Looking for a little Holiday spirit before finals? A nice holiday date, perhaps? Break out of the fluorescent glow of the library lights and soak up a little culture before heading home on break. The Lansing-area has many fun, festive and affordable shows to put college students in the merry mood this December.
“A Christmas Carol”
Boarshead Theatre
The company of the Boarshead Theatre re-creates one of the most famous tales of the Christmas season. The classic characters of Ebeneezer Scrooge, the Cratchit family, and of course, The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future come alive on this Lansing stage. The production opens its 19-show run with a post-Thanksgiving performance on Friday, November 26 and runs through December 23. Check the theatre website for specific show times. Tickets start at a very reasonable $8 and are available at the theatre (425 S. Grand Ave.), by phone at (517) 484-7805 ext.0 or at www.boarshead.org.
“A Classic Holiday: MSU Children’s Choir and the Beaumont Brass”
MSU School of Music- Wharton Center
The MSU Children’s Choir and the Beaumont Brass Bands combine to create a
beautiful show for all ages on December 18 at 8:00 p.m.. The production promises classic holiday favorites, a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and a special appearance by Santa himself. Tickets for this single-night engagement range from $12 – $25 and are available at the Wharton Center Box Office, online at www.whartoncenter.com and via phone at 1-800-Wharton.
“Holiday Voices”
Riverwalk Theatre
For one night only, the Riverwalk Theatre is presenting a holiday montage of songs and stories performed by Lansing area media personalities and celebrities. A suggested donation of $10 gets you an evening full of holiday entertainment plus cookies and eggnog. The theatre is located at 228 Museum Drive in Lansing and online at www.riverwalktheatre.com.
“Glorious Sounds of the Holiday”
Wharton Center
This one-night-only concert, featuring the MSU Symphony Orchestra, brings 250 singers from the MSU Chorale, State Singers, and Choral Union together in one spectacular holiday performance. The curtain goes up at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at the Wharton Center. Tickets for this single night engagement range from $12 – $25 and are available at the Wharton Center Box Office, online at www.whartoncenter.com and via phone at 1-800-Wharton.
“A Christmas Carol”
The Wharton Center
The Wharton Center, too, is putting on another adaptation of the time-honored Charles Dickens’ tale, this one set to music and full of dancing. Tickets for the December 19, 3:00 p.m. one-day-only performance range from $12-$25 and are available through the Wharton Center box office, at www.whartoncenter.com and by phone at 1-800-Wharton.
“Improv Got Run Over by a Reindeer”
The Performance Network- Ann Arbor
The Performance Network encourages theater-goers to abandon the typical holiday play and the stress of the endless hours of shopping for a few hours of bowl-full-of-jelly shaking laughs. The professional and intimate theater consistently delivers great performances. This late-night show makes its debut Wednesday, December 9 at 11:00 p.m. and runs weekends through December 18. Tickets are $10 with a $3.50 discount for seniors and half price student rush tickets the day of the show. Check out www.performancenetwork.org for additional times and online purchasing.
“Radio City Music Spectacular”
Fox Theater- Detroit
Although a bit pricier than community theaters ($20.50-$100), the Radio City Christmas Spectacular has become a Detroit Christmas tradition for good reason. The Radio City Rockettes will have 26 performances during their month long stay in Detroit (November 26- December 26). The energetic show features a touring company of the critically acclaimed precise dancers and a range of numbers including the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and the Living Nativity. Tickets and show times are available through Ticketmaster at their outlets or online at www.Ticketmaster.com.

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