A variety of stage performances are coming to the stage in Detroit this holiday. Embrace the season by scoring tickets to a ballet, musical, orchestra or even acrobatics show. Create a special tradition with friends or family by attending a unique holiday event in the city.
Nutcracker
Detroit Opera House
1526 Broadway St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 237-7464
www.michiganopera.org

Dates: Fri., November 27 through Sun., December 6, 2015

Watch as dancers from Columbus’ BalletMet dazzle the audience with their beauty and artistry, telling the classic tale of young Clara and her Christmas present brought to life. The colorful set enhances the performance, and the costumes help create a storybook picture of everyone’s favorite Christmas ballet. This is a wonderful way to create your own holiday tradition, as the Detroit Opera House welcomes this ballet every year.

Handel’s Messiah
Detroit Symphony at Orchestra Hall
3711 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 576-5111
www.dso.org

Dates: Sat., December 12 and Sun., December 13, 2015

Written in 1741 by composer George Frideric Handel, Messiah has stood the test of time and is continuously performed for audiences around the world. Messiah is based on text from the Bible. The performance is the perfect respite during a busy holiday season with the opulent Orchestra Hall serving as the backdrop for the impressive Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The closing chorus of Part II, The Hallelujah Chorus, will be sure to be one that you will not want to miss.

Cirque Dreams: Holidaze
Fox Theatre
2211 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 471-3200
www.olympiaentertainment.com

Date: December 22 through December 27, 2015

This memorable stage production brings acrobatics and excitement to audiences throughout the world. Holidaze gets attendees into the mood for the festive season with its twirls and spins. The set and costumes will enthrall attendees young and old, and while the musical score endures, the momentum never stops. The performance even offers opportunities for audience members to participate in different acts. The spectacle of light and art will entrance revelers and ensure this holiday performance will keep the holiday magic alive well after the stockings have been boxed up.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Fox Theatre
2211 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 471-3200
www.olympiaentertainment.com 

Dates: Sat., December 5 and Sun. December 6, 2015

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a classic yuletide tale featuring lovable characters, dressed in costumes depicting Santa and his infamous crew of reindeer. This performance will be sure to be a family favorite with kids sitting on the very edge of their seats as the cast performs a live action musical on stage. Sing along to childhood favorites and create new memories while enjoying this whimsical performance. You could even take your whole family as an early Christmas present and fun family night out.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical
Fox Theatre
2211 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 471-3200
www.olympiaentertainment.com

Date: Tues., Dec. 10 through Sun., Dec. 15, 2015

Who doesn’t love the story of the misunderstood Grinch as he wreaks havoc on the beloved town of Whoville? This nostalgic tale charms audiences young and old with its songs and feel-good ending. Families will love the naughty and nice and sometimes downright funny plot line, and kids will fall in love with the prickly green creature who learns what the season is really all about.

After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at www.metalleaves.com and Examiner.com.