Whether you’re planning to bathe yourself in every drop of holiday splendor you can squeeze out of the 2023 holiday season or just hoping it will go quickly, you’re not alone. If you’re in the former camp, join up with other merry revelers at holiday shows, including Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas One and All!,” PRISM’s holiday choral concert and a special holiday Ringwald Theatre performance celebrating Barbra Streisand. You’ll find non-holiday events to put on your radar, too, like a World AIDS Day commemoration and a young adult educational event through Stand with Trans focused on financial literacy.
1. Have a Mariah-y Christmas
The Queen of Christmas herself will kick off December in the merriest of displays right here in Detroit. Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas One and All!, set for Dec. 1 at Little Caesars Arena, is sure to feature the kind of sing-it-to-the-rafters, sparkly holiday joy you’ve come to anticipate from the queer icon, just in time to fortify you ahead of the busy season. Of course she will also perform everyone’s favorite modern classic, too — don’t miss your chance to see it live by the Queen herself.
Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Little Caesars Arena (2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit). Tickets at 313presents.com/events/detail/mariah-carey.
2. Commemorate World AIDS Day
Head to Royal Oak First United Methodist Church on Dec. 1, the 35th annual World AIDS Day, for a special presentation featuring speakers Dr. Paul Benson and Kathy Gerus-Darbison. Light refreshments will be served and attendees can view a panel from the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Sponsored in part by the Oakland County Health Division, the commemoration will also include a candlelight vigil and a performance by Sing Out Detroit.
Dec. 1, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Royal Oak First United Methodist Church (320 W. 7th St., Royal Oak).
3. Learn About Financial Independence
The latest offering in Stand with Trans’ community education workshops will help young adults ages 13-24 learn how to be financially independent. “Learn to Do Life: Financial Literacy,” sponsored by Community Financial Credit Union, will cover topics like reading pay stubs, the ins and out of filing taxes for the first time, basic information about banking services (including how to open an account), and some tips on building up a savings account and using credit responsibly. Lunch is included.
Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Community Financial Credit Union (500 S. Harvey St., Plymouth). Register at bit.ly/howtodolife23.
4. Get Tickets for PRISM’s Holiday Show
Reserve your tickets now for the always-popular PRISM Men's Chorus holiday concert. This year’s event, PRISM Men’s Chorus Lights Up the World, is set for Dec. 16. Bill LeAnnais, PRISM Chorus production chair, invites the community to a performance that he told Pride Source will feel like a warm hug — “something we all need more than ever.” “We set out to make an inclusive program to lighten up your December,” he adds. “It’s been such a blast singing music from so many genres, languages and traditions — all with the through-line that light unites all of our world’s celebrations and therefore all of us.”
Dec. 16, 8 p.m., Macomb Center for the Performing Arts (44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township). Buy tickets at bit.ly/3SKzaxJ.
5. See ‘Jingle Babs’ at the Ringwald
Save some room on your calendar for a holiday show a little different from the rest. “Jingle Babs,” written by Ringwald Theatre veteran actor Vince Kelley and directed by Ringwald co-founder and media director Brandy Joe Plambeck, will transport audiences back in time to Christmas Eve, 1967. Barbra Streisand (played by Richard Payton) is preparing for a live televised concert featuring famous friends until an ill-timed snowstorm puts the kibosh on her plans. Always the winning improviser, Babs enlists the help of the everyday people who happen to be on hand. Can the janitor pull off a convincing Liberace? Reserve your tickets to find out!
Dec. 1-18, 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays and 3 p.m. on Sundays, The Ringwald Theatre at Affirmations (290 W. 9 Mile Road, Ferndale). Tickets at bit.ly/3ssGgfW.