Ann Arbor Christmas Shows

There are several great Ann Arbor Christmas Shows each December. There are several plays/musicals, concerts, and of course Nutcracker ballets.  Attending one of the Ann Arbor Holiday Shows is a great family tradition. Below is a list of all of the Ann Arbor Christmas Performances.

Ann Arbor Christmas Shows

Ann Arbor Holiday Performances range from single performance shows to shows that run through the whole season. There are also shows in Ann Arbor, Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, and more. As always, if I missed any performances, let me know in the comments or on Facebook.

If you’re looking for a Nutcracker ballet, they are included below. They are also available in our Nutcracker performances.

Ann Arbor Nutcracker Performances

Featured Ann Arbor Christmas Shows

Disclosure: These performances have paid for increased exposure

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops

Kick the holidays off with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops concert on Friday, December 14. The show will feature holiday music and choral performances.

A2SO Holiday Pops

Randazzo Dance Company’s The Nutcracker

Begin your holiday season with this delightful rendition of the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, performed by the Randazzo Dance Company with special guest dancers from The Boston Ballet. The guest artists will take the stage along with a cast of 70 local ballet students for this spectacular performance. This is the 50th anniversary of Randazzo Dance Company’s (formerly the Ypsilanti Area Dancers) holiday production.

Randazzo The Nutcracker


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Thursday, November 29, 2018

?Just in the Nick of Time

Fifth Corner – 211 Willis Rd Saline
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: $6/person
The Saline Area Players present their annual holiday show: Just in the Nick of Tine (a Detective Red Mistletoe mystery) Ace detective Red Mistletoe is hired by the citizens of North Pole to find the missing Santa Claus - and their holiday spirit which is also disappearing. Tickets are available…read more

Friday, November 30, 2018

?Just in the Nick of Time

Fifth Corner – 211 Willis Rd Saline
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: $6/person
The Saline Area Players present their annual holiday show: Just in the Nick of Tine (a Detective Red Mistletoe mystery) Ace detective Red Mistletoe is hired by the citizens of North Pole to find the missing Santa Claus - and their holiday spirit which is also disappearing. Tickets are available…read more

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

Saturday, December 1, 2018

?Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker

Chelsea High School – 740 N. Freer Rd Chelsea
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: $10-30
Ballet Chelsea proudly presents its 21st Annual performance of The Nutcracker, a Christmas Eve tale about a young girl named Marie and her magical journey to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets. Choreographed by Artistic Director Wendi DuBois, the Ballet Chelsea company artists and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra musicians will come…read more

?Just in the Nick of Time

Fifth Corner – 211 Willis Rd Saline
Time: 3:00pm
Cost: $6/person
The Saline Area Players present their annual holiday show: Just in the Nick of Tine (a Detective Red Mistletoe mystery) Ace detective Red Mistletoe is hired by the citizens of North Pole to find the missing Santa Claus - and their holiday spirit which is also disappearing. Tickets are available…read more

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 3:00pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

Sunday, December 2, 2018

?Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker

Chelsea High School – 740 N. Freer Rd Chelsea
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: $10-30
Ballet Chelsea proudly presents its 21st Annual performance of The Nutcracker, a Christmas Eve tale about a young girl named Marie and her magical journey to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets. Choreographed by Artistic Director Wendi DuBois, the Ballet Chelsea company artists and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra musicians will come…read more

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

?Just in the Nick of Time

Fifth Corner – 211 Willis Rd Saline
Time: 3:00pm
Cost: $6/person
The Saline Area Players present their annual holiday show: Just in the Nick of Tine (a Detective Red Mistletoe mystery) Ace detective Red Mistletoe is hired by the citizens of North Pole to find the missing Santa Claus - and their holiday spirit which is also disappearing. Tickets are available…read more

Thursday, December 6, 2018

?The Ebird & Friends Holiday Show

The Ark – 316 S. Main St Ann Arbor
Time: 8:00pm
Cost: $25-50
Join The Ragbirds for their 11th Annual Holiday Show. Frontwoman "Ebird" (Erin Zindle) grew to love music during Christmas each year. There will be instruments from around the world joining the voices. There will be old songs, new songs, and The Ragbirds original songs. The Saturday 3p show offer special pricing…read more

Friday, December 7, 2018

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

?The Ebird & Friends Holiday Show

The Ark – 316 S. Main St Ann Arbor
Time: 8:00pm
Cost: $25-50
Join The Ragbirds for their 11th Annual Holiday Show. Frontwoman "Ebird" (Erin Zindle) grew to love music during Christmas each year. There will be instruments from around the world joining the voices. There will be old songs, new songs, and The Ragbirds original songs. The Saturday 3p show offer special pricing…read more

Saturday, December 8, 2018

?Randazzo Dance Company's The Nutcracker

Skyline High School – 2552 N. Maple Ann Arbor
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: $10-$25
December 8th & 9th The Nutcracker.  Begin your holiday season with this delightful rendition of the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, performed by the Randazzo Dance Company with special guest dancers from THE BOSTON BALLET. The guest artists will take the stage along with a cast of 70 local ballet students…read more
Randazzo The Nutcracker

?The Ebird & Friends Holiday Show

The Ark – 316 S. Main St Ann Arbor
Time: 3:00pm
Cost: $15/Kids 10 & Under, $25/Adult
Join The Ragbirds for their 11th Annual Holiday Show. Frontwoman "Ebird" (Erin Zindle) grew to love music during Christmas each year. There will be instruments from around the world joining the voices. There will be old songs, new songs, and The Ragbirds original songs. The Saturday 3p show offer special pricing…read more

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 3:00pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

?Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker

George E. Potter Center – 2111 Emmons Rd Jackson
Time: 7:00pm-8:45pm
Cost: $10-30
Ballet Chelsea proudly presents its 21st Annual performance of The Nutcracker, a Christmas Eve tale about a young girl named Marie and her magical journey to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets. Choreographed by Artistic Director Wendi DuBois, the Ballet Chelsea company artists and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra musicians will come…read more

?Randazzo Dance Company's The Nutcracker

Skyline High School – 2552 N. Maple Ann Arbor
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: $10-$25
December 8th & 9th The Nutcracker.  Begin your holiday season with this delightful rendition of the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, performed by the Randazzo Dance Company with special guest dancers from THE BOSTON BALLET. The guest artists will take the stage along with a cast of 70 local ballet students…read more
Randazzo The Nutcracker

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

?The Ebird & Friends Holiday Show

The Ark – 316 S. Main St Ann Arbor
Time: 8:00pm
Cost: $15/Kids 10 & Under, $25/Adult
Join The Ragbirds for their 11th Annual Holiday Show. Frontwoman "Ebird" (Erin Zindle) grew to love music during Christmas each year. There will be instruments from around the world joining the voices. There will be old songs, new songs, and The Ragbirds original songs. The Saturday 3p show offer special pricing…read more

Sunday, December 9, 2018

?Randazzo Dance Company's The Nutcracker

Skyline High School – 2552 N. Maple Ann Arbor
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: $10-$25
December 8th & 9th The Nutcracker.  Begin your holiday season with this delightful rendition of the beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, performed by the Randazzo Dance Company with special guest dancers from THE BOSTON BALLET. The guest artists will take the stage along with a cast of 70 local ballet students…read more
Randazzo The Nutcracker

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

?Classical Bells Concert

Downtown Branch of AADL – 343 South Fifth Avenue Ann Arbor
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Cost: Free
Classical Bells returns to the Library for their annual concert. Founded in 1983, their handbell artistry has received national attention as a result of its five audio recordings, one acclaimed live concert video, and recordings of new handbell music for distribution by handbell music publishers. Each concert features musical selections…read more

?Family Christmas Carol Sing

Kempf House Museum – 312 S Division St Ann Arbor
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Cost: Free, Donations Appreciated
Ann Arbor's Kempf House Museum hosts a Family Christmas Carol Sing after their last German Family Open House. Gather around their historic Steinway piano with provided song sheets and hand bells. Check out all of the Kempf House Museum's holiday events:

?Ballet Chelsea's The Nutcracker

George E. Potter Center – 2111 Emmons Rd Jackson
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: $10-30
Ballet Chelsea proudly presents its 21st Annual performance of The Nutcracker, a Christmas Eve tale about a young girl named Marie and her magical journey to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets. Choreographed by Artistic Director Wendi DuBois, the Ballet Chelsea company artists and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra musicians will come…read more

Friday, December 14, 2018

?A Holiday Celebration Concert

Morris Lawrence Building – 4800 E. Huron River Dr Ann Arbor
Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm
Cost: Free
Join Washtenaw Community Concert Band for A Holiday Celebration.

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

?Holiday Pops

Hill Auditorium – 825 N. University Ave Ann Arbor
Time: 8:00pm
Cost: $15-$57/Adult, Children's Tickets Half Price
Featuring your holiday favorites! Start your weekend with a festive mix of orchestra and voice, classical and pops at this annual A2SO tradition. It is the perfect way to welcome in this holiday season. Bring your family and friends for an evening of good music-making with some of our area's…read more
A2SO Holiday Pops

Saturday, December 15, 2018

?LHS Bands Holiday Cookie Walk

Lincoln High School – 7425 Willis Rd Ypsilanti
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Cost: $6/pound for treats
Lincoln High School Bands are holding a Holiday Cookie Walk. There will be a wide variety of treats plus music from the LHS Bands. Santa will be making an appearance as well. Proceeds from the sale benefit new marching band uniforms.

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 3:00pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

?The Nutcracker

Michigan Theater – 603 E. Liberty St Ann Arbor
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Cost: $35-45
A must-see holiday event for the entire family! Join Clara on her magical journey through the enchanting Land of Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets. With an impressive cast of Michigan’s talented ballet students, joined by international professional ballet dancers as guest artists, the Nutcracker is a wonderful holiday…read more

?The Nutcracker

Saline High School – 1300 Campus Parkway Saline
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $15
The Nutcracker: Dance Alliance. Dance Alliance presents their 21st Annual Nutcracker at the Saline High School Saturday, December 15th, 2018 at 7p & Sunday, December 16th at 3:00pm, Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center, Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets are $15 and available at Dance Alliance from 9:30a-noon…read more

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

Sunday, December 16, 2018

?Tea with the Cast of Nutcracker

Saline High School – 1300 Campus Parkway Saline
Time: 1:00pm
Cost: $20
Join the Dance Alliance Nutcracker Cast for a special Tea before the Sunday 3p performance of their 21st annual Nutcracker. Tickets for tea are $20/person and are limited. Tea tickets are available on Saturday, November 17 from 9:30a-2:30p. Supply is limited. Join them after the tea for the show -…read more

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

?The Nutcracker

Saline High School – 1300 Campus Parkway Saline
Time: 3:00pm
Cost: $15
The Nutcracker: Dance Alliance. Dance Alliance presents their 21st Annual Nutcracker at the Saline High School Saturday, December 15th, 2018 at 7p & Sunday, December 16th at 3:00pm, Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center, Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets are $15 and available at Dance Alliance from 9:30a-noon…read more

Friday, December 21, 2018

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

Saturday, December 22, 2018

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 3:00pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

Sunday, December 23, 2018

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

Friday, December 28, 2018

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

Saturday, December 29, 2018

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 3:00pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

Sunday, December 30, 2018

?The Elves & the Schumachers

Theatre Nova – 410 W Huron St Ann Arbor
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: General admission tickets are $22 and $10 for ages 16 and under.
Theatre NOVA’s holiday tradition continues with another fun-filled night from the team that brought you The Year Without a Panto Claus and Sugar Plum Panto. Bring the whole family to laugh, boo, hiss, and sing in this over-the-top evening of heroes and villains, funny songs and extreme merriment. A mixed-up…read more

Ann Arbor Christmas Guide

Find more Ann Arbor Christmas Events and Activities in our Ann Arbor Christmas Guide.

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  • John Neville-Andrews

    Of course you could take the kids to THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR at the Power Center, December 7th thru 10th. Slapstick comedy, chases through the audience, skeletons in the closet, song and dance!

    Shakespeare’s accessible and only farce, plenty of visual humor for the kids not to mention an easily understood text. Get kids involved and enjoying live theatre and Shakespeare at an early age – much better than video games, movies, electronic devices, etc.

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