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Inside 43215: It's the Holiday Season


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Downtown Columbus

The bright lights of downtown shine all year long, but they have a special sparkle during the holiday season. We have a rundown of some special holiday treats you won't want to miss.

Holiday Tours on Capitol Square
Location: Ohio Statehouse
Hours: Now through December 31; Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Admission: No cost
Phone: 614.752.9777
Step back in time with a guided tour of the Ohio Statehouse and see holiday decorations as they were in Victorian times.

Grand Illumination
Location: Bicentennial Park
Hours: December 6 - January 11; dusk to dawn
Admission: No cost
Phone: 614.645.7995
Celebrate the season by strolling along the illuminated Scioto Mile Promenade to Bicentennial Park where visitors can enjoy a stunning holiday light display.

CATCO: A Christmas Carol
Location: Studio One Theatre, Riffe Center
Hours: Now through December 22; Wednesday, 11 a.m.; Thursday - Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Phone: 614.469.0939
This timeless classic gets a merry retelling by the creator of the Tony Award-winning hit The 39 Steps. Five actors portray all the memorable characters, exploring new facets of and breathing new life into the Dickens classic.

BalletMet: The Nutcracker
Location: Ohio Theatre
Hours: December 12 - 24; December 12 - 15, Thursday - Friday, 7:30 p.m., Saturday - Sunday, 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; December 18 - 22, Wednesday - Friday, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; December 23 - 24, Monday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, noon
Admission: 25.00 - 80.00
Phone: 614.229.4860
Don't miss your chance to journey with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince to the Land of the Sugar Plum Fair, a magical world filled with colorful characters.

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra: Messiah Sing-A-Long
Location: Southern Theatre
Hours: December 13, 7 p.m.
Phone: 614.464.0066
Back by popular demand, David Schildkret returns to host a holiday tradition. Come to sing selections from Handel's Messiah with friends, families and church choirs. Orchestra students and area music directions join ProMusica musicians on stage for this joyful community event.

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra: A Classical Holiday
Location: Southern Theatre
Hours: December 15, 7 p.m.
Admission: 10.00 - 49.00
Phone: 614.464.0066
Celebrate the holiday season with an evening of classical works by favorite composers old and new.