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Check out our highlights video! Original music is by Nathan Towne, artist in residence, recorded at the Opera House. Photos are by Tony Johnson, all rights reserved. Cover Photo: Full United States Coast Guard Band at the Opera House.

Upcoming Events

“An Evening to Remember”

Celebrating 50 years of the Cheboygan Area Arts Council!

Saturday, December 10, 7:30pm

We’re having a party! Join us for a fun evening of story-telling, song, dance, visuals and skits as we celebrate our golden anniversary. Enjoy an exciting line up of local and visiting talent including: the Northland Notables, our young CAAC dancers, Nathan Towne, Bob Milne, and many others.

In 1972 local citizens rallied to form the Cheboygan Area Arts Council (CAAC) as part of a broader community effort to save and restore the historic Cheboygan Opera House. With restoration completed in 1984, the CAAC has managed events and programs at the Opera House ever since, offering engaging performances; educational opportunities in dance, music and theater; scholarships for budding performers and artists; and public art in downtown Cheboygan.

Proceeds from the event will go towards our educational programming. Tickets are based on a “pay as you wish” model, with price levels starting at $10-$20-$30-$40-$50. Students (18 and under) are FREE!

Cheboygan High School Choir Annual Holiday Concert

Wednesday, December 14, 7:00pm

Kevin Wells directs the Cheboygan Area Schools High School Choir in an evening of beautiful song. Come support these talented students and enjoy some of your holiday favorites. This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

Holiday Film: “A Christmas Story”

Saturday, December 17, 2:00pm

Join us for a screening of the classic 1983 film! A holiday comedy that is fun for all ages.

It’s the final days before Christmas in early 1940s Cleveland, and 9-year-old Ralphie wants one thing from Santa Claus more than anything else: a Red Ryder Carbine Action Air Rifle. As he trudges through the snow to school, faces the neighborhood bully and visits a malevolent department store Santa Clause, Ralphie connives, conspires and campaigns for the most fabulous Christmas present ever in this heartwarming, hysterical and sweetly nostalgic holiday film. Based on stories by Jean Sheppard.

Film generously sponsored by Judicial Management Systems, Inc.

Tickets are FREE for Students (18 & under), $10 for Adults.

Holiday Film: “White Christmas”

Sunday, December 18, 2:00pm

Join us for a screening of this 1954 classic! You’ll enjoy singing along with such songs as “The Best Things Happen When You’re Dancing,” “Snow,” “Sisters” and, of course, the iconic “White Christmas.”

WWII vets-turned-entertainers scheme to help a retired general with his strapped New England inn by putting on a big musical show with the help of their army buddies and a singing sister act.

Tickets are FREE for Students (18 & under), $10 for Adults.

Bishop Baraga School Christmas Musical: “Jingle Jury”

Monday, December 19, 6:30pm

“Jingle Jury” is about a girl, Jill Dandy, who has lost the Christmas spirit and is on trial in Candy Cane Court. As the trial progresses, a unique cast of characters try to find out why Jill has lost her Christmas spirit. They try to convince her of the importance of having the spirit of Christmas and how it makes us better people. This musical comedy has a message for everyone. Is Jill guilty, or is she innocent? Will we find out why Jill lost her spirit?? Will she get it back???? You decide!

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

The Founding presents “A Celtic Christmas”

Tuesday, December 20, 7:00pm

Join us this holiday season for a time of cheer, goodwill, and a little Celtic flair. Hear original and classic Christmas tunes alike, and be ready to sing on some of your favorites. 

The Founding is a Progressive Folk band from Kalamazoo, Michigan. With their timeless, powerful approach to songwriting and unique instrumentation, they strive to balance tradition and innovation as they bring new music to life. The Founding has performed at theaters and festivals throughout the United States and has the makings of a genre-defining band.

Tickets are $30 Adults / $25 Veterans / $10 Students

Cornerstone Christian School: “A King is Coming to Town”

Thursday, December 22, 7:00pm

Come support the students of Cheboygan’s Cornerstone Christian School as they present a fun evening of Christmas favorites to get you in the holiday spirit.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.


The Mission of the Cheboygan Area Arts Council is to promote and encourage cultural and educational activities within the Straits Area of Northern Michigan, and to provide services that stimulate and encourage participation and appreciation of the arts within all segments of the community and to showcase the historic Cheboygan Opera House.

The Cheboygan Area Arts Council is a 501c3 charity and is supported in part by the Michigan Arts and Culture Council as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.

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