Nutcracker & Other Favorite Christmas Events + Holiday Performances for 2018

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

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The Big List of Holiday Performances around Grand Rapids

Sunday November 18, 2018

Nutcracker Ballet Tea in Holland

Date: 11/18
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: 1:00 pm

Nutcracker Ballet Tea in Holland

Date: 11/18
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: 3:30 pm

Friday November 23, 2018

The CARE Ballet presents: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Date: 11/23
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

Saturday November 24, 2018

The CARE Ballet presents: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Date: 11/24
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

Thursday November 29, 2018

The Singing Christmas Tree (Muskegon)

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

Muskegon

Now in itś 34th annual season, ¨Americaś 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

Friday November 30, 2018

The Singing Christmas Tree (Muskegon)

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

Muskegon

Now in itś 34th annual season, ¨Americaś 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

West Michigan Ballet Nutcracker

Saturday December 1, 2018

West Michigan Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Date: 12/01
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 Singing Christmas Tree (Muskegon)

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

Muskegon

Now in itś 34th annual season, ¨Americaś 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

West Michigan Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Date: 12/01
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 Singing Christmas Tree (Muskegon)

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

Muskegon

Now in itś 34th annual season, ¨Americaś 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

Sunday December 2, 2018

West Michigan Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Date: 12/02
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

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Date: 12/02
Location: Van Andel Arena – 130 Fulton St W

Grand Rapids

Marking the band’s 20th consecutive year of touring, Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) today announced its highly-anticipated Winter Tour 2018.  TSO’s annual November-December multi-sensory extravaganza, which sells out venues year after year, has cemented the group’s status as a must-attend, multi-generational, holiday tradition. This year’s 20th anniversary tour, a presentation of TSO’s [...]

Time: 3:00 pm

West Michigan Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Date: 12/02
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

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Date: 12/02
Location: Van Andel Arena – 130 Fulton St W

Grand Rapids

Marking the band’s 20th consecutive year of touring, Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) today announced its highly-anticipated Winter Tour 2018.  TSO’s annual November-December multi-sensory extravaganza, which sells out venues year after year, has cemented the group’s status as a must-attend, multi-generational, holiday tradition. This year’s 20th anniversary tour, a presentation of TSO’s [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Thursday December 6, 2018

Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops

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

Grand Rapids

Come home for the holidays and celebrate the season with the Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops and your Grand Rapids Symphony. Guest vocalist Justin Hopkins returns to DeVos Performance Hall along with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and Youth Chorus for holiday melodies such as Sleigh Ride and classical favorites including [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Friday December 7, 2018

Charles' Dickens: A Christmas Carol

Date: 12/07
Location: Saugatuck Woman’s Club – 303 Butler St

Saugatuck

An hour-long theatrical production of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. The heart-warming story of Scrooge learning to keep the spirit of the season.

Time: 8:00 pm

Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops

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

Grand Rapids

Come home for the holidays and celebrate the season with the Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops and your Grand Rapids Symphony. Guest vocalist Justin Hopkins returns to DeVos Performance Hall along with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and Youth Chorus for holiday melodies such as Sleigh Ride and classical favorites including [...]

Time: 8:00 pm

Saturday December 8, 2018

2018 Nutcracker Performance

Date: 12/08
Location: Duncan Lake Middle School – 9757 Duncan Lake Ave SE

Caledonia

Please join us for the 2018 Nutcracker performance! This is our 10th year putting on this great holiday performance so we would LOVE for you to invite your friends and family! We will offer three performance times: Saturday, December 8 at 2pm Saturday, December 8 at 7pm Sunday, December 9 [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

Charles' Dickens: A Christmas Carol

Date: 12/08
Location: Saugatuck Woman’s Club – 303 Butler St

Saugatuck

An hour-long theatrical production of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. The heart-warming story of Scrooge learning to keep the spirit of the season.

Time: 2:00 pm

Christmas Production: A Christmas Carol

Date: 12/08
Location: Resurrection Life Church – 5100 Ivanrest Ave SW

Grandville

Join us for a modern retelling of this classic tale. This is a FREE event the whole family will enjoy! • December 8 // 2 pm // Worship Center (No Children’s Ministry Available) • December 8 // 6 pm // Worship Center (Children’s Ministry for 2 & Under) • December [...]

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops

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

Grand Rapids

Come home for the holidays and celebrate the season with the Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops and your Grand Rapids Symphony. Guest vocalist Justin Hopkins returns to DeVos Performance Hall along with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and Youth Chorus for holiday melodies such as Sleigh Ride and classical favorites including [...]

Time: 3:00 pm

Holland Symphony Holiday Concert: Sounds of the Season

Date: 12/08
Location: Dimnent Memorial Chapel – 277 College Ave

Holland

Diane Penning will join the HSO for a festive concert featuring seasonal light classics, traditional carols and holiday pops. We hope you will make this special concert part of your family Christmas.

Time: 3:30 pm

Christmas Production: A Christmas Carol

Date: 12/08
Location: Resurrection Life Church – 5100 Ivanrest Ave SW

Grandville

Join us for a modern retelling of this classic tale. This is a FREE event the whole family will enjoy! • December 8 // 2 pm // Worship Center (No Children’s Ministry Available) • December 8 // 6 pm // Worship Center (Children’s Ministry for 2 & Under) • December [...]

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

2018 Nutcracker Performance

Date: 12/08
Location: Duncan Lake Middle School – 9757 Duncan Lake Ave SE

Caledonia

Please join us for the 2018 Nutcracker performance! This is our 10th year putting on this great holiday performance so we would LOVE for you to invite your friends and family! We will offer three performance times: Saturday, December 8 at 2pm Saturday, December 8 at 7pm Sunday, December 9 [...]

Time: 7:00 pm

Holland Symphony Holiday Concert: Sounds of the Season

Date: 12/08
Location: Dimnent Memorial Chapel – 277 College Ave

Holland

Diane Penning will join the HSO for a festive concert featuring seasonal light classics, traditional carols and holiday pops. We hope you will make this special concert part of your family Christmas.

Time: 7:30 pm

Charles' Dickens: A Christmas Carol

Date: 12/08
Location: Saugatuck Woman’s Club – 303 Butler St

Saugatuck

An hour-long theatrical production of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. The heart-warming story of Scrooge learning to keep the spirit of the season.

Time: 8:00 pm

Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops

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

Grand Rapids

Come home for the holidays and celebrate the season with the Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops and your Grand Rapids Symphony. Guest vocalist Justin Hopkins returns to DeVos Performance Hall along with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and Youth Chorus for holiday melodies such as Sleigh Ride and classical favorites including [...]

Time: 8:00 pm

Sunday December 9, 2018

Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops

Date: 12/09
Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave. NW

Grand Rapids

Come home for the holidays and celebrate the season with the Wolverine Worldwide Holiday Pops and your Grand Rapids Symphony. Guest vocalist Justin Hopkins returns to DeVos Performance Hall along with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and Youth Chorus for holiday melodies such as Sleigh Ride and classical favorites including [...]

Time: 3:00 pm

2018 Nutcracker Performance

Date: 12/09
Location: Duncan Lake Middle School – 9757 Duncan Lake Ave SE

Caledonia

Please join us for the 2018 Nutcracker performance! This is our 10th year putting on this great holiday performance so we would LOVE for you to invite your friends and family! We will offer three performance times: Saturday, December 8 at 2pm Saturday, December 8 at 7pm Sunday, December 9 [...]

Time: 3:30 pm

Holiday on Ice Show (A Figure Skating Showcase)

Date: 12/09
Location: L. C. Walker Arena – 955 Fourth St.

Muskegon

Holiday on Ice Show Sunday, December 9 @ 3:45pm L.C.Walker Arena Local figure skaters perform to holiday classics Admission is free. Donations are appreciated! Muskegon Lakeshore Figure Skating Club presents an unforgettable experience for the entire family. The Holiday on Ice Show highlights the talents of the club's competitive skaters. [...]

Time: 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Christmas Production: A Christmas Carol

Date: 12/09
Location: Resurrection Life Church – 5100 Ivanrest Ave SW

Grandville

Join us for a modern retelling of this classic tale. This is a FREE event the whole family will enjoy! • December 8 // 2 pm // Worship Center (No Children’s Ministry Available) • December 8 // 6 pm // Worship Center (Children’s Ministry for 2 & Under) • December [...]

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Feeding the Soul of the City: The Grand Rapids Choir of Men & Boys

Date: 12/09
Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – 1006 3rd St.

Muskegon

Sunday, December 9 from 5:00pm – 5:30pm, come to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Muskegon for the “Feeding the Soul of the City” free concert featuring The Grand Rapids Choir of Men & Boys performing the traditional “Festival of Lessons and Carols” with carols and readings of the Christmas [...]

Time: 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Charles' Dickens: A Christmas Carol

Date: 12/09
Location: Saugatuck Woman’s Club – 303 Butler St

Saugatuck

An hour-long theatrical production of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. The heart-warming story of Scrooge learning to keep the spirit of the season.

Time: 7:00 pm

For King & Country ft. Zach Williams | Christmas Tour

Date: 12/09
Location: Van Andel Arena – 130 Fulton St W

Grand Rapids

After the absolute viral response from their "Little Drummer Boy (LIVE)” music video last Christmas season, the GRAMMY award-winning duo for KING & COUNTRY embark on their theatrical, dynamic, and moving Little Drummer Boy | The Christmas Tour featuring fellow GRAMMY-award winner, Zach Williams. The tour will feature original hits [...]

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Friday December 14, 2018

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Date: 12/14
Location: St Andrew’s Cathedral – 265 Sheldon Ave

Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Choir of Men & Boys presents its 29th Annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols. A tradition which for so many in West Michigan marks the start of the Christmas Season where for a little over an hour "Peace on Earth" is possible. Sunday, December 9 will [...]

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Home for the Holidays

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

Muskegon

Guest conductor Teresa Cheung returns to lead a cast of young choristers from ages 8-18, along with the full WMS, in a program of seasonal favorites—from classics to beloved carols—that will warm your heart like chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Bring the whole family for a spellbinding evening of [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Charles' Dickens: A Christmas Carol

Date: 12/14
Location: Saugatuck Woman’s Club – 303 Butler St

Saugatuck

An hour-long theatrical production of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. The heart-warming story of Scrooge learning to keep the spirit of the season.

Time: 8:00 pm

Saturday December 15, 2018

Charles' Dickens: A Christmas Carol

Date: 12/15
Location: Saugatuck Woman’s Club – 303 Butler St

Saugatuck

An hour-long theatrical production of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. The heart-warming story of Scrooge learning to keep the spirit of the season.

Time: 2:00 pm

Kevin Kammeraad’s Winter Wonderland Concert

Date: 12/15
Location: Grand Rapids Public Library – Yankee Clipper Branch – 2025 Leonard NE

Grand Rapids

An interactive, all ages winter holiday show featuring Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe. The show is filled with many well-known holiday songs and a couple of originals as well. Build your own puppet after the performance. Come join us for this popular holiday tradition!

Time: 3:00 pm

The Nutcracker

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

Muskegon

Saturday, December 15 at 3:00pm, come to the Frauenthal Theater as the West Michigan Youth Ballet presents, “The Nutcracker!”  “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 [...]

Time: 3:00 pm

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Date: 12/15
Location: St Andrew’s Cathedral – 265 Sheldon Ave

Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Choir of Men & Boys presents its 29th Annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols. A tradition which for so many in West Michigan marks the start of the Christmas Season where for a little over an hour "Peace on Earth" is possible. Sunday, December 9 will [...]

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Charles' Dickens: A Christmas Carol

Date: 12/15
Location: Saugatuck Woman’s Club – 303 Butler St

Saugatuck

An hour-long theatrical production of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. The heart-warming story of Scrooge learning to keep the spirit of the season.

Time: 8:00 pm

Sunday December 16, 2018

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Date: 12/16
Location: St Andrew’s Cathedral – 265 Sheldon Ave

Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Choir of Men & Boys presents its 29th Annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols. A tradition which for so many in West Michigan marks the start of the Christmas Season where for a little over an hour "Peace on Earth" is possible. Sunday, December 9 will [...]

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Charles' Dickens: A Christmas Carol

Date: 12/16
Location: Saugatuck Woman’s Club – 303 Butler St

Saugatuck

An hour-long theatrical production of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol. The heart-warming story of Scrooge learning to keep the spirit of the season.

Time: 7:00 pm

Thursday December 20, 2018

Night of Christmas Strings

Date: 12/20
Location: Georgetown Township Public Library – 1525 Baldwin St

Jenison

Join us in listening to a night of Christmas strings! Students from Hudsonville schools will be sharing their talents with us while playing holiday music at the library. Don't miss out on this peaceful event during the hectic holiday season! Come for the entire time, or just stop in for [...]

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Friday December 21, 2018

Holiday Classics with Lance Luce

Date: 12/21
Location: Grand Rapids Public Museum – 272 Pearl St. NW

Grand Rapids

This holiday season, enjoy holiday classics from Lance Luce performing favorites such as White Christmas, Silver Bells, Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow, The Christmas Song, Sleigh Ride, Brazilian Sleigh Bells, Mary’s Little Boy Child, and other carols. Holiday Classics Organ Concerts will take place Friday, December 21 at 7 p.m. and [...]

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday December 22, 2018

Holiday Classics with Lance Luce

Date: 12/22
Location: Grand Rapids Public Museum – 272 Pearl St. NW

Grand Rapids

This holiday season, enjoy holiday classics from Lance Luce performing favorites such as White Christmas, Silver Bells, Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow, The Christmas Song, Sleigh Ride, Brazilian Sleigh Bells, Mary’s Little Boy Child, and other carols. Holiday Classics Organ Concerts will take place Friday, December 21 at 7 p.m. and [...]

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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