Arts and entertainment picks for December


It never gets old, making a play on words about the Columbus Symphony Orchestra's annual Holiday Pops concerts—referring specifically, of course, to a red-suited, white-bearded fellow nicknamed “Holiday Pops.” With that out of the way, we can focus on the orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Chorus, the Columbus Children's Choir, a cast of professional and student dancers, narrator Steven Crawford and chorus master and conductor Ronald Jenkins, whose magic wand makes the music, and the fun that goes along with it, happen. Check out this Columbus tradition Dec. 1-3 at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets start at $25.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), 614-469-0939,


If the Wexner Center for the Arts' annual “Zoom: Family Film Festival” was just a Saturday morning event where they serve cereal and you came in your pajamas and watched cartoons, it'd be enough. But when you add a deftly curated slate of family-friendly films over three days, the only thing to remember is to change out of PJs for the rest. The weekend opens with local filmmaker Nancy Kangas's “The Preschool Poets: An Animated Film Series.” A variety of ticket packages are available for the Dec. 1-3 event.

Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. (OSU Campus), 614-292-0330,


This holiday season, Columbus Children's Theatre will present artistic director William Goldsmith's “Mr. Scrooge,” a fresh-yet-familiar (and faithful) adaptation of the holiday classic. It runs Nov. 24 to Dec. 23. Tickets are $16-26, $13 on Thursdays.

CATCO is Kids offers up “Madeline's Christmas,” a magical musical based on the Ludwig Bemelmans story, Dec. 8-17. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 children.

Columbus Children's Theatre, 512 Park St. (Arena District), 614-224-6672,

Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave. (Downtown), 614-461-1382,


Few things say “holidays” like a production of the classic Tchaikovsky ballet “The Nutcracker.” And there are plenty of choices for dance fans this season, starting with “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” Dec. 5 at the Palace Theatre, a nightclub-themed adaptation complete with an onstage DJ. Tickets start at $22.

BalletMet Columbus's signature production of the holiday classic will be held Dec. 8-24 at the Ohio Theatre.If you haven't been, make this the year. Tickets start at $29.

Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), 614-469-0939,

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), 614-469-0939,


Hermey, Yukon Cornelius, the Bumble and a certain red-nosed reindeer will come alive in the touring production of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” Dec. 16-17 at the Palace Theatre. Yep, the characters you love and the songs you can sing from memory are off the screen and on the stage in a show that celebrates uniqueness and the misfit in everyone. Tickets start at $27.50.

Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. (Downtown), 614-469-0939,

The Fam Five is arts and entertainment coverage from Jim Fischer at Columbus Alive.