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The Winter Wolf Dec 6 - Jan 5, 2019  
Otherworld Theatre The Winter Wolf
 
It's Christmas night in Cora's house. She's visited by her beloved grandfather, a man of high spirits and failing health. They sit around the fireplace and she listens to the legend of the Winter Wolf, a strange creature who serves as Time's hunter, stalking those who are in the winter of their lives. That night, the Winter Wolf comes for Cora's grandfather, but the young girl manages to trap it. What follows is a magical journey through the mysteries of time, as Cora learns how far one can go for the sake of someone they love.
 
   
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Dec 7 - Dec 8, 2018  
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 and has been delighting audiences across the country for over 50 years. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is a wonderful new way to experience this family tradition. Projections, costumes, and characters are faithfully brought to the stage, including the 12-foot-plus-tall Abominable Snow Monster. With classic songs and dialogue, irresistible and lovable puppets, and that special holiday magic, this performance at the Rosemont Theatre is perfect for the entire family!
 
   
The Full Monty Dec 7 - Jan 27, 2019  
Theo Ubique The Full Monty
 
Based on the cult hit film of the same name, a group of unemployed steel workers from Buffalo come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash. In preparing, they find themselves extremely exposed... not merely physically but also emotionally. As warm as it is funny, this musical by David Yazbek (The Band's Visit, Tootstie) and Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman) will be a feel-good treat for the holidays.
 
   
The Nutcracker Dec 7 - Dec 15, 2018  
Ballet Chicago at Athenaeum Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Ballet Chicago's Nutcracker extravaganza comes to glorious life on the sparkling stage at the Athenaeum Theatre this holiday season. Complete with beautiful fairies, handsome princes, dancing snowflakes and a lovely young girl making her way to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of the Sweets, this gorgeous ballet is the perfect way to celebrate the season. Set to Tchaikovsky's delightful score, The Nutcracker is sure to create cherished memories for your whole family.
 
   
A Snow Globe Kissmas: A Hallmark Christmas Movie Parody Dec 7 - Dec 21, 2018  
Piper's Alley A Snow Globe Kissmas: A Hallmark Christmas Movie Parody
 
A Snow Globe Kissmas: A Hallmark Christmas Movie Parody tells the story of two snow globe collectors who discover they are long-lost identical twins and embark on a magical journey to save the North Pole, find love and learn the true meaning of Christmas, whatever the hell that might be. The one-act play lovingly parodies the omnipresent made-for-TV holiday romantic comedies that even your brother has watched because there's just no escape. Not starring Lacey Chabert.
 
   
Twist-a-Carol Dec 7 - Dec 9, 2018  
Greenman Theatre Twist-a-Carol
 
Songs, Skits, and Scrooge! After too long an absence, Vex Theatre's Twist-a-Carol is returning, presented by GreenMan Theatre as part of a two-weekend It's a Wonderful Holiday Show extravaganza. Look for all-new Twist skits, seasonal musical interludes, plus the return of the show that started it all, A Turn of the Scrooge. Come to Elmhurst this December for hilarious holiday entertainment that offers a "twist" on our shared holiday celebrations!
 
   
The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party Dec 8 - Dec 24, 2018  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
 
Chicago families have a new holiday tradition to look forward to again this year because The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party is back, including two new stories. Children of all ages are cordially invited to dress up and enjoy a spot of hot cocoa with CCT's favorite friends from the English Lake District. Next, they'll spend an enchanting hour with Peter Rabbit and other beloved Potter puppet characters as they delight audiences in this highly interactive trunk and puppet show.
 
   
The Nutcracker Dec 8  
Center For Performing Arts The Nutcracker
 
Featuring Tchaikovsky's enchanting score, a festive set and colorful costumes, the Salt Creek Ballet's Nutcracker introduces you to the young Clara and her hero, the Prince, as they embark on a magical journey, encountering toys that come alive, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers and the Sugar Plum Fairy. A delightful holiday tradition for all ages, this production at the Governors State University Center for Performing Arts Theatre in University Park includes internationally recognized guest dancers and boasts a cast of 100 students from Salt Creek Ballet, ages 8 to 17. Salt Creek Ballet's Artistic Director Sergey Kozadayev trained at the famed Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.
 
   
Tidings of Tap! Dec 9  
Chicago Tap Theatre at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Tidings of Tap!
 
Chicago Tap Theatre presents a new version of its venerable Holiday offering at a new venue, the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, just in time for Tidings' 10th Anniversary and the 20th Anniversary of co-producer the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. For the first time CTT is adding a light narrative about a young girl (played by Russian Rhythmic Gymnast Master Dasha Merkulov) as she goes on a journey through the wintry woods. While audiences hear many of their favorite seasonal tunes, they also experience an array of performances including a guest appearance by the stilt concert dancers from Kristina Isabelle Dance Company and an opportunity for local tap performers to join the Holiday production*.. Tidings of Tap! has been described by the Chicago Tribune as "undeniably charming and wholesome fun."
 
   
Fantastic Mr. Fox Dec 9 - Jan 12, 2019  
Emerald City Theatre at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Fantastic Mr. Fox
 
"You're invited to a fox's feast!" Journey deep underground with the badgers, weasels, rabbits - and yes, foxes - for a celebration of courage, family, and community. Mr. Fox knows he must be clever to save his family from a trio of spiteful farmers, but in a twist of tunnels, he becomes the hero of the forest! David Wood's exuberant adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book, accompanied by live music, is a Chicago premiere.
 
   
The Man That Corrupted Christmas by Mark Twain Dec 11 - Dec 12, 2018  
Strawdog Theatre The Man That Corrupted Christmas by Mark Twain
 
The inhabitants of fictional Christmas, Illinois are known for their unyielding honesty and incorruptibility... that is, until a stranger arrives hell-bent on destroying the town's reputation once and for all.
 
   
Cirque Dreams Holidaze Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2018  
Chicago Theatre Cirque Dreams Holidaze
 
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE brings its popular and electrifying stage spectacular to The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State Street, with eight unforgettable performances presented by Jam Theatricals. This critically-acclaimed extravaganza is a combination of a Broadway musical and a Cirque adventure wrapped into a spectacular holiday gift for the entire family. Tickets are on sale now.
 
   
O Sole Night: An O Sole Trio Christmas Dec 12  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre O Sole Night: An O Sole Trio Christmas
 
A reinvented take on some of the most beloved Christmas songs with arrangements ranging from catchy, sing-a-long fun to hauntingly beautiful. Hear classics such as "White Christmas," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Gesu Bambino" and "O Holy Night" that will put you in the Christmas spirit and get you ready for some holiday cheer!
 
   
La Ruta Dec 13 - Jan 27, 2019  
Steppenwolf Theatre La Ruta
 
To the U.S.-owned factories in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, La Ruta is just a bus. But to the hundreds of women who live, work and often disappear along the route, it's so much more than that. Inspired by real testimonies, and using live music to evoke factory work and protest marches, La Ruta is a visceral unearthing of secrets buried in the desert and a celebration of the Mexican women who stand resiliently in the wake of loss.
 
   
A Dickens Carol Dec 14 - Dec 30, 2018  
Oak Park Festival Theatre at Madison Street Theatre A Dickens Carol
 
It's 1842 Victorian London, and Dickens popularity is on the wane. His marriage and finances are in trouble and he has become embittered towards life itself. Yes, in a way, Dickens has become a bit of a Scrooge. A character he has yet to even create! But on a cold Christmas eve, his fortunes take a dramatic turn when a train crash sends Dickens into the icy Kent river. There, in a sinking carriage, Dickens is visited by three Spirits who lead him on a journey through his past, present, and future. A journey that transforms his life and inspires him to write his most celebrated work ever. "A Dickens Carol" is not only the carol behind the most famous carol of all time. It's an all-new twist on a family ghost story that promises to melt the heart of any Scrooge out there.
 
   
Barney the Elf Dec 14 - Jan 6, 2019  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Barney the 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 Pride Arts Center.
 
   
It's a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play and Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins Dec 14 - Dec 16, 2018  
Greenman Theatre It's a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play and Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
 
GreenMan's Holiday Showcase presents two family favorites! It's a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play and a new adaptation of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins will be presented together for the second weekend of holiday themed entertainment. Adults and families alike are invited to join us to get their holidays off to a great start in Elmhurst this December!
 
   

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