If you just can’t seem to get into the holiday spirit this year, these stage productions will transform you from Scrooge to Santa in no time. From classic Christmas dramas to modern holiday theatrics, these shows at local theaters will help you get a festive start to the season.
1- Head to the Aronoff Center for the Arts to see Awaited, the retelling of the Christmas story told through an immersive, large-scale production. The cast of over 80 performers will bring this family-friendly performance to life with original music and choreography. As Cincinnati’s largest holiday show, Awaited has become an annual tradition for thousands of families in the area by connecting its audience to the wonder and joy of Christmas. Dec. 20-23, 2 p.m./5 p.m./8 p.m., Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., downtown
2- If you’re looking for a holiday play that’s kid-friendly, check out The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Head to Taft Theatre and get in the Christmas spirit with the live rendition of your favorite TV special. Join the entire Peanuts gang—including Charlie Brown, Linus, and Lucy—to remember what’s truly most important during the holidays. Dec. 7-8 & 13-15, 2 p.m./5 p.m./7:30 p.m., Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., downtown
3- Snack, sip, and giggle while you watch Elf The Musical at La Comedia Dinner Theatre in Springboro. Watch the hilarious holiday movie starring Will Ferrell come to life on stage while you cheer on Buddy the elf as he works to connect with his newly-found family and help New York City re-discover the true meaning of Christmas. Through Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m./5:30 p.m., La Comedia Dinner Theatre, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro
4- The holiday season certainly wouldn’t be the same without seeing A Christmas Carol. Watch Ebenezer Scrooge re-discover the magic of Christmas in the Playhouse in the Park’s version of this classic tale. The production’s festive message, intricate costumes, and special effects help to make the show one of the Playhouse’s most popular productions every year. Through Dec. 29, 2 p.m./7 p.m., Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Eden Park
5- Be sure to grab tickets to see the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!). Watch this fresh take on a classic tale with all of your favorite holiday characters, including Frosty, Rudolph, Charlie Brown, and more. Santa and three actors will cover everything Christmas in only 90 minutes, ensuring you’ll walk out full of joy and laughter after. Dec. 13-29, 2 p.m./7 p.m., Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine