Catch a show: It's a big night for theater, with four shows opening on area stages:
• Great Lakes Theater marks its 30th annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” The show runs through Dec. 23 at Playhouse Square’s Ohio Theatre. Tickets are $15-$75 at 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
• Rubber City Theatre’s version of the Dickens classic also continues through Dec. 23, at the Black Box at Fort Romig, 2207 Romig Road, Akron. Tickets are $10-$25 at 234-252-0272. rubbercitytheatre.com/
• Barberton’s Magical Theatre Company’s version of “Prancer,” based on the film about a girl who helps an injured reindeer, runs through Dec. 16. The family-friendly theater is at 565 W. Tuscarawas Ave., and tickets are $15-$17 at 330-848-3708, magicaltheatre.org.
• Another play drawn from a film, “Shakespeare in Love,” takes the stage at Ohio Shakespeare Festival in Akron’s Greystone Hall, 103 S. High St. It continues through Dec. 16 and tickets are $15-$33 at showclix.com/event/shakespeare-in-love.
Shop till you drop: The Christmas Arts and Crafts Show runs Friday through Sunday at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron, featuring more than 100 crafters. Admission is $5, $4.50 seniors. uakron.edu/ej/events/.
Add some libations: More gift ideas will be available at the Holiday Market on the Farm from 3 to 7 p.m. at Hale Farm & Village. It offers vendors, shopping at the MarketPlace and Ohio-themed wine and beer tastings. The event is free, but note the museum is not open. Hale Farm is on Oak Hill Road in Bath Township. wrhs.org/plan-your-visit/hale-farm/.