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The Weekend Buckeye List: Dec. 13-15

Discover what Ohio was like in Charles Dickens’ time, listen to the Cleveland Orchestra perform holiday favorites, see one of Broadway’s favorite musicals and more. 

CENTRAL

Celebrate the holidays 19th-century style during Dickens of a Christmas at the Ohio History Center’s Ohio Village Dec. 14 and 15. The revelry features costumed characters, including Ebenezer Scrooge, who describe what life was like during author Charles Dickens’ time, holiday craft and cooking demonstrations, lively carols, mugs of wassail and a visit from Santa. 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus 43211, 800/666-6126, ohiohistory.org


NORTHWEST

Watch Tchaikovsky’s famous score come to life as Toledo Ballet presents its 79th-annual production of The Nutcracker at the Stranahan Theater. Dec. 14 and 15. The dazzling show, with music performed by the Toledo Symphony, features breathtaking scenery, toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes and an appearance by the Sugar Plum Fairy. 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo 43614, 419/246-8000, toledoballet.com


NORTHEAST
Cleveland Orchestra Christmas Concerts (photo by Roger Mastroianni)
Listen to the joyous songs of the season performed by the Cleveland Orchestra amid the splendor of Severance Hall Dec. 14–22 during the ensemble’s annual holiday concerts. The playbill includes opportunities to sing along, as well as performances by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus Chamber and local choral groups. 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44106, 216/231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com


SOUTHEAST

Embrace the ambiance of the holiday season in Marietta Dec. 14 during the town’s annual Holiday Hometown Spectacular celebration at the Peoples Bank Theatre. The show features heartwarming music and dance performances by Marietta and Parkersburg area youth ensembles. 222 Putnam St., Marietta 45750, 740/371-5152, peoplesbanktheatre.com


SOUTHWEST
"Hello Dolly" cast members
Discover why this spectacular production of Hello Dolly! on stage at the Aronoff Center for the Arts through Dec. 15, received four Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival. The acclaimed show, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and original choreography by Gower Champion, features a score that includes “Before the Parade Passes By,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” and the show-stopping title tune. 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati 45202, 513/621-2787, cincinnatiarts.org

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