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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

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The Nutcracker Dec 4 - Dec 27, 2015  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Since premiering in 1987, Joffrey Ballet's production of The Nutcracker has become America's favorite Nutcracker, touring coast to coast more than any other. This beloved holiday masterpiece for the whole family features the entire ballet company, plus local children's choruses, young dancers and the Chicago Philharmonic performing Tchaikovsky's famous score live. It's the magical tale of young Clara, whose Christmas gift of a nutcracker comes to life and brings her to a fantastic winter wonderland. With larger-than-life scenery and entertaining storytelling, Joffrey's performance is an evening of pure enchantment and a glorious holiday tradition.

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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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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose Dec 9 - Jan 3, 2016  
Raven Theatre Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose
 
When the world's greatest detective finds a stolen gem inside a Christmas goose, he and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson set off on one of their patented adventures in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose. A stage adaptation of one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most popular stories -- "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" -- this hour-long comedy-mystery is a charming holiday whodunit that follows the famous duo as they attempt to track down the mystery in Yuletide London. Beloved for its closing sing-along and festive live accompaniment, this ever-popular show returns for its annual engagement at Raven Theatre with a new selection of songs and dances.

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  Other Holiday Shows
The Annoyance Christmas Pageant Nov 6 - Dec 20, 2015  
Annoyance Theatre The Annoyance Christmas Pageant
 
The Annoyance Theatre presents its annual Christmas Pageant, featuring a retelling of two classic holiday stories: A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The all-new cast gives these classic holiday television specials a hilarious spin, all the while keeping them appropriate for little ones' eyes and ears. In the first redux, poor Charlie Brown searches for the true meaning of Christmas while enduring the commercialization of the season and insults from the acid tongue of Lucy van Pelt. Then, it's on to the adventures of Rudolph the freakishly red-nosed reindeer, who runs away from home with his friend Hermie. The pair discover the island of misfit toys and the terrible Abominable Snowman and ultimately learn that it's okay to be different.

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Barney the Elf Dec 2 - Dec 20, 2015  
The Other Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Barney the Elf
 
Yando Lopez and Chicago drag queen sensation Dixie Lynn Cartwright star in this musical parody of Elf. After Santa Claus retires, his wicked son begins a not-so-jolly reign as the new head of Christmas. The North Pole begins to crumble under his bigoted rule, and Barney the Elf is forced to leave his home for being different from the others. Soon he embarks on a fabulous journey of self-discovery (or is it elf-discovery?) that lands him in one of Chicago's hottest drag bars. But can he truly leave Christmas behind for a new life in the big city? Barney the Elf brings musical numbers galore and plenty of queer holiday cheer to Chicago's Greenhouse Theatre Center.

 

 

   
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Nov 28 - Dec 20, 2015  
Provision Theater Company The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
 
The first book in Barbara Robinson's popular Herdmans series, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, introduced the world to the six "worst kids in the world." This hilarious and heartwarming comedy, adapted for the stage by Robinson herself, follows the delinquent Herdman children, who attend church for the first time because they're told there will be snacks. Over the rest of the town's objections, the ne'er-do-wells are cast in the Christmas play -- a sure-fire recipe for disaster. A song-filled celebration of the holiday season's transformative power, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is delightful time for the whole family.

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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.

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A Carpenters' Christmas Dec 8 - Dec 8, 2015  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Carpenters' Christmas
 
While The Carpenters are known for over a dozen chart topping hits, they also won over their fans with their Christmas celebrations. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock and her 6-piece backing band are keeping The Carpenters' holiday traditions alive and bringing their unforgettable Christmas songs to the stage. Based on the music of The Carpenters' two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, and featuring "Merry Christmas Darling" and the jazzy "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," it's a holiday concert that spreads joy and cheer to all.

 

 

   
Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night Nov 27 - Jan 3, 2016  
Royal George Theatre Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night
 
In this interactive comedy, audience members play bingo while also answering questions about Christmas traditions, the origin of St. Nick, where do candy canes come from, miracles in the Bible . . . and the funniest true and false quiz about St. Nick and the Baby Jesus you'll ever find. Add to that a box of wacky prizes, fun bingo cards, and a lot of Catholic humor.

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A Christmas Carol Nov 18 - Dec 23, 2015  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook A Christmas Carol
 
The New York Times hailed A CHRISTMAS CAROL as "Enduring and endearing holiday entertainment!" and The Washington Post raves it is "Infectiously jolly!" Set in Victorian-era London, A CHRISTMAS CAROL tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who receives a Christmas Eve visit from the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley, warning him to mend his ways. During the night, three spirits appear before Scrooge showing him visions of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future to reveal the results of his selfish life. Scrooge promises to redeem himself and vows to honor the spirit of Christmas with all his heart, spreading good cheer, kindness and generosity to everyone he encounters.

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A Christmas Carol Nov 28 - Dec 24, 2015  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Christmas Carol
 
A timeless holiday favorite, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol returns in the Metropolis' annual production, which has been delighting audiences since 2001. Join Scrooge, Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a variety of colorful characters as they help misguided miser Ebenezer Scrooge discover love, joy and the true meaning of Christmas. The production features an adaptation of Dickens' classic by resident playwright Scott Woldman with musical arrangements by Micky York. York directs a cast of mainly local actors as well as Jerry Miller as Ebenezer Scrooge.

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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.

 

 

   
A Christmas Carol: an Evening of Dickensian Delights Nov 19 - Dec 20, 2015  
Dream Theatre A Christmas Carol: an Evening of Dickensian Delights
 
Dream Theatre Company invites you to join us for A Christmas Carol: An Evening of Dickensian Delights, a uniquely intimate and immersive presentation of this holiday classic. The moment you enter our lobby, you will be transported to a Christmas of Dickens' time, filled with the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Victorian holiday season. The decorations and Christmas music, hot cider and homemade sweets are all included with the price of admission. Come early and enjoy the festive atmosphere, then share the journey with Scrooge as he is led by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to examine his life and learn that it's never too late to change! Presented in Dickens' own rich language by three actors portraying all of the characters with the help of a few simple costume changes -- and some special effects -- Rachel Martindale's adaptation is one and one quarter hours long without intermission. Let our family welcome you and yours to a special Christmas celebration featuring this very personal retelling of Dickens' timeless tale.

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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.

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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."

 

 

   
A Christmas Story Nov 19 - Dec 27, 2015  
Theatre At The Center A Christmas Story
 
Set in Northwest Indiana in the 1940's, A Christmas Story chronicles bespectacled nine-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest to get his dream Christmas gift - 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!" Despite the skepticism, Ralphie won't be deterred and will do whatever it takes-mounting a hint-dropping, Santa-begging campaign and enduring a slew of calamities-to make sure he receives his prized gift on Christmas morning. A wistful look into middle-class American life and a tribute to the elusive magic of Christmas, A Christmas Story is a heartwarming family tradition.

 

 

   
Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular Dec 12 - Dec 12, 2015  
Rosemont Theatre Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular
 
Combining some of the world's greatest circus performers with a live symphony orchestra, Cirque Musica transforms its one-of-a-kind show into a winter wonderland spectacular. Set to a program of favorite holiday songs, these veteran performers of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cirque du Soleil perform amazing feats of athleticism and grace. Soaring aerialists and acrobats defy gravity while strongmen and jugglers pull off the impossible. Not your typical Christmas show, the Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular is sure to get you in the Yultetide spirit while giving you a unique and entertaining experience. Catch all the high-flying fun at the Rosemont Theatre.

 

 

   
Clara and the Nutcracker Nov 6 - Dec 20, 2015  
Piccolo Theatre Clara and the Nutcracker
 
You won't find any tutus or graceful ballet leaps in this light-hearted adaptation of the Nutcracker. You will experience the magic of the original fairy tale, plus loads of laughter. Piccolo Theatre's Clara & the Nutcracker is performed panto-style -- a British holiday theater tradition -- and you can expect lots of physical humor, audience participation, prat falls, goofy songs, memorable characters and sub-par "ballet" dancing. Join Clara and her two uncles Fritz and Drosselmeyer as they journey to the Land of Sweets on an amazing adventure. Along the way, you'll encounter the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince while saving Princess Marie from the Rat King and his bumbling cronies.

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The Eight Reindeer Monologues Dec 9 - Dec 27, 2015  
Foundlings Theatre Company at City Lit Theater The Eight Reindeer Monologues
 
In this wickedly dark comedy, scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa's eight tiny reindeer accuses him of ungentlemanly conduct. As mass media descends upon the event, the other members of the team demand to have their say, and a horrific tale of corruption and perversion emerges, which seems to implicate everyone from the littlest elf to the tainted Saint himself. Director Cheryl Snodgrass, (one of the original producer/directors in 1994 -Madison WI- and The Reader's Critic's Choice in the 1996 Chicago remount) returns to this show's helm as The Eight continues to be politically relevant even after 21 years. Not for the faint of heart or those easily offended. Or children.

 

 

   
EL Stories: Holiday Train Nov 28 - Jan 9, 2016  
The Greenhouse Theater Center EL Stories: Holiday Train
 
EL Stories: Holiday Train is the seasonal variation of the long-running hit show about harrowing, hair-raising and hilarious true stories of Chicago train and bus experiences. Based on interviews with Windy City citizens from various backgrounds and neighborhoods, this show isn't just a collection of funny mass transit stories performed live -- it's a look at the way the people of Chicago interact as a community, particularly during the holidays. Just like every EL Stories show, each performance of Holiday Train features an audience volunteer's story performed live.

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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!

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The Great Annoyance Melodrama and Vaudeville Holiday Revue Nov 29 - Dec 27, 2015  
Annoyance Theatre The Great Annoyance Melodrama and Vaudeville Holiday Revue
 
"The Great Annoyance Melodrama and Vaudeville Holiday Revue" presents a seasonal comedy show packed full of talent, excitement and the worst gingerbread cookies in the world. In a theater experience straight out of yesteryear, the assembled cast puts on a melodrama titled "The 12 Games of Christmas" or "How a Town Pined for a Tree." The story is of Carol Christmas, a brave park ranger who must protect the largest Christmas tree in the nation against her resort owning nemesis who has set out to destroy it. While the action unfolds, the vaudevillian players tap dance, tell jokes and profess their love to classic Holiday characters...in song! "The Great Annoyance Melodrama and Vaudeville Holiday Revue" is full of pratfalls, music, running gags, and dancing guys and gals. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll boo, you'll cheer at high-drama thrills and the winter chills.

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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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Happy Holly-daze - A Drinking Game Performance Dec 4 - Dec 19, 2015  
Cornservatory Happy Holly-daze - A Drinking Game Performance
 
It's the most wonderful time for a beer at Corn Productions as we present Happy Holly-daze: A Drinking Game Performance. Now in its fourth year, the beloved holiday show blends original sketch comedy and drinking games... with a twist of holiday cheer. The Rockettes ain't got nothin' on this BYOB holiday blowout! Get blitzed with Blitzen. Rowdy with Rudolph. Drunk with... Santa. Make this a December to vaguely remember.

 

 

   
Hellcab Nov 6 - Jan 10, 2016  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage Hellcab
 
For the fourth consecutive season, Profiles remounts its acclaimed production of Will Kern's Hellcab for the holidays. During the longest night of his life, a cab driver transports a bizarre and mysterious array of customers through the gritty streets of Chicago. Kern draws from personal experience as a former cabbie to create this alternately frightening, hilarious and poignant journey. Throughout his long shift, the eclectic collection of passengers includes a trio of drug-addicts, a born-again couple, a smug lawyer, and a randy duo on their way to a motel. Set during a bitter cold Christmas Eve, Hellcab presents a rear-view image mirroring the passing parade of humanity.

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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!

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It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Nov 19 - Dec 20, 2015  
Oil Lamp Theater It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
 
Watching It's a Wonderful Life each year has become a beloved holiday tradition. So what better way to kick off the season than to see this old favorite in a whole new way -- live on stage at the Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview! This show-within-a-show transports you back to Studio A at WBFR Radio on December 24, 1946, where a cast of actors prepares to present It's a Wonderful Life live to a studio audience. Aided by a sound-effects artist, the ensemble re-enacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who's given up on his dreams and is considering ending it all on Christmas Eve. A guardian angel intervenes and shows him the many lives he's touched throughout the years without even realizing it in this classic holiday tale that remains as powerful -- and as heartwarming -- as ever.

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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.

 

 

   
It's Christmas, Goddamnit Nov 21 - Dec 26, 2015  
Annoyance Theatre It's Christmas, Goddamnit
 
If you're sick of all the good cheer and warm-and-fuzzy holiday shows, The Annoyance Theatre has the antidote: It's Christmas, Goddamnit, a comedy about one majorly dysfunctional family coming together for the holidays. But this is no run-of-the-mill miserable family gathering. Along with the traditional passive-aggressive silences and sniping, Dad has surprising news: he's having an affair with the next-door neighbor. The plot thickens when a loathed uncle is accidentally killed by the son of Dad's sweetheart, and the family reunion quickly devolves into a hilariously disastrous Christmas Eve.

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Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol Dec 10 - Dec 13, 2015  
Organic Theater Company at Meiley-Swallow Hall Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
 
Everybody knows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's miraculous redemption, but what about his late business partner, Jacob Marley? Marley, after all, was the ghost responsible for the old miser's transformation, so isn't it time he got a little recognition? In the funny and heartwarming Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, he does. Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He's even given his own private tormentor: a malicious sprite who thoroughly enjoys her work. To escape his own bonds, Marley must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge's heart is opened -- but not before Marley discovers his own. This is the eighth annual production of Tom Mula's adaptation of Dickens' classic at Naperville's Meiley-Swallow Theatre.

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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.

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Maul Santa Dec 4 - Dec 19, 2015  
The Public House Theatre Maul Santa
 
Christmas is in danger! After 1,000 years of marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Claus' relationship is on the rocks. As their tension boils over during one of their routine mall stops, a zombie invasion breaks out, threatening to destroy the holiday season. Can Mr. and Mrs. Claus work past their differences to save not only Christmas but life as we know it Will they mend their fractured relationship before humanity is doomed? Time to get locked and loaded for this action packed Zombie Rock Musical!

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Merry Christmas, Mulch Pile! Dec 3 - Dec 6, 2015  
Mercy Street Theatre at Hairpin Arts Center Merry Christmas, Mulch Pile!
 
Santa Claus is done with Christmas. No more gifts, no more carols, no more cheer. While on his final sweep of the globe, Saint Nick befriends Laura, a young trans woman just coming to terms with her identity. Santa hides while Laura struggles to be seen as they search for the thing between selfish and selfless.

 

 

   
Miracle on 34th Street Nov 27 - Dec 19, 2015  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Miracle on 34th Street
 
It's that time of year again and we are celebrating the season with our production of Miracle on 34th Street. The play is based on the beloved 1947 film original and adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies.

 

 

   
Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play Dec 3 - Dec 20, 2015  
The Artistic Home Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play
 
Delivered as an old-time radio play, complete with onstage sound effects, Miracle on 34th Street is perfect for families looking for a fun outing that captures the spirit of the season. Full of laughs, holiday magic and music, Miracle on 34th Street tells the story of a department store Santa who claims to be the one and only Kris Kringle. Can he prove to the world that Santa is real while making one-little girl's dreams come true?

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Moot Pulk and It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Menopause Dec 2 - Dec 23, 2015  
(re)discover theatre at The Den Theatre Moot Pulk and It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Menopause
 
(re)discover theatre presents a double feature of two different and complimentary holiday acts, that grow from endearing to uproarious!

 

 

   
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 Dec 19 - Dec 20, 2015  
McAninch Arts Center The Nutcracker
 
With eye-popping costumes, stirring choreography and Tchaikovsky's timeless score played by the New Philharmonic Orchestra, Von Heidecke's Chicago Festival Ballet's production of The Nutcracker will enchant the entire family. This annual holiday ballet tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll one Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. McAninch Arts Center is the perfect place to experience this much-beloved ballet that always dazzles with its battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy.

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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.

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A Rocky Mountain Christmas Nov 30 - Nov 30, 2015  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Rocky Mountain Christmas
 
A family holiday tradition comes to life in A Rocky Mountain Christmas as Jim Curry performs the music from John Denver's many Christmas Music collections. Memorable melodies that speak to the heart of the holidays like "Silver Bells," "Silent Night," and "O Holy Night," along with John's own "Christmas for Cowboys," "Noel, Christmas Eve," "Aspenglow," and "The Peace Carol." Enjoy these songs along with John's all-time hits like "Rocky Mountain High," "Sunshine On My Shoulders," and "Back Home Again," as Jim Curry and his band perform in this heart-felt seasonal show.

 

 

   
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.

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The Santaland Diaries Nov 20 - Dec 27, 2015  
Theater Wit The Santaland Diaries
 
Don't miss this antidote to Christmas cheer. A celebration of the desperation of unemployment, the insanity of Christmas shopping and the ineffable "cheer" of the holiday spirit. David Sedaris' beloved account of his time in the trenches as an Elf at Macy's during the holiday season has been called the "24 funniest pages ever written in the English language."

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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.

 

 

   
The Second City's Holidazed Dec 11 - Dec 31, 2015  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The Second City's Holidazed
 
Hear that? Yes, it's the sound of bells a-jingling already. Next thing you know dreidels are spinning and pumpkin-spiced everything is everywhere. Now your family is in town, you're numbed to frosty snowmen and Black Friday bargains...and it's not even December! Thankfully The Second City is here with the perfect upheaval of your holiday malaise: Holidazed bursts the monotony of the season with a riotous send-up of all things holiday. Put your turkey baster down and bring the whole family to laugh until your cheeks flush with ho-ho-holidazed joy!

 

 

   
Steampunk Christmas Carol Dec 3 - Dec 6, 2015  
Pendulum Theater Space Steampunk Christmas Carol
 
Charles Dickens meets Jules Verne ("the Father of Science Fiction") in EDGE Theater and Steampunk Chicago's inventive reimagining of the classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol. Set in fanciful Victorian England, mechanized ghosts tell of the fate of a world without Christmas. In this land of industry, populated with strange machines powered by gas, gears and electricity, Scrooge comes to realize that the best investment man can make is in mankind. Witness the revolution of a soul when Jared McDaris' Steampunk Christmas Carol swings into Chicago's Pendulum Space.

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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.

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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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Twas The Fight Before Christmas Dec 4 - Dec 5, 2015  
Robert Frosty Theatre Company at Gorilla Tango Theatre Twas The Fight Before Christmas
 
Tired of your typical, old, Christmas stories? Looking to liven up your holidays? 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas takes all your favorite Christmas tales like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman and throws them in a world where carnage and bad puns reign supreme!

 

 

   
Twist Your Dickens Dec 4 - Jan 2, 2016  
Goodman Theatre Twist Your Dickens
 
The Second City's irreverent and interactive seasonal satire Twist Your Dickens returns for a second smash year with hilarious new surprises. Scrooge, Tiny Tim, three ridiculous ghosts and a cast of Second City's funniest members take the Owen stage by storm as wicked parody and daring improv run rampant. Written by former The Colbert Report writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort and featuring nods to beloved yuletide specials, Twist Your Dickens makes for a heaping host of holiday hilarity.

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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.

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Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas Dec 4 - Jan 9, 2016  
MCL Chicago Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas
 
It's Christmas Eve at Nakatomi Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. New York cop Bruce McClane is there to rekindle love between himself and his estranged wife. Everyone seems headed toward a merry Christmas until Hans Solo and his group of German terrorists take everyone in the building hostage...except McClane.

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