“Rudolph” on stage: A live-action version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” hits the stage at the Connor Palace in Playhouse Square this weekend. The production re-creates the beloved Rankin-Bass special with costumes, projections and puppeteers, including a 12-foot-tall Abominable Snowman. (And for those put off by those calling him names, the show touts its partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.) Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday and tickets are $10-$65 at 216-241-6000 or playhousesquare.org.
Symphony holiday show: Home for the Holidays: Akron Symphony Orchestra presents Home for the Holidays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at E.J. Thomas Hall and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Medina Performing Arts Center. The orchestra will be joined by the Akron Symphony Chorus, Akron Youth Symphony and four young vocalists who won the orchestra’s talent search. Tickets start at $25 at 330-535-8131 or akronsymphony.org.
Christmas-themed haunts: The Factory of Terror in Canton hosts “A Creepy Christmas” Friday and Saturday night with holiday-themed haunts, photo ops and merchandise. Admission is $26.95. For more, visit fotohio.com.
“Nutcracker” in Canton: Canton Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m Sunday at the Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Ave. N., Canton. Tickets are $15-$25 at 330-455-7220 or cantonballet.com.
Irish dance at Civic: Somewhat louder dancing will be offered at the Akron Civic Theatre with "Carol of the King — The Irish Dance Christmas Spectacular" at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-$35 at akroncivic.com or 330-253-2488.