Brian’s picks: Entertainment suggestions from the area’s activities calendar

Certainly it will be great to see all the lighted floats at the return of the Columbus Festival of Lights Parade at 6 p.m. Saturday along Washington Street downtown. But I consider it just as enjoyable watching the faces of excited youngsters craning their neck to catch a glimpse of Santa or The Grinch, as shown here in 2021, at the free, mile-long event. Columbus Parks and Recreation Department’s family-oriented activities begin at noon that day at The Commons, 300 Washington St. Plus, fireworks follow this year. Information:

The last time that Dancers Studio Inc. performed “The Nutcracker” to live music from the Columbus Symphony Orchestra 21 years ago, the performance earned its share of applause and area acclaim. Now, the local nonprofit studio is teaming with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic for full performances of the classical ballet that leaps headlong into holiday nostalgia. Shows are slated at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at Judson Erne Auditorium, 1400 25th St. in Columbus. Information:

Passion for Acting Theatre Company is reviving a readers theater show that has been an audience favorite the past decade: Joe Landry’s comic “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” for a dinner theater presentation at Willow Leaves of Hope Dec 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17. You can reconnect with George Bailey and his family & friends in this heartwarming holiday classic. Reservations: 812-341-7251.

The Republic staff writer Brian Blair can be reached at [email protected].