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Theatre In Chicago's 2017 Holiday Show Round-Up

Holiday Shows In ChicagoLooking for an enriching and entertaining way to spend the holiday season? This year, celebrate the yuletide at the theatre. With dozens of holiday plays opening this holiday season there's plenty to see in Chicago's eclectic theater scene. Chicago theaters are presenting everything from the traditional holiday shows to transvestite reindeer to a site specific show taking place in a working Christmas tree lot and much, much more. To see a complete list of the holiday plays, visit our Holiday Plays in Chicago page. Here is a peek inside the 2017 Christmas plays of the Chicago theater scene that capture the holiday spirit, including the classics like "A Christmas Carol" and "It's a Wonderful Life" as well as a few Christmas plays that put a whole new spin on the meaning of good tidings.

A Christmas Carol

Bah-humbug! The holiday classic "A Christmas Carol," presented by The Goodman Theatre November 18 through December 31, is sure to warm the hearts of Scrooges young and old. This year, the theatre marks the 40th anniversary of this beloved production with more music, lights and, of course, ghosts than ever before. Delve headfirst into the Dickensian world of wonder in this tale of soul searching, redemption and the true meaning of Christmas

It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
Now in its 16th year, the American Blues Ensemble presents "It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!" The audience is whisked away to the small community of Bedford Falls, charmingly recreated in this live radio drama with an original musical score. Every resident is brought to life through the magic of sound and voice, capturing the heartwarming spirit of the American yuletide classic.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, nothing was stirring, not even a...EEK! A mouse! Kids and parents alike will laugh until Christmas morning with Emerald City Theatre's production of Ken Ludwig's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," a slapstick take on the classic holiday poem. Santa's Naughty or Nice list is missing! Fortunately the Elf-B-I is on the case, along with some dancing mice and a heroic young girl, making sure Santa gets the toys out on time.

Elf the Musical
The world's most loveable and misunderstood elf, Buddy, is back at the Paramount Theater, beginning November 22. Based on the hit 2003 Will Ferrell comedy, this magical and hilarious stage adaptation of "Elf" will delight audiences young and young at heart. Sometimes, we all need to be reminded of the values of friendship and family. This uproarious musical comedy brings cheers, tears and that warm fuzzy feeling with a whopping dollop of laughter to wash it down.

A Q Brothers' Christmas Carol

The Dickensian classic gets a hip-hop remix in "Q Brothers' Christmas Carol" at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Throw your hands in the air as the ghosts of Hip-Hop Past, Future and Present drop the beat on Scrooge with an eclectic mixtape of songs in genres ranging from reggae to rock power ballads. See your favorite characters reinvented in this playful adaptation - such as Lil' Tim and Jamaican Jacob Marley. The production runs from November 21 through December 31.

The Second City's Non-Denominational Christmas Show

The improve masters at Second City never shy away from the holiday season. With so many tidings to choose from, why stick with just one? The "Non-Denominational Christmas Show," a sketch comedy and musical revue, leaves no holiday unscathed. Irreverent, silly and uncomfortable, you'll no doubt leave the theater with a whole new appreciation for the holiday season. Runs December 1 through 23.

Christmas Carolyn
Three Cat Productions presents "Christmas Carolyn," an original play by Scott Carter Cooper starring MjW Mays that explores the emotional journey of a woman who loses a granddaughter. This moving piece explores redemption through self-forgiveness and the power of renewal. Performances begin December 4 and run through December 30.

In "Pine," a play by Jacqui Honess-Martin, five young strangers from very different backgrounds all find jobs at the same Christmas tree farm. As they saw trunks and untangle twine, they also learn about themselves and each other. The five soon discover that life doesn't always work out as planned. Running from December 1 through 10, this charming comedy takes place in an actual Christmas tree lot and admission is free with the purchase of a tree.

There's no shortage of fun in the Chicago theatre community this holiday season. Make the theatre part of your holiday tradition. Reserve your tickets now to catch your favorite yuletide classic, Christmas farce or inspiring original production today at Theatre in Chicago.

For a complete list of the holiday shows in Chicago go to our Holiday Plays In Chicago page.

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