Weekend Planner: 'The Nutcracker' Opens at The Community House

Also happening this weekend: The Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra puts on its holiday concert while Santa will be at the Our Shepherd Lutheran School.

It’s the holiday weekend, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do this weekend. Birmingham Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time.

Holidays: 'The Nutcracker Story'

  • When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday; 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: The Community House
  • Cost: General admission is $12
  • Why Go: Join The Community House Ballet Ensemble and Friends as 60 young dancers from throughout southeastern Michigan perform The Nutcracker Story. A child-friendly classic, The Nutcracker Story follows Clara's holiday party set in an enchanted Community House ballroom. Boys and girls will be excited to see who wins the battle between the King Mouse and the Nutcracker. Guests can also visit the Land of Sweets during intermission.

Holidays: Breakfast With Santa

  • When: 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday
  • Where: Our Shepherd Lutheran School
  • Cost: $10
  • Why Go: Santa is coming to town this Saturday, at Our Shepherd's annual Breakfast With Santa. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausauge, peaches, milk, coffee or juice while participants can also enjoy Christmas music, fellowship and meeting Santa himself. Register in advance by calling 248-645-0551 or download a reservation form at www.oslsedu.org.

Theater: 'Pinocchio'

  • When: 7 p.m. Dec. 6-8; 2 p.m. Dec. 8-9
  • Where: Village Players Playhouse
  • Cost: $12 for kids; $15 for adults; Group rates available for groups of 10 or more
  • Why Go: This week and weekend, get ready for the classic Pinocchio tale with a twist. The Village Youth Theatre presents My Son Pinocchio this weekend, based on the television movie, Geppetto. The tale tells the story of Pinocchio from Geppetto's and the Blue Fairy's point of view, adding humor and depth to the age-old story. This live musical will also feature favorite tunes like "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "I've Got No Strings.'

  • When: 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: St. James Episcopal Church
  • Cost: $10
  • Why Go: Come celebrate the season at St. James Episcopal Church at Eat, Drink & Be Merry, a choral concert by Sing Out Detroit, a mixed gender choir for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) people and their supporters. Tickets are $10 in advance, $11.50 online and $15 at the door. For more information, visit http://­www.­stjame­sbirmingham.­org.

Concert: Holiday Cheer

  • When: 7 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: Groves High School
  • Cost: $22-$80
  • Why Go: The Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra joins forces with a number of a local young musicians for a concert sure to put you in the holiday mood. The concert will feature conductor Charles Greenwell, the Andover High School Strings symphony and the winner of the 2012 Young Artist Competition, Bloomfield Hills violinist Haeji Kim.


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