Sleighbell Events at the Ramsdell


Lakeside Club’s Festival of Trees & Holiday Décor
Friday, Dec 3 – 1pm–8pm
Saturday, Dec 4 – 11am-8pm

Come view & bid on creatively decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, gift baskets, and seasonal decor designed by local holiday enthusiasts. “Buy it Now” options are available. Bring canned goods to vote for your favorite entry for the “People’s Choice” award. Canned goods will be donated to Matthew 25:35 Food Pantry.  Bring unwrapped toys for Five CAPs “Toys for Tots/Gifts for Teens”.  Enter for a prize drawing with each toy donated.  All proceeds from Festival of Trees & Holiday Decor will go to Manistee County Humane Society’s Homeward Bound Animal Shelter and the Armory Youth Project.  Bidding for the event closes on December 4 at 8:00 pm.   “The Nutcracker Ballet”  opens at 8 pm at the Ramsdell Theatre. Come early to visit the Festival of Trees & Holiday Decor.  For more information please call (906) 440-6770 or email us
Admission: Donation – $1 minimum

Tours of the Ramsdell Theatre
(Theatre Lobby)
Friday, Dec 3 – 2pm-4pm
Saturday, Dec 4 – 2pm-4pm

Tour the historic Ramsdell Theatre! Learn about critical figures such as Thomas Jefferson Ramsdell, James Earl Jones, and Toni Trucks! Explore the architectural beauty that the Ramsdell Theatre has offered the community for over 100 years. The box office will open at 1pm to purchase tour tickets.
Admission: $5

Special Box Office Hours
(Theatre Lobby)
Friday, Dec 3 – 1pm-5pm & 7pm-8pm
Saturday, Dec 4 – 1pm-5pm & 7pm-8pm

The Nutcracker Ballet
Friday, Dec 3 – 8pm
Saturday, Dec 4 – 8pm
Sunday, Dec 5 – 2pm

Tchaikovsky’s original ballet premiered in 1892 and was staged by Russian choreographer Marius Petipa. Dancers from Manistee, Mason and Benzie counties present Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic “The Nutcracker Ballet ” at the Historic Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee. The production is a collaborative Holiday celebration directed by Ingrid Bond and involves over 150 cast members and volunteers from across county lines. Tschaikovsky’s score and the ballet premiered at nearly the same time the Ramsdell was built. That’s why this version is set in the Victorian era heyday–to enable the audience to see some of the unique features of the Ramsdell stage. The brief solo called, “Dance of the SugarPlum Fairy ” is the original Marius Petipa choreography. It was gifted to Ingrid through Carol Greenaway, a Frankfort native who had an incredible ballet career. The solo was taught and gifted to her by the legendary Alexandra Danilova. Carol is a master teacher and greatly looks forward to collaborating with Ingrid Bond and the Ramsdell on this project.  To purchase tickets click here. 
Admission: $10 – $30 Per PersonView Post

Nutcracker Boutique
(Hardy Hall)
Friday, Dec 3 – Noon-4:30pm & 7pm-9:30pm
Saturday, Dec 4 – Noon-4:30pm & 7pm-9:30pm
Sunday, Dec 5 – 1-3:30pm

Browse the Nutcracker Boutique for the perfect holiday gift for you or your loved one! 

First Americans 
(Hardy Hall)
Friday, Dec 3 – Noon-5pm
Saturday, Dec 4 – Noon-5pm
The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is in Manistee, Michigan/Naaminitigong-Anishinaabe Aki on the ancestral land of the Anishinaabe people. FIRST AMERICANS is an exhibit featuring work by Native American Artists residing in Michigan/Anishinaabe Aki.