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Celebrate the holiday season with your friends and neighbors during one of these dazzling opportunities at the Center! Creativity is buzzing on our stages and we have a seat for everyone. View all of our shows and events to discover the symphony, community theatre, choirs of the Center, and touring artists and companies!

Holidays at the Center

Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

NOV 16 - 20, 2022

DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! The Musical is the record-setting Broadway holiday sensation which features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated special. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos. Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville and helps remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season. Don’t miss what The New York Times calls “AN EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCE! 100 times better than any bedtime story.”

Alton Brown LIVE! Beyond The Eats - The Holiday Variant

NOV 30, 2022 / 7:30 PM

Television personality, author, Food Network and Netflix star Alton Brown will be heading out on his Alton Brown Live: Beyond The Eats – The Holiday Variant tour this holiday season.  He is the host of Top 10 new Netflix Iron Chef reboot “Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend.”  Brown says fans can expect “more cooking, more comedy, more music, and more potentially dangerous science stuff with a sprinkle of seasonal spices. Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.” Critics and fans have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He warns, “Prepare for an evening unlike any other and if I call for volunteers…think twice.”

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A Christmas Story, the Musical

DEC 2 - 11, 2022

Based on the perennial holiday movie favorite, and from the songwriting team behind the smash-Broadway hit, DEAR EVAN HANSEN and the film LA LA LAND, we bring you the hilarious musical, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL. This now-classic story follows bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”).

An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Don’t miss this special triple-dog-dare hilarious collaboration between our Center Stage and Youth Theater companies!

This show contains mild violence and bullying.

The Second City Jingle Bell Ruckus

DEC 9, 2022 / 7:30 PM

Original, daring, and hilarious, The Second City’s Unconventional Holiday Revue delivers a heaping serving of seasonal satire that’s the perfect alternative to those same old holiday shows. Nothing’s too sacred for our squad of comedy stars in the making: holiday film classics, family gatherings, beloved Christmas carols, and even Rudolph may get a wicked holiday slant in this fast-paced, interactive comedy revue filled with style, wit, and plenty of that famous Second City improv!

Phil Vassar & Deana Carter: Come Home for Christmas

DEC 10, 2022 / 8 PM

Platinum-selling Phil Vassar is "Coming Home for Christmas" and bringing singer-songwriter Deana Carter for their 2022 Christmas tour. Join them for Christmas classics and original holiday music, including two original Christmas songs, "Coming Home for Christmas" and "Brand New Year”.

The Illusionists Magic of the Holidays

DEC 12, 2022 / 7:30 PM

Celebrate the holidays with the entire family at The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays, a mind-blowing showcase featuring jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

Holiday Pops with Midland Symphony Orchestra

DEC 17, 2022 
Guest Artist: Ali Ewoldt

Broadway star, Ali Ewoldt, hosts this annual Midland Center tradition. Ali made her Broadway debut as Cosette in the first Broadway revival of LES MISÉRABLES, and has since starred as Christine in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway, as well as Maria on tour in WEST SIDE STORY. Ali’s powerful voice will be joined by the Choirs of the Center singing all of your favorite seasonal tunes, backed by your own Midland Symphony Orchestra. Don’t miss this signature event of the Great Lakes Bay region’s holiday season!

We are delighted to present a welcoming, relaxed performance of this concert for sensory-sensitive patrons and their families DEC 17 at 3 PM. Click HERE for more information.