COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — From “Elf The Musical” and “The Nutcracker” to the Blue Jackets, there’s no shortage of things to do this weekend in central Ohio.

Ohio Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic: Dec. 17
A showcase of the top high school boys’ basketball teams.
Nationwide Arena – 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. Tickets. 11 a.m.

“Beaus and Belles” by the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus: Dec. 17-18
The chorus will be performing traditional and popular holiday music.
Riffe Center’s Davidson Theatre – 77 S. High St. Tickets. Times vary.

Elf The Musical: Through Dec. 18
The 2003 movie comes to life in this touring production. Learn more here.
Palace Theatre – 34 W. Broad St. Tickets. Times vary.

Blue Jackets vs. Stars: Dec. 19
The Columbus Blue Jackets face the Dallas Stars.
Nationwide Arena – 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. Tickets. 7 p.m.

“The Nutcracker:” Through Dec. 24
The holiday tradition attracting thousands of central Ohioans returns this week, featuring more than 180 Columbus dance students. Learn more here.
Ohio Theatre – 39 E. State St. Tickets. Times vary.

Photos with Santa: Through Dec. 24
Santa Claus is now meeting with families at Easton Town Center and Polaris Fashion Place.
Polaris – 1500 Polaris Pkwy. Details. Easton – 160 Easton Town Center. Details

Wildlights: Through Jan. 1
Wildlights return at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium with millions of LED lights. Learn more here.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium – 4850 W. Powell Rd. Details. 5 p.m.

Conservatory Aglow and Holiday Blooms: Through Jan. 8 
Conservatory Aglow and Holiday Blooms are open at the conservatory running through the new year. Learn more here.
Franklin Park Conservatory – 1777 E. Broad St. Details. Times vary.

Holiday concerts and shows
A number of concerts, performances, and shows celebrating the holiday season are taking place throughout central Ohio this December. Find additional shows here

Holiday light displays in central Ohio
Light displays are popping up across central Ohio as the holiday season draws near. Find your local lights here.

For more events, view NBC4’s community calendar.