For generations, residents of Galion and the surrounding area have made it a tradition to visit Columbus during the holiday season.

Despite changes over the years, with long-standing shopping destinations like Lazarus making way for modern spots like Easton and IKEA, one constant remains: a dazzling array of holiday-themed performances. These events, steeped in music, drama, and holiday cheer, continue to draw crowds, offering a perfect blend of tradition and contemporary entertainment.

Let’s explore some of the most anticipated performances scheduled for this year.

The Magic of Music: Holiday Pops at Ohio Theatre

From December 1-3, the Columbus Symphony’s Holiday Pops concert promises to captivate audiences at the Ohio Theatre. This annual event features the Columbus Children’s Choir, festive sing-alongs, and a visit from Santa. A must-see for music lovers, it’s an event that encapsulates the spirit of the season. Purchase tickets here.

Celebrating Diversity: Holiday! by Columbus Gay Men’s Choir

On December 16-17, the Columbus Gay Men’s Choir will perform Holiday! at the Davidson Theatre. This concert includes a mix of sacred and secular music, promising an evening of joy and inclusivity. Get your tickets for an unforgettable celebration.

Rock the Holidays: Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Nationwide Arena

The holiday festivities continue even after Christmas Day, with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra performing at Nationwide Arena on December 30. Their show, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” combines rock-and-roll with holiday themes for an electrifying experience. Get your ticket and extend your holiday cheer.

Sketch Comedy and Music: Holiday Hoopla at Shadowbox Live

From November 16 to December 23, Shadowbox Live presents Holiday Hoopla, a blend of sketch comedy and music that captures the essence of the holiday hustle and bustle. Tickets available here.

A Ballet Classic: The Nutcracker at Ohio Theatre

BalletMet’s rendition of The Nutcracker, running from December 7-23 at the Ohio Theatre, is a timeless holiday tradition. This magical performance is a staple for many families during the holiday season. Secure your tickets here.

A Circus Holiday: Cirque Dreams at Palace Theatre

On December 22-23, the Palace Theatre hosts Cirque Dreams, combining a Broadway-style musical with contemporary circus artistry. This unique holiday event is perfect for the whole family. Get your tickets.

Magic and Laughter: Miracles & Magic at Lincoln Theatre

Experience a blend of comedy, magic, and illusion at Lincoln Theatre on December 16. Miracles & Magic is a holiday show like no other, offering a variety of entertainers to amaze and amuse. Tickets available here.

A Theatrical Classic: A Christmas Carol at Ohio Theatre

From November 24-26, A Christmas Carol takes the stage at the Ohio Theatre. This new production, in collaboration with Short North Stage and CAPA, breathes fresh life into a beloved holiday story. Get your tickets.

Musical Storytelling: Mr. Scrooge the Musical at Studio One, Riffe Center

Running on weekends from December 1-23, Mr. Scrooge the Musical by the Columbus Children’s Theatre offers a family-friendly adaptation of A Christmas Carol. This one-hour musical is ideal for families looking to enjoy the holiday season together. Get tickets here.

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