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Holiday Plays

A List of Holiday Plays This 2015 Season
With the holidays near, here is a list of a few shows that may get you in the holiday spirit.

Check back soon as we continue to add more shows as the holidays get closer.

  Most Popular Holiday Shows
A Charlie Brown Christmas Nov 14 - Jan 3, 2016  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse A Charlie Brown Christmas
Tis the season to celebrate everyone's favorite Peanuts pals as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again! "And for Charlie Brown, it was truly the merriest Christmas ever."

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A Christmas Carol Nov 14 - Dec 27, 2015  
Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol
Now a beloved Chicago tradition, each year The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman's Carol has been produced for over 35 years, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. With this special pre-sale offer, you have access to great seats before they go on sale to the public.

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It's A Wonderful Life Nov 20 - Dec 27, 2015  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center It's A Wonderful Life
From the original Ensemble that brought this holiday tradition to Chicago since 2002, the American Blues family takes you back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra's holiday classic-It's a Wonderful Life (based on the short story "The Greatest Gift" by Philip Van Doren Stern) with live Foley sound effects, an original score and a critically-acclaimed cast of eight that bring the entire town of Bedford Falls to life. This production that has been called "perfect Christmas theater" and "first-class holiday fare" returns to the Greenhouse Theater Center this season



  Other Holiday Shows
Burning Bluebeard Nov 19 - Jan 10, 2016  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Burning Bluebeard
Inspired by the true story of Chicago's 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire, BURNING BLUEBEARD is the story of six singed clown performers who emerge from the burnt remains of history attempting to perform their spectacular Christmas Pantomime once and for all. But this time, they hope to finally reach the true happy ending of their second act and avoid the fateful fire that killed 600 of its audience members. BURNING BLUEBEARD is a whimsical romp with a sensitive heart, a joyful eulogy with a sharp irreverent wit including music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance. Each night is a vaudevillian delight with a story that excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago's rich history.



A Christmas Carol Nov 20 - Dec 20, 2015  
Quest Theatre Ensemble A Christmas Carol
Quest Theatre Ensemble will bring its visual artistry and immersive theatricality to the Alan Menken-Lynn Ahrens musical version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This version with music by Menken, the multiple Oscar winning composer of Disney musicals Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Newsies; and lyrics by the Tony award-winning lyricist of Ragtime, Seussical and Once on this Island, was a hit for ten consecutive seasons at New York's Madison Square Garden and was later filmed for television in a production starring Kelsey Grammer as Scrooge.



Christmas Dearest Nov 28 - Jan 2, 2016  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Christmas Dearest
T'was the night before Christmas and MGM's biggest star, Miss Joan Crawford, is filming the title role in "Oh Mary," a splashy new musical biography about The Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Poor Joan needs a drink. And a REWRITE! Jesus has all the best lines, the costumes aren't sexy at all, and the guy playing Joseph is a big clumsy oaf! If they will just do it Joan's way maybe she can salvage the picture. Join Handbag as Joan visits her shady past, her appalling present and her eye-popping future - in a tale of glamorous redemption set to music.



The Christmas Schooner Nov 25 - Dec 27, 2015  
Mercury Theater The Christmas Schooner
Your whole family will enjoy this heartwarming story of the first Christmas Tree Ship and the people who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the holiday spirit. Based on the shipwrecked Rouse Simmons, The Christmas Schooner is a powerful, moving story with an exquisite score by Chicago favorites John Reeger (book) and Julie Shannon (music and lyrics). The musical has entertained audiences for hundreds of productions, including a 12-year run at Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory Theatre. Set in the late 19th century, this holiday musical tells the song and dance-filled story of a close-knit group of German immigrants who receive a message from a Chicago-based cousin lamenting the lack of traditional Christmas trees. A shipping captain and his crew then undertake a risky late-season journey across the notoriously violent Lake Michigan to deliver the precious timber to the city, carrying with them a full cargo of holiday hope and joy.

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A Christmas Story - The Musical Nov 25 - Jan 3, 2016  
Paramount Theatre A Christmas Story - The Musical
Who doesn't love nine-year-old Ralphie Parker, a typical boy growing up in 1940s Indiana? With Christmas right around the corner, Ralphie has his bespectacled sights set on one thing - a Red Ryder BB Gun. But at every turn, the young daydreamer hears those five words that are the bane of his existence: "You'll shoot your eye out."



Elf Oct 21 - Dec 31, 2015  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Elf
A modern day holiday classic for the entire family, ELF is the hilarious story of Buddy, a young orphan child, and his quest to reunite with the father he never knew existed. After accidentally crawling into Santa's bag of gifts, Buddy is transported to the North Pole and raised by Santa's workshop of elves. Faced with the reality that he is in fact human, Santa's biggest little helper embarks on a larger-than-life quest to New York City to find his real father and discover his true identity. Along the way, Buddy's indomitable cheer transforms the lives of everyone he encounters and opens his father's eyes to the magic of Christmas. With a jubilant score including songs like "Happy All the Time," "Sparklejollytwinklejingley" and "I'll Believe In You," ELF is sure to have audiences of all ages embracing their inner elf.



Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings Nov 20 - Dec 27, 2015  
Steel Beam Theatre Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings
Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings is a brand-new show that offers the best of Forever Plaid tied-up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top! Filled with Christmas standards that have all been "Plaid-erized," our boys are back to do their Christmas Special. At first they aren't sure why they've returned, but a phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know that they're needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world. A show for the whole family, Plaid Tidings combines favorite tunes from the '50s and '60s with traditional holiday songs and carols, a hilarious tribute to The Ed Sullivan Christmas Spectaculars, and plenty of winning references to the era and its sounds!



Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 6 - Dec 6, 2015  
Rosemont Theatre Great Russian Nutcracker
An authentic Russian Christmas puppet play and Masha's magical toy cabinet are new for 2014 as the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Rosemont for the holiday season. All the wonder and beauty of this stunning production is back as well, with the gorgeous Swarovski crystal-laden costumes, life-sized matrushka dolls, 10-foot tall silk puppets and a special "Dove of Peace" formation, where two dancers become one bird with a 20-foot wingspan. This is your chance to see the award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet perform Olympic-worthy leaps, lifts and pirouettes as they tell the heartwarming tale of Masha meeting her prince.

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HoliDaze Nov 20 - Dec 20, 2015  
Step Up Productions at Athenaeum Theatre HoliDaze
Due to popular demand, Step Up's popular holiday round up returns for its third year! This series of original one-acts showcases the crazy, zany, dysfunctional chaos of the holiday season. Ten talented playwrights and directors put relationships, family and friends in the holiday pressure cooker for an unforgettable evening!



It's a Wonderful Santaland Miracle, Nut Cracking Christmas Story... Jews Welcome! Nov 19 - Dec 27, 2015  
Stage 773 It's a Wonderful Santaland Miracle, Nut Cracking Christmas Story... Jews Welcome!
Directed by Stage 773 Creative Director Brian Posen with choreography by Matter Dance, this family-friendly, interactive show features original Christmas carols, dance numbers, spoken word, puppets and everything in between. Stage 773 puts their own twist on the traditional holiday show, packing the world's most beloved stories and traditions into one extravagant cavalcade. To heighten the holiday spirit, both cookies and non-holiday-specific eggnog will be served.



A Kokandy Christmas Dec 3 - Dec 23, 2015  
Theater Wit A Kokandy Christmas
There's no Christmas like A Kokandy Christmas, a brand new holiday production by the acclaimed resident company of Theater Wit. Featuring five of Chicago's brightest musical theater talents -- Emily Grayson, Christina Hall, Garrett Lutz, Jaymes Osbourne and Sasha Smith -- A Kokandy Christmas is a mix of stories and songs, sprinkled with new musical arrangements of new and old favorites by Michael Potsic and Aaron Benham. Settle in and make yourself at home for a family-sized portion of holiday cheer!

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The Long Christmas Ride Home Oct 30 - Dec 12, 2015  
Strawdog Theatre The Long Christmas Ride Home
Past, present and future collide on a snowy Christmas Eve when a family's car spins out of control following a disastrous holiday dinner. Josh Sobel directs a hauntingly beautiful play by Pulitzer-winner Paula Vogel that deftly charts the personal trajectories that are forever altered by a single, fateful night.



Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical! Dec 3 - Dec 23, 2015  
Chicago Kids Company at Beverly Arts Center Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical!
Theatre for Children (CKC) presents Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical! a one-hour musical adaptation! Chicago Kids Company's Holiday Classic returns for the 16th Year! Our biggest and most colorful show will put you in the Holiday Spirit in no time. Join the new Elf Class of 2014 as they try to find the missing "list" in time for Christmas. The show runs one hour with no intermission, and is targeted for kids aged 2 to 12.



The Nutcracker Nov 6 - Dec 31, 2015  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Nutcracker
The House Theatre of Chicago brings holiday cheer with its fifth annual return of their all-original, family-friendly The Nutcracker. The House's fantastical expansion of this holiday classic centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas. With the help of a magical nutcracker, this brave little girl will fight the Rat King and save her family. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope -- a fun outing fit for the whole family.

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A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol Nov 28 - Jan 3, 2016  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol
A hip-hop holiday treat set to a bangin' beat! CST and Chicago hip-hop sensation the Q Brothers-creators of Othello: The Remix and Funk It Up About Nothin'-have toured around the world, playing to sold-out houses in Edinburgh, Germany, South Korea, Australia and London. Now the team turns up the volume on Charles Dickens' classic tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall and dubstep to epic rock ballads. The Ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present and Future lead Scrooge on a journey filled with rhythm, rhyme and redemption.



Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Dec 18 - Dec 19, 2015  
Rosemont Theatre Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
In 1964, the beloved stop-motion animated television classic, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," made its network television debut delighting audiences across the country. The longest-running and highest-rated television special comes to life, live on stage with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" featuring the world's most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters. Rudolph and friends, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster, help Santa save Christmas during a tour this holiday season.



The Second City's Holidazed and Confused Revue Dec 4 - Dec 20, 2015  
Paramount Theatre The Second City's Holidazed and Confused Revue
Second City's annual holiday engagement in downtown Aurora is a seasonal must-see, thanks to their famous skits, naughty songs and so, so many laughs. The Paramount's 173-seat Copley Theatre - a space so intimate, you're up close and personal with all that Second City fun - is the ideal setting, and convenient too. No need to go to downtown Chicago to experience their funny, festive show - get some eggnog, get out to Aurora and get ready to laugh.



Tidings of Tap! Dec 11 - Dec 13, 2015  
UIC Theatre Tidings of Tap!
Chicago Tap Theatre celebrates the holiday season true to form, choreographing an energetic evening of dance to seasonal standards and lesser known holiday songs in this show for the whole family. Described by the Chicago Tribune as "undeniably charming and wholesome fun," Tidings of Tap! is choreographed by Yonally, Kirsten Uttich, Richard Ashworth and Caleb Teicher and is a performance that captures the spirit of the holidays through joyful noise - celebrating Christmas, Chanukah and the winter season.



Tinsel! The Musical Dec 12 - Dec 27, 2015  
Li'l Buds Theatre Company at No Exit Cafe Tinsel! The Musical
A nearsighted reindeer is stuck living a humdrum life as a clumsy waitress at Frosty the Snowman's diner until her life changes and she becomes a famous recording artist in the family holiday show Tinsel! The Musical. Featuring a unique blend of country, jazz, blues and pop music, Tinsel! is a toe-tapping tale that is perfect for everyone, teaching audience members young and old about the rewards of being true to yourself and following your dreams, no matter how far-fetched they seem.

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The Toy Shoppe Dec 4 - Dec 4, 2015  
McAninch Arts Center The Toy Shoppe
Pop-country music legend Kenny Rogers ("The Gambler," "Islands in the Stream") wagered he could turn a segment from his annual Christmas show into a full-fledged family musical, and now The Toy Shoppe comes to the stage at The Mac, starring Alan Thicke (Growing Pains). Thicke may be best known as an actor, not to mention as the father of pop phenomenon Robin and the star of his own reality show Unusually Thicke, but he has his own set of powerful pipes, and he'll put them to good use in this sweet seasonal story that The New York Times calls "a glorious homespun family delight." Rogers created the story and penned 11 original songs for the show, which is set in a small toy store that's home to lots of holiday magic.

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White Christmas, the Musical Oct 29 - Jan 3, 2016  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook White Christmas, the Musical
Celebrate the holiday season with Irving Berlin's White Christmas, the merry and bright stage production based on the classic silver screen romantic comedy. When two former Army buddies, who are now Broadway performers, follow a sister act booked at a charming Vermont Inn, they soon discover that it is owned by their former commander. With no snow and no customers, the General is nearly bankrupt. To save the lodge, the two acts team up and put on a festive show packed with Irving Berlin favorites like Blue Skies, Count Your Blessings, I Love a Piano, and, of course, White Christmas. White Christmas is joyful entertainment for the entire family and will have audiences dreaming of tree tops glistening and sleigh bells in the snow.