10 best things to do in Greater Cincinnati this week, including Chevelle live

Here are 10 things to do in the Greater Cincinnati region this week:

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is putting on this stage version, back by popular demand, of the beloved animated TV special that debuted 54 years ago. See it at the Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th St., Cincinnati through Dec. 15. For more information, including showtimes and tickets, call 513-232-6220 or visit www.tafttheatre.org.

Holidays in the Highlands Home Tour

This evening event includes a tour of eight historic Middletown homes (plus one church) decked out for the holidays, tasty holiday treats, a trolley ride and a character speaker who’ll tell you more about Middletown history, a history and art display, holiday concert, and a tree lighting. Park at the Oaks Community Church, 103 McKnight Drive, Middletown, on Dec. 8 from 4-8 p.m. Trolleys will take over for the tour. Admission is $15-$35. For more information, visit www.highlandhistoricdistrict.org.

Girls Night Out Pop Up Shop

A slight twist on the usual painting and wine-sipping event. Pick out a surface and palette and paint at your own leisure with no formal instruction (though there will be an artist floating around offering tips). Fuel your creativity with samples of local wines and beers and products from local businesses. Check it out at Pinot’s Palettes, 7334 Tylers Corners Drive, West Chester, on Dec. 9 from 6-8 p.m. Paint surfaces cost $8-$15. For more information, visit the Girls Night Out Pop Up Shop Facebook page.

Jim Brickman

This Grammy-nominated pop pianist who has collaborated with Lady Antebellum and is the best-selling pop artist of all time will perform a hodgepodge of holiday favorites and his own hits. See him at Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Cincinnati, on Dec. 10-11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45-$65. For more information, call 513-977-8838 or visit www.memorialhallotr.com.


Chevelle was one of the most popular hard rock bands of the 2000s. Their last album was 2016’s “The North Corridor.” See them at Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Cincinnati, on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. For more information, call 513-872-8801 or visit www.bogarts.com.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told

This popular annual production is an affectionate send-up of just about every classic Christmas movie, TV show, or play you can think of. Among the lampooned are “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” It’s A Wonderful Life,” “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” “A Christmas Carol,” “The Nutcracker,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and more. See it at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St., Cincinnati, on Dec. 13-29. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Tickets are $30 and up. For more information, call (513) 381-BARD or visit www.cincyshakes.com.

A Christmas Celebration with Merit Company Orchestra & Chorale

This Cincinnati-based arts organization is bringing its 50-piece orchestra, chorale, and children’s choir for an evening of classic and contemporary Christmas music, from “O Holy Night” to Kenny G. See it at the Parrish Auditorium at the Miami University Hamilton, 1601 University Blvd., Hamilton, on Dec. 12-14. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $14-$20. For more information, call 513-529-3200 or visit www.miamioh.edu/boxoffice or the Merit Theatre Company & Orchestra Facebook page.

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops

This Christmas concert features the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, choirs, dancers, costumed characters, Santa, and guest vocalist, Megan Hilty, star of Broadway’s “Wicked” and TV’s “Smash.” See it at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, on Dec. 13-15. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets are $15-$25. For more information, call 513-621-2787 or visit www.cincinnatiarts.org.

“The Gifts of the Magi”

A musical version of the classic Christmas story by O.Henry. A poor married couple’s struggle to find the perfect Christmas gift for one another features one of the biggest surprise endings in literary history. See it at the Middletown Lyric Theatre, 1530 Central Ave., Middletown, on Dec. 13-21, at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturdays, with an additional 4 p.m. show on Dec. 21. Tickets are $18. For more information, visit (513) 425-7140 or visit www.middletownlyric.org.

The Avalons

This vocal quartet will perform popular hits from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. See them at the Sorg Opera House, 57 S. Main St., Middletown, on Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$25. For more information, visit www.sorgoperahouse.org.

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