Straight No Chaser
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., $37+
If you’ve seen Pitch Perfect, you know what professional a cappella groups can bring to the stage. Straight No Chaser has a massive fanbase, with nine men bringing pop hits and holiday classics to another level. They have a real sense of humor, amazing voices and spot-on harmonies, making this one unforgettable live show.
435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 5, 4-8 p.m.
Downtown Market is already a great place to stop and pick up some gifts for your loved ones, but Winter Wonderland takes it to another level. This event means special offers from the market’s merchants alongside a holiday artisan market, featuring more than 20 vendors bringing handcrafted goods. You can shop for jewelry, clothing, soap, art, cutting boards and so much more.
1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.,
$30 adults, $10 students
Moxie Strings gathers influences from all over the world, bringing together ear-catching melodies and foot-stomping rhythms with songs that completely change how we see string instruments. Alison and Diana use an electric cello and violin, respectively, running both through effects pedals backed by percussion. The two also teach clinics across the country, so you know they know their stuff.
2001 Monroe Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
Dec. 9, 1-3 p.m.
Whoville is back again, with the Grinch, Mayor, Santa, Thing 1 and Thing 2 all ready to cheer you on in this 5K. It’s easily the best way to get your blood moving in the snow, while learning to not take running (or walking, up to you) so seriously. Dressing up is highly encouraged — in fact, there’s a costume contest! Kids and dogs are free to join in on the fun as well.
BYOB Christmas Light Tour
Boatyard Brewing Company
432 E. Paterson St., Kalamazoo
Dec. 13, 7 p.m.-midnight, $25
Driving around and looking at Christmas displays is a magical tradition, transforming ordinary suburban homes into life-size dioramas of a more festive world. Still, now that we’ve all grown up, it’s hard to convince your friends to drive around and look for lights. That’s why the Kalamazoo Brew Bus is throwing beer into the mix and taking all the work out of your hands. Grab your favorite six-pack and prepare to get jolly on this BYOB tour.
The Devil Wears Prada
133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Dec. 15, 7 p.m., $19.50
No, this isn’t a screening of the 2006 hit dramedy starring Anne Hathaway — though you should see that too. The Devil Wears Prada is one of the longest running, most influential metalcore bands around, hailing from Dayton, Ohio. They’ve frequently toured with some of the biggest players in the metal game, such as Slayer and Slipknot, and their live shows are a great place to earn some bruises.
Fake NYE with Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers
Kalamazoo State Theatre
404 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo
Dec. 29, 8 p.m., $25
It’s always good to have a dry run. Practice partying for New Year’s Eve with Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers, a spectacularly energetic, groovy, colorful band that takes listeners across the country and through time. It’s not exactly New Year’s Eve, but then again, time is a construct and dates are arbitrary, so it might as well be. Who needs an excuse to dance anyway?
A Christmas Story: The Musical!
Join in the holiday spirit and song with budding actors at Holland High School’s production of A Christmas Story: The Musical! The wintertime Christmas classic follows young Ralphie and his misadventures during the holiday season in 1940s Indiana. Often at odds with his dad and a school bully, Ralphie makes his way with his younger brother trailing behind.
Holland High Performing Arts Center
600 Van Raalte Avenue, Holland
Nov. 29-Dec. 9, $15 adults
New Year’s Eve
It’s not hard to find a way to celebrate the new year in West Michigan. Here’s a quick list of spots to check out:
New Year’s Eve at The B.O.B.
20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Amway Grand Plaza
187 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
8 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
New Year’s at The Knick
New Holland’s The Knickerbocker
417 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Murder Mystery Party
The Henderson Castle
100 Monroe St., Kalamazoo
6 p.m.- 1 a.m.
Unruly New Years Eve Bash
360 W. Western Ave., Muskegon
9 p.m.-1 a.m.