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A List of Holiday Plays This 2016 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
Christmas at Christine's Dec 1 - Dec 23, 2016  
Silk Road Rising at Chicago Temple Christmas at Christine's
This new holiday musical revue puts a Silk Road spin on the Christmas season. Chicago favorite Christine Bunuan invites you into her world with Christmas at Christine's. Journey from California to Chicago to the Philippines to a Catholic-Jewish household, as Christine sings her way through the holiday songbook and a lifetime of yuletide memories.



A Christmas Carol Nov 18 - Dec 31, 2017  
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 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.



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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  Other Holiday Shows
The Annoyance Christmas Pageant Nov 18 - Dec 18, 2016  
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!



Aunty Chan's Office Holiday Party Oct 16 - Dec 18, 2016  
Annoyance Theatre Aunty Chan's Office Holiday Party
This is your personal invitation to Aunty Chan's Office Holiday Party! As head of the Party Planning Committee, Aunty Chan takes office parties to a new level. Join her this holiday season for an office variety show with all your favorite co-workers. Aunty Cherry Chan is all thrill with no chill. "Make sure you clock in before you start drama at work." -Aunty Chan



Barney the Elf Nov 25 - Dec 31, 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.



A Broadway Holiday Dec 6 - Dec 6, 2016  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Broadway Holiday
The bustle of Times Square, the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center, the Rockettes and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Renowned singers Will & Anthony Nunziata return to Metropolis with A Broadway Holiday bringing the magic of Broadway to Arlington Heights during the Holidays. Catch Will & Anthony's soaring tenor voices ​​before they make their Carnegie Hall Debut as the headliners with the New York Pops in December.



A Charlie Brown Christmas Nov 11 - Jan 8, 2017  
Emerald City Theatre at Broadway Playhouse A Charlie Brown Christmas
Tis the season to celebrate everyone's favorite Peanuts pals as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again! "And for Charlie Brown, it was truly the merriest Christmas ever."



Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night Nov 25 - Jan 1, 2017  
Royal George Theatre Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night
In this interactive comedy, audience members play bingo while also answering questions about Christmas traditions, the origin of St. Nick, where do candy canes come from, miracles in the Bible . . . and a clever re-creation of the Annunciation, complete with audience members in angel wings and halos.

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A Christmas Carol Dec 2 - Dec 11, 2016  
Albright Theatre Company A Christmas Carol
This adaptation of A Christmas Carol provides a new twist to the Charles Dickens classic. A young boy named Thomas enjoys spending time at his grandfather's lending business, but does not understand why his grandfather would share hard-earned money with the poor. Grandfather takes the opportunity to tell Thomas the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, and a traditional retelling of the classic comes to life onstage.



A Christmas Carol Dec 10 - Dec 11, 2016  
Ignite Theatre at Catalyst Ranch A Christmas Carol
Ignite Theatre presents A Christmas Carol like you've never experienced before. This interactive, immersive new take on the holiday classic brings the audience along on a 1 hour tour through the unique and creative rooms of The Catalyst Ranch. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the beloved story from dancing all cares away at The Fezziwig Ball to helping Mrs. Cratchit prepare her house for an unforgettable Christmas feast. Bring your whole family along and make a day celebrating the holiday season here in Chicago.



A Christmas Carol Nov 25 - Nov 27, 2016  
McAninch Arts Center A Christmas Carol
For 16 years in a row, audiences in Glen Ellyn have joined Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and good old Ebenezer Scrooge on his harrowing journey from grumpy bah-humbugger to holiday believer in A Christmas Carol. In Charles Dickens' timeless classic, the miserly businessman Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas with the help of three spirits -- the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. First published in 1873, the novella became a critical success, and its story has yet to be improved upon. This lavish, 70-minute production at the McAninch Arts Center is perfect for the whole family.

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A Christmas Carol Nov 30 - Dec 22, 2016  
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 Nov 25 - Dec 17, 2016  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions A Christmas Carol
The magic of Charles Dickens' heart-warming classic visits Overshadowed's stage this Christmas. Come start a new holiday tradition and spend some time with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future as they bring A Christmas Carol to life on stage. It's perfect holiday entertainment!



A Christmas Carol: An Evening of Dickensian Delights Dec 9 - Dec 18, 2016  
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.



The Christmas Schooner Nov 30 - Dec 31, 2016  
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.

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A Christmas Story: The Musical Nov 16 - Dec 18, 2016  
Citadel Theatre Company A Christmas Story: The Musical
A Christmas Story, The Musical is a brilliant rebundling of Ralphie Parker's hilariously desperate quest for a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200 shot range model air rifle into a musical sure to become every bit the holiday favorite as the movie that preceded it. All of your favorite highlights are here - the Old Man's leg lamp, the tongue-on-a-flagpole, the bunny suit, and all of Ralphie's extravagant daydreams! Bring the whole family to see this holiday classic in a new way with this Tony-nominated Best Musical.



Christmas with The Celts Nov 13 - Dec 13, 2016  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Christmas with The Celts
The original national PBS show Christmas with The Celts aired on 222 PBS channels across the U.S., Canada and on the BBC in Ireland for three years. The high-stepping spirited musical selections have audiences clapping along from the first lively renditions of popular contemporary Christmas classics: "Little Drummer Boy", "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", "White Christmas" and John Lennon's perennial "Happy Christmas". The show presents a perfect combination of modern Christmas hits, lively Irish Carols, hilarious spontaneous humor, thrilling Irish dancing, a children's choir and lush string arrangements giving audiences a most memorable interactive Christmas experience.



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 Comedy Roast of Mr. Scrooge Dec 8 - Dec 23, 2016  
Chicago Theatre Works The Comedy Roast of Mr. Scrooge
From Tiny Tim to the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future, all of the beloved characters from A Christmas Carol finally get their chance to tell Scrooge what's coming to him in words that Charles Dickens never even knew. Straying far from certain local productions of Dicken's holiday classic, this irreverent and raucous show is the perfect anecdote for those who prefer a little more spice and a little less nice to their x-mases.



Die Another Holiday Nov 19 - Jan 21, 2017  
pH Comedy Theater Die Another Holiday
Ben and Lanny are an adorable couple -- and all they really want is a nice Christmas, as their families meet for the first time during a holiday getaway at an '80s-themed ski chalet. But trouble seems to follow Ben and his family anywhere they go, which might be because they're ... secret agents! Then again, there's always a chance that Lanny's family could be harboring some secrets, as well. Die Another Holiday from pH Productions proves that, whether highly trained in the deadly arts or not, no family can make it through the holidays without at least a little drama. Don't miss all the spy-centric intrigue, sitcom-style laughs and farcical fun of Die Another Holiday at Chicago's pH Comedy Theater.

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The Eight Reindeer Monologues Nov 30 - Dec 23, 2016  
The Foundlings Theatre Company at The Frontier The Eight Reindeer Monologues
Something very wrong just happened at the North Pole. Or did it? Santa's eight flying reindeer are an elite team wreathed in magic on December 24th but it's a different story the other 364 days of the year. After an unspeakable act is alleged, long time resentments and deep dark secrets are exposed to the light as The Eight Reindeer confess what they know. And what they don't know. Did he or didn't he?



EL Stories: Holiday Train Nov 26 - Jan 14, 2017  
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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Fruit Cake: An Improvised Holiday Movie Nov 18 - Dec 30, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater Fruit Cake: An Improvised Holiday Movie
The fast-on-the-trigger comics at Chicago's Under the Gun Theater want you to play producer and pitch them ideas, as they create and act out an entire holiday movie based on your suggestions. Whatever the trope -- from Santa shenanigans to travel troubles to derailed romance -- these highly-trained improv specialists are primed and ready to parody. Plus, there's always the chance that a celebrity will show up for a cameo with the crew.



Goy to the World and a Happy Jew Year Dec 3 - Dec 18, 2016  
The Public House Theatre Goy to the World and a Happy Jew Year
Holidays are a blessing and a curse for everyone- not just the Goyim. A Solid Callback Productions has something special for Jewish Chicagoans! And it's much more than Adam Sandler's celebrity lists. Enjoy a holiday comedy that tackles the tropes of Jewish family life, the pageantry of the holidays, and the blandness of the food.



The Hip Hop Nutcracker Dec 9 - Dec 9, 2016  
Rosemont Theatre The Hip Hop Nutcracker
Pirouettes are replaced with popping, and Tchaikovsky's iconic score gets remixed with live hip hop interludes by DJ Boo and legendary rapper Kurtis Blow in this streetwise reimagining of the ballet masterpiece, The Nutcracker. Set in a nightclub in 1980s Brooklyn, this innovative rendition puts a charge into the holiday classic with a supercharged cast of all-star dancers, breathtaking digital scenery and an onstage electric violinist. Following its successful sold-out tour across the United States and Russia, you won't want to miss out on all the fun as this new Yuletide classic comes to Rosemont Theatre.



It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play Dec 1 - Dec 30, 2016  
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. What better way to kick off the season than to see the old favorite in a whole new way -- live on stage. This show-within-a-show takes place on December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WSTG Radio, where a cast of actors is preparing to 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 has given up on his dreams and stands on a bridge on Christmas Eve, ready to end it all. A guardian angel intervenes and shows him all the lives he's touched throughout the years without even realizing it. See this beloved American tale re-imagined at the Oil Lamp Theater in Glenview.



It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Nov 25 - Dec 27, 2016  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
This beloved American holiday classic comes to the stage as a 1940's radio broadcast. With the help of the signature 40's sound-effects, actors bring us Capra's unforgettable story. George Bailey lives his life selflessly, always putting others before himself. Wanting nothing more than to leave his hometown of Bedford Falls and see the world, George's unwavering loyalty keeps him in the small town. Down on his luck on Christmas Eve, George considers if his family would be better off if he had never been born and with the help of an angel looking to earn his wings, George discovers just how much he has influenced the small town of Bedford Falls. A touching and timeless story for the whole family.

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It's Christmas, Goddamnit Nov 19 - Dec 23, 2016  
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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Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! Oct 22 - Jan 8, 2017  
Emerald City Theatre at Apollo Theater Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
Based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park, this critically-acclaimed Emerald City Theatre remount explores the challenges of giving selflessly through humor and holiday joy as fan-favorite Junie B. Jones journeys through a Columbus Day school play, a holiday sing-along concert, and Secret Santa Day. "Dear Santa, I really hope you were watching me just now. That's all I hope. Love, Junie B. -Giver."

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A Klingon Christmas Carol Dec 1 - Dec 18, 2016  
Heartland Studio Theatre A Klingon Christmas Carol
Boldly taking Dickens' holiday classic where no Christmas show has gone before, A Klingon Christmas Carol re-imagines Ebenezer Scrooge's tale of greed and redemption using the Star Trek alien race's code of honor and courage. Now, three Klingon ghosts will help the cowardly Scrooge become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate. Performed in the Klingon language with English subtitles, this A Christmas Carol-meets-Star Trek mash-up is sure to crack up Trekkies and Dickens fans alike. This voyage to the final frontier of holiday fun blasts off from the Heartland Studio in Chicago.



Krampus! Oct 31 - Dec 13, 2016  
Ghostlight Ensemble at Underground Wonder Bar Krampus!
Mrs. Murray is looking forward to one final Christmas together as a family before her eldest daughter takes off to New York City with her boyfriend. And what could be more perfect than spending the holiday with her bickering family in a remote cabin in the Wisconsin woods during a snowstorm with a Christmas demon on the loose? Nothing says Christmas like abject fear.



A Midwinter Mummer's Tale Dec 8 - Dec 18, 2016  
Flat Iron Arts Building A Midwinter Mummer's Tale
Our story concerns the transformation of Esmerelda Pennywise through visitations from powerful Ancient beings. This charming adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol features British folk customs, new arrangements of beloved British folk songs alongside original compositions, and brings a holiday magick of a different stripe to this beloved tale!



Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play Dec 10 - Dec 18, 2016  
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 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 six performances only. Miracle on 34th Street: A Radio Play 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: A Radio Play 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?



Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley Nov 10 - Dec 24, 2016  
Northlight Theatre Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley
In this charmingly imagined sequel to Pride and Prejudice, the ever-dependable Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings' romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary's hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.



Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 3 - Dec 3, 2017  
Rosemont Theatre Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
The most famous holiday ballet has its roots in Russia, premiering there in 1892 with a majestic score by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa, the father of Russian dance. It's fitting, then, that the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is one of the most acclaimed versions ever to grace the stage. Almost 40 renowned, award-winning principal Russian dancers and corps de ballet will take the stage to dance the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. With breathtaking leaps, hundreds of hand-sewn costumes, a magical snow forest with falling snow, a giant Christmas tree and a cannon that shoots roses, children and adults alike will be swept up in the spirit of the season. Enjoy the ultimate holiday tradition at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago.

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Mrs. Claus! A Holiday Musical Dec 1 - Dec 23, 2016  
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 10 - Dec 30, 2016  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
Discover the magic of Chicago's mysterious 1893 World's Fair through the eyes of a child in the Joffrey's astounding new Nutcracker -- brilliantly reimagined by Tony Award-winning choreographer Wheeldon. Be part of dance history as we celebrate our beloved city and unlock a world of wonder for the 21st century. An electrifying holiday tale that will leave you breathless.

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The Nutcracker Nov 11 - Dec 30, 2016  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire The Nutcracker
Filled with enchanted toys, mischievous mice and sugar plum fairies, the tale of The Nutcracker has enraptured generations of children and adults. Now this annual holiday favorite comes to Lincolnshire in an all-new musical adaptation. The story tells the tale of a young girl named Marie, who receives a magical nutcracker doll one Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to reach the Sugar Plum fairy before the wicked Mouse King. Featuring Tchaikovsky's beloved score, this dazzling one-hour production at the Marriott Theatre is perfect for kids of all ages.



The Nutcracker Dec 17 - Dec 18, 2016  
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.



The Other Side of Christmas Dec 1 - Dec 30, 2016  
Three Cat Productions at Berger Park Coach House The Other Side of Christmas
What's it like to be an outsider on the biggest, most commercial and most televised event of the year? Whether you know first hand or want to see life on "the other side," you're in for a treat. The third annual The Other Side of Christmas features eight playwrights using drama, wacky humor and music to show what it's like to not celebrate Christmas. See it now at Berger Park Coach House Theater in Chicago.



The Rip Nelson Holiday Spectacular Nov 20 - Dec 30, 2016  
Hell in a Handbag at Mary's Attic The Rip Nelson Holiday Spectacular
It's 1982 and a newly sober Rip manages to land another TV special after the death of his archrival, Paul Lynde. Rip is determined to get his career back on track but can he handle the stress of a network television special and stay sober? Luckily he's got help from a cavalcade of the hottest stars of 1982! Rip pulls every trick in the book to breathe some life in the dying variety series format and save his career but soon questions if his career is worth saving.



Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Nov 17 - Nov 20, 2016  
Chicago 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 delighting audiences across the country. The longest-running and highest-rated television special comes to life, live on stage with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical" featuring the world's most famous reindeer and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters. Rudolph and friends, including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster, help Santa save Christmas during a tour this holiday season.

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Santa...Deux? Dec 3 - Dec 19, 2016  
Edge Theatre Santa...Deux?
Santa hires the highly ambitious New Elf who promises a faster, more efficient Christmas and creates a clone of Santa to help out. The corporate, savvy Santa Deux begins automating and downsizing the entire town thus threatening the very essence of Christmas. Together everyone learns that although technology can be helpful certain things require a human touch.



The Second City's Holidazed Dec 28 - Dec 31, 2016  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The Second City's Holidazed
Hear that? Yes, it's the sound of bells a-jingling already. Next thing you know dreidels are spinning and pumpkin-spiced everything is everywhere. Now your family is in town, you're numbed to frosty snowmen and Black Friday bargains...and it's not even December! Thankfully The Second City is here with the perfect upheaval of your holiday malaise: Holidazed bursts the monotony of the season with a riotous send-up of all things holiday. Put your turkey baster down and bring the whole family to laugh until your cheeks flush with ho-ho-holidazed joy!



The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue! Dec 2 - Dec 23, 2016  
Paramount Theatre The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue!
Blow off some of that seasonal steam with The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue! These ladies and funnymen from Chicago's famed Second City have made it an annual end-of-year tradition to bring their festive hilarity to Paramount's 173-seat Copley Theatre in the heart of downtown Aurora. In a theater that intimate, you're never more than 70 feet from all of Second City's laugh-out-loud skits, naughty songs and street smart ad libs.



She's Folks' Holiday Hootenanny! Dec 9 - Dec 18, 2016  
Athenaeum Theatre She's Folks' Holiday Hootenanny!
She's Folks! is a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll, and a lot of laughs. Journey from the big city to Midwestern farm country and back again through folk and country music, hilarious stories, soaring harmonies, and a wry view of the folks back home. With a relaxed stage presence and style, Morgan and her band introduce the audience to eccentric characters, absurd situations, and touching observations. It's a postcard to the country from a kid who couldn't wait to leave.



The Snow Queen Nov 17 - Dec 18, 2016  
Piccolo Theatre The Snow Queen
Set somewhere at some time in Happy Denmark most definitely during the winter, best friends Kai and Gerda are separated by the enchanted broken mirror of the fierce Snow Queen. With colorful comrades Erick, Derick, and Dame Grandmother, the shy Gerda must find the hero within as she quests across a wintry wonderland to save Kai, facing trolls, pesky snowflakes, and other magical obstacles. This holiday classic will warm your heart, thaw your toes, and tickle your funny bone!



Steampunk Christmas Carol Dec 9 - Dec 18, 2016  
Heartland Studio 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 Heartland Studio.



This Way Outta Santaland Nov 27 - Dec 23, 2016  
Theater Wit This Way Outta Santaland
For eight years, actor Mitchell J. Fain played the role of Crumpet in the classic Christmas one-man show The Santaland Diaries. After nearly a decade of restraining his most anarchic and improvisational instincts, Fain is finally letting loose in his own freewheeling holiday special with the help of cabaret goddess Meghan Murphy. In This Way Outta Santaland at Theater Wit in Chicago, Fain draws on 250 performances as Crumpet the Elf to tell true-life holiday tales of boozy Christmas carols, celebrity holiday gossip and the private lives of elves.



Tidings of Tap! Dec 18 - Dec 18, 2016  
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."



Twist Your Dickens Dec 2 - Dec 30, 2016  
Goodman Theatre Twist Your Dickens
This December, unwrap The Second City's holiday hit Twist Your Dickens-with amped-up improv and the funniest fresh faces in Chicago comedy, it's more outrageous than ever! This twisted take on Charles Dickens' classic skewers Scrooge, Tiny Tim and pop culture's most beloved holiday specials with yuletide yuks to keep you laughing through the past, present and well into the future. Now in its third smash year, Twist Your Dickens is written by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort-the Emmy Award-winning writers of The Colbert Report!

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The Ultimate Christmas Carol Nov 25 - Dec 30, 2016  
Steel Beam Theatre The Ultimate Christmas Carol
This updated version of Charles Dickens' beloved story A Christmas Carol has a few surprises up Scrooge's sleeves. He's breaking all of the Christmas rules and making the Cratchit Family -- and jolly London -- feel the burn. Combining elements of the original tale with some modern bends, original holiday songs, audience participation and sing-along ghostly visits, Steel Beam Theatre presents a screwball musical sendup of the holiday favorite. Bring the whole family for some seasonal fun in St. Charles.



Unwrapped: A Holiday Drinking Show Dec 1 - Jan 12, 2017  
VAMP Chicago at MCL Chicago Unwrapped: A Holiday Drinking Show
Love the holidays? Hate the holidays? Either way there's always a reason to sit back for an hour, drink some eggnog, and laugh your face off! Join Chicago's favorite music comedy drinking show VAMP for a night of BYOB holiday fun. Your favorite VAMP cast members will be there to present hilarious scenes and songs based off your holiday suggestions.



Winter Stories Nov 19 - Dec 17, 2016  
Under The Gun Theater Winter Stories
Under the Gun Theater is proud to present Winter Stories, an improvised comedy show based on true stories about the holidays. Each week, a new guest host will spin a yarn about winter jollies and follies. From there, the UTG Ensemble will launch into a show of highly creative comedic whimsy. The cast has honed an idiosyncratic style that is completely unique in the Chicago comedy scene. Come get a healthy dose of heartwarming moments, laughs, and of course holiday-themed cocktails.



Yippee Ki-Yay, Merry Christmas Nov 11 - Jan 14, 2017  
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.