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Those Silly Reindeer! Dec 1 - Dec 17, 2017  
Li'l Buds Theatre at Edge Theatre 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????
The Nutcracker Dec 1 - Dec 30, 2017  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
A ballet in two acts, The Nutcracker opens in Chicago on Christmas Eve, 1892, mere months before the opening of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, also known as the World's Fair, a marvel unlike anything the city has ever seen. Marie and her younger brother Franz arrive at home, where their immigrant mother-a sculptress of modest means-designs the seminal masterpiece that will preside over the Fair. A festive Christmas potluck ensues, only to be interrupted by the mysterious Great Impresario, creator of the World's Fair. He entertains with enchanting visions of the what's to come, distributing gifts in the process, which includes a mercurial nutcracker for Marie. That evening, Marie awakens to an epic battle between toy soldiers and rats led by The Rat King and the now life-size Nutcracker. Unexpectedly, Marie saves the day, as The Great Impresario and the Nutcracker, now transformed into a Prince, set sail on a magical journey into the night.
A Christmas Carol: An Evening of Dickensian Delights Dec 1 - Dec 22, 2017  
Indian Boundary Park A Christmas Carol:  An Evening of Dickensian Delights
Adapted directly from the novel by Rachel Martindale, this version is a time traveling experience including the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a Victorian Christmas. Come and enjoy the decorations, the Victorian Carols, spiced cider and cookies before the show (all included with the admission ticket). Then join Scrooge as he is led by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in a journey 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 -- this show is 80 minutes without intermission.
Little Red Cyrano Dec 1 - Jan 7, 2018  
Red Theater Chicago at Strawdog Theatre Little Red Cyrano
Combining the courtships in Cyrano de Bergerac with the violent ending of Red Riding Hood, Little Red Cyrano will mix whip smart spoken dialogue, swashbuckling, and romance. With a cast comprised of trained clowns and d/Deaf actors, Little Red Cyrano uniquely utilizes the visual vernacular of American Sign Language in a clown-based performance.
Altar Boyz Dec 1 - Jan 14, 2018  
Theo Ubique at No Exit Cafe Altar Boyz
Altar Boyz is a foot-stomping, rafter-raising, musical comedy about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national 'Raise the Praise' tour. The Boyz are five all-singing, all-dancing heartthrobs from Ohio: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham. As they perform their signature hits such as 'Rhythm In Me,' 'The Calling,' and 'I Believe,' the Boyz question their loyalty to each other and ask whether or not faith is really holding them together. They finally deliver a message of unity, that 'there is no star as bright as its constellation, no harmony in a single voice.'
The Second City's Non-Denominational Christmas Show Dec 1 - Dec 23, 2017  
Paramount Theatre The Second City's Non-Denominational Christmas Show
Why settle for just one denomination when you can collect them all? Stuffed with brand new tidings of discomfort and "oy," classic sketches, plus plenty of holi-dazed improv, you'll ho three times in a row at irresistibly funny new holiday revue, right along with The Second City's naughtiest and nicest improv comedians.
Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol Dec 1 - Dec 29, 2017  
Steel Beam Theatre Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
Jacob Marley was dead, sure, but what happened after that? Find out in this spirited holiday take on the classic Charles Dickens tale, in which Marley gets one more chance to make the journey back to earth to free himself from all those chains and redeem the old skinflint, Scrooge -- while maybe even finding his own heart in the process. This one-man show stars Steel Beam Theatre's own Pat Able. Enjoy Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol at St. Charles' Steel Beam Theatre.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Rock 'N' Roll Musical Dec 1 - Dec 17, 2017  
Pearl Poet Productions at Raven Theatre Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Rock 'N' Roll Musical
"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Rock 'N' Roll Musical" spins the medieval legend of Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur's Round Table, and the heroic challenge he accepts on behalf of his king: Gawain may deal his best axe-stroke to defeat the strange visitor known as the Green Knight; if he survives the fatal blow, the Green Knight may return his best stroke to defeat Sir Gawain one year later. This play tells the tale of the year between the two fateful strokes, and the epic journey Gawain goes on to fulfill his mission.
Pine Dec 1 - Dec 10, 2017  
Christmas Tree Lot at Uncommon Ground Pine
Cozy up with a blanket, a hot drink and the staff of the Festive Pines tree lot. Join Gabby, Sami, Taj, Betty and Joe: five young people from very different backgrounds thrown together by a seasonal job selling Christmas Trees. As the weeks count down to Christmas they must lean on each other to figure how to keep moving forward when life doesn't turn out the way they planned. A delightfully unfestive comedy about pursuing dreams, managing expectations and working retail. Jacqui Honess-Martin's Unfestive Christmas Comedy is Presented in an Exciting Site-Specific Production; Turning the Patio at Uncommon Ground into a Working Christmas Tree Lot.
Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular Dec 2  
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. If you're looking for something a little different than 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 in Chicago.
A Very Elton Christmas Dec 2  
McAninch Arts Center A Very Elton Christmas
Multiple award-winning actor and singervCraig A. Meyer returns to the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn with his remarkable resemblance and uncanny ability to sound like Sir Elton John in a spectacular musical journey featuring chart-topping hits like "Benny and the Jets," "Tiny Dancer," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Candle in the Wind." This special holiday show also includes Christmas classics to celebrate the spirit of the season.
The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party Dec 2 - Dec 17, 2017  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
Children of all ages are cordially invited to enjoy a spot of tea (or hot cocoa) with CCT's friends from the English Lake District at the The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party. Spend the day with Peter Rabbit, Mr. Jeremy Fisher and Simpkin the cat as they delight audiences in this interactive trunk and puppet show. Enjoy an elegant tea party, create your own beautiful snowflakes, and pose for photographs with the cast.
Wife Material Dec 2 - Dec 10, 2017  
Prop Theatre Wife Material
Jamie Shriner eloped in January 2017, and her life has been sheer bliss ever since. Or has it? In Wife Material, a one-woman show starring Jamie Shriner as herself, a 25-year-old actress examines female sexuality, loneliness, love, dating, and consent with unapologetic honesty. Is it acceptable for a young married woman to admit she enjoys sex? Wife Material is an hour-long musical comedy that "dares to go where you'd never go," featuring songs like "F***boi," "Let's Screw," and "Love Myself." The show examines a society that criticizes teenage "bad girls" for liking sex, on the one hand; and hypocritically assumes married women's sexual needs are perfectly satiated.
Miracle on 34th Street Dec 2 - Dec 16, 2017  
The Artistic Home Miracle on 34th Street
The ever-relevant story of the overworked Macy's Department Store public relations executive and the young daughter she raises to be too realistic to be believe in Santa Claus will be delivered as an old-time radio play complete with onstage sound effects by The Artistic Home company for four performances only. 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 how the department store Santa who comes in to Macy's as an emergency substitute challenges the mother and daughter's refusal to believe when he claims to be the one and only Kris Kringle. Can he prove to them and the world that Santa is real while making one little girl's dreams come true?
The Snow Queen Dec 2 - Dec 17, 2017  
Clock Theater at Pride Arts Center - The Broadway The Snow Queen
Clock Theater presents the world premiere of CJ Chapman's The Snow Queen, a fairy tale parody loosely associated with the season of nonsense and snow.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 3  
Rosemont Theatre Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
The most famous holiday ballet has its roots in Russia, premiering there in 1892 with a majestic score by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa, the father of Russian dance. It's fitting, then, that the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is one of the most acclaimed versions ever to grace the stage. Almost 40 renowned, award-winning principal Russian dancers and corps de ballet will take the stage to dance the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. With breathtaking leaps, hundreds of hand-sewn costumes, a magical snow forest with falling snow, a giant Christmas tree and a cannon that shoots roses, children and adults alike will be swept up in the spirit of the season. Enjoy the ultimate holiday tradition at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago.
Christmas Carolyn Dec 4 - Dec 30, 2017  
Berger Park Coach House Christmas Carolyn
RjW Mays stars in the world premiere of Christmas Carolyn -- the story of a woman who loses her granddaughter during the holiday season and finds personal renewal through self forgiveness. Catch this Three Cat Productions presentation of the powerful drama of Christmas Carolyn at the Berger Park Coach House Theater in Chicago.

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