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Holiday Plays

A List of Holiday Plays This 2020 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
It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! Nov 12 - Jan 2, 2021  
American Blues Theater at Live Online It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
George Bailey, the Everyman from small town Bedford Falls whose dreams of escape and adventure were stopped by family obligation and civic duty, has fallen onto desperate times. Only a miracle can save him from despair. Filled with original music and classic holiday carols, this critically acclaimed, warm "holiday favorite makes the bell ring every time." (Chicago Tribune) For over 19 years, American Blues has treated audiences to a live retelling of the Frank Capra classic in a 1940s radio broadcast tradition, making It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! the second longest-running holiday play in Chicago! This season, it will be performed live and online from actors' homes to yours.

 

 

   
The Steadfast Tin Soldier Dec 1 - Dec 27, 2020  
Lookingglass Theatre at Online Stream The Steadfast Tin Soldier
 
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. Experience Chicago's beloved holiday tradition with your family this holiday season, as the production streams into your home this December!

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  Other Holiday Shows
The Black Ensemble Virtual Holiday Extravaganza Dec 18 - Dec 25, 2020  
Black Ensemble Theater at Online Stream The Black Ensemble Virtual Holiday Extravaganza
 
In these trying times when we may not be able to spend the holidays with our families, Black Ensemble Theater invites you to join ours-virtually! Watch as we bring you holiday classics performed by some of your favorite Black Ensemble superstars! Songs like "Little Drummer Boy," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "Winter Wonderland" and many, many more! Tune in and enjoy as the Black Ensemble Theater presents our Virtual Holiday Extravaganza!!

 

 

   
A Bloody Mary Christmas Dec 4 - Dec 19, 2020  
Online Stream A Bloody Mary Christmas
 
For the 11th consecutive year (and first time virtually!), Space 55 presents A Bloody Mary Christmas, a holiday musical for people who hate the holidays and musicals. Sun City retirees Blanche, Bertha and Mabel sing, dance and drink themselves silly as they battle a heartless homeowner’s association that tries to evict them from their condo on Christmas Eve. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll pee a little. Need we add that this show isn’t even remotely appropriate for children? Streaming LIVE on December 4, 11, 18 & 19 on the Space 55 YouTube Channel. Starring Mary Timpany, Suze St John, Thea Eigo, and Kalei Devilly. Directed by Willa Eigo.

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Burning Bluebeard Dec 4 - Jan 3, 2021  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Online Stream Burning Bluebeard
 
Burning Bluebeard, now in its ninth year, was created and performed by the critically acclaimed theatre troupe The Ruffians. A magical story is told with music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance, Burning Bluebeard is a physical-performance phenomena inspired by the true story of Chicago's former Iroquois Theatre and the unforgettable events that resulted in tragedy for 600 theatergoers at Christmastime in 1903. The running time for Burning Bluebeard is 100 minutes and this streamed performance was filmed during the 2019 run at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts.

 

 

   
A Celtic Family Christmas At Home Dec 12 - Dec 31, 2020  
Auditorium Theatre at Online Stream A Celtic Family Christmas At Home
 
This special hour-long performance will feature MacMaster and Leahy's music and culture, holiday traditions, and general real life family dynamic. They will share their music, as well as their way of life - raising children, farming, and Christmas traditions still honored and celebrated. This intimate show will offer some traditional and original music with the whole family but also a few special numbers with their own stellar band: Mac Morin on piano, Mark Kelso on drums, Remi Arsenault on bass, and Elmer Ferrer on guitar. A Celtic Family Christmas "At Home" also includes personal stories, candid moments, plus the MacMaster/Leahy Christmas food traditions.

 

 

   
The Chimes Dec 7 - Jan 3, 2021  
Remy Bumppo at Online Stream The Chimes
 
Full of wit, warmth, and even goblin attendants, The Chimes returns to Remy Bumppo for the first time since 2013 - this time virtually and on-demand - just in time for the holiday season. In this one-person show, Artistic Director Nick Sandys portrays Charles Dickens and his whole array of lively characters as the story builds towards the dawning of New Year's Day. Experience this classic Dickensian holiday tale during this Scrooge-like year, all from the safety and comfort of your home.

 

 

   
The Christmas Ballet Dec 11 - Dec 24, 2020  
Live Online The Christmas Ballet
 
Even 2020 can't stop Santa Baby from sauntering across the stage. This holiday season, Smuin is bringing the wit and warmth of The Christmas Ballet directly to you at home. With 15 virtual performances featuring premieres by Amy Seiwert, Ben Needham-Wood, and Rex Wheeler, among others, you won't want to miss this year's The Christmas Ballet! We hope you'll join us to celebrate the holidays at home, Smuin style. Each virtual showing includes brand new works and select favorites livestreamed from our studio, followed by an hourlong, recorded compilation curated from previous performance footage. One of Smuin's three "pods" of Company Artists will perform live at each showing, across multiple dates.

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Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night Nov 27 - Dec 27, 2020  
Online Stream Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night
 
Brush up on your Yuletide trivia, watch as audience members play for actual prizes in this uniquely interactive show. Laugh as the show tackles the wackiest myths and most outrageous facts about Christmas, including jolly old St. Nick's origins and where candy canes come from. There’s also a hilarious quiz pitting boys against girls on stage to see who knows the most about the holiday season! Watch and laugh from the comfort of your own home!

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A Christmas Carol Dec 1 - Dec 24, 2020  
Online Stream A Christmas Carol
 
FREE from Dec 1 – 24 Mark Clements’ Classic Production of A Christmas Carol Each year, nearly 40,000 people experience Milwaukee Rep Artistic Director Mark Clements’ epic adaptation at the beautiful historic Pabst Theater. We are opening our video vault to bring a never-before-seen recording of the 2016 production filmed and produced by HMS Media.

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A Christmas Carol In The Dark Dec 10 - Dec 24, 2020  
Theatre in the Dark at Live Online A Christmas Carol In The Dark
 
Theatre in the Dark, the two-year-old Chicago theater company whose original audio play retelling of H.G. Wells' WAR OF THE WORLDS was the breakout hit of the fall season, will follow up with live online performances of A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN THE DARK for 10 special performances from December 10 through 24. Company Artistic Producer Mack Gordon created and will direct this new adaptation of Dickens' classic. It will be performed live at each of the ten performances by a cast performing from three locations across North America, with Theatre in the Dark's signature audio style recreating Ebenezer Scrooge's infamous Christmas Eve journey from darkness into light.

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A Christmas Carol: An Audio Play Dec 1 - Dec 30, 2020  
Goodman Theatre at Online Stream A Christmas Carol: An Audio Play
 
Experience Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol anew with our FREE audio streaming version. The voices you love—including Larry Yando as Scrooge—and our signature soundscape come to vivid life in your home starting December 1 at 7pm CST through December 30.

 

 

   
A Christmas Carol: the Radio Play Dec 1 - Dec 31, 2020  
Online Stream A Christmas Carol: the Radio Play
 
One of the longest-running productions in the country, Alleyway’s 38th production of the Dickens’ classic is now reimagined as a radio play! Starring David C. Mitchell as Scrooge, and featuring an entire cast returning from last season, this is Alleyway’s most intimate production of the holiday favorite yet. Adapted by and featuring Neal Radice as Charles Dickens.

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Christmas Comes But Once A Year Dec 12 - Dec 12, 2020  
Oak Park Festival Theatre at Live Online Christmas Comes But Once A Year
 
Late December: At a backwater British university, a trio of squabbling academics attempts to unlock an ancient puzzle box containing the script for "Christmas Comes But Once A Year," a long-lost holiday extravaganza penned by a quartet of Shakespeare's contemporaries. And in a flashback to November 1602, those playwrights-Thomas Heywood, Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker, and John Webster-struggle to complete an "accessible" holiday story.

 

 

   
A Drunk Christmas Carol Dec 19 - Dec 19, 2020  
Live Online A Drunk Christmas Carol
 
Follow a classically-trained theater troupe as they dive into a hilarious brand new 2020 adaptation of Scrooge's transformative tale by artistic director Alisa Stewart, with a lift of extra holiday spirit! Two actors (randomly chosen on show night) take 4 shots of a spirit selected in advance by the audience. The actors then overconfidently attempt to read the script crafted with the help of the audience. Hilarity and mayhem ensue while three sober actors and the host try to keep the script on track. Gift card "presents" will be given away to audience members throughout the show. ​During registration, YOU are invited to cast the show, select booze shots, pick "all drink" words, insert crafty 2020-flavored plot twists, and decide if you want to be considered as an All-Seeing Christmas Spirit who can stop the show at any time and make an actor spin a "Wheel of Fate" that could land on anything from making an actor drink again, sing a carol, dance a jig, or even change the show's setting altogether to 1860 Deadwood, Arizona or a baseball locker room. The show is not a Zoom production, rather a livestream performance from RIGHT HERE, on this website! ETP actors will perform together live in front of multiple cameras in the same room. ETP actors will start a self-imposed quarantine on November 26 and be in a bubble through the date of the event so as to practice active social distancing to fellow actors in this new wave of lockdowns in time of COVID-19.

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Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish Nov 27 - Dec 27, 2020  
Online Stream Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish
 
Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish-The Musical tells the story of a rag doll named Eleanor who lives in the magical world of the North Pole. Despite her love for her family there, including Santa, Mrs. "Cookie" Claus, Clara Claus, and the elves-Twinkle, Sprinkle, and Sparkle-her wish is for a best friend and home of her own. Based on the heartfelt book of the same name by Chicagoan Denise McGowan Tracy, the 2019 World Premiere opening performance of the family-friendly production is available to stream through December 27, 2020. Household viewing tickets provide 48-hour access from the first view and recommended for ages 3 and up.

 

 

   
Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol With A Twist Dec 1 - Dec 31, 2020  
Online Stream Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol With A Twist
 
The Holidays are here and this year Estella Scrooge (like her ancestor Ebenezer) is haunted by three ghostly visitations and oh what uninvited visitors they are. In this unique take on the classic story, you'll experience a mix of a few Dickens classic tales brought to life by Broadway royalty in this dazzlingly cinematic musical theatre adventure musical. Estella Scrooge is a young Wall Street tycoon with a penchant for foreclosing. A hotelier in her hometown of Pickwick, Ohio has defaulted on his mortgage loan and Estella fancies the idea of delivering the foreclosure in person on Christmas Eve. Arriving at Harthouse, Estella discovers that the defaulting party is none other than her childhood sweetheart, Pip Nickleby. A holiday treat for all ages

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The Golden Girls Live: The Christmas Episodes Dec 17 - Dec 20, 2020  
Live Online The Golden Girls Live: The Christmas Episodes
 
2020 has been rough, but nothing can keep the Girls down. Continuing our beloved holiday tradition, The Golden Girls Live: The Christmas Episodes, is taking the show online! Bringing you four LIVE streaming events to enjoy with family, friends and coworkers from the comfort of your own home – with sing-along carols and a limited quantity of virtual meet & greets. Because these shows are broadcast live, each performance will be a little different and we can expect some improvised shenanigans!

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Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 19 - Jan 2, 2021  
Moscow Ballet at Online Stream Great Russian Nutcracker
 
Go back to a simpler time and celebrate this Christmas tradition with the whole family! See Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker from the best seat in the house; your living room! Take this opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and experience the smash-hit Holiday tradition in this ground-breaking debut. Take a trip backstage with the cameras for a look at how the magic is made. Hear it first-hand from world-class artists, designers, and the creators of this cherished production. See the full performance as captured on stage plus an up close look at the behind-the-scenes action. Make this Christmas special; don't miss this celebration!

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Hershel and The Hanukkah Goblins Dec 5 - Dec 20, 2020  
Strawdog Theatre Company at Live Online Hershel and The Hanukkah Goblins
 
Strawdog is bringing back its holiday family favorite Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblin, reimagined to be enjoyed in the comfort of your home. Based on the award-winning book by Eric Kimmel, Hershel is adapted by ensemble member Michael Dailey*, with music and lyrics by Jacob Combs and direction by Spencer Ryan Diedrick. Following the production, Strawdog will make a donation to The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, working to transform Chicago into a city free of poverty, racism and antisemitism.

 

 

   
The Hip Hop Nutcracker Dec 18 - Dec 18, 2020  
Live Online The Hip Hop Nutcracker
 
Recorded Live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a holiday mash-up for the entire family. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovskyʼs timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hopʼs founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set. Just like the original, in The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince go on a dream adventure battling a gang of mice, visiting the land of sweets and learning the lessons of the holiday season. Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmannʼs beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City. Through this re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker take us on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.

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Holiday Cabernet Dec 12 - Dec 12, 2020  
Ghostlight Ensemble at Online Stream Holiday Cabernet
 
The Holiday Cabernet is back for a third year — in a slightly altered format. Thanks to the Year(s) of COVID, we’ll be presenting a virtual season, including our popular holiday offering. So prepare to G.E.T. toasted in your pjs at home, while we enjoy an evening of holiday classics (or not-so-classics) by favorite G.E.T. performers, emerging artists and surprise guests in a virtual setting with a host filled with holiday spirits!

 

 

   
Holiday Sing-Along with the Symphony Dec 12 - Jan 3, 2021  
New Philharmonic at Online Stream Holiday Sing-Along with the Symphony
 
Make a batch of cookies, gather your family, and go caroling from your couch! A concert full of the most festive carols, a Hanukkah medley, and other orchestral seasonal favorites, Maestro Muspratt and the New Philharmonic will spark your sing-along spirit. To ensure no one skips a beat, lyrics will be displayed on the bottom of the screen.

 

 

   
Holiday-In (Because, Baby, it's COVID Outside) Dec 4 - Dec 4, 2020  
Online Stream Holiday-In (Because, Baby, it's COVID Outside)
 
Don’t let what’s gloomy outside ruin the holidays inside! Come December 4th, we’re celebrating the season with a talented cast of performers from around the world for a show reminiscent of the 1950s Christmas specials with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and other singing greats. From a home base that once belonged to Bing Crosby, Holiday In is putting a new twist on classic holiday tunes from Broadway, Hollywood, and the jazz worlds and shout-outs from music insiders, including Frank Dilella, Emmy-Award winning host of On Stage on Spectrum News NY1, and Kathryn Crosby, wife of the late Bing Crosby. So mark your calendars for December 4. Find a spot to get comfortable; maybe learn a lesson from Bing and Frank and grab “a little hot toddy for the body” and enjoy this holiday in! Proceeds from the evening go to support arts organizations Jazz At The Ballroom and the Actors Fund.

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It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Dec 18 - Dec 27, 2020  
Oil Lamp Theater at Online Stream It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
 
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play has become a holiday tradition for many Oil Lamp patrons and their families, and in this year we know those traditions that bring us joy mean more than ever before. Embrace the season with us and watch everyone's favorite classic performed LIVE on a digital 'stage' and streamed right to your home! Only five actors bring dozens of characters to life in a 1946 radio play - complete with sound effects, backdrops, and more - to tell the story of George Bailey, whose troubles lead him to wish he had never been born. He is visited by the angel Clarence who comes to Earth on Christmas Eve to help George realize how many lives he has touched and just how blessed he has been and how different the world would be had he never been there. Live Streamed December 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm. On-Demand December 20 through 27

 

 

   
A New York Holiday Minute Dec 14 - Dec 20, 2020  
Live Online A New York Holiday Minute
 
In a series of six short plays commissioned by Out of Box Theatrics, New Yorkers of all walks of life navigate their way through the highs and lows of living in the city during the holidays. From cynical Christmas elves to awkward family gatherings to heartwarming holiday magic, New York City during the holidays offers a fresh start unlike anywhere else. Representing BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities, featured playwrights include Anthony Anello, Harron Atkins, Elise Forier Edie, Lauren Jennings, Kevin Renn, and Marcus Scott.

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The Night Before Christmas a Radio Musical Dec 11 - Dec 25, 2020  
Online Stream The Night Before Christmas a Radio Musical
 
This holiday season, we invite you and your family to gather 'round the fire and enjoy the warmly humorous radio musical The Night Before Christmas. Set upon the backdrop of a winter blizzard, a group of misfit travelers, made up of colorful characters and larger than life personalities, get stranded in a country cabin on Christmas Eve. As they work out their differences, trying to make the best out of a bad situation, they soon realize that it's not who you spend the holidays with that is important, but how you spread holiday cheer that really matters! Filled with classic holiday carols that we all know and love, this radio musical is a perfect way for the entire family to get in on the holiday spirit!

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The Nutcracker Dec 18 - Dec 30, 2020  
Ballet Chicago at Online Stream The Nutcracker
 
Through its inspiring story, beautiful music, and charming choreography, The Nutcracker is a celebration of the joyous holiday season. Every year The Nutcracker takes us on an unforgettable journey with young Marie as she travels from her home on Christmas Eve to the Kingdom of Snow and the Land of the Sweets. For adults, it is a time to relive cherished memories of childhood. For children who wait with breathless anticipation for the holidays to arrive, it is the opportunity to create new memories. For everyone, it is a time for sharing and giving among family and friends.

 

 

   
One-Man A Christmas Carol Dec 8 - Jan 3, 2021  
Writers Theatre at Online Stream One-Man A Christmas Carol
 
Artistic Director Michael Halberstam's acclaimed one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens' holiday ghost story, featuring Halberstam in his tour-de-force solo performance, masterfully recreates the greatest ghost story ever written. Not seen at Writers Theatre since its in-demand run in 2008, One-Man Christmas Carol will be directed by Stanton Long in collaboration with HMS Media (PBS Great Performances, numerous Broadway productions) to bring this streamed holiday tradition to your home.

 

 

   
The Rip Nelson Holiday Quarantine Special Dec 4 - Jan 17, 2021  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Online Stream The Rip Nelson Holiday Quarantine Special
 
It's 2020 and Rip is in the hospital after an ill-advised gig on a Pride cruise. Rip's devoted make-up woman and confidante Gladys (Lori Lee*), is worried sick, but Rip is more upset that Ryan Seacrest is taking over as host of his annual television holiday special! Rip's not going to let anything, including the overbearing Nurse Ursula (Terry McCarthy*), stop him from being on that show! A determined Rip makes it to the studio with a little help from trippy magician, Doug Henning (David Lipschutz*) and soon finds himself in his weirdest television special ever.

 

 

   
A Very Covid Christmas Carol Dec 11 - Dec 24, 2020  
This Moment Productions at Online Stream A Very Covid Christmas Carol
 
A view into the life of iconic Ebenezer Scrooge comes streaming directly into our homes this holiday season. This unique adaptation allows us to be a passenger on Scrooge’s transformative journey. A Very Covid Christmas Carol is set in current day, with social distancing in mind. It brings timely and brilliant observational levity without losing heart. You won’t want to miss this groundbreaking adaptation directed by the original playwright!

 

 

   
Wally World Dec 16 - Dec 31, 2020  
Steppenwolf Theatre at Online Stream Wally World
 
It's Christmas Eve and a group of Wally World employees are about to lose it. On the one day of the year the mega-department superstore is supposed to close its doors, secrets come to life that may destroy more than their holiday cheer. Their manager Andy is doing everything in her power to keep her store in line and her employees in check. But can hard truths from her past ruin everything she's ever worked for? Wally World is a festive, poignant examination of finding magic in the mundane as ten employees do everything, they can to find purpose in a place that has never seen purpose in them.

 

 

   
Who's Holiday! Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2020  
Online Stream Who's Holiday!
 
Who's Holiday! tells the story of a middle-aged Cindy Lou Who, now residing in a beaten-down trailer in the snowy hills of Mount Crumpit. As she prepares to host a Christmas Eve party for her friends, she recalls her own perspective of that fateful night when she first met the Grinch, and the strange turn of events her life has taken for the past 40 years.

 

 

   
Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas: A Die Hard Musical Parody Dec 17 - Jan 17, 2021  
Online Stream 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. Yippee Ki-Yay Merry Christmas! A DIE HARD Musical Parody to be released on YouTube December 17, 2020 at 7PM CST. Subscribe to the official Yippee YouTube channel to watch the full length version of the show. No purchase necessary.

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