Holiday Performances for the Whole Family in Columbus, Ohio


Now that Thanksgiving is over, many of us have turned to planning family activities for the holiday season. Below is a list of family-friendly holiday performances you should consider adding to your holiday bucket list. This is a gift your kids will always remember and could become a really unique tradition to look forward to as well! Get your tickets early and plan ahead. There are so many to choose from!

Holiday Performances and Shows

Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage

When: November 27, 2022

Where: Palace Theater

Tickets: Starting at $29

Details: Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story, and featuring the music of Vince Guaraldi, A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage is a present that the whole family can enjoy.

Website: Charlie Brown Christmas


Good Medicine Productions: Uptown Scrooge

When: November 27-December 18, 2022

Where: Uptown Westerville (tour begins at 30 E. College Ave.)

Tickets: $15 for children and students; $30 for adult (Suitable for ages 4 and up!)

Details: Interactive Walking Tour: Tours at 22:30, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30 and 3:00 p.m.

Website: Good Medicine Productions

Jazz up the Holidays

When: November 30, 2022 (7:00 p.m.)

Where: McConnell Center

Tickets: $35

Details:Celebrating it’s 19th season!
Lisa Ferraro brings her acclaimed Jazz up the Holidays tradition to Ohio!

Website: Jazz up for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

When: November 30, 2022 through December 4, 2022

Where: Southern Theatre

Tickets: Starting at $14

Details: This holiday performance is always festive, heart-warming and totally swingin! Featuring Columbus’s own Stacie Boord!

Website: Home for the Holidays

Cirque Dreams HOLIDAZE

When: December 1 & 2, 2022

Where: Palace Theatre

Tickets: Starting at $33

Details: This annual tradition wraps a whimsical, Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus artistry into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family!

Website: Cirque Dreams HOLIDAZE

Capital University Christmas Festival 2022

When: December 1, 2022- December 4, 2022 (Thursday- Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday)

Where: Mees Hall, Capital University

Tickets: $35 for adults and $20 for students

Details: Featuring the Chapel Choir, Choral Union, Women’s Chorus, The Chordsmen, Philomel and a variety of instrumentalists.

Website: Christmas Festival 2022

White Christmas

When: December 1, 2022- January 1, 2022

Where: Short North Stage

Tickets: Starting at $45

Details: The holidays have always been a special time at Short North Stage and this year features a reimagined, heartwarming classic with Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.

Website: White Christmas

Columbus Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Pops Concert

When: December 2, 2022- December 4, 2022

Where: Ohio Theatre (39  E. State Street)

Tickets: Starting at $20

Details: Holiday magic transforms the historic Ohio Theatre, filling it with beautiful decorations, wonderful music, and seasonal cheer! This holiday performance is one of the season’s most-loved because the holiday songs and carols are all classics you can enjoy too.

Website: Columbus Symphony

The New Albany Ballet Company: The Nutcracker

When: December 2-11, 2022 (Friday, Saturday, Sundays)

Where: The McCoy Center

Tickets: Starting at $18

Details: Each year, over 3,000 people from New Albany and the surrounding communities gather at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts to experience the delightful orchestral sounds, colorful costuming and graceful dancing.

Website: New Albany Nutcracker

Worthington Chorus: Lights, Camera, Christmas

When: December 3, 2022 (1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.)

Where: McConnell Center

Tickets: $10

Details: The Worthington Chorus is so excited for this season’s Christmas show: Lights, Camera, Christmas!  For many of us, the holiday season isn’t complete until we watch our favorite movie or holiday special.  It’s magical how we’re instantly transported back to that holiday feeling when we hear its soundtrack play. Join us and come along on our Christmas movie and music journey!

Website: Worthington Chorus

Dublin Dance Nutcracker

When: December 3, 2022 (11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. )

Where: Abby Theater in Dublin

Tickets: $10

Details: The City of Dublin proudly presents the Dublin Dance Centre and Gymnastic abbreviated production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker.
This production is recommended for all ages. Please note all performances are approximately 90 minutes in length.

Website: Dublin Dance Nutcracker

Columbus Dance Theatre: Hip Hop Nutcracker 

When: December 4, 2022 (7:00 p.m.)

Where: Palace Theater (34 West Broad Street)

Tickets: Tickets start at $62

Details: A new take on the Nutcracker!

Website: Hip Hop Nutcracker

Over The Rhine Acoustic Christmas

When: December 6, 2022

Where: Southern Theater

Tickets: $39

Details:For their 2022 holiday tour, they will lean into harmonies and make an intimate and holy ruckus of Christmas music and tunes from their many records along the way.

Website: Over The Rhine

BalletMet Columbus: The Nutcracker

When: December 8-24, 2022 (mainly Friday-Sunday with afternoon and evening shows)

Where: Ohio Theatre (39 E. State Street)

Tickets: Starting at $52

Details: This spellbinding production invites you inside the earnest and imaginative dreams of young Clara as she journeys with her Nutcracker Prince to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy!

Website: BalletMet

Columbus Children’s Theatre: The Happy Elf

When: December 10-11 December 16-18 and December 21-23, 2022

Where: Lincoln Theater

Tickets: $16-$26

Details: The Happy Elf is a new musical comedy by the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist, Harry Connick, Jr. It features Eubie, the happiest elf at the North Pole, who must spread his Christmas cheer to the residents of Bluesville – where not one person has been nice this year


Fri & Sat. at 7:00 PM

Sat. & Sun. at 2 :00 PM

Additional Performances:

Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 7:00 PM

Thursday, Dec. 23 at 2:00 PM

Website: The Happy Elf

Christine’s Christmas

When: December 10, 2022

Where: Riffe Center

Tickets: See website for ticket pricing

Details: Beautiful concert and auction that Benefits Special Olympics in 2022.

Website: Christine’s Christmas

The Celtic Nutcracker

When: December 10, 2022

Where: Northland Performing Arts Center

Tickets: Tickets on sale soon!

Details: The Celtic Nutcracker retells the classic Nutcracker tale through Irish dance and music, with original choreography.

Website: Celtic Nutcracker

ELF The Musical

When: December 13-18, 2022

Where: Palace Theater

Tickets: Starting at $31

Details: Come see this classic show!

Website: Elf The Musical

Ring in the Season: Mad Men Swinging Holiday Show

When: December 15-17 2022 (7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Where: Bronwynn Theatre at The McConnell Center, Worthington

Tickets: $30

Details: Playing Christmas hits from the great American songbook and 1960’s!

Website: Mad Men Swinging Holiday Show

Suessified Christmas Carol at the Abbey Theater

When: December 15-18, 2022 (1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.)

Where: Abbey Theater

Tickets: $12

Details: A whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets. This tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with if he ever had his way with the story!

Website: Abbey Theater

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

When: December 23, 2022 (3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.)

Where: Nationwide Arena (200 W. Nationwide Blvd.)

Tickets: $49-$79

Details: One of the classic holiday performances you can’t miss this holiday season.

Website: Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Does your family have any favorite holiday performances? We hope you found a show to make an annual holiday tradition! Be sure to read about some of our contributors’ other favorite holiday traditions too!


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