating musical adaptation of the Yuletide classic that [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Sunday November 24, 2019

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 11/24
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

Muskegon Civic Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Date: 11/24
Location: Frauenthal Center – 425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon

The Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand has teamed with Sheldon Harnick, one of the theatre’s most celebrated Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning librettists, and the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s prophetic Christmas Eve is reborn.  From the pages of Dickens comes this scintillating musical adaptation of the Yuletide classic that [...]

Time: 3:00 pm

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Date: 11/24
Location: Forest Hills Fine Arts Center – 600 Forest Hills Ave. SE

Grand Rapids

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2019 holiday season with its popular and electrifying stage spectacular The New York Daily News proclaims a “delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload and so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil.” Broadway Director Neil Goldberg, has searched the world [...]

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday November 27, 2019

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 11/27
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Thursday November 28, 2019

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 11/28
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Friday November 29, 2019

CARE Ballet: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Date: 11/29
Location: East Grand Rapids Performing Arts Center – 2211 Lake Drive SE

Grand Rapids

This original ballet, based on Clement C. Moore’s familiar poem and set to traditional holiday music, has become a Thanksgiving Weekend tradition in Grand Rapids. Mischievous mice, dancing stockings, magical toys and Santa with his prancing reindeer combine to create a wonderful hour of family entertainment. Even the youngest members of [...]

Time: 7:00 pm

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 11/29
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Muskegon Civic Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Date: 11/29
Location: Frauenthal Center – 425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon

The Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand has teamed with Sheldon Harnick, one of the theatre’s most celebrated Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning librettists, and the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s prophetic Christmas Eve is reborn.  From the pages of Dickens comes this scintillating musical adaptation of the Yuletide classic that [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Saturday November 30, 2019

CARE Ballet: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Date: 11/30
Location: East Grand Rapids Performing Arts Center – 2211 Lake Drive SE

Grand Rapids

This original ballet, based on Clement C. Moore’s familiar poem and set to traditional holiday music, has become a Thanksgiving Weekend tradition in Grand Rapids. Mischievous mice, dancing stockings, magical toys and Santa with his prancing reindeer combine to create a wonderful hour of family entertainment. Even the youngest members of [...]

Time: 11:00 am

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 11/30
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

CARE Ballet: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Date: 11/30
Location: East Grand Rapids Performing Arts Center – 2211 Lake Drive SE

Grand Rapids

This original ballet, based on Clement C. Moore’s familiar poem and set to traditional holiday music, has become a Thanksgiving Weekend tradition in Grand Rapids. Mischievous mice, dancing stockings, magical toys and Santa with his prancing reindeer combine to create a wonderful hour of family entertainment. Even the youngest members of [...]

Time: 3:00 pm

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 11/30
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Muskegon Civic Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Date: 11/30
Location: Frauenthal Center – 425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon

The Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand has teamed with Sheldon Harnick, one of the theatre’s most celebrated Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning librettists, and the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s prophetic Christmas Eve is reborn.  From the pages of Dickens comes this scintillating musical adaptation of the Yuletide classic that [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

West Michigan Ballet Nutcracker

Sunday December 1, 2019

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 12/01
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

CARE Ballet: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Date: 12/01
Location: East Grand Rapids Performing Arts Center – 2211 Lake Drive SE

Grand Rapids

This original ballet, based on Clement C. Moore’s familiar poem and set to traditional holiday music, has become a Thanksgiving Weekend tradition in Grand Rapids. Mischievous mice, dancing stockings, magical toys and Santa with his prancing reindeer combine to create a wonderful hour of family entertainment. Even the youngest members of [...]

Time: 3:00 pm

Muskegon Civic Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Date: 12/01
Location: Frauenthal Center – 425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon

The Academy Award-winning composer Michel Legrand has teamed with Sheldon Harnick, one of the theatre’s most celebrated Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning librettists, and the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s prophetic Christmas Eve is reborn.  From the pages of Dickens comes this scintillating musical adaptation of the Yuletide classic that [...]

Time: 3:00 pm

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Date: 12/01
Location: Van Andel Arena – 130 Fulton St W

Grand Rapids

The multi-platinum, critically acclaimed progressive rock group, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, announced its highly-anticipated Winter Tour 2019. Returning with all new staging and effects is the unforgettable show that started it all, "Christmas Eve and Other Stories," coming to Van Andel Arena with two shows on Sunday, December 1st at 3:00PM and [...]

Time: 3:00 pm

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Date: 12/01
Location: Van Andel Arena – 130 Fulton St W

Grand Rapids

The multi-platinum, critically acclaimed progressive rock group, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, announced its highly-anticipated Winter Tour 2019. Returning with all new staging and effects is the unforgettable show that started it all, "Christmas Eve and Other Stories," coming to Van Andel Arena with two shows on Sunday, December 1st at 3:00PM and [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Wednesday December 4, 2019

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 12/04
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Thursday December 5, 2019

AMY GRANT & MICHAEL W. SMITH CHRISTMAS 2019

Date: 12/05
Location: Van Andel Arena – 130 Fulton St W

Grand Rapids

Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith are reuniting to co-bill their popular Christmas tour this upcoming holiday season, where they will be joined by special guest Marc Martel. Incorporating a full symphony orchestra at each performance, this musical mastery is being presented by Balsam Hill®. Kicking off [...]

Time: 7:00 pm

The Singing Christmas Tree (Muskegon)

Date: 12/05
Location: Frauenthal Center – 425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon

Celebrating its 35th annual season, “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, presented by the Mona Shores High School Choir and Orchestra, is the premier way to kick off your holiday season. Over 250 enthusiastic students sing an eclectic mix of seasonal favorites from a wide variety of genres while standing in [...]

Time: 7:00 pm

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 12/05
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

GR Symphony Presents Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops

Date: 12/05
Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Symphony brings you Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops, December 5 - 8, 2019. With five performances, don’t miss this amazing show at DeVos Performance Hall! It’s Grand Rapids’ favorite Holiday music tradition! Your family will thrill to the spectacle of the season as the GR Pops and their very [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Friday December 6, 2019

GR Symphony Presents Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops

Date: 12/06
Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Symphony brings you Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops, December 5 - 8, 2019. With five performances, don’t miss this amazing show at DeVos Performance Hall! It’s Grand Rapids’ favorite Holiday music tradition! Your family will thrill to the spectacle of the season as the GR Pops and their very [...]

Time: 10:00 am

Praytell’s “It’s Almost Christmas” Tour

Date: 12/06
Location: Frauenthal Center – 425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon

Praytell is the Chicago-based musical duo of married couple Jon Guerra & Valerie Strattan Guerra, consistently releasing music that mixes the nostalgic harmonies, poetic lyrics, and musical storytelling they’ve developed a reputation for. Praytell has toured extensively around the globe, including years opening for Amy Grant and Vince Gill’s Christmas [...]

Time: 7:00 pm

The Singing Christmas Tree (Muskegon)

Date: 12/06
Location: Frauenthal Center – 425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon

Celebrating its 35th annual season, “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, presented by the Mona Shores High School Choir and Orchestra, is the premier way to kick off your holiday season. Over 250 enthusiastic students sing an eclectic mix of seasonal favorites from a wide variety of genres while standing in [...]

Time: 7:00 pm

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 12/06
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

GR Symphony Presents Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops

Date: 12/06
Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Symphony brings you Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops, December 5 - 8, 2019. With five performances, don’t miss this amazing show at DeVos Performance Hall! It’s Grand Rapids’ favorite Holiday music tradition! Your family will thrill to the spectacle of the season as the GR Pops and their very [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

The Nutcracker

Date: 12/06
Location: Jenison High School Auditorium – 8375 20th Avenue

Jenison

The Michigan Ballet Academy, under the direction of Irina Vassileni, proudly presents The Nutcracker! Featuring the Michigan Ballet Academy students and Dance Theatre of Harlem current and former principals, Crystal Serrano and Francis Lawrence, this beautiful production of the holiday classic will capture the imagination of the entire family. Join [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Saturday December 7, 2019

Clickity Clack Ho Ho Ho

Date: 12/07
Location: The Block – 360 W Western Ave

Muskegon

Saturday, December 7 at 10:30am come to The Block for “Clickity Clack Ho Ho Ho!” Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and kids 3 and under are free. For more information call 231-726-3231. It’s the night before Christmas and all through the farm, not a creature is stirring, [...]

Time: 10:30 am

Nutcracker Ballet - West Michigan Youth Ballet (WMYB)

Date: 12/07
Location: Forest Hills Fine Arts Center – 600 Forest Hills Ave. SE

Grand Rapids

Join us as the youth from West Michigan tell the tale of Clara and her Nutcracker prince on their journey through an enchanted land where she meets magical characters only she can bring to life in her dreams. Music and dance transport Clara to the Land of Sweets where Fairies [...]

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Nutcracker

Date: 12/07
Location: Jenison High School Auditorium – 8375 20th Avenue

Jenison

The Michigan Ballet Academy, under the direction of Irina Vassileni, proudly presents The Nutcracker! Featuring the Michigan Ballet Academy students and Dance Theatre of Harlem current and former principals, Crystal Serrano and Francis Lawrence, this beautiful production of the holiday classic will capture the imagination of the entire family. Join [...]

Time: 1:00 pm

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 12/07
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

GR Symphony Presents Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops

Date: 12/07
Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Symphony brings you Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops, December 5 - 8, 2019. With five performances, don’t miss this amazing show at DeVos Performance Hall! It’s Grand Rapids’ favorite Holiday music tradition! Your family will thrill to the spectacle of the season as the GR Pops and their very [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

The Singing Christmas Tree (Muskegon)

Date: 12/07
Location: Frauenthal Center – 425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon

Celebrating its 35th annual season, “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, presented by the Mona Shores High School Choir and Orchestra, is the premier way to kick off your holiday season. Over 250 enthusiastic students sing an eclectic mix of seasonal favorites from a wide variety of genres while standing in [...]

Time: 3:00 pm

Nutcracker Ballet - West Michigan Youth Ballet (WMYB)

Date: 12/07
Location: Forest Hills Fine Arts Center – 600 Forest Hills Ave. SE

Grand Rapids

Join us as the youth from West Michigan tell the tale of Clara and her Nutcracker prince on their journey through an enchanted land where she meets magical characters only she can bring to life in her dreams. Music and dance transport Clara to the Land of Sweets where Fairies [...]

Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The Nutcracker

Date: 12/07
Location: Jenison High School Auditorium – 8375 20th Avenue

Jenison

The Michigan Ballet Academy, under the direction of Irina Vassileni, proudly presents The Nutcracker! Featuring the Michigan Ballet Academy students and Dance Theatre of Harlem current and former principals, Crystal Serrano and Francis Lawrence, this beautiful production of the holiday classic will capture the imagination of the entire family. Join [...]

Time: 4:30 pm

The Singing Christmas Tree (Muskegon)

Date: 12/07
Location: Frauenthal Center – 425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon

Celebrating its 35th annual season, “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”, presented by the Mona Shores High School Choir and Orchestra, is the premier way to kick off your holiday season. Over 250 enthusiastic students sing an eclectic mix of seasonal favorites from a wide variety of genres while standing in [...]

Time: 7:00 pm

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 12/07
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

GR Symphony Presents Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops

Date: 12/07
Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Symphony brings you Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops, December 5 - 8, 2019. With five performances, don’t miss this amazing show at DeVos Performance Hall! It’s Grand Rapids’ favorite Holiday music tradition! Your family will thrill to the spectacle of the season as the GR Pops and their very [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Sunday December 8, 2019

Nutcracker Ballet - West Michigan Youth Ballet (WMYB)

Date: 12/08
Location: Forest Hills Fine Arts Center – 600 Forest Hills Ave. SE

Grand Rapids

Join us as the youth from West Michigan tell the tale of Clara and her Nutcracker prince on their journey through an enchanted land where she meets magical characters only she can bring to life in her dreams. Music and dance transport Clara to the Land of Sweets where Fairies [...]

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Nutcracker Performance + Tea Party

Date: 12/08
Location: Jenison High School Auditorium – 8375 20th Avenue

Jenison

The Michigan Ballet Academy, under the direction of Irina Vassileni, proudly presents The Nutcracker! Featuring the Michigan Ballet Academy students and Dance Theatre of Harlem current and former principals, Crystal Serrano and Francis Lawrence, this beautiful production of the holiday classic will capture the imagination of the entire family. Join [...]

Time: 1:00 pm

GR Symphony Presents Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops

Date: 12/08
Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Symphony brings you Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops, December 5 - 8, 2019. With five performances, don’t miss this amazing show at DeVos Performance Hall! It’s Grand Rapids’ favorite Holiday music tradition! Your family will thrill to the spectacle of the season as the GR Pops and their very [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

Nutcracker Ballet - West Michigan Youth Ballet (WMYB)

Date: 12/08
Location: Forest Hills Fine Arts Center – 600 Forest Hills Ave. SE

Grand Rapids

Join us as the youth from West Michigan tell the tale of Clara and her Nutcracker prince on their journey through an enchanted land where she meets magical characters only she can bring to life in her dreams. Music and dance transport Clara to the Land of Sweets where Fairies [...]

Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Wednesday December 11, 2019

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 12/11
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Thursday December 12, 2019

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 12/12
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Friday December 13, 2019

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 12/13
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Date: 12/13
Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

West Michigan’s favorite holiday tradition returns to the grandeur of DeVos Performance Hall with sets by famed children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg ( The Polar Express, Jumanji), Broadway-quality set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Saturday Night Live), choreography by Val Caniparoli, and [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

WMS Sounds of the Season

Date: 12/13
Location: Frauenthal Center – 425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon

A cast of young choristers from ages 8-18, along with the full WMS, will warm hearts in this annual concert of seasonal favorites—from classics to beloved carols. Bring the whole family for a spellbinding evening of Yuletide magic! Single Tickets on Sale July 15, 2019 11am Tickets: $12/Students $29-$66 Adults

Time: 7:30 pm

Saturday December 14, 2019

Christmas on Ice

Date: 12/14
Location: Patterson Ice Center – 2550 Patterson Avenue

Grand Rapids

Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club presents Christmas on Ice Saturday, December 14th at 11am at Patterson Ice Center. Our skaters will delight everyone of all ages as they skate to all your favorite holiday music and perform solos and group numbers dressed in fantastic costumes!

Time: 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 12/14
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Date: 12/14
Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

West Michigan’s favorite holiday tradition returns to the grandeur of DeVos Performance Hall with sets by famed children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg ( The Polar Express, Jumanji), Broadway-quality set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Saturday Night Live), choreography by Val Caniparoli, and [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

WMS Sounds of the Season

Date: 12/14
Location: Frauenthal Center – 425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon

A cast of young choristers from ages 8-18, along with the full WMS, will warm hearts in this annual concert of seasonal favorites—from classics to beloved carols. Bring the whole family for a spellbinding evening of Yuletide magic! Single Tickets on Sale July 15, 2019 11am Tickets: $12/Students $29-$66 Adults

Time: 3:00 pm

Holland Symphony Holiday Concert: Seasons Greetings

Date: 12/14
Location: Dimnent Memorial Chapel – 277 College Ave

Holland

Mario Diaz-Moresco will join the HSO for a festive concert featuring seasonal light classics, traditional carols and holiday pops. The concert is held twice:  3:30 and 7:30pm.  Seating is general. We hope you will make this special concert part of your family Christmas. An active interpreter of Opera, Art Song [...]

Time: 3:30 pm

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 12/14
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Date: 12/14
Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

West Michigan’s favorite holiday tradition returns to the grandeur of DeVos Performance Hall with sets by famed children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg ( The Polar Express, Jumanji), Broadway-quality set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Saturday Night Live), choreography by Val Caniparoli, and [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Holland Symphony Holiday Concert: Seasons Greetings

Date: 12/14
Location: Dimnent Memorial Chapel – 277 College Ave

Holland

Mario Diaz-Moresco will join the HSO for a festive concert featuring seasonal light classics, traditional carols and holiday pops. The concert is held twice:  3:30 and 7:30pm.  Seating is general. We hope you will make this special concert part of your family Christmas. An active interpreter of Opera, Art Song [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Sunday December 15, 2019

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Date: 12/15
Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

West Michigan’s favorite holiday tradition returns to the grandeur of DeVos Performance Hall with sets by famed children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg ( The Polar Express, Jumanji), Broadway-quality set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Saturday Night Live), choreography by Val Caniparoli, and [...]

Time: 1:00 pm

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 12/15
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

West Michigan Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

Date: 12/15
Location: Frauenthal Center – 425 W. Western Ave.

Muskegon

Make West Michigan Youth Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” part of your holiday tradition this year! “The Nutcracker,” a wonderful ballet for the entire family, tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. She encounters the frightful rat king before embarking [...]

Time: 3:00 pm

Muskegon On Ice: Holidays! (Free Figure Skating Show)

Date: 12/15
Location: L. C. Walker Arena – 955 Fourth St.

Muskegon

Local figure skaters perform to holiday classics. Admission is free. Donations appreciated! Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club presents an unforgettable experience for the entire family. The Muskegon on Ice Holidays Ice Show highlights the talents of the club's competitive and recreational skaters. Twenty+ local skaters range in age from 4 [...]

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Date: 12/15
Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

West Michigan’s favorite holiday tradition returns to the grandeur of DeVos Performance Hall with sets by famed children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg ( The Polar Express, Jumanji), Broadway-quality set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Saturday Night Live), choreography by Val Caniparoli, and [...]

Time: 5:30 pm

Wednesday December 18, 2019

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 12/18
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

GR Symphony Presents Old National Bank Cirque De Noel

Date: 12/18
Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Symphony brings you Old National Bank Cirque de Noel, December 18 & 19, 2020. With two performances, don’t miss this amazing show at DeVos Performance Hall! Since 2009, Cirque de la Symphonie has spent part of each Christmas season in Grand Rapids. Celebrating its 10th annual Cirque de [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Thursday December 19, 2019

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 12/19
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

GR Symphony Presents Old National Bank Cirque De Noel

Date: 12/19
Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Symphony brings you Old National Bank Cirque de Noel, December 18 & 19, 2020. With two performances, don’t miss this amazing show at DeVos Performance Hall! Since 2009, Cirque de la Symphonie has spent part of each Christmas season in Grand Rapids. Celebrating its 10th annual Cirque de [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Friday December 20, 2019

Holiday Classics Organ Concert

Date: 12/20
Location: Grand Rapids Public Museum – 272 Pearl St. NW

Grand Rapids

Join the GRPM for Dave Wickerham’s 7th return to the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ Concert series, performing a collection of Christmas and seasonal holiday favorites.

Time: 7:00 pm

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 12/20
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Date: 12/20
Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

West Michigan’s favorite holiday tradition returns to the grandeur of DeVos Performance Hall with sets by famed children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg ( The Polar Express, Jumanji), Broadway-quality set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Saturday Night Live), choreography by Val Caniparoli, and [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Saturday December 21, 2019

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 12/21
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Date: 12/21
Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

West Michigan’s favorite holiday tradition returns to the grandeur of DeVos Performance Hall with sets by famed children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg ( The Polar Express, Jumanji), Broadway-quality set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Saturday Night Live), choreography by Val Caniparoli, and [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 12/21
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Date: 12/21
Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

West Michigan’s favorite holiday tradition returns to the grandeur of DeVos Performance Hall with sets by famed children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg ( The Polar Express, Jumanji), Broadway-quality set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Saturday Night Live), choreography by Val Caniparoli, and [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Sunday December 22, 2019

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Date: 12/22
Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

West Michigan’s favorite holiday tradition returns to the grandeur of DeVos Performance Hall with sets by famed children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg ( The Polar Express, Jumanji), Broadway-quality set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee (Wicked, Sweeney Todd, Saturday Night Live), choreography by Val Caniparoli, and [...]

Time: 1:00 pm

Elf, the Musical at GR Civic Theatre

Date: 12/22
Location: Grand Rapids Civic Theatre – 30 N. Division Ave.

Grand Rapids

A modern-day classic about the importance of identity, different meanings of the word family, and the magical charm of the holiday season. When little orphan Buddy accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag, he is transported to the festive North Pole. With no understanding of his origin story, Buddy lives a blissfully [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

Ho, Ho, Ho… More Grand Rapids Holiday Fun!
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Christmas Tree Farms List
Favorite Christmas Light Displays