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A List of Holiday Plays This 2017 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 17 - Dec 30, 2018  
Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol
Now a beloved Chicago tradition celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday 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 continues to lift heats and spirits after four decades more than a million visitors, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. The Daily Herald says the play is "the crown jewel of the holiday season" -- find out for yourself or relive the magic again.



Elf The Musical Nov 22 - Jan 7, 2018  
Paramount Theatre Elf The Musical
Based on the hilarious 2003 Will Ferrell movie, Elf is one of those rare holiday shows that will have both kids and adults laughing, humming tunes like "A Christmas Song" and "Sparklejollytwinklejingley" for days and rediscovering what it means to be a family.

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It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! Nov 16 - Jan 6, 2018  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
For 16 years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast of holiday favorite It's a Wonderful Life. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score and holiday carols. The Bedford Falls "residents" extend their hospitality after every performance treating audiences to milk and cookies served by the cast.

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A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol Nov 21 - Dec 31, 2017  
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.



Twas The Night Before Christmas Nov 3 - Dec 30, 2018  
Emerald City Theatre at Broadway Playhouse Twas The Night Before Christmas
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is a fantastic, slapstick holiday affair for all ages. When Santa Claus' "Naughty or Nice" list goes missing, it's up to a pair of dancing mice, a spunky girl, and an Elf-B-I agent to solve the mystery before Santa boards his sleigh.



  Other Holiday Shows
The Annoyance Christmas Pageant Nov 11 - Dec 23, 2017  
Annoyance Theatre The Annoyance Christmas Pageant
The Annoyance Christmas Pageant takes two well loved, holiday children specials and combines them into two acts. Charley Brown Christmas follows Charley Brown on his journey to find the true meaning of Christmas, while enduring the commercialization of the season, and insults from Lucy Van Pelt. In Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Sam the Snowman tells the tale of how young reindeer Rudolph runs away from home to be independent, with his new found friend Hermie. Together they meet Yukon Cornelius, a prospector searching for silver and gold, discover an island of misfit toys and learn that it's okay to be different from the pack. All while avoiding the Abominable Snow Monster of the North!



Barney the Elf Nov 17 - Dec 30, 2017  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Barney the Elf
Chicago drag queen sensation Dixie Lynn Cartwright takes the lead in this cheeky musical twist on the modern holiday fave about "embracing your inner 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 tyrannical rule, and Barney the Elf is forced to leave his home. 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 choreographed musical numbers galore and plenty of queer holiday cheer to Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center.

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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.



Bette, Live At The Xmas Baths Dec 12 - Dec 13, 2017  
Steppenwolf Theatre Bette, Live At The Xmas Baths
With the inimitable Jeremy Ramey tickling the ivories as Barry Manilow, Handbag's loving recreation of the beginning of Ms. Midler's stellar career features the fabulous songs she sang for the boys in the bathhouse, including Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Superstar - plus holiday ditties done in Bette's inimitable style. Directed by Becca Holloway, BETTE, LIVE AT THE XMAS BATHS also features Ed Jones as Mr. Gerald, bathhouse patron and hairdresser to the stars, and Sydney Genco and Allison Petrillo as her bawdy back-up broads.



Burlesque is More Presents: Nice N' Naughty Nov 11 - Dec 30, 2017  
Annoyance Theatre Burlesque is More Presents: Nice N' Naughty
"Burlesque is More Presents: Nice N' Naughty" features some of the most hilarious holiday themed characters a comedic strip club could have this time of year. The "Rumble Room" is ready to battle the winter chills. Join our funny and talented performers as they heat things up this holiday season. Dance choreography for the show was provided courtesy of cast member Tres Dillon. The combination of sharp humor and sex appeal is almost too much to handle. Almost.



Burning Bluebeard Dec 27 - Dec 31, 2017  
The Ruffians at Neo-Futurists 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 performance is a vaudevillian delight with a story that excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago's rich history.



Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night Nov 24 - Dec 31, 2017  
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 holiday 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.

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A Christmas Carol Nov 15 - Dec 23, 2017  
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 29 - Dec 27, 2017  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Christmas Carol
A fresh take on the Dickens classic and Metropolis tradition. A narrator takes us through the Christmas Eve tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, relentless in his pursuit of money, taking very little joy in life and consumed by work alone. Scrooge cares nothing for the less fortunate and is cruel to his loyal employee Bob Cratchit. Ebenezer is visited by three ghosts, showing him the errors of his past, the reality of the present, and the gloom the future may hold.



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.

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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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Christmas in Chicago Nov 30 - Dec 10, 2017  
Stage 773 Christmas in Chicago
Awkward office gatherings, family dinners with relatives you'd sooner avoid, White Elephant and Ugly Sweater parties. The timeframe between Thanksgiving and Christmas is just crammed with all manner of social landmines. Four friends -- Heather Bodie, Jared Grant, Colette Gregory and A.J. Miller -- gather at Stage 773 to take deep breaths and brace themselves for incoming holiday horrors great and small. Christmas in Chicago finds the Fine Print Theatre talents confronting the unavoidable merriness of the season. This musical sketch revue takes on all those annual bugaboos that leave you fearing anything festive.

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The Christmas Schooner Nov 24 - Dec 31, 2017  
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.



Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular Dec 2 - Dec 2, 2017  
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.

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The Customer is Always Right? Holiday Edition Nov 17 - Dec 29, 2017  
Annoyance Theatre The Customer is Always Right? Holiday Edition
Improv and customer service come together in a show that follows the lives of particularly difficult customers. Real life customer service employees will tell the stories of their worst and most awkward customer interactions and then our improv team will take that story and develop a show about how that terribly awkward customer interacts with the rest of the world. Let go of your work stress and watch as performers recant tales of horror from the industry during the most wonderful time of the year.



Dave Rudolf's Completely Cracked Christmas Dec 17 - Dec 17, 2017  
Skokie Theatre Dave Rudolf's Completely Cracked Christmas
Brace yourself for a truly fun Christmas show. Aah, hear those Christmas Classics such as "Frosty the Slowman," "Oh Come, Oh Come I Read the Manual," "Oh Tom got Bombed", "The Little Dumber Boy", or Bubba Christmas tunes, like "Out to the Outhouse, Quick, quick, quick," and "Bo Fell off of the Mountain," and "Holly's Poison Ivy." Brings a tear to your eye and a tickle to your funny bone, doesn't it? Dave Rudolf is not above (or some might say below) singing serious Christmas tunes and throwing in some non seasonal madness as well. --- What could be more fun? And festive? Who knows what else this poor confused boy might come up with? Whatever it is it will be great fun! Come catch the 15 time nominated National Association of Campus Activities Award winner, Gold Record, Grammy nominated Goof, singing tunes that have been featured on such diverse Radio programs as Dr Demento, NPR, WXRT, and more.

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A Dickens Carol Nov 25 - Dec 24, 2017  
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.

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Hellcab Nov 11 - Dec 30, 2017  
Agency Theater Collective at The Den Theatre Hellcab
A Chicago classic returning to the stage, Hellcab is the story of a day in the life of a Chicago cab driver who experiences a drawn out, nightmarish night of fares from some of the city's oddest collection of customers on a cold, snowy day just days before Christmas. Drawn from real experiences from playwright Will Kern's days as a cab driver, the list of characters the cabbie encounters include: a dangerous trio of druggies, a piggish mini-capitalist, a benumbed rape victim, an argumentative pair of fellow cabbies, a drunken woman on welfare, a smug lawyer, a randy couple on the way to a motel, and two boisterous New Yorkers out on the town. With every encounter, we see through the cab driver's eyes humor, terror, longing and more as she navigates all areas of the Windy City.



The Holiday Radio Show Nov 30 - Dec 30, 2017  
Berger Park Coach House The Holiday Radio Show
Three Cat Productions is celebrating the holidays with The Holiday Radio Show, which takes you back to Christmas 1942. Featuring The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson, A Kidnapped Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum, and The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this show is packed with drama, wacky humor and some truly transcendent four-part harmonies that will chase away your "I Can't Believe It's the Holidays Again" blues. Catch The Holiday Radio Show at the Berger Park Coach House Theater in Chicago.

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The Holidays Unwrapped Dec 11 - Dec 20, 2017  
Erasing the Distance at Edge Theatre The Holidays Unwrapped
A music-filled performance that braids together the real stories of nine people, The Holidays Unwrapped is a humorous look at how to manage stress throughout the holiday season. The stories bring to light the funny interactions, the emotional trials, the disappointing struggles, and the bonds individuals share with their families. The Holidays Unwrapped highlights the relationships and annual events individuals invent to thrive through the holiday season.

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Irving Berlin's White Christmas Nov 21 - Dec 3, 2017  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Irving Berlin's White Christmas
IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and the unforgettable title song, IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family! IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS features Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin with Book by David Ives and Paul Blake and is based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.

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It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play Nov 30 - Dec 30, 2017  
Oil Lamp Theater It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play
It's a Wonderful Life has become a holiday staple for many families. So what better way to kick off the season than to see this classic fave in a whole new way -- live on stage! This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WBFR Radio, where a cast of six actors is preparing to present It's a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of a sound-effects artist, the ensemble reenacts the beloved story of George Bailey, a young man who's given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge, ready to end it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around. The story's message is profound and remains relevant for today's audiences. See it at Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview, and stay for cookies and hot chocolate after each show!

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It's a Wonderful Life, Radio Show Nov 24 - Dec 30, 2017  
Steel Beam Theatre It's a Wonderful Life, Radio Show
A holiday staple for families across the country, It's a Wonderful Life kicks off the season with an old favorite in a whole new way, live on stage. This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 at WBFR Radio, where six actors present It's a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of a pianist and 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 stands on a bridge, ready to end it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around. Catch the inspiring and relevant story at Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles.



It's A Wonderful Life: The Musical Nov 16 - Dec 23, 2017  
Theatre At The Center It's A Wonderful Life: The Musical
Based on the classic 1946 Frank Capra film starring James Stewart as George Bailey, A Wonderful Life: The Musical features book and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Joe Raposo. It’s the musical telling of how Clarence, George Bailey’s guardian angel, shows George how different the world, and everyone whose life he has touched, would be if he had never been born. The beauty of the season, iconic Bedford Falls and yuletide spirit await audiences on the TATC stage for a musical that applauds the true meaning of Christmas.



It's Christmas, Goddamnit Nov 24 - Dec 22, 2017  
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.



Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol Dec 7 - Dec 10, 2017  
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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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.



A Klingon Christmas Carol Nov 30 - Dec 17, 2017  
Raven Theatre A Klingon Christmas Carol
A Klingon Christmas Carol is the first play to be performed entirely in Klingon, a constructed language first appearing in the beloved television series Star Trek. The play is based on the Charles Dickens novella, A Christmas Carol, adapting the classic tale of ghosts and redemption to reflect the Klingon values of courage and honor. Translated into Klingon and performed with English supertitles, A Klingon Christmas Carol is a truly unique holiday experience. Enjoy it at Chicago's Raven Theatre West Stage.



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?



Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical Nov 30 - Dec 23, 2017  
Beverly Arts Center Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical
This holiday classic and audience favorite returns for its 18th consecutive year. Our biggest and most colorful show will put children and adults alike in the holiday spirit. Join Mrs. Claus as she teams up with the new Elf Class of 2016 to find Santa’s missing list in time for Christmas. Can Mrs. Claus and the elves save the holidays? All CKC shows feature plenty of audience participation and run for one hour with no intermission. Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical is targeted for children from 2 to 8 years old.



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.

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The Nutcracker Nov 3 - Dec 30, 2017  
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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The Nutcracker Dec 16 - Dec 17, 2017  
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.



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.



A Renaissance Holiday Dec 22 - Dec 22, 2017  
Prop Theatre A Renaissance Holiday
In celebration of the winter solstice, Prop Thtr presents A Renaissance Holiday - a holiday-themed variety show - on Friday, Dec. 22 at 8 pm. Perfect for the family, and all ages, A Renaissance Holiday features live music performance; juggling; folk, belly, and Russian gypsy dance; and Shakespeare. Included in the line-up: choir music by The Court and Country Singers, Juggler Brad French, belly dance with swords by Piper, Russian gypsy dance (The Snow Queen) by Viktoria, folk-inspired dance performed by the Prop Thtr dancers, Shakespearean banter by Paul Brennan, dance by Clara Bell, singing minstrels Kyle-Ann Greer and Sharon Waltham, and a Special Theatrical Tribute to Krakus.



Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer Nov 25 - Dec 30, 2017  
Hell In A Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer
Break out your high heels and fishnets, it's time once again for Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer. Back for its 17th run, David Cerda's irreverent parody of the classic children's television special has become a beloved (but twisted) holiday tradition. It's the longest-running show featuring a transvestite reindeer in the history of Chicago, and probably also of the world. With the economy in a rut, nobody believes in Santa anymore and he doesn't even believe in himself. As more and more elves are laid off, morale and morals hit an all-time low. Meanwhile Mrs. Claus, now a raging alcoholic, is wreaking havoc at the North Pole. In the middle of all this chaos, a transvestite Rudolph and his misfit friends -- Herbie the "not gay-enough elf" and Yukon Cornelia, the butch prospector with a deep, dark secret -- search for their own unique brand of happiness and accidentally save Christmas while they're at it. Every year, the show produces new tricks and this year is no exception.

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Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits Nov 17 - Dec 22, 2017  
Citadel Theatre Company Scrooge and the Ghostly Spirits
This world-premiere holiday musical is based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The family favorite brings all your most cherished characters and themes to life through an original score and the magic of song and dance. Bring the family to Citadel Theatre in Chicago's Lake Forest neighborhood for a show that'll warm your heart and put you in a holiday frame of mind.



The Second City Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue Dec 9 - Dec 9, 2017  
McAninch Arts Center The Second City Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue
The Second City "Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue," features holiday-themed laughs both new and from the Second City's legendary archives to deliver a healthy dose of seasonal satire. Neither holiday film classics, family gatherings nor Christmas carols are too sacred for this alternative to the same old holiday shows.



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.



The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue Dec 20 - Dec 31, 2017  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue
The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue captures all the magic, mystery, and mayhem of the season with original songs, brand-new sketches, and some classic favorites. Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue will have you and yours laughing all the way through the festive season. Don't miss The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue this holiday!



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.



Steampunk Christmas Carol Dec 6 - Dec 16, 2017  
Raven Theatre 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 Raven Theatre.



This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas miracles) Nov 24 - Dec 30, 2017  
Theater Wit This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas miracles)
This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas miracles), written and performed by Mitchell J. Fain, pulls together a host of holiday stories from the audience along with his own autobiographical war stories about how family, drunks, jewelry, funerals, 250 performances and the holiday spirits collide.



This Wonderful Life Nov 2 - Nov 26, 2017  
American Blues Theater at Edge Theatre This Wonderful Life
Founding Ensemble member and Chicago's original "George Bailey" James Leaming inhabits every role in this hilariously touching stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film "It's a Wonderful Life". George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter, and the gang come to life as a single actor creates a heartwarming story about the effect one hardworking man's life has on the people around him.

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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????



Tidings of Tap! Dec 6 - Dec 10, 2017  
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."

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Tis the Seasonal Depression Nov 17 - Dec 22, 2017  
Gayco Productions at Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Tis the Seasonal Depression
This holiday season let GayCo Productions lift your spirits (especially the boozy kind) and make your Yule tide even gayer. Through all new scenes and songs - from finding Santa’s perfect mate, to seeing why it is better to give than to receive a terrifying present, to when your body type preferences bleed into your holiday décor - Gayco’s ‘TIS THE SEASONAL DEPRESSION will remind you why this is, allegedly, the most wonderful time of the year. Who needs a Hatchimal or a Google Home when you can have the best gift ever: laughter!

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Twas the Fight Before Christmas Nov 29 - Dec 21, 2017  
The Public House Theatre Twas the Fight Before Christmas
Come celebrate the holidays the way God intended: With unrelenting carnage and mayhem! Join your classic holiday favorites like Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman as they cut, slash, hack, hew, and punch their way into the Christmas spirit, against the forces of contemporary America. Robert Frosty brings their trademark wit and whimsy in this fighting sketch revue that explores the depths of depravity which the holiday season brings!



Twas the Night Before Christmas Dec 1 - Dec 23, 2017  
Theatre Above The Law at Mckaw Theater Twas the Night Before Christmas
From Grandma's basement to our stage. Theatre Above the Law presents the nostalgic holiday stories of mice, elves, a spunky little girl and of course Santa. Reminiscent of the holiday pageants some of you might have done in Grandmas basement. A joyful tribute to the holiday season! Followed each performance by milk & cookies.



Twas the Night Before Christmas Dec 9 - Dec 16, 2017  
Theatre At The Center Twas the Night Before Christmas
Celebrate the magic of the season with this original musical adaptation inspired by the famous poem by Clement Moore. Come laugh and sing-a-long when the “jolly old elf” makes a surprise visit. A holiday treat for the entire family to enjoy!



A Very Electric Christmas Dec 29 - Dec 30, 2017  
Theatre At The Center A Very Electric Christmas
Celebrate the holidays with a unique theatre experience! A Very Electric Christmas tells the story of Santa putting the finishing touches on the presents while meeting some new friends that have gotten lost at the North Pole. Nutcracker soldiers, The Rat King, and other holiday characters are brought to life through light and music of artists ranging from Tchaikovsky to Mariah Carey. This heartfelt story is great for children of all ages and families alike.



A Very Elton Christmas Dec 2 - Dec 2, 2017  
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.

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Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas Nov 17 - Jan 13, 2018  
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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