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Holiday Plays

A List of Holiday Plays This 2018 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.

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It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! Nov 15 - Jan 5, 2019  
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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The Nutcracker Dec 1 - Dec 30, 2018  
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 4 - Dec 30, 2018  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Nutcracker
 
The House Theatre of Chicago's original, ballet-free version of The Nutcracker returns to Chicago's Chopin Theatre Mainstage with its fantastical deconstruction of E.T.A. Hoffmann's time-honored holiday story. With lots of humor and heart, this fresh theatrical interpretation centers on young Clara's journey to save Christmas following her brother's death. With the help of a magical nutcracker given to her by her beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer, she bravely fights the Rat King to save her family. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original songs and spellbinding imagery to tell a heartwarming holiday story of love, loss and hope.

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A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol Nov 20 - Dec 30, 2018  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol
 
A hip-hop holiday treat set to a bangin' beat! CST and Chicago hip-hop sensation the Q Brothers-creators of Othello: The Remix and Funk It Up About Nothin'-have toured around the world, playing to sold-out houses in Edinburgh, Germany, South Korea, Australia and London. Now the team turns up the volume on Charles Dickens' classic tale, mixing everything from reggae, dancehall and dubstep to epic rock ballads. The Ghosts of Hip-hop Past, Present and Future lead Scrooge on a journey filled with rhythm, rhyme and redemption.

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  Other Holiday Shows
The Annoyance Christmas Pageant Nov 17 - Dec 23, 2018  
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 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.

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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.

 

 

   
Burlesque is More Presents: Nice N' Naughty Nov 17 - Dec 29, 2018  
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.

 

 

   
The Buttcracker, A Nutcracker Burlesque Dec 5 - Dec 26, 2018  
Reggie's Music Joint The Buttcracker, A Nutcracker Burlesque
 
Hold onto your pants, or let 'em fly off! Here comes year three of the sexy, alternative spin on the holiday classic! Choreographed by Darling Shear, this burlesque variety show meets ballet extravaganza is a combination fairy tale and exotic trip down the rabbit hole with the best of Chicago's night-life entertainment. A twist on the original ballet and an event not to be missed, highlighting the world of burlesque, boylesque, magic, sword balancing, fire spinning, dance, and more! Come follow Clara and her Buttcracker on a wild hallucinogenic trip from a boring-AF holiday party to the Land of Sweets. One part parody, one part variety show, and altogether fun! Leave the kids at home and enjoy a night out at Reggies Music Joint for the sexiest holiday show in town!

 

 

   
A Charlie Brown Christmas Dec 22 - Dec 22, 2018  
Rosemont Theatre A Charlie Brown Christmas
 
This touring production of A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz features everyone's favorite Peanuts gang - Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally and more, all led by the lovable Charlie Brown - as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown becomes discouraged by the materialism of the season, Lucy convinces him to direct the neighborhood Christmas play. In typical Charlie Brown fashion, things go awry when he selects a tiny fir tree for the production. It's up to Linus to save the day and remind everyone of the real message of the holiday. Enjoy this timeless story that showcases the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi (performed by a three-piece ensemble on stage) at the Rosemont Theatre.

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Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night Nov 23 - Dec 30, 2018  
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 29 - Dec 24, 2018  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Christmas Carol
 
A Metropolis tradition, celebrate the holiday with Ebenezer Scrooge and the Cratchit family. Scrooge's only concern is with making money, no matter the cost to those around him. He doesn't even want his loyal employee Bob Cratchit to take the day off for Christmas and turns down his nephew's invitation to join his family for Christmas Dinner. Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by three magical spirits who take him on a journey through his painful past, gloomy present, and possibly fatal future as he learns how his actions have affected those around him.

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A Christmas Carol Dec 14 - Dec 23, 2018  
Riverfront Playhouse A Christmas Carol
 
For the 25th consecutive year, The Riverfront Playhouse will present their own original version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Adapted from the classic Charles Dickens story by Riverfront veteran Jack Schultz, this production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL features 9 songs also written by Schultz.

 

 

   
Christmas Mubarak Nov 30 - Dec 11, 2018  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Christmas Mubarak
 
Christmas Mubarak is a first-of-its-kind musical / theatre interplay of Muslim stories and Christian music that celebrates the miraculous birth, life, and ascension of Jesus. This festive holiday performance features actors from the Silk Road communities and choir members from the First United Methodist Church at The Chicago Temple.

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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.

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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.

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A Doo Wop Christmas Show Dec 7 - Dec 7, 2018  
McAninch Arts Center A Doo Wop Christmas Show
 
The six-member Doo Wop Project traces the evolution of Doo Wop and takes audiences on a journey from foundational groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos, The Temptations and The Four Seasons. The show also reimagines what modern music from Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Maroon 5 might have sounded like in the Doo Wop era.

 

 

   
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Nov 16 - Nov 25, 2018  
Chicago Theatre Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
 
Audiences will find their hearts growing a few sizes (along with the Grinch's heart, of course) when they witness the magic of the holiday tale on stage, which will feature the hit songs "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," both from the original animated television special. Max the Dog serves as the story's narrator as the scheming Grinch plans to steal Christmas away from The Whos, the loveable characters that understand and embrace the true meaning of the holiday. When the Grinch realizes that he can't take Christmas away from Who-ville by taking presents, he returns the gifts and decorations and joins the festivities, proving that all it takes is a little kindness and joy to grow the heart of any Grinch.

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Dresden Follies or Unstuck at Christmas Time Dec 8 - Dec 22, 2018  
Otherworld Theatre Dresden Follies or Unstuck at Christmas Time
 
Dresden Follies is a time traveling Christmas Carol where Christmas present is 1944 in a German POW camp. Vaudeville duo Highstreet and Mook are preparing to perform for the troops on Christmas day when they are suddenly swept up into the misadventures of three ghosts who transport them to iconic holiday scenes throughout literature.

 

 

   
EL Stories: Holiday Train Nov 30 - Dec 22, 2018  
The Greenhouse Theater Center EL Stories: Holiday Train
 
EL Stories: Holiday Train is the seasonal variation of the long-running hit show about harrowing, hair-raising and hilarious true stories of Chicago train and bus experiences. Based on interviews with Windy City citizens from various backgrounds and neighborhoods, this show isn't just a collection of funny mass transit stories performed live -- it's a look at the way the people of Chicago interact as a community, particularly during the holidays. Just like every EL Stories show, each performance of Holiday Train features an audience volunteer's story performed live.

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An Elgin Old Tyme Holiday Radio Show 2 Nov 9 - Nov 18, 2018  
Elgin Art Showcase An Elgin Old Tyme Holiday Radio Show 2
 
It was an immediate success and the six shows played to almost capacity audiences. This year the Elgin Theatre Company will be again performing three totally different holiday scripts in radio show format. The audience will feel they are again sitting in an actual radio studio watching three "live" performances complete with sound effects and period radio commercials being created and enacted right before their very eyes. All three scripts were actually done on the radio in the early to mid 50's.

 

 

   
For Whom the North Poles Nov 30 - Dec 22, 2018  
Mckaw Theater For Whom the North Poles
 
For Whom the North Poles is a holiday-themed sketch comedy show written and performed by the McKay Arts' sketch comedy ensemble and directed by Antoine McKay.

 

 

   
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Sweater Nov 13 - Dec 31, 2018  
The Second City at Piper's Alley The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Sweater
 
It's the most wonderful time of the year-ish! Laugh along with The Second City as comedy's best and brightest roast the chestnuts outta all the things we lovingly loathe about the holiday season. Why, it's enough merriment and music to keep you jolly 'til the Chicago snow melts...next May.

 

 

   
Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 2 - Dec 2, 2018  
Rosemont Theatre Great Russian Nutcracker
 
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker returns to Chicagoland's Rosemont Theatre, spreading holiday joy and goodwill with its Dove of Peace tour. Inspired by the Bolshoi's 1957 version of Tchaikovsky's classic, the young Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the Land of Peace and Harmony, where the Dove takes Masha on a magical trip across the globe, introducing her to the rich and colorful cultures of the world. Filled with premier Russian dancers, larger-than-life nesting dolls, handmade costumes, young local dancers -- and even a falling snow effect -- this perennial favorite is sure to cast its seasonal spell over the entire family, leaving kids "wide-eyed with delight" (The New York Times).

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Hellcab Nov 30 - Dec 30, 2018  
The Agency Theater Collective at Raven Theatre Hellcab
 
On a bitterly cold day leading up to Christmas in 1992, a young cab driver journeys through Chicago picking up a variety of bizarre and mysterious characters. Kern draws from personal experience as a former cabbie to examine this hilarious, frightening, and poignant trip through the Windy City.

 

 

   
Hershel And The Hanukkah Goblins Dec 1 - Jan 5, 2019  
Strawdog Theatre Hershel And The Hanukkah Goblins
 
This new stage adaptation of the classic children's holiday book is the latest edition of Strawdog's programming geared towards families and young audiences. The creative team, led by Emerald City Theatre Artistic Director Jacqueline Stone, will use live music to tell the fantastical story of Hershel of Ostropol defeating a series of goblins over the eight days of Hanukkah.

 

 

   
Holiday Inn Nov 7 - Jan 6, 2019  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Holiday Inn
 
Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut... but life just isn't the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim's luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. Based on the classic film, this joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs, including "Blue Skies," "Steppin' Out With My Baby," "Heat Wave," "White Christmas," "Shaking the Blues Away" and many more. This year-round romance is sure to delight audiences!

 

 

   
The Holiday Radio Show: 1943 Nov 29 - Dec 29, 2018  
Berger Park Coach House The Holiday Radio Show: 1943
 
Three Cat Production is thrilled to bring back its hit show, The Holiday Radio Show: 1943. The Holiday Radio Show takes us back to Christmas 1943, featuring stories by Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Maud Montgomery, O. Henry, Langston Hughes and more. There will be drama, wacky humor, adorable actors, and some truly transcendent three-part harmony that will chase away your "I Can't Believe It's the Holidays Again" blues.

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It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play Nov 29 - Dec 30, 2018  
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: 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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It's Christmas, Goddamnit Nov 23 - Dec 28, 2018  
Annoyance Theatre It's Christmas, Goddamnit
 
If you're sick of all the good cheer and warm-and-fuzzy holiday shows, The Annoyance Theatre has the antidote: It's Christmas, Goddamnit, a comedy about one majorly dysfunctional family coming together for the holidays. But this is no run-of-the-mill miserable family gathering. Along with the traditional passive-aggressive silences and sniping, Dad has surprising news: he's having an affair with the next-door neighbor. The plot thickens when a loathed uncle is accidentally killed by the son of Dad's sweetheart, and the family reunion quickly devolves into a hilariously disastrous Christmas Eve.

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A Klingon Christmas Carol Nov 29 - Dec 16, 2018  
Edge 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.

 

 

   
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.

 

 

   
Miracle On 34th Street Nov 23 - Dec 23, 2018  
Steel Beam Theatre Miracle On 34th Street
 
Steel Beam Theatre presents the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street, a Live Radio Show. In it, actors assemble at KSBT in Hollywood for a 1948 live radio show of a new holiday play, but there's been a miscommunication with the East Coast team, so only a few of the actors show up. The sponsor and his adopted son have to step in, the voice coach to the stars makes a special appearance, and the announcer and producer have to take over the sound effects because the stage manager is sick in bed -- all in all, things get very topsy-turvy! In true holiday storytelling, the cast comes together to put on a wonderful show. Using the elements of improvisation and the original LUX Radio Hour script, director JoAnn Smith has assembled a fun and marvelous cast of actors, young and mature alike. Featuring Larry Boller of Elgin, Jake Busse of Joliet, Alex and Ian Cirpinski of St. Charles, Maddie Gartrell of Geneva, Maddie Hargadon of Elgin, Kat Metzger of Vernon Hills, Crystal Skipworth of St. Charles, Ben Slabik of Lombard and Chris Williams of Aurora, Miracle on 34th Street is a family favorite that is sure to please.

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Miracle On 34th Street: A Radio Play Dec 8 - Dec 22, 2018  
The Artistic Home Miracle On 34th Street: A Radio Play
 
. 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 believe in Santa Claus will be delivered as an old-time radio play complete with onstage sound effects by The Artistic Home company for eight 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?

 

 

   
Miracle On 34th Street: The Musical Nov 15 - Dec 23, 2018  
Theatre At The Center Miracle On 34th Street: The Musical
 
From Meredith Willson, composer of The Music Man, and inspired by the beloved 1947 film, audiences will enjoy the gift of music and laughter for the holidays. After Santa encounters a skeptical little girl during the season of sharing and caring, a message about the importance of believing is made clear to all. "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" became famous as one the memorable songs in this joyous favorite for all ages.

 

 

   
Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical Nov 29 - Dec 23, 2018  
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 Night Before The Night Before Christmas Nov 30 - Dec 9, 2018  
James Downing Theatre The Night Before The Night Before Christmas
 
In The Night Before The Night Before Christmas, Lou has wrestled with a big ball of tangled Christmas lights for the last time - Christmas is cancelled! Escaping New Jersey, the freezing cold, his nutty family, and most of all the holidays, is exactly what Lou plans to do. However, a freak snowstorm leaves Lou and wife Carol stranded in the airport and their dreams of sipping cocktails on the beach in peril. Will a couple of unlikely characters help restore Lou's Christmas Spirit in the St. Nick of time?

 

 

   
Noel-O-L Nov 28 - Dec 26, 2018  
Huggable Riot at Annoyance Theatre Noel-O-L
 
Through a mad-dash hour of sketches, Huggable explores the roles everyone plays in the celebrations and commiserations of the holiday season. From the literal to the familial, from a group audition for the Mall of America's Santa to adult conversations at the Thanksgiving kids' table, Huggable looks to ask, "In the end, what part will you play?"

 

 

   
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.

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The Nutcracker Dec 8 - Dec 8, 2018  
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.

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The Nutcracker Dec 15 - Dec 16, 2018  
McAninch Arts Center The Nutcracker
 
The gorgeous holiday classic The Nutcracker comes to life with a full scale production by the Von Heidecke Chicago Festival Ballet. Enjoy this rare opportunity to see The Nutcracker with live music from the New Philharmonic Orchestra. Come early and meet Santa in the lobby and take photos with our life-size Nutracker!

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O Sole Night: An O Sole Trio Christmas Dec 12 - Dec 12, 2018  
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!

 

 

   
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!

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The Santaland Diaries Nov 30 - Dec 30, 2018  
Goodman Theatre The Santaland Diaries
 
This holiday season, Goodman Theatre presents The Santaland Diaries-David Sedaris' "vivid, hilarious portrait of family Christmas with his deft combination of wicked humor and scalpel-sharp observation" (Chicago Magazine). Adapted by Joe Mantello and directed by longtime Goodman Artistic Associate Steve Scott, this "theatrical stocking stuffer" (Chicago Reader) is perfect for those who prefer their eggnog spiked. Chicago favorite Matt Crowle makes his Goodman debut in a solo performance as the strapped-for-cash struggling actor who takes a job as "Crumpet," an elf at Macy's Santaland-and his hilarious observations are more naughty than nice.

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Seasonal Bows Nov 30 - Dec 9, 2018  
WT Productions at Vero Voce Theater Seasonal Bows
 
This original production from WT Productions contains six short plays that blend light comedy, dark comedy, and drama as they take Christmas and the winter holidays and look at them from different perspectives.

 

 

   
The Second City's Holidazed and Confused Revue Nov 29 - Dec 23, 2018  
Paramount Theatre The Second City's Holidazed and Confused Revue
 
Second City's annual holiday engagement in downtown Aurora is a seasonal must-see, thanks to their famous skits, naughty songs and so, so many laughs. The Paramount's 173-seat Copley Theatre - a space so intimate, you're up close and personal with all that Second City fun - is the ideal setting, and convenient too. No need to go to downtown Chicago to experience their funny, festive show - get some eggnog, get out to Aurora and get ready to laugh.

 

 

   
The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue Dec 22 - Dec 31, 2018  
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 Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue is a terrific setting for holiday celebrations and perfect antidote to the traditional office party, a great addition to your list of holiday traditions.

 

 

   
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.

 

 

   
The Snow Queen Nov 10 - Dec 23, 2018  
Filament Theatre The Snow Queen
 
When her best friend Kai is lured to the wicked Snow Queen's palace, young Gerda embarks on an unexpected quest to the ends of the earth to save him. This epic story of courage and friendship across the wintry wonders of the North Pole and beyond will warm even the most frozen hearts with music, puppetry, and lots of theatrical magic.

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SnowGirls - The Musical Nov 15 - Dec 30, 2018  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic SnowGirls - The Musical
 
Snowmi Malone is a rebel who dreams of becoming a dancer. Her quest leads her to the cold cruel world of the North Pole, where she'll stop at nothing to fulfill her fantasy. SnowGirls explores what happens at the North Pole the other 364 days of the year - and it isn't always pretty.

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Songs from My Holiday Closet Dec 17 - Dec 17, 2018  
Mary's Attic Songs from My Holiday Closet
 
Songs from My Holiday Closet is a night of heartwarming and hilarious "HoliGay" music featuring the original songs of Larry Todd Cousineau (bookwriter/lyricist of FLIES!! THE MUSICAL!) This festive revue, created by the award-winning lyricist, stars Cousineau, Ashlee Hardgrave, and Musical Director (and multiple Jeff Award nominee) Jimmy Morehead. Rounding out the cast are members from the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus: Rick Aiello, Joey Fontanetta, Nico Nepomuceno and Michael Kirby. The clever tunes feature the music of composers Jake Anthony, Russ Coutinho, Bill Johnson, James Morehead, Cindy O'Connor, Mike O'Mara and Patrick Sinozich.

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The Steadfast Tin Soldier: A Christmas Pantomime Nov 7 - Jan 13, 2019  
Lookingglass Theatre The Steadfast Tin Soldier: A Christmas Pantomime
 
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Ensemble Member Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses, Treasure Island) fashions an extravagant and exhilarating spectacle. The unlikely adventure of a little tin soldier, brimming with love and unblinking bravery, is infused with Zimmerman's dazzling blend of storytelling through image and movement, accompanied by live musicians. Unsuspecting travelers make unexpected discoveries in this luminous tale, destined to enchant any and all of us not made of tin.

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Tidings of Tap! Dec 9 - Dec 9, 2018  
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."

 

 

   
The Truth About Santa (an apocalyptic holiday tale) Nov 30 - Dec 29, 2018  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena The Truth About Santa (an apocalyptic holiday tale)
 
Santa Claus is tired of the lies. Like the gods of old, he, too, has his mortal mistresses. This Christmas Eve he will bring Mary, his favorite earthly consort, and Luke and Freya, their illegitimate, semi-divine children, back to the North Pole compound to live with him - forever! Not surprisingly, Mrs. Claus resists. As Mary and her children, along with Mary's drunkard husband, George, and the singing elf-slaves Jo-Jo and Jim-Jim are drawn into the marital melee, all Hell - quite literally - breaks loose.

 

 

   
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.

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Twelfth Night, Or What You Will Nov 29 - Dec 16, 2018  
Midsommer Flight at Lincoln Park Conservatory Twelfth Night, Or What You Will
 
The comedy is believed to have been written by Shakespeare as an entertainment for the close of the Christmas season on the "twelfth night" after Christmas. One of the English traditions of that holiday is that roles can be reversed - such as commoners becoming royalty. Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT plays upon those traditions. In his comedy, a woman, Viola, poses as a man - causing much romantic confusion; and a servant, Malvolio, imagines he can become a nobleman.

 

 

   
Twelfth Night, Or What You Will Nov 7 - Dec 16, 2018  
Writers Theatre Twelfth Night, Or What You Will
 
Shakespeare's romantic, boisterous and poignant comedy has never felt more relevant-or more hilarious! When young Viola is shipwrecked on an unfamiliar shore, presuming her twin brother drowned in the same wreck, she must disguise herself as a man to secure a job with the local Duke Orsino. But when asked to further Orsino's romantic interests with the powerful Olivia, she finds herself tangled in an increasingly confused love triangle. Crossed wires, cross purposes and crossed garters abound, leading to a final scene of revelations that allows almost everyone to live happily ever after...

 

 

   
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!

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An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas Dec 18 - Dec 18, 2018  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas
 
Chicago sensation Evan Tyrone Martin (JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, SIDE SHOW, OKLAHOMA) warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole. Chicago Tribune calls the Award-nominated Martin "Destined for Stardom: One of the Hot New Faces of Chicago Theatre," and BCR News praises, "Martin's vocal ease would have done Nat King Cole proud." Martin intimately relates Cole's personal journey, while presenting a festive cocktail of hits including "L-O-V-E," "Mona Lisa," "The Christmas Song," and "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth."

 

 

   
The Winter Wolf Dec 6 - Jan 6, 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.

 

 

   
Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas: A Die Hard Musical Parody Dec 1 - Jan 12, 2019  
The Den Theatre Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas: A Die Hard Musical Parody
 
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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