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

Hershel and The Hanukkah Goblins

When: November 27-December 12, 2021

Where: Riffe Center

Tickets: $25 for adults and $15 for children

Details: Legendary folk hero Hershel of Ostropol saves Hanukkah in this stage adaptation of the award-winning children’s book by Eric Kimmel. Will Hershel’s wit, wisdom, and delightful sense of humor be enough to outsmart the goblins, allowing the villagers to celebrate Hanukkah once again?

Website: Hershel and The Hanukkah

Home for the Holidays

When: December 1, 2021 through December 4, 2021

Where: Southern Theatre

Tickets: Starting at $14. Live streaming also available for $20.

Details: This holiday performance is always festive, heart-warming and totally swingin! Featuring Vanessa Campagna!

Website: Home for the Holidays

Capital University Christmas Festival 2021

When: December 2, 2021- December 5, 2021 (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 2021

Columbus Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Pops Concert

When: December 3, 2021- December 5, 2021

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

Manheim Steamroller Christmas

When: December 3, 2021

Where: Palace Theater

Tickets: Starting at $39

Details: You won’t want to miss this musical performance!

Website: Manheim Steamroller Christmas

The New Albany Ballet Company: The Nutcracker

When: December 3-12, 2021 (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

Columbus Dance Theatre: Hip Hop Nutcracker 

When: December 4, 2021 (8:00 p.m.)

Where: Palace Theater (34 West Broad Street)

Tickets: Tickets start at $26.50

Details: A new take on the Nutcracker!

Website: Hip Hop Nutcracker

Ring in the Season: Mad Men Swinging Holiday Show 2021

When: December 9-11 2021 (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

Columbus Children’s Theatre: A Christmas Story

When: December 10-December 23, 2021

Where: Lincoln Theater

Tickets: $16-$26



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: Christmas Story

BalletMet Columbus: The Nutcracker

When: December 10-26, 2021 (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

Christine’s Christmas

When: December 11, 2021

Where: Riffe Center

Tickets: See website for ticket pricing

Details: Beautiful concert and auction that Benefits Make a Wish.

Website: Christine’s Christmas

The Land of Forgotten Toys at the Abbey Theater

When: December 16 and 17, 2021 (1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.)

Where: Abbey Theater

Tickets: $10

Details: A multi-generational Central Ohio premiere. Sometimes a great adventure leads you back home!

Website: Abbey Theater

The Celtic Nutcracker

When: December 18, 2021

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

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

When: December 26, 2021 (3:00 p.m. and 8:00 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

Good Medicine Productions: Uptown Scrooge

When: Back in 2022!

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

Tickets: $10 for children and students; $22 for adult

Details: Interactive Walking Tour

Website: Good Medicine Productions

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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