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Holiday Plays

A List of Holiday Plays This 2013 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 Christmas Carol Nov 16 - Dec 28, 2013  
Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
For 36 years, A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre has been "the crown jewel of the holiday season" (Daily Herald). Based on Charles Dickens' classic 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol is the unforgettable tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, a wealthy business man with no family and a disdain for holiday cheer and the poor in Victorian London. One Christmas, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who take him on an incredible journey that offers a new perspective on everything from his dusty past to his dark future-and gives him an opportunity to sympathize with his fellow man and rediscover life and love.

 

 

   
Elf The Musical Nov 26 - Dec 15, 2013  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Elf The Musical
 
ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. The New York Times says that ELF is "SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!" USA Today calls ELF, "ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!" Variety proclaims, "ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!"

 

 

   
It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! Nov 22 - Dec 29, 2013  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
From the original director and 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. For the first time, this production will be at the Greenhouse Theater Center on a new set created especially for the mainstage. Critics called this production "perfect Christmas theater" and "first-class holiday fare."

 

 

   
  Other Holiday Shows
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Nov 30 - Dec 22, 2013  
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.

 

 

   
The Chimes Dec 21 - Dec 31, 2013  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Chimes
 
Though Charles Dickens is most often associated with another of his Christmas tales, The Chimes represents a comparable holiday offering from the famous author. Considered too dangerously radical in its time, the story is indeed a bit offbeat. Trotty, a poor ticket porter downtrodden by what he considers a wholly wicked world, finds his outlook altered to one of hope by the spirits of some church bells and their goblin attendants. And should you find yourself thinking, "Goblins? In a Christmas story?" consider the magic Dickens once wove with the same holiday and a trio of ghosts. So come experience a lesser-known Dickensian classic filled with all the colorful characters, social critiques and warm-natured life lessons he's renowned for.

 

 

   
Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night Nov 29 - Jan 5, 2014  
Royal George Theatre Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night
 
Vicki Quade, creator of the smash hit Late Nite Catechism, invites you to get into the Christmas spirit with her hilarious new show Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night. Brush up on your Yuletide trivia, because with this uniquely interactive show, you'll be playing for actual prizes. Bingo caller Mrs. Mary Margaret O'Brien will have you in stitches as she tackles the wackiest myths and most outrageous facts about Christmas, including jolly old St. Nick's origins and where candy canes come from.

 

 

   
A Christmas Carol Nov 29 - Dec 29, 2013  
Citadel Theatre Company A Christmas Carol
 
Infused with new life thanks to the caring touch of local playwright MEH Lewis, A Christmas Carol is the World Premiere of a new adaptation. Lewis brings us back to Charles Dickens' familiar Christmas setting of nineteenth century London, connecting us to the timeless messages of hope, peace, charity, and love. Bring your family and join Tiny Tim, Bob Crachit, Ebenezer Scrooge and come celebrate a new tradition with Citadel as we journey with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future!

 

 

   
A Christmas Carol Nov 21 - Dec 21, 2013  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook A Christmas Carol
 
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.

 

 

   
A Christmas Carol Nov 29 - Dec 24, 2013  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Christmas Carol
 
This Dickens classic is an annual tradition at Metropolis. The tale follows the Cratchit family as they struggle to make ends meet and care for their ailing son Tiny Tim. Meanwhile, Mr. Cratchit's boss, miserly old Scrooge, has more money than he could ever need but no one to share it with. Find out what the true spirit of Christmas is all about as you travel through time with Scrooge as he is visited by the ghosts of past, present, and future. It's a holiday classic for the whole family.

 

 

   
A Christmas Carol Dec 7 - Dec 9, 2013  
Paramount Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
The holiday tradition returns to life at the Paramount in a delightful and surprising new production, featuring lively music, gorgeous dance, breathtaking costumes, and magical design that evoke the wonder and spirit of Christmas. In Dickens' classic tale, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future and given the chance to redeem himself and be better to his fellow man. Featuring a host of iconic characters, this is A Christmas Carol that makes a perfect holiday outing for the whole family.

 

 

   
A Christmas Carol, Abridged Nov 29 - Dec 29, 2013  
Dream Theatre A Christmas Carol, Abridged
 
Told in Dickens' own rich language, this version of A Christmas Carol is cleverly and elegantly portrayed by three actors on an almost bare stage. Let the world of Victorian London swirl around you as you follow Scrooge on his voyage to learn the true meaning of Christmas.

 

 

   
A Christmas Carol, The Musical Nov 14 - Dec 22, 2013  
Theatre At The Center A Christmas Carol, The Musical
 
An endearing combination of a treasured tale and soaring music by a Disney musical genius, composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”), it infuses the Charles Dickens holiday classic with music the whole family will cherish. After 10 smash years on Broadway, The New York Times raved that A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL is "a tonic for adults, and for children a transfixing journey.” The immortal story is set in London in the 1800s. On Christmas Eve, miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge is confronted by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future that reveal the possible results of his selfish, uncaring life. Will Scrooge promise to change and become a new man? This musical favorite is full of holiday merriment and has proven to be popular for all ages.

 

 

   
Christmas Dearest Nov 29 - Jan 5, 2014  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Christmas Dearest
 
Christmas Dearest tells the tale of Hollywood superstar, Joan Crawford, and the important lessons she learns one Christmas Eve. T'was the night before Christmas and MGM's biggest star, Miss Joan Crawford, is playing the title role in "Oh Mary", a splashy new musical biopic about The Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Poor Joan (David Cerda) 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.

 

 

   
Christmas in Chicago Dec 13 - Dec 22, 2013  
The Fine Print Theatre Company at Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage Christmas in Chicago
 
The Fine Print Theatre Company presents a comedic, musical year-in-review for the holidays. This funny and smart show, written by David Himmel and Patrick Kenney, features a cast of veteran improvisers and comedic actors playing five ego-driven performers fighting for their moment in the spotlight. As they recap the major news stories of the year, the performers hijack the show, leading it off the rails and into their own private lives, with hilarious results. With original music, satirical Christmas songs, politically relevant sketch comedy and bushels of holiday cheer, even the government shutdown will seem funny.

 

 

   
A Christmas Memory and The Thanksgiving Visitor Nov 20 - Dec 29, 2013  
Provision Theater Company A Christmas Memory and The Thanksgiving Visitor
 
Based on the best-selling books by acclaimed author Truman Capote, A Christmas Memory and The Thanksgiving Visitor both center on the author's early years growing up in rural Alabama. While Thanksgiving and Christmas mean something different for everyone, for seven-year-old Buddy, it means a new home and family. When his mother leaves him with her eccentric family at the edge of a small town, it's the beginning of one amazing adventure after another with his new best friend -- his elderly cousin, Miss Sook Falk. Find out why friendship is the greatest gift of all during this heartwarming production adapted and directed by Timothy Gregory.

 

 

   
The Christmas Schooner Nov 27 - Dec 29, 2013  
Mercury Theater The Christmas Schooner
 
THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER sails again at the Mercury! The whole family will enjoy this heart-warming story of the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit. This critically acclaimed production features a powerful, moving story, an exquisite score of original music and traditional holiday favorites, and a company of 25 actors and musicians.

 

 

   
The Christmas Story: Peace Dec 11 - Dec 11, 2013  
Auditorium Theatre The Christmas Story: Peace
 
This culturally and artistically diverse performance will use music, dance, and spoken word to tell the story of Christmas from the perspective of characters found in the traditional Christmas story - individuals who found ways to experience true peace in the midst of challenging, even dangerous circumstances.

 

 

   
A Christmas Wish Nov 22 - Dec 22, 2013  
Quest Theatre Ensemble A Christmas Wish
 
All seems hopeless when Dasher finds himself separated from Santa and mounted on a wall in a taxidermy shop. The only thing that can right this sleigh is a genuine Christmas miracle.

 

 

   
Christmix Dec 6 - Dec 21, 2013  
The Public House Theatre Christmix
 
How far would you go for the one you love on Christmas? Janie and Kevin are spending their first Christmas together, which means blending their traditions. Soon, they find themselves careening from the Christkindlmarket to SantaCo at the North Pole, and all the way back to the first Christmas in Jerusalem. Can their relationship survive a barrage of mix-ups, mash-ups, Hipsters with organic record players and choruses devoted to "Die Hard?" Find out.

 

 

   
Happy Holly-daze: A Drinking Game Performance Dec 12 - Dec 29, 2013  
Cornservatory Happy Holly-daze: A Drinking Game Performance
 
Nothing will put the jingle in your bell quite like the sketch comedy of Corn Productions, where every sketch is a drinking game, and instead of Rudolph's shiny nose, a DRINK sign will light your way to consuming the BYOB of your choice. At the end of night we guarantee you will be drunk and happy rather than drunk and disappointed like you are after your family holiday gathering. Come see why Chicago is making Happy Holly-daze: A Drinking Game Performance a holiday tradition as side-splitting as Grandma's fruitcake!

 

 

   
Hellcab Nov 8 - Jan 12, 2014  
Profiles Theatre - The Main Stage Hellcab
 
Presented last season for its 20th Anniversary, Profiles remounts their acclaimed production for the holidays. Hellcab portrays the story of a cab driver during the longest night of his life as he transports a bizarre and mysterious array of customers through the gritty streets of Chicago. Playwright Will Kern draws from personal experience as a former cab driver 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.

 

 

   
HoliDAZE Nov 30 - Dec 22, 2013  
Step Up Productions at Athenaeum Theatre HoliDAZE
 
Five talented playwrights explore the holiday season and the experiences of love, happiness, craziness, sadness, magic, anger, loss and disappointment. Join a fool and wench for a light hearted Christmas in a royal palace; an engaged couple wanting to have the best Christmas ever; a family's experience of loss and larger-than-life love; a first date over coffee with a special gift; and an unexpected visitor on Christmas Eve for this festive line-up that truly reveals the difficulties and joys of relationships during the holiday season.

 

 

   
If Scrooge Was A Brother Oct 31 - Dec 29, 2013  
eta Creative Arts Foundation If Scrooge Was A Brother
 
It's all about Scrooge in this hilarious and heartwarming reconstruction of the classic Christmas ghost tale. Spirited jokes and holiday music chronicle a journey from self-hatred to love as Scrooge faces his past, present and future and learns the wealth of family.

 

 

   
It's A Wonderful Life Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2013  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions It's A Wonderful Life
 
It was made in 1946 and stars Jimmy Stewart as the small-town owner of a family-run bank who dreams of leaving so he can explore the world in order to accomplish something "big and important." Several times he is on the way to doing just that, and each time something interrupts his plans at the last moment, and he instead remains there. He eventually marries, he and his wife have several children, and he manages to keep the bank afloat, even through the harrowing days of the Depression. At one point he is wrongfully accused of mishandling funds and faces bankruptcy, scandal and even possible imprisonment. Despondent, he is about to take his own life, but the people who love him have been praying for him, so God sends an angel, Clarence, to prevent his fatal act. When George states, "I wish I was never born," Clarence shows him what life in the town and elsewhere would be like had that been the case.

 

 

   
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Nov 22 - Dec 29, 2013  
American Theatre Company It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
 
This annual recreation of a 1940s radio broadcast of It's a Wonderful Life has become a Chicago holiday tradition. And after 12 years, that tradition just got better. This year, under the first-time direction of PJ Paparelli, the show will include new Foley sound effects and vintage 1940s-style commercial breaks. Adapted from the classic Jimmy Stewart-Donna Reed film, It's a Wonderful Life takes us back to Bedford Falls, where down-on-his-luck do-gooder George Bailey meets an angel who shows him the heartwarming truth about the crucial effect he has on the lives of those around him. To bring the show to life, American Theater Company transforms its intimate space into an actual 1940s radio studio, where actors will take to the microphones in period wardrobe and perform for both the (fictional) listening public and the (real) live audience. Bring the kids and capture the true holiday spirit. Free milk and cookies are served after every performance.

 

 

   
It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Nov 15 - Dec 22, 2013  
Oil Lamp Theater It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
 
Come celebrate the holidays with Oil Lamp Theater and be whisked back to Bedford Falls and that magical time of traditional America, mom and apple pie. Oil Lamp is excited to offer again the timeless classic, It's a Wonderful Life. In this theater adaptation of the famous Capra movie starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, the intimate space of Oil Lamp Theater is transformed into the 1940s radio studio WBFR, and you join the studio audience in a live recording of the holiday classic.

 

 

   
It's a Wonderful Pro-Life Dec 5 - Dec 28, 2013  
Studio BE and 4 Days Late Productions at Studio BE It's a Wonderful Pro-Life
 
After a sold out, 9 month engagement of Jersey Shore: The Musical, NPR has approached 4 Days Late to write an original holiday radio show. The company comes together with the intent of recording a show satirizing holiday commercialism, only to have it hijacked by one of the members for his own personal use. IT'S A WONDERFUL PRO-LIFE is a behind the scenes (think Noises Off) adventure of how the group ultimately rallies, in true Christmas spirit, to create perhaps the best holiday show of all time.

 

 

   
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol Nov 20 - Dec 15, 2013  
NightBlue Performing Arts Company at Stage 773 Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
 
Originally produced at the Goodman Theater in 1998 and re-staged at Theater Wit in 2009, this play written by Chicago actor Tom Mula explores the life of Jacob Marley, the business partner of Ebenezer Scrooge, as he tells his story in a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge's heart, indeed, is opened; but not before Marley-in this irreverent, funny and deeply moving story-discovers his own.

 

 

   
Just in the Nick of Time! Dec 6 - Dec 15, 2013  
Albright Theatre Company Just in the Nick of Time!
 
Christmas is coming and Santa Claus is missing! The vibrant citizens of the North Pole soon start to lose their Christmas spirit - and their color! It's up to Detective Red Mistletoe to get some answers and to save Christmas! Celebrate the holiday season with the Albright Theatre and this delightful family-friendly mystery!

 

 

   
A Klingon Christmas Carol Nov 29 - Dec 29, 2013  
Commedia Beauregard at Raven Theatre A Klingon Christmas Carol
 
Scrooge has no honor, nor any courage. Can three ghosts help him to become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate? Performed in the Original Klingon with English Supertitles, and narrative analysis from The Vulcan Institute of Cultural Anthropology. The Dickens classic tale of ghosts and redemption adapted to reflect the Warrior Code of Honor and then translated into tlhIngan Hol (That's the Klingon Language). A co-production of Commedia Beauregard and the IKV Spirit of Honor of the Klingon Assault Group. This production of "A Klingon Christmas Carol" marks the fourth year of out-of-this-world holiday mayhem in Chicago.

 

 

   
Making God Laugh Nov 7 - Dec 29, 2013  
Fox Valley Repertory Making God Laugh
 
As Woody Allen once said "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans..." Join two empty-nesters as they welcome home their three grown kids for the holidays - a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former star athlete. Over the course of three decades, not only do the hairstyles change, but their life adventures continue to evolve - dreams are crushed, relationships develop, unresolved issues surface, and yet old family traditions remain. Join in on this family comedy as you watch two parents hilariously and emotionally adapt to the change around them. There's no place like home for the holidays!

 

 

   
Merry Christmas! (Stranger Things Have Happened) Dec 5 - Dec 14, 2013  
The Gift Theatre Merry Christmas! (Stranger Things Have Happened)
 
Unlike other holiday shows that inspire depressing nostalgia for more youthful times, or, worse, teach the true meaning of Christmas by murdering Tiny Tim, Merry Christmas! (Stranger Things Have Happened) will force the holiday spirit into attendees' bones by reminding them that no matter what, everything is awesome and they are doing great. Whether fighting a war, surviving at sea, or just working late, the holidays have the power to make everyone happier - even cynical comedians.

 

 

   
The Nutcracker Dec 6 - Dec 28, 2013  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Don't miss the glorious Chicago holiday tradition: America's #1 Nutcracker! A grand production with Tchaikovsky's glorious score played live by a full orchestra, this is sure to be an evening of pure enchantment.

 

 

   
The Nutcracker Nov 8 - Dec 29, 2013  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre 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.

 

 

   
The Nutcracker Nov 8 - Dec 28, 2013  
The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences at Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Nutcracker
 
Captivating audiences for nearly 200 years, The Nutcracker is the story of a young girl named Marie and her unusual Christmas gift. When Marie receives a beautiful Nutcracker on Christmas Eve from her mysterious Uncle Drosselmeyer, she awakens in the middle of the night to find that her nutcracker has come to life. Unfortunately, other toys have come to life as well, including the evil Mouse King. The Mouse King has stolen the powerful magic crown which has the ability to turn the wearer into a human boy. It will take Marie and a team of kind-hearted toys to reach the Sugar Plum Fairy before the wicked Mouse King.

 

 

   
A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol Nov 30 - Dec 22, 2013  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol
 
Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) and hip-hop sensations the Q Brothers are back at it again turning up the volume with a fresh take on a beloved classic. The Q Brothers and CST Creative Producer Rick Boynton have come together to develop A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol-a hip-hop reinterpretation of the perennial holiday favorite by Charles Dickens. Now, alongside Chicago theaters' familiar renditions of this heartwarming tale, audiences will participate in the creation of an energized, reinvented tradition.

 

 

   
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Nov 14 - Jan 5, 2014  
Emerald City Theatre Company at Broadway Playhouse Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
 
The beloved stop-motion classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER and his friends soar off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. From fleeing the Abominable Snow Monster to saving Christmas, join RUDOLPH and his friends Clarice, Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius as their adventures teach us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don't miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the little misfit in all of us.

 

 

   
A Sack Full of Coal Nov 30 - Dec 14, 2013  
Gorilla Tango Theatre A Sack Full of Coal
 
Ah, the holidays - what's not to love? Commercialization, awkward gift exchanges, and, as some folks might call it, the War on Christmas. With all this in mind, Whiskey Wry Productions will deliver to your holiday wrapped hands its inaugural show A Sack Full of Coal, a satirical-yet-loving sketch comedy revue about the most joyous of seasons. Before you stand in line at the post office, let us remind you why this is indeed the most wonderful time of the year. If you are very good, there may even be a special guest appearance by everyone' s favorite Alpine Christmas demon, the Krampus. Okay, yes, there will be. He's very important.

 

 

   
The Santaland Diaries Nov 22 - Dec 29, 2013  
Theater Wit The Santaland Diaries
 
Our holiday classic returns for it's tenth straight season, once again starring Mitchell Fain who plays to rave reviews and soldout houses every year. 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 "funniest pages ever written in the English language."

 

 

   
The Second City's Holidays in the Heights Dec 5 - Dec 31, 2013  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The Second City's Holidays in the Heights
 
The holidays are a time of giving and joy. A time of twinkling lights and mall Santas. A time of wrapping gifts and burning, I mean baking cookies. Of family parties, too much egg nog, marathon shopping trips, gray slush that used to be snow and itchy sweaters with jingle bells on them. That's right, everyone loves the holidays. Especially The Second City. Don't miss this hilarious send up of all the holiday activities we actually love, and the ones we love to hate featuring a phenomenal cast from Second City and their trademark comedy and improv.

 

 

   
The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue Dec 6 - Dec 22, 2013  
Paramount Theatre The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue
 
You've seen some of their brightest stars in TV and movies, and now the comedians of Chicago's world-famous Second City return to the intimate 216-seat Copley Theatre with their usual brand of brash and irreverent humor-and a different sort of holiday cheer. This troupe will put grins on your face and laughs in your belly with their whip-smart improvisation, hilarious and offbeat songs, and a willingness to skewer any topic you can name. Last season's revue sold out nearly every show, so buy tickets now if you don't want to be left out in the cold.

 

 

   
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose Dec 12 - Dec 29, 2013  
Raven Theatre Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose
 
Everyone knows Scrooge and Mr. Potter, but can the holiday spirit work its magic on everyone's favorite man of mystery? Now in a fully realized stage version, Raven Theatre's Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose follows Holmes and Watson as they investigate the mysterious theft and even more mysterious discovery of the Countess of Morcar's blue carbuncle. With a dash of Christmas intrigue and a heap of good will, Raven's holiday offering is fun for the whole family!

 

 

   
A Silent Christmas Carol Nov 30 - Dec 29, 2013  
Silent Theatre Company at Prop Theatre A Silent Christmas Carol
 
Silent Theatre Company presents Charles Dickens' immortal classic, "A Christmas Carol" as you've never seen it before. We cordially invite you to join us this year when one of the English language's most celebrated and honored tales is told through one of entertainment's great iconic lenses, the silent film.

 

 

   
Silent Night of the Living Dead Dec 6 - Dec 29, 2013  
New Millennium Theatre Company at Studio BE Silent Night of the Living Dead
 
Hordes of the undead are waging a war on Christmas, but that can't stop the Coopers from having a jolly family dinner in the New Millennium Theatre's holiday favorite Silent Night of the Living Dead. College student Barbara Cooper returns home with her new boyfriend, Ben, to introduce him to her family -- only to discover that half of them have a craving for something other than fruitcake. Now, with the undead closing in, it's up to Ben to save Christmas. If George Romero had directed those warm and fuzzy stop-motion holiday specials, it might look something like this.

 

 

   
The Snow Queen, or When Christmas Freezes Over! Nov 8 - Dec 21, 2013  
Piccolo Theatre The Snow Queen, or When Christmas Freezes Over!
 
Friendship reflects love and trust, but rejection threatens when the mirror breaks... Christmas is trapped in ice when best friends Kai and Gerda are separated by the enchanted broken mirror of the beautiful but fierce Snow Queen. With the help of her colorful comrades Erick, Derick, and the Dame, the shy Gerda must find the hero within as she quests across wintry Lapland to save the imprisoned Kai, facing trolls, conniving snowflakes, and other magical obstacles along the way. Featuring exciting new music, dancing, and memorable characters, this holiday world premiere will warm your heart, thaw your toes, and make you laugh!

 

 

   
Those Silly Reindeer! Dec 13 - Dec 29, 2013  
Li'l Buds Theatre at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Those Silly Reindeer!
 
It's almost Christmas Eve at the North Pole and something is wrong! Holli, the Snow Princess has gone on vacation and since she left, temperatures have been rising. All the snow has melted and those silly reindeer can't take off and fly, because the grass tickles their hooves. Santa must send Jack the Bird and LeeLee the Christmas Tree off on an adventure to find Holli and bring her back before Christmas Eve. Will they reach Holli in time? Will Christmas be saved????

 

 

   
A Very Merry Madrigal Nov 16 - Dec 22, 2013  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe A Very Merry Madrigal
 
Conceived by David Heimann and Fred Anzevino, A Very Merry Madrigal will offer yuletide folk music from the 15th Century to the 21st, with a cast of six singers and instrumentalists performing new arrangements by Aaron Benham. A wassail (non-alcoholic hot mulled cider) and a figgy pudding dessert will be served to all and an optional dinner entree will be available for an additional charge. Mixed in between the songs, food, and drink will be readings of poems by Shakespeare, Dante and Robert Frost as well as variety acts and selection of a King and Queen from the audience.

 

 

   
We Three Lizas Nov 27 - Jan 5, 2014  
About Face Theatre at Stage 773 We Three Lizas
 
We Three Lizas hijacks Christmas classics to create a dark, sexy holiday musical for a queer new world. In a quest for unrivaled glory, Conrad Ticklebottom and his anxious assistant Reggie conjure the Great Queen of Wishes to bestow upon him the trinity of power: youth, wealth and beauty. Instead, Liza Minnelli knocks at Conrad’s door bearing holiday gifts and all hell breaks lose.

 

 

   
Winter Pageant Dec 13 - Dec 22, 2013  
Redmoon Winter Pageant
 
Bring the whole family to Redmoon for a show you all can enjoy. Redmoon's shows thrive on a nostalgic vibe, without the bitter part of the bittersweet. There is a steampunk aesthetic running through much of Redmoon's work: bicycle-powered thingamabobs, or giant Terry Gilliam-inspired flat cardboard masks, or oldfangled overhead projectors. This year's all-new show is about a brave pigeon's unlikely quest to return light to a magical world of birds. With large-scale performance, poetic shadow puppetry, and Redmoon's signature massive machines, this mythical journey will take audiences through forests, under seas, into the big city, and beyond in a story of hope, community and love.