Christmas

HOW DOES HARK UP DO CHRISTMAS?

Hark Up Christmas is a unique, high-energy combination of music, movement, and visual media that celebrates the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Christ.

Every year we design and produce a show full of new, exciting songs to provide our audiences with a fresh and fun show time after time.

This annual inventive and invigorating musical show combines the talents of local vocalists, dancers, and musicians to make up a cast of nearly 300 and has been entertaining West Michigan for 20 years!

 

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Hark Up is celebrating its 20th year providing West Michigan with music, community, and high caliber Christmas productions. Over the past 20 years, with our Christmas shows alone, we have performed and shared the story of Christ’s Birth to over 80,000 people. Originating at Fair Haven Church in 1999 and eventually moving to our current home, the DeVos Center for Arts and Worship, we are blessed to continue this tradition. This would not have been possible without the many, many volunteers who have selflessly given their time, energy, and passions to these productions. From singing and dancing to playing an instrument or acting in a scene, from selling merchandise and ushering to building the set and running the lights, our volunteers are the heart of who we are. Over the years the number of participants in the Christmas Show has steadily grown, with Christmas 2018 exceeding 300 volunteers! This means that over the past 20 years nearly 4000 people have been a part of this vibrant Hark Up Christmas Show Community. For the 2019 Hark Up Christmas 20th Anniversary Show we would love to have as many alumni as possible join us on stage during the powerful finale.

Featuring

Incredible Singers

With a combination of new talent as well as some of your favorite alums, each year Hark Up’s spectacular vocalists will surprise you with the craft and skill that they bring to the show. Each number provides a different combination of soloists, ensembles, children’s choirs, and our incredible 80+ person adult choir. From strong ballads of traditional Christmas favorites such as O Holy Night sung yearly by Shannon Dykstra to masterful live performances of some of today’s most popular hits, our extraordinary singers dedicate over two months of rehearsal preparing to deliver their best to you at every show.

Masterful Musicians

Where else in West Michigan would you be able to find 20+ strings and a 30+ piece horn band playing your Christmas favorites such as Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town or Joy To The World? Hark Up Christmas features some of the most talented musicians in the area performing multiple genres of music. In a single Christmas show performance the band transforms itself to bring you the sounds of a symphony orchestra to rock & roll, funk to country & western, or big band jazz to disco. With impressive solos from our horns, rhythm, and strings…the power and craftsmanship of our musicians will leave you in awe of the talent and passion in our West Michigan community. With charts and arrangements by Director Chris R. Hansen, the music at our Christmas shows is unlike anything else you will experience.

Amazing Dancers

From Hip Hop to Jazz, Ballet to Irish dancing, our stunning dancers come from excellent studios around West Michigan to bring you a diverse line up of incredible choreography. Whether it is elite athletes flipping and tumbling across the stage, interpretive and beautiful ballet, the Irish dancers proudly wearing their $1000+ breathtaking Solo Competition costumes while performing routines similar to the ones made popular by Michael Flatley and Riverdance, or tap dancers wowing you with the accuracy and timing of those catchy rhythms coming from their feet, you will be amazed at how much energy and passion these dancers commit to the stage.

Special Acts

Each year Hark Up Christmas brings new and fun acts, artists, and groups to the show! From jaw-dropping Magicians to live Snowball Fights, onstage Skits to incredible Sand Art, you never know whats going to happen next. Combined with powerful videos and images on three 20ft screens, we assure you that you will leave wanting to come back for more!

What people say

This was our 1st time coming. It was one of the best Christmas programs I have ever experienced. So Joyful, fun, exceptional talent and above all Christ focused. Thank you to all the cast for your outstanding performances and for your willingness to share the true meaning of what Christmas really is all about. It will be a family tradition going forward for us. Praise be to God !!
Chris Barham Duval
This was my first experience seeing, let alone performing! What an outstanding group of dancers and musicians! What a wonderful community to be a part of.
Sarah Blocher
What a great uplifting experience. The talent on and off the stage is fantastic. I couldn’t imagine missing a year. Shout out to the great band, it’s great to hear you all. Great job to everyone.
Brad Fles
I have not seen such an over the top performance until tonight! Chris Hansen's Hark Up performances not only bless it's audiences with the divine message of hope and love, but also entertains from curtain to curtain. This is Grand Rapids' best kept secret!
Randy Bassin
Hark Up is a great community effort and a fantastic way to celebrate the true reason for Christmas.
Jill Young
The best holiday show around!!! We've been going for years.
MaryKay Schooley Hostein

The Show

91.3 WCSG presents Hark Up 2019!

Tickets go on sale on October 1 at 9:00 a.m.

Big Band, Full Orchestra, Choir, Featured Dancers and More!

December 6

Friday, December 6

at 7:30pm

December 7

Saturday, December 7at 3:00pm and 7:30pm

December 8

Sunday, December 8
at 1:30pm and 5:30pm

The Hark Up Christmas Show takes place at the DeVos Center for Arts and Worship at Grand Rapids Christian High School. This state-of-the-art facility consists of a beautiful, light filled lobby, a 1,205 seat auditorium, and a 5,045 square foot stage that easily holds our 300+ performers. With an on site Box Office and daily open hours, we work together with DCAW to make your ticket buying as easy as possible.

2300 Plymouth Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Tickets

On Sale October 1st

$ 1
Premium Seating

Orchestra Level, and Mezzanine Rows K and L

$29 in advance, $32 at the door

$ 1
Standard Seating

All other Seats

$22 in advance, $25 at the door

$ 1
Child/Student

Valid MS, HS, or College ID at the time of ticket delivery

$18 in advance, $21 at the door

$ 1
Family Pack

2 Adult tickets &
2 Children under 12