Plenty of Family Entertainment to be had in Kalamazoo’s Theatres and Concert Venues this Holiday Season

The Grinch, Buddy the Elf, The Nutcracker ballet…

All of these characters are holiday traditions along the lines of making cookies for Santa and heading out to a tree farm to find the perfect Christmas tree.

Our family makes an effort to attend a holiday show each year and I look forward to maintaining this tradition for years to come.

We’ve cultivated a list of shows that are certain to appeal to every age group and interest with everything from children’s choirs to professional symphonies.

Check out our list below of musicals, ballets, concerts, plays happening around Kalamazoo this Christmas season.  

See event listing for details on start times, venue information, and ticket pricing.

Let us know if we missed any of your favorites coming up this holiday season by leaving a comment in the section below or adding it to our Event Calendar here.

List of Holiday Plays, Concerts and Performances in Greater Kalamazoo

Here’s a selection of music, dance and theater to be enjoyed around town as 2019 winds to a close.

Friday November 15, 2019

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

Location: Miller Auditorium – 1903 W. Michigan Ave 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 [...]

Time: 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Saturday November 16, 2019

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

Location: Miller Auditorium – 1903 W. Michigan Ave 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 [...]

Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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

Location: Miller Auditorium – 1903 W. Michigan Ave 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 [...]

Time: 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Sunday November 17, 2019

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

Location: Miller Auditorium – 1903 W. Michigan Ave 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 [...]

Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Friday November 22, 2019

Elf the Musical

Location: Kalamazoo Civic Theatre – 329 S. Park Street Kalamazoo

Based on the beloved 2003 film, this uproarious musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf on a journey to find his own identity. As a young [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Saturday November 23, 2019

Elf the Musical

Location: Kalamazoo Civic Theatre – 329 S. Park Street Kalamazoo

Based on the beloved 2003 film, this uproarious musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf on a journey to find his own identity. As a young [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

The Sugar Plum Fairy

Location: Comstock Community Auditorium – 2107 N 26th St Kalamazoo

Join us on a journey to The Nutcracker’s Land of The Sweets with Ballet Kalamazoo’s original ballet The Sugar Plum Fairy! The Land of the [...]

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Sunday November 24, 2019

Elf the Musical

Location: Kalamazoo Civic Theatre – 329 S. Park Street Kalamazoo

Based on the beloved 2003 film, this uproarious musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf on a journey to find his own identity. As a young [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

The Sugar Plum Fairy

Location: Comstock Community Auditorium – 2107 N 26th St Kalamazoo

Join us on a journey to The Nutcracker’s Land of The Sweets with Ballet Kalamazoo’s original ballet The Sugar Plum Fairy! The Land of the [...]

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Friday November 29, 2019

Elf the Musical

Location: Kalamazoo Civic Theatre – 329 S. Park Street Kalamazoo

Based on the beloved 2003 film, this uproarious musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf on a journey to find his own identity. As a young [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

Elf the Musical

Location: Kalamazoo Civic Theatre – 329 S. Park Street Kalamazoo

Based on the beloved 2003 film, this uproarious musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf on a journey to find his own identity. As a young [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Saturday November 30, 2019

Elf the Musical- Sensory Friendly Performance

Location: Kalamazoo Civic Theatre – 329 S. Park Street Kalamazoo

Based on the beloved 2003 film, this uproarious musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf on a journey to find his own identity. As a young [...]

Time: 10:00 am

Elf the Musical

Location: Kalamazoo Civic Theatre – 329 S. Park Street Kalamazoo

Based on the beloved 2003 film, this uproarious musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf on a journey to find his own identity. As a young [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

Sunday December 1, 2019

Elf the Musical

Location: Kalamazoo Civic Theatre – 329 S. Park Street Kalamazoo

Based on the beloved 2003 film, this uproarious musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf on a journey to find his own identity. As a young [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Location: Van Andel Arena – 130 West Fulton 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 [...]

Time: 3:00 pm

Messiah Sing

Location: Kalamazoo First Congregational UCC – 345 W Michigan Ave Kalamazoo

** Free event, donations gladly accepted ** A community tradition since 1995, the annual Messiah Sing is a collaboration between the Michigan Festival of Sacred [...]

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Location: Van Andel Arena – 130 West Fulton 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 [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Thursday December 5, 2019

AMY GRANT & MICHAEL W. SMITH CHRISTMAS 2019

Location: Van Andel Arena – 130 West Fulton 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 [...]

Time: 7:00 pm

Friday December 6, 2019

Elf the Musical

Location: Kalamazoo Civic Theatre – 329 S. Park Street Kalamazoo

Based on the beloved 2003 film, this uproarious musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf on a journey to find his own identity. As a young [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Saturday December 7, 2019

Ballet Arts Ensemble presents Nutcracker

Location: Chenery Auditorium – 714 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo

Are you looking for an affordably priced holiday concert that will please the entire family? Look no further! BAE brings the magic and wonder of [...]

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Elf the Musical

Location: Kalamazoo Civic Theatre – 329 S. Park Street Kalamazoo

Based on the beloved 2003 film, this uproarious musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf on a journey to find his own identity. As a young [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

Ballet Arts Ensemble presents Nutcracker

Location: Chenery Auditorium – 714 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo

Are you looking for an affordably priced holiday concert that will please the entire family? Look no further! BAE brings the magic and wonder of [...]

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fifth Annual Screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Location: Kalamazoo State Theatre – 404 S. Burdick Kalamazoo

$1 for every ticket sold is donated to WMU’s Seita Scholars Program Spend Christmas with the Griswold family for the fifth annual screening of National Lampoon’s [...]

Time: 8:00 pm

Sunday December 8, 2019

Ballet Arts Ensemble presents Nutcracker

Location: Chenery Auditorium – 714 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo

Are you looking for an affordably priced holiday concert that will please the entire family? Look no further! BAE brings the magic and wonder of [...]

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Elf the Musical

Location: Kalamazoo Civic Theatre – 329 S. Park Street Kalamazoo

Based on the beloved 2003 film, this uproarious musical comedy follows Buddy the Elf on a journey to find his own identity. As a young [...]

Time: 2:00 pm

Friday December 13, 2019

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker coming to DeVos Performance Hall with 9 show times December 13 - December 22, 2020. West Michigan’s favorite holiday [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Holiday Music: Sounds of the Season

Location: Chenery Auditorium – 714 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo

A return to community & winter holiday traditions, this annual concert is a perfect way to begin your holiday season. This year, your KSO brings [...]

Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Saturday December 14, 2019

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker coming to DeVos Performance Hall with 9 show times December 13 - December 22, 2020. West Michigan’s favorite holiday [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Sunday December 15, 2019

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker coming to DeVos Performance Hall with 9 show times December 13 - December 22, 2020. West Michigan’s favorite holiday [...]

Time: 1:00 pm

Precious Gifts Winter Concert

Location: Chenery Auditorium – 714 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo

Come and enjoy our precious gift of music as well celebrate the winter season through song!

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Kalamazoo Ringers 39th Annual Christmas Concert

Location: Grace Harbor Church – 811 Gorham Ln Kalamazoo

Come celebrate the season with the Kalamazoo Ringers! Admission to the concert is free, and a freewill offering will be received. Audience members are invited [...]

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Wednesday December 18, 2019

GR Symphony Presents Old National Bank Cirque De Noel

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 [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Thursday December 19, 2019

GR Symphony Presents Old National Bank Cirque De Noel

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 [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Friday December 20, 2019

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker coming to DeVos Performance Hall with 9 show times December 13 - December 22, 2020. West Michigan’s favorite holiday [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Saturday December 21, 2019

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker coming to DeVos Performance Hall with 9 show times December 13 - December 22, 2020. West Michigan’s favorite holiday [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Sing! An Irish Christmas

Location: Miller Auditorium – 1341 Theatre Drive Kalamazoo

Ireland’s Keith and Kristyn Getty, writers of modern hymns and carols, celebrate Christmas with their eighth annual tour of Sing! An Irish Christmas. As seen [...]

Time: 7:30 pm

Sunday December 22, 2019

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Location: DeVos Performance Hall – 303 Monroe Ave NW Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Ballet Presents The Nutcracker coming to DeVos Performance Hall with 9 show times December 13 - December 22, 2020. West Michigan’s favorite holiday [...]

Time: 1:00 pm

Jump to Find more Kalamazoo Holiday Fun…
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Holiday Parades
Christmas Gift Ideas for the Family
Holiday Craft Shows
Christmas Tree Farms
Holiday Shows and Performances for Families
Santa Sightings and Christmas Events
Holiday Light Displays

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