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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Arguably the forerunners of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller achieved multi-platinum success in the 1980s with its modern, synth-pop takes on popular Christmas carols. This show will combine the band's Christmas music and its early "Fresh Aire" compositions. See them at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $38.50-$78.50. For more information, call 513-621-2787 or visit www.cincinnatiarts.org.
Christmas with Jennifer Nettles
Jennifer Nettles, one-half of the popular country duo Sugarland, has released three solo albums, the latest being 2016's "To Celebrate Christmas." She will be performing songs from that album as well as other holiday favorites at the Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th St., Cincinnati, on Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $33.50-$64.50. For more information, call 513-232-6220 or visit www.tafttheatre.org.
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This popular hard rock band is known for its radio hits, "Fine Again," "Broken," "Remedy," "Words As Weapons," and others. It released its seventh album, "Poison the Parish," last May. Seether is headlining the 96 Rocks Mistletoe Rock Show, a bill that also includes Shaman's Harvest and the Dead Deads. See them at the Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th St., Cincinnati, on Dec. 20 at 6:50 p.m. Tickets are $29.50-$75. For more information, call 513-232-6220 or visit www.tafttheatre.org.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
Last year, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra celebrated its 20th anniversary by recreating the 1999 TV special, "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve," for the stage. Last April, TSO co-founder Paul O'Neill, passed away prematurely. At the time of his passing, O'Neill was working on a fresh vision for the "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" stage show. The remaining members of TSO will bring that vision to life at the U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati, on Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $40-$76. For more information, call 513-421-4111 or visit www.usbankarena.com.
A Very Merry Pipsqueak Christmas
TCT On Tour, a division of the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati, will perform a show called "Celebrate the Season," which commemorates the history of festivities at this time of year, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah or Kwanzaa. There will also be ornament- and cookie-decorating, a visit from Santa and his elves, and letters to Santa's workshop. Check it out at the 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road, Cincinnati, on Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $8. Children 2 and younger are admitted free. For more information, call (513) 731-8000 or visit www.the20thcenturytheatre.com.
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Insane Clown Posse
If you’re in the mood for a little holiday counter-programming, you might consider spending an evening with these notorious vulgarians. ICP is set to release “Fearless Fred Fury,” the fourth album in their second Joker’s Card Deck (and 15th overall) in 2018. See them at The Venue Cincinnati – Mason, 9980 Kings Automall Drive, Mason, on Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. For more information, call 513-239-5009 or visit www.thevenuecincinnati.com.
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)
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. 21-31. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays (except Christmas Eve). Tickets are $38. For more information, call (513) 381-BARD or visit www.cincyshakes.com.
Thunderstruck: Tribute to AC/DC
With the passing of rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young and the retirement of longtime vocalist Brian Johnson, AC/DC has joined the growing list of classic rock bands you can only experience live through a tribute band, one that's dedicated to recreating the band's sound, vibe, look and stageshow. Thunderstruck is a national touring act. See them at Bogart's, 2621 Vine St., Cincinnati, on Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 513-872-8801 or visit www.bogarts.com.