Some of the best ‘gifts’ we can give our children are the gifts of experience, culture, and time spent together. One of our fondest memories as kids is getting dressed up and heading to a holiday show. Create that same lasting memory with your kids with tickets to holiday shows, movies, and musicals coming to the Metro Detroit area this winter season.

ELF @ The Fox Theatre, Detroit (November 22 – 27)

Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

Baby Shark LIVE: The Christmas Show @ The Fox Theatre, Detroit (December 2)

Surprise your little with a holiday surprise and join Baby Shark and friends for exciting adventures into the jungle and under the sea to explore shapes, colors, numbers and so much more. Enjoy hit songs in this dazzling kids spectacular, including “Baby Shark,” “Five Little Monkeys,” “Wheels On The Bus,” and “Monkey Banana Dance,” as well as Holiday classics such as “Jingle Bells”, “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” and more!

 The Nutcracker @ Macomb Center, Macomb (December 2 – 4)

Celebrate the spirit of the holiday season with the traditional holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. Travel with Clara on a magical adventure to a land reigned over by a Snow Queen and be led by Snowflakes through an enchanted forest to a Kingdom of Sweets, filled with colorful characters and pure festive delight. The Nutcracker will captivate audiences, both young and old, and is sure to keep hearts warm and spirited all season long!


A Charlie Brown Christmas @ The Fox Theatre (December 4)

Celebrate the timeless television classic as the whole family and join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts characters in their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas. The show encompasses each of your favorite scenes from the original animated television show, with more fun, more music, and more finding the true Christmas spirit. After the final bow, the show crescendos into a celebration of song as the audience is invited to join the Peanuts gang in singing traditional Christmas songs and carols.

NUTCRAKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet @ The Fox Theatre (December 11)

The acclaimed holiday tradition performs at the Fox Theatre on its 30th Anniversary tour. Gather friends and family to re-live your fondest childhood dreams, overflowing with larger-than-life puppets, breath-taking acrobatics and dazzling costumes. Experience the exquisite artistry of the international cast, featuring stars of Ukraine ballet, performing at the highest level of classical technique.

“’Twas the Night Before…” by Cirque du Soleil @ The Fox Theatre (December 15 – 26)

Experience an exhilarating spin on the beloved Christmas classic as only Cirque du Soleil could imagine. Join Isabella, a curious girl, jaded by the craze surrounding Christmas, as she is whisked away to an upside-down, inside-out world of the poem where she meets colorful characters of this timeless classic. Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever Christmas show, ‘Twas the Night Before… is a flurry of love, Christmas cheer, rip-roaring fun and hugely lovable characters that will become a new tradition for families to cherish.

Home For The Holidays @ Detroit Symphony Orchestra (December 16 -18)

Thrill to the spectacle of the season and share Detroit’s favorite holiday musical tradition with family and friends. Michelle Merrill returns to lead the DSO in a sparkling celebration with carols and classics that sells out year after year—and yes, Virginia, there will be a Santa Claus!

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Paw Patrol LIVE! Heroes Unite and Bluey’s Big Play are coming to Michigan in 2023!

Photo credit: ELF Live