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 25 years!

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We cannot wait for you to see our latest musical extravaganza, Hark Up Christmas 2024! Each year we love to surprise our audience with new songs and Hark Up’s unique approach to Christmas classics all grounded in the meaning of Christmas. Join us December 6, 7, & 8 right at our second home, DeVos Center for Arts & Worship. This will be a show you will NOT want to miss.

If you love Hark Up and would like to get involved with stage building, tear down, ushers, parking attendants OR singing, please use the links below to communicate your desire and someone will get back with you about specifics

This show would not be possible without our amazing business/personal sponsors.  If you would be interested, please email us at


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

Hark Up 2024!

Tickets go on SALE in October.

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

December 6

Friday, December 6
at 7:30pm

December 7

Saturday, December 7
at 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

2300 Plymouth Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI, 49506


On Sale October 15

Premium Seating
$ 1

Orchestra Level, and Mezzanine Rows K and L

$29 in advance, $32 at the door

Standard Seating
$ 1

All other Seats

$22 in advance, $25 at the door

$ 1

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

$18 in advance, $21 at the door

Family Pack
$ 1

2 Adult tickets &
2 Children under 12


Most frequent questions and answers

Yes! You must have a ticket for admission. You can purchase tickets online at, over the phone at (616) 574-5600, or in person at the DeVos Center for Arts and Worship Box Office, Mon.-Fri. 9:00am – 3:00pm.

You can either have them delivered to you electronically, or pick them up in person at the DeVos Center for Arts and Worship Box Office, Mon.-Fri. 9:00am – 3:00pm.

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, October 15 at 10:00am EST. 

Yes! Tickets are available at the door. However the best seats always go quickly and we usually sell out the Orchestra and Mezzanine levels so it’s best to get your tickets early

Yes. You will be able to choose a seat when you purchase tickets. Your seat numbers will be listed on your tickets and the ushers will help you find your seats.

Yes. Please call the DeVos Center for Arts and Worship Box Office (616) 574-5600 for special seat assignment.

The DeVos Center for Arts and Worship is located at Grand Rapids Christian High School and has a vast number of parking spaces available including handicap spaces. 

Yes. There will be one, 15 minute intermission.

The show runs approximately 2.5 hours with one 15 minute intermission

Yes. Hark Up strives to provide family friendly entertainment with a focus on retelling the Christmas Story in a way everyone can understand. All of our songs and material are suited for children.

Unlike other area Christmas shows, each year Hark Up develops a completely new program with new songs. We are always adding new performers and giving different people new performance opportunities. This makes every year super different than the year before

Hark Up is composed of a mix of professionally trained musicians, dancers and singers as well as first timers! We are proud of the diverse levels of experience our cast has to offer and it’s one of the many things that makes Hark Up so unique.

Yes! All cast members head out to the lobby after every show. You can meet up with your favorite performer and grab a picture with them! Make sure to use #harkup20

We are working on our online store! Please email until we get the store up and running!

Hark Up is a non-profit 501©3 music and arts ministry.