Ballet Met's The Nutcracker

Ballet Met's The Nutcracker

This post is part three in a four part series about the holiday season in Columbus. Check out part one here , about craft shows and shopping fairs, or part two here , about holiday light displays. And stay tuned for part four later this week, where we'll share what’s happening for the holidays at some of Columbus’ favorite attractions.

There’s something about the holiday season that makes me want to get dressed up and go out. Luckily December has no shortage of holiday-themed performances that fit the bill, including theater, music and performing arts. Since many are annual events, you have the opportunity to revisit an old favorite, begin a new tradition, or do both (it is the holidays, after all). But, don’t take too long to decide — some of these won’t be around long:

Shadowbox Live: Holiday Hoopla XIX Now in its 19th year, this show pokes fun at our desire to make the holidays perfect. It features rockin' seasonal tunes from house band BillWho?, and the hilarious musical send-up The Santa Babies.

Where: Shadowbox Live, Easton Town Center When: Nov. 18-Dec. 30; Wed.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (No shows Dec. 24-25) Admission: $30; $20 for students, seniors and active military

More information is available here .

Holiday Choir Performances Free lunch-time concerts from Ohio musical groups. Musical performances are scheduled each weekday in the Crypt of the Ohio Statehouse.

Where: Ohio Statehouse When: Nov. 29 – Dec. 17; Mon.-Fri., noon-1 p.m. How much: FREE

More information is available here .

CATCO: The Santaland Diaries Written by David Sedaris, NPR commentator and one of America's leading humorists, this play is a hilarious account of Sedaris' experiences working as the least-jolly department store elf. You can check out Ben's review of the show from last year here .

Where: Studio Three, Riffe Center When: Dec. 2-26; Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. How much: $38.25

More information is available here .

Jazz On The Avenue: Holiday Jazz Cabaret Enjoy jazz greats Mary McClendon, Jeanette Williams and Dwight Lenox as they bring a vibrant, festive collection of jazzy holiday tunes, ranging from dynamic to nostalgic.

Where: The King Arts Complex When: Dec. 4, 7 p.m. How much: $25

More information is available here .

CAPA: Dave Koz & Friends - A Smooth Jazz Christmas 2010 Listen as this foursome joins together on a variety of holiday standards for a high-energy, soul-inspiring show the whole family will love.

Where: Palace Theatre When: Dec. 5, 7 p.m. How much: $27.50-$62.50

More information is available here .

A Rockapella Holiday Unique a cappella renditions of holiday tunes.

Where: Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center When: Dec. 7, 6:45 p.m. How much: $29-$35

More information is available here .

Available Light Theatre: ConAm's Annual Xmas Spectacular With no time to prepare, and only a stubborn stage-hand to help him through it, Artie Isaac tells a very Jew-ish version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol and faces down the ultimate December Dilemma.

Where: Studio Two, Riffe Center When: Dec. 8-12; Wed.-Thur., 7 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. How much: Pay what you want at the door, or secure a seat in advance by purchasing a sponsorship.

More information is available here .

BalletMet: The Nutcracker Presented to 25,000+ people each year at the Ohio Theatre, this production is one of Columbus' premiere holiday events. With extravagant sets and costumes, an endearing story, a beloved musical score, and exciting choreography, this is great for all ages.

Where: Ohio Theatre When: Dec. 10-26; Matinee and evening shows available How much: $30-$69

More information, and a schedule of performance dates and times, is available here .

New Albany Symphony: Holiday Spectacular Featured in such films as Babe, Charlotte's Web and Fantasia, this symphonic masterpiece—for two pianos and an orchestra—is a picturesque joy for all ages.

Where: Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts When: Dec. 19, 3-5 p.m. How much: $12-$22

More information is available here .

Opera Columbus: Holiday Performance Join Opera Columbus at Franklin Park Conservatory as they offer up some holiday and opera favorites just in time for the holidays.

Where: Franklin Park Conservatory When: Dec. 22, 6:15-7:45 p.m. How much: Adults, $11; Seniors, $9; Children (3-17), $6; Children (2 and under), free

More information is available here .