December Theater Notes


Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah will be sung December 4 at 4 p.m., in Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Boulevard. Famous for the rousing Alleluia Chorus, Handel’s Messiah offers an uplifting musical story in a classically beautiful Toledo landmark. From birth to resurrection, the story of Christ’s life is presented with passion and power. The Toledo Symphony, conducted by Alain Trudel, will provide the music for this holiday classic. For tickets to this special event, contact the Symphony Box Office at 1838 Parkwood Avenue, by calling 419-246-8000 or online at

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker will be presented at The Stranahan Theatre, 4645 Heatherdowns, Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and

Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. The Toledo Ballet and Toledo Symphony Orchestra offer the 82nd production of this magical holiday story while re-introducing the audience to The Nutcracker and The Mouse King with fresh choreography, colorful sets and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Ticket prices begin at $35. For reservations contact the box office at 419-246-8000 or online at

It’s a Wonderful Life

For more than 120 years, The Valentine Theatre has offered entertainment in an elegant, warm setting. Their Classic Film Series (only $5, with fresh popcorn available) offers cherished classic films, including It’s a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart, showing December 16, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. and December 18 at 2 p.m. January 6, warm up your vocal cords for a sing- along version of Hairspray for a truly fun experience. Dates or times may be adjusted so check the website for information.