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Holiday Plays

A List of Holiday Plays This 2019 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 16 - Dec 29, 2019  
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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Irving Berlin's White Christmas Dec 10 - Dec 15, 2019  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Irving Berlin's White Christmas
 
IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and the unforgettable title song, IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family! IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS features Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin with Book by David Ives and Paul Blake and is based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank.

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It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! Nov 14 - Jan 4, 2020  
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 Nov 30 - Dec 29, 2019  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
 
See Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's production of The Nutcracker in this breath-taking performance by the Joffrey Ballet. This fresh adaptation of the timeless Christmas ballet is set during the historic 1893 Chicago World's Fair and centers on Marie - a young, impoverished girl from the South Side whose parents work at the fair. On the night before Christmas, a magical nutcracker guides Marie through a beautiful dreamland based on the World's Fair and the many exotic people, animals and places represented there. With Tchaikovsky's eternal music, this electrifying work from one of the world's foremost choreographers leaps into Chicago's Auditorium Theatre.

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The Nutcracker Nov 8 - Dec 29, 2019  
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 29 - Dec 23, 2019  
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 12 Dames of Christmas Starring Angela Ingersoll Dec 4 - Dec 4, 2019  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre The 12 Dames of Christmas Starring Angela Ingersoll
 
Emmy nominee Angela Ingersoll captures the festive sounds of a dozen divas. Ingersoll is known for her outstanding Judy Garland in End of the Rainbow (Los Angeles, Chicago) and Get Happy Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland on PBS. "The actress with the astonishing voice" (Chicago Sun-Times) joyfully shares her holiday bag of tricks with a haunting Judy Garland, a rockin' Brenda Lee, a purr-fect Eartha Kitt, a proper Julie Andrews, a soulful Edith Piaf, a sultry Marilyn Monroe, and plenty of surprises! Holiday favorites include "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Santa Baby," and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."

 

 

   
The 12 Fights Of Christmas Dec 12 - Dec 22, 2019  
Otherworld Theatre The 12 Fights Of Christmas
 
In the Christmas Wrestling League (CWL) there are winners, losers, rivalries and more! When Santa, the division champ is blindsided by his rival, the Sugar Plum Fairy, during the Christmas Classic, a night of old fashioned fighting becomes a battle for league domination. But when a greater threat arrives unannounced, Santa and Sugar must decide if they will put aside their differences to save the holiday, or watch the Christmas Classic go up in flames.

 

 

   
All I Want for Chicago Is... Dec 7 - Dec 15, 2019  
Collaboraction at Flat Iron Arts Building All I Want for Chicago Is...
 
Collaboratively written by the Collaboraction Teen Ensemble, All I Want for Chicago Is... follows a group of Chicago teenagers who want to avoid a drab and drama-filled holiday break at home. Instead, they gather on Christmas Eve at Collaboraction to share their hopes, fears and dreams as young Chicagoans. Magical events occur throughout the show via theater, puppetry, music and poetry while actual Chicago teens explore issues of equity, colorism, sexual orientation, discrimination, mental illness and gun violence.

 

 

   
Amahl and the Night Visitors Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2019  
Athenaeum Theatre Amahl and the Night Visitors
 
Begin your holiday celebration with the 14th anniversary of this treasured Chicago holiday tradition, perfect for all ages! One of the most popular operas of all time, its timeless and inspiring message of how faith, charity, unselfish love and good deeds can work miracles will fill your hearts with the true meaning of the season! With original direction by Francis Menotti, son of Gian Carlo, based on his father's original 1951 production, assisted by Kyle Dougan. Opening with a holiday celebration of music and dance, featuring singers from Chamber Opera Chicago with ballet dancers from the Ruth Page Arts Center, Spanish dancers from Ensemble Espaņol, and world-champion Irish dancers!

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America's Best Outcast Toy - An Oddball Holiday Reality Musical Nov 29 - Jan 12, 2020  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway America's Best Outcast Toy - An Oddball Holiday Reality Musical
 
We all know the story of the outcast toys and how they were rescued from their island by a certain famous reindeer (may he rest in peace). But what became of the outcast toys when they came back to America? They became huge celebrities, of course! Now, years later, they return to the island to compete in a series of challenges where they must sing, model, design fashion, outwit/outplay/outlast and bake cakes, and of course, dance for their lives, all to prove that they are AMERICA'S BEST. And the audience actually determines the results with their vote, meaning every night can be a whole new show!

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The Annoyance Christmas Pageant Nov 23 - Dec 28, 2019  
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!

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The Ballad of CC Scrooge: #christmasmakeover Nov 29 - Dec 29, 2019  
Steel Beam Theatre The Ballad of CC Scrooge: #christmasmakeover
 
A Christmas Carol is adapted, by local playwright John David Westby, into a modern tale of female redemption and joy. A holiday favorite with just the right blend of humor and pathos. Fun for the whole family. Directed by Marge Uhlarik-Boller.

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The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party Dec 7 - Dec 29, 2019  
Chicago Children's Theatre at The Station The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
 
Now a popular annual tradition, The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party is the perfect way to kick off your family's holiday festivities. Three adorable Beatrix Potter favorite tales are unspooled in this mesmerizing, interactive trunk and puppet show, complete with live music. Then, audience members are invited on stage to pull the levers and turn the same cranks that produced such whimsical images of surprise and delight. After photos with the cast, families are whisked to a Victorian-style dining hall, which is adorned with beautiful holiday decor and open tables set with cookies and warm cocoa.

 

 

   
Bette: Xmas At The Continental Baths Dec 6 - Dec 31, 2019  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Bette: Xmas At The Continental Baths
 
With the inimitable Tommy Ross tickling the ivories, Handbag's loving recreation of the beginning of Ms. Midler's stellar career features the fabulous songs she sang for the boys in the bathhouse, including Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Superstar - plus holiday ditties done in Bette's unparalleled style. BETTE: XMAS AT THE CONTINENTAL BATHS is adapted by Artistic Director David Cerda and Catilin Jackson, with direction by Catilin Jackson and Marc Lewallen.

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Burlesque is More Presents: Nice N' Naughty Nov 23 - Dec 28, 2019  
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, 2019  
The Den Theatre The Buttcracker, A Nutcracker Burlesque
 
The best of Chicago's nightlife entertainment return for year four of the subversive and sexy alternative re-telling of the holiday classic. Clara is the office admin of Corporate Limited, INC., an office full of stuffy attitudes and a prude sense of humor. When her boss makes her plan the office holiday party, she hires Drosselmeyer, a burlesque drag star who shocks the office right out of their pants. Her none-too-pleased boss fires Clara, but Drosselmeyer has a few tricks up their sleeve, and whisks Clara away on a hallucinogenic trip down the rabbit hole to the magical Land of the Sweets. There she meets her life-size confections soldier, The Buttcracker, battles the Rat King and saves the day, all to learn with the help of the Sugar Bum Fairy that there is a place for those who play outside the box. One part ballet, one part parody, highlighting the world of Chicago's burlesque and variety scene. It's the holiday show you don't want to miss!

 

 

   
A Charlie Brown Christmas Dec 14 - Dec 14, 2019  
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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A Cherry, Cherry Christmas Neil Diamond Tribute Dec 2 - Dec 2, 2019  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Cherry, Cherry Christmas Neil Diamond Tribute
 
A selection of song from Neil Diamond's four Christmas albums and, of course, his greatest hits.

 

 

   
Christmas Bingo: It's a Ho-Ho-Holy Night Nov 15 - Dec 29, 2019  
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 the Musical Nov 29 - Dec 15, 2019  
BrightSide Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall A Christmas Carol the Musical
 
The holiday season is just not the same without a bit of Scrooge! Playing for ten years at New York's Madison Square Garden, Charles Dickens' classic gets the full Broadway treatment by Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors, Sister Act) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island) as they reawaken the true spirit of Christmas with a heart-stirring tale of beauty and redemption.

 

 

   
A Christmas Carol Nov 29 - Dec 23, 2019  
Drury Lane Theatre for Young Audiences at Drury Lane- Oakbrook A Christmas Carol
 
Set in Victorian-era London, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol tells the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts that visit him one fateful Christmas Eve, hoping to change his miserly ways. Continue your tradition or start a new one by gathering the whole family for the 30th anniversary of Drury Lane Theatre's heartwarming production.

 

 

   
A Christmas Carol Nov 29 - Dec 24, 2019  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre A Christmas Carol
 
This retelling of the Charles Dickens classic is filled with warmth, humor, music and holiday cheer. Wealthy miser Ebenezer Scrooge greets every Christmas with a "Bah, Humbug". That all changes when he is visited by three holiday spirits who reveal to him his misguided past, reclusive present and tragic future, helping him to realize the errors of his ways and to embrace the kindness and generosity in his heart.

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The Christmas Foundling Dec 5 - Jan 5, 2020  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena The Christmas Foundling
 
When a baby boy is orphaned in the California Sierras on Christmas Eve, 1850, two curmudgeonly miners agree to raise him. A decade later, the boy's idyllic life is interrupted by the arrival of a meddling aunt, who intends to take him back to Boston for a formal education and a life of success. Inspired by the stories of Bret Harte, THE CHRISTMAS FOUNDLING is a heartwarming holiday tale, with the love of a child at its center and an unlikely romance as its driving force.

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Cold Town/Hotline: A Chicago Holiday Story Nov 30 - Dec 22, 2019  
Raven Theatre Cold Town/Hotline: A Chicago Holiday Story
 
December, 1983. Five volunteers have come together to answer calls for a hotline created to help fellow Chicagoans cope with the holiday blues. But with a record-breaking cold front sweeping across Chicago, these good samaritans are forced to hunker down for a long night together. When an unexpected visitor bursts through the doors, everyone must work to embody the season's most valuable lessons and transform their humble hotline into a home for the holidays.

 

 

   
Deck the Hallmark: A Greeting Card Channel Original Nov 19 - Dec 31, 2019  
UP Comedy Club Deck the Hallmark: A Greeting Card Channel Original
 
Deck the Hallmark lovingly lampoons all the things we know and love about made-for-TV holiday flicks. The countdown to Christmas. The threat of losing one's Christmas spirit. And of course, the impossibly schmaltzy small town. Deck the Hallmark follows the story of Holly Sweetberry, who has just been promoted at her high-pressure job and gotten engaged to her big-city boyfriend. Her air-tight, uptight plans are upended when she must deliver a devastating message to the mayor of her long-left-behind hometown. Will songs be sung? Will a winter festival be thrown? Will the cookie-cutter characters be missing any semblance of a backstory? Find out in this holly, jolly, hilariously original new two-act show.

 

 

   
Deck the Halls Y'All Dec 20 - Dec 22, 2019  
Chicago Theatre Works Deck the Halls Y'All
 
Best-known for his standout roles in Sordid Lives, American Horror Story, The Help, Beverley Leslie on NBC's hit series Will & Grace, and Sid from The Cool Kids on FOX. Mr. Jordan has charmed fans for over four decades! In Deck the Halls Y'All, Leslie invites his audiences behind-the-scenes of his childhood at Christmas time and his long outstanding career! Offering a charming & hilarious look-back at his life experience as a flamboyant youth raised as a Southern Baptist, protected by his mother and grandmother as well as the "unbelievable real-life stories" and treasured anecdotes from his renowned stage and television performances. Please note: Adult content not suitable for all ages (18 plus). Warning: Singing will be attempted and laughter will be abundant.

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A Dickens Carol Dec 7 - Dec 29, 2019  
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.

 

 

   
Disney Junior Holiday Party! Nov 29 - Nov 29, 2019  
Rosemont Theatre Disney Junior Holiday Party!
 
The all-new Disney Junior Holiday Party! is a dazzling musical wonderland where children and their families can sing and dance along to their favorite Disney Junior songs plus holiday classics with their favorite Disney friends including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Vampirina and Bingo and Rolly from Puppy Dog Pals performing live on stage to Disney Junior hits and other holiday classics such as "Jingle Bells" and "Deck The Halls." The show also includes a special appearance by characters from Disney Junior's upcoming animated series, T.O.T.S. and culminates with a special visit from Santa Claus.

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Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical Nov 16 - Dec 29, 2019  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical
 
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, Eleanor's very merry Christmas wish is for a best friend and home of her own. Realizing that wishing is not enough, she writes a letter to Santa expressing her dream. The letter opens the door to answering many questions and to the journey which leads to her wish (and others) coming true.

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An Elgin Old Tyme Holiday Radio Show 3 Nov 15 - Nov 24, 2019  
Elgin Art Showcase An Elgin Old Tyme Holiday Radio Show 3
 
You can still have that excitement that you used to experience and you can take it even one step further. Elgin Theatre Company is allowing you to be an audience member in the actual studio audience of WECT, a radio station while they create a "live" presentation of three scripts that were taken from actual radio shows in the 50's. You will see the actors creating characters like Jack Benny, Fibber McGee, and Connie Brooks right before your very eyes. You will see the actual sound effects people performing their activities with various pieces of equipment that actually create the sounds that you would normally hear during a radio program. Some of the different sounds and the ways that they are created are almost laughable at times. Again, you can react as you normally would if you were at home listening to your radio.

 

 

   
Elisabeth von Trapp: Home for Christmas Concert Dec 18 - Dec 18, 2019  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Elisabeth von Trapp: Home for Christmas Concert
 
In a holiday presentation full of enchantment, Elisabeth von Trapp presents a joyous family celebration of festive holiday music from around the world and tells heartwarming stories of Christmas in the von Trapp household and their native Austria.

 

 

   
The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes - The Holiday Edition, Vol 2 Nov 27 - Dec 28, 2019  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes - The Holiday Edition, Vol 2
 
Celebrate the season in sunny Miami as Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia return for brand new holiday episodes in THE GOLDEN GIRLS: The Lost Episodes - The Holiday Edition, Vol. 2. Written by Artistic Director *David Cerda and directed by ensemble member Stevie Love*, the latest installment of Handbag's long-running parody of the beloved TV sitcom.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Sweater Dec 21 - Dec 31, 2019  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre 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.

 

 

   
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Sweater Nov 29 - Dec 22, 2019  
The Second City at Paramount Theatre The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Sweater
 
So find out what happens when you take The Second City's best and brightest comedians, roll 'em around in some tinsel and eggnog, and throw in your ugliest holiday sweater. Before you can say "Aunt Shirley is drunk and trying to put antlers on the dog again," you've got another holiday show ready to roast the chestnuts outta all the things we lovingly loathe about the holiday season.

 

 

   
Grace and the Hanukkah Miracle Dec 1 - Jan 5, 2020  
Chicago Immersive at Grace Lutheran Church Grace and the Hanukkah Miracle
 
Grace and the Hanukkah Miracle ​is a brand new immersive holiday show, celebrating home, family, and the traditions that bring us together. We'll time travel, solve puzzles and riddles, sing and dance, and even enjoy a holiday surprise at the end!

 

 

   
Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 8 - Dec 8, 2019  
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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Here We Come A-Caroling: Holiday Favorites Dec 15 - Dec 15, 2019  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Here We Come A-Caroling: Holiday Favorites
 
An original cabaret performance written by Metropolis Voice Faculty Tiffany Gates and Nathan W. Brown. Students will be featured in solos and ensembles along with faculty as they sing and dance on the Metropolis stage to music celebrating the holiday season. This cabaret includes seasonal favorites, including songs like "Happy Holidays", "O Chanukah, O Chanukah", "I'll Be Home for Christmas", "Let it Snow", "Jingle Bell Rock", "White Christmas", and more! A great learning experience for students to perform alongside professionals in the performing arts!

 

 

   
Hershel And The Hanukkah Goblins Dec 7 - Dec 29, 2019  
Strawdog Theatre Hershel And The Hanukkah Goblins
 
Will Hershel of Ostropool outsmart the goblins who haunt the old synagogue so that villagers can celebrate Hanukkah? In this stage adaptation of the Caldecott Honor winning book by Eric Kimmel, the story comes to life with music and a little bit of magic for families of all ages to enjoy.

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Holiday Inn Nov 29 - Dec 21, 2019  
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Holiday Inn
 
This crowd-pleasing, classic romance is sure to delight audiences of all ages-featuring thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs, including "Blue Skies," "Steppin' Out With My Baby," and "White Christmas."

 

 

   
The Holiday Radio Show 1944 Dec 4 - Jan 4, 2020  
Three Cat Productions at Berger Park Coach House The Holiday Radio Show 1944
 
Three Cat Production is thrilled to announce the return of the hit show The Holiday Radio Show: 1944. The Holiday Radio Show takes us to the final Christmas of World War II. Featuring stories by Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Andersen, Augustus M Hodges and more. Join us for 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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The Holidays Dec 8 - Dec 22, 2019  
SHE the Arts at The Frontier The Holidays
 
Christmas at Mother Holiday's Cafe is a family tradition. This year generations gather to discover a painful truth and make decisions to restore hope. Where's my apron? I have to go to work. The neighborhood is hungry. Its Christmas time and people come from all over for Mother Holidays Cafe. What's wrong with me? Why is this family calling me mama and granny? I don't know them. She picked my numbers right out of her dream book. I have to go. Where is Jerome? I've never lost my apron. Lord give me strength!

 

 

   
Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn Nov 6 - Jan 3, 2021  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn
 
Based on the classic film, Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn follows retired song-and-dance man Jim's efforts to bring entertainment to his small Connecticut town. With the help of talented schoolteacher Linda, he turns his farmhouse into an inn and puts on spectacular shows celebrating all holidays. This joyous, family-friendly musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy, and a parade of Irving Berlin's hit songs, including the Academy Award-winning "White Christmas."

 

 

   
Irving Berlin's White Christmas Nov 14 - Dec 22, 2019  
Theatre At The Center Irving Berlin's White Christmas
 
Based on the heartwarming and timeless film, the musical adaptation of Irving Berlin's White Christmas premiered in St. Louis in 2000 and opened on Broadway in 2008 followed by a national tour. The book is by David Ives and Paul Blake, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin teamed for the story of veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, who have a successful song-and-dance act following World War II. Drawn to romance, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas stage show booked at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. The dazzling score features classic songs like "Blue Skies," "I Love A Piano," "How Deep is the Ocean" and the perennial holiday favorite and title tune "White Christmas."

 

 

   
It's a Wonderful Life - A Live Radio Play Nov 29 - Dec 29, 2019  
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 From WVL Radio Theatre Dec 3 - Dec 3, 2019  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre It's a Wonderful Life: Live From WVL Radio Theatre
 
This 1940s radio style adaptation of Frank Capra's film classic is a guaranteed holiday winner. The four-member company masterfully conquers multiple characters & sound effects while saving their radio station from a winter blizzard's doom.

 

 

   
The Land Of Forgotten Toys Nov 27 - Dec 29, 2019  
CPA Theatricals and LCG Entertainment at The Greenhouse Theater Center The Land Of Forgotten Toys
 
In THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN TOYS, Grace, a strong young woman fresh out of high school and fascinated by stars, planets, and distant galaxies, is stuck working in her family's toy store in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, three days before Christmas. Desperate to leave and start a new life, she is suddenly transported to the Land of Forgotten Toys, where she learns that Santa has been captured by his evil sister Charlotta! It is up to Grace and her rag tag group of modern misfit toys to rescue Santa and save Christmas!

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Merry Christmas Darling: Heidi Kettenring Sings Karen Carpenter Dec 20 - Dec 29, 2019  
Mercury Theater Merry Christmas Darling: Heidi Kettenring Sings Karen Carpenter
 
Join us this holiday season for Merry Christmas Darling: Heidi Kettenring Sings Karen Carpenter! Chicago's favorite leading lady Heidi Kettenring lends her signature warmth to the timeless treasures and holiday hits of Karen Carpenter. A storyteller sure to stir the heart, Kettenring tenderly chronicles Carpenter's troubles and triumphs with a familiar angelic radiance.

 

 

   
Not Quite A Christmas Carol Dec 6 - Dec 22, 2019  
The Fox and The Phoenix Theatre Company at City Lit Theater Not Quite A Christmas Carol
 
Experience Dickens' classic in a whole new way as the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future attempt to infuse modern flavors into this oft-told tale with humor, warmth, and a slight Christmas twist!

 

 

   
Raks Geek: A Xenomorph Holiday Special Dec 13 - Dec 13, 2019  
Newport Theater Raks Geek: A Xenomorph Holiday Special
 
A Xenomorph Holiday Special: Bursting with cheer! Hang with a bellydancing Wookiee, firespinning superheroes, and sword-wielding villains for a brand-new production of fire, nerdery, and wonder every other month - we'll pay tribute to everything from the X-Men to Star Wars, Doctor Who to Silent Hill, Super Mario Bros to Sandman. It's a veritable cornucopia of nerdy delights. (But not the kind you have to fight to the death for.)

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The Santaland Diaries Nov 29 - Dec 29, 2019  
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 Wraps Dec 6 - Dec 15, 2019  
Vero Voce Theater Seasonal Wraps
 
WT Productions presents this new collection of six short plays that takes Christmas and the winter holidays and looks at them from different perspectives. Each play tells a different story and elements of the first five get wrapped together in the finale. Seasonal Wraps blends light comedy, dark comedy, and drama to put a unique spin on this traditional time of year.

 

 

   
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose Dec 6 - Dec 15, 2019  
James Downing Theatre Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose
 
In this family-friendly holiday mystery, Sherlock Holmes is asked to discover the identity of a man who lost his hat and goose in a late-night scuffle. At first, Holmes treats the request as only a mild curiosity, but then the countess of Morcar's rare and valuable blue carbuncle is found stuffed down the goose's throat. The pursuit of the thief leads Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson from 221B Baker Street to Covent Garden Market and all over the streets of wintery London.

 

 

   
Single All The Way Dec 16 - Dec 21, 2019  
Stage 773 Single All The Way
 
Single all the Way is a comedic look about the woes of being single set to the tune of your favorite holiday classics. Performed to sold-out houses for three years running, join Clara Flaherty and Amy Heller for what's sure to be the most raucous year yet!

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Songs From My Holiday Closet Dec 9 - Dec 9, 2019  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Songs From My Holiday Closet
 
Bookwriter/lyricist Larry Todd Cousineau, whose musicals written with composer Cindy O'Connor include the upcoming AMERICA'S BEST OUTCAST TOY, this past summer's ALL THAT HE WAS, and 2018's FLIES! THE MUSICAL, will perform SONGS FROM MY HOLIDAY CLOSET - a night of heartwarming and hilarious "HoliGay" music featuring Cousineau's original songs.

 

 

   
The Steadfast Tin Soldier Nov 1 - Jan 26, 2020  
Lookingglass Theatre 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.

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That's Weird, Grandma: Holiday Extravaganza Dec 9 - Dec 21, 2019  
Neo-Futurists That's Weird, Grandma: Holiday Extravaganza
 
That's Weird, Grandma is back with holiday classics and new family favorites.

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Tidings of Tap! Dec 15 - Dec 15, 2019  
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."

 

 

   
Uncle Larry's Holiday Humbug Comedy Show Dec 10 - Dec 10, 2019  
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Uncle Larry's Holiday Humbug Comedy Show
 
Known as "Uncle Lar". Larry Reeb is the wise cracking politically incorrect relative everyone knows. Like any concerned relative "Uncle Lar" wants to help, so in his own way he does, he gives tips. "Uncle Lar" gives tips on everything from marriage to lotteries to children. Always topping it off with that's a tip from your "Uncle Lar".

 

 

   
An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas Dec 7 - Dec 15, 2019  
Mercury Theater An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas
 
Join us this holiday season for An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas: Starring Evan Tyrone Martin! Cozy up in the Venus Cabaret Theater for a festive celebration of the legendary crooner, featuring holiday cocktails, dazzling decor and a one-of-a-kind holiday experience!

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An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas Dec 16 - Dec 17, 2019  
Writers Theatre An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas
 
Acclaimed Chicago actor Evan Tyrone Martin (Jesus Christ Superstar) celebrates Nat King Cole with a festive cocktail of signature songs and yuletide favorites. In a romantic evening of story and song, Martin intimately relates Cole's journey with velvety vocals and debonair charm. Classics include, "The Christmas Song," "L-O-V-E," "Mona Lisa," and "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth."

 

 

   
The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley Nov 7 - Dec 22, 2019  
Northlight Theatre The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley
 
While the Bennets and Darcys are celebrating upstairs, the servants below stairs find themselves in the midst of a holiday scandal. Lydia's ne'er-do-well husband Mr. Wickham has arrived, and it's up to the loyal housekeeper, footman, and new maid to keep the festivities running smoothly without revealing the unwelcome guest. As old misunderstandings and new secrets start to spiral out of control, the residents of Pemberley prove that family, forgiveness, and the true spirit of giving always win the day.

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The Winter Wolf Dec 7 - Dec 29, 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 as 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.

 

 

   
A Xmas Cuento Remix Nov 29 - Dec 29, 2019  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center A Xmas Cuento Remix
 
A modern-day take on Dicken's classic, A Christmas Carol. To Dolores who runs D's Pub, Christmas is a scam, and charity is for suckers. When her niece Anita faces eviction, Dolores turns her away into the cold. Can three sassy spirits turn this female Scrooge from bad to good? Celebrating Latinx culture and modern music, this is an exciting and joyous new Christmas Carol (Cuento) for today.

 

 

   
Xmas Time at Lost Pines Dec 6 - Dec 14, 2019  
Curious Theatre Branch at Prop Theatre Xmas Time at Lost Pines
 
Xmas Time at Lost Pines is an anti-Christmas one-act about three strangers in a strange land, meeting by chance at a tree farm that may or may not be on fire. Existential ennui and holiday grouch are shared, along with a flask or two and a growing sense that something here just isn't right.

 

 

   
Xmas War: Endgame Dec 13 - Dec 21, 2019  
Factory Theater Xmas War: Endgame
 
Factory Theater doubles down on its Holiday offerings with a trip back to the MCU for this year's holiday extravaganza, Xmas War: ENDGAME. The holiday production is a double feature with the company performing last year's show based on the popular Avengers' series and then continuing the story with this year's exciting new sequel. Join the Factory family on an epic superhero journey to find out if Santa will succeed with his diabolical plan.