See holiday classic on stage: Cleveland Play House's stage version of the much-loved "A Christmas Story" isn't a carbon copy of the movie, and that's a good thing. It hits all your favorite highlights — the Major Award, the flagpole, Scut Farkas, that Red Ryder air rifle — while adding some different wrinkles, including an adult Ralphie on stage who narrates the tale. It runs through Dec. 23 at the Allen Theatre in Playhouse Square. Tickets are $25-$97 at 216-241-6000, www.clevelandplayhouse.com.
Have a magical night: Also at Playhouse Square, “A Magical Cirque Christmas” celebrates the holiday with magic, circus acts and music at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre. Tickets are $10-$85 at 216-241-6000 or www.playhousesquare.org.
Learn about annual bird count: Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count enlists thousands of volunteers every year to observe and report the various species they find, from their backyards to the deep woods. Learn why it got started, how to participate and which birds you’re likely to see from 7-8 p.m. at the Mingo Lodge in Sand Run Metro Park, 1501 Sand Run Parkway, Akron. 330-865-8065.