Best Bets for December

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Finish out 2013 with a bang: See what's happening around the city during the month of December.

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

The Columbus Children's Theatre is bringing the holidays into Junie B. Jones' world during this 90-minute show. What will happen when Junie B. picks her rival's name in Secret Santa? You'll have to catch a performance to find out. Shows are 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Performances run through Dec. 22, and the show is suitable for those 4 and up. Tickets cost $11-$22.

Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St. (Arena District), Columbus 43215, 614-224-6672,

Zoom Family Film Festival

It's back! Each year the Wexner Center hosts the Zoom Family Film Festival, and in 2013 Zoom is celebrating its 10th anniversary. From Dec. 5-8, head to the Wex for movies (you can find a full schedule online), family-friendly activities and more. Don't miss the free ice cream from Jeni's on Dec. 7! Tickets are $4 per movie ($3 for members) or $20 for six tickets ($15 for members).

Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. (Campus), Columbus 43201, 614-292-3535,

A Children's Christmas Celebration

Celebrate winter with Vaud-Villities! The performing arts group's holiday celebration is an afternoon of entertainment, crafts, treats, photos with Santa and more. It all takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1-5 p.m. Proceeds for the $5-per-person tickets help support Vaud-Villities' programming. You'll also get five activity tickets with each admission!

Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2070 Ridgecliff Road, Columbus 43221, 614-262-7469,

Elijah's Angel

Columbus-born writer Michael J. Rosen has adapted his book, Elijah's Angel, into a play that is being performed this month by the Gallery Players at the Jewish Community Center. The family-friendly performance tells the story of two people with different backgrounds during the time of Chanukah and Christmas. Show times are Dec. 7, 12 and 14 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 8 and 15 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults ($15 JCC members), $18 seniors ($13 JCC members), and $10 for students and children 18 and younger.

Jewish Community Center, 1125 College Ave., Columbus 43209, 614-231-2731,

BalletMet's The Nutcracker

What's the holiday season without a performance of the beloved classic? BalletMet is once again presenting The Nutcracker, and you'll be able to watch the Sugar Plum Fairy and other characters dance on stage from Dec. 12-24. There are 16 performance dates to choose from (including some afternoon matinees) and tickets begin at $25.

Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. (Downtown), Columbus 43215, 614-229-4848,