Holiday Theatre in Chicagoland

While some of the quintessential Christmas in Chicago activities might involve tracking down the CTA Holiday Train, driving around to look at Christmas Lights, and huddling together for warmth over glogg at the Christkindle market, there’s something you shouldn’t overlook—HOLIDAY THEATRE! Because no matter your age or interest, there are so many amazing holiday shows taking the stage across Chicagoland this holiday season. So use this list of 2019 Holiday Theatre in Chicagoland to plan a fun outing as a lead-up to the big day or as a gift experience:

The Nutcracker

There are TONS of beautiful variations of the famous Nutcracker being performed across Chicagoland this holiday season. There are so many different variations to take in, and many specific performances feature young artists and are tailored to thrill the youngest audience members. The House Theatre of Chicago even has a modern, ballet-free twist on the classic Nutcracker! But if you ask me, there is nothing better than the jaw-droppingly beautiful Nutcracker performance by the Joffrey Ballet.

Joffrey Ballet Nutcracker

Auditorium Theatre, Chicago

Running now through December 29th. Get tickets here.

The House Theatre of Chicago

Chopin Theatre, Chicago

 Running now through December 29th . Get tickets here.

Loud, Colorful & Interactive Shows

While one might think that theatre has to be quiet and reserved, these holiday performances show that is so incredibly WRONG. These holiday shows exude celebration, energy and just plain FUN. I mean, a wrap version of a Charles Dickens classic? YES PLEASE.

Tidings of Tap

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie

One day only: Sunday, December 15th. Get tickets here.

Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party

Chicago Children’s Theatre, Chicago

Now through December 29th. Get tickets here.

Fun for the Whole Family

We Chicagoans are lucky that we have multiple venues and companies that are specifically geared towards kids and getting them engrossed in theatre. Drury Lane Theatre for Young Audiences puts on stellar one-hour long shows that are appropriate for all ages, and kids under 12 receive a free keepsake when they attend special holiday performances at the American Blues Theatre. Still haven’t convinced you? Then how about an interactive TEA PARTY?!?! You can’t go wrong with any of these family friendly versions of holiday theatre in Chicagoland.

A Christmas Carol 30th Anniversary Performance

Drury Lane Theatre, Oakbrook

Now through December 23rd. Get tickets here.

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!

American Blues Theatre, Chicago

Running now through January 4th. Get tickets here.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago

Now through January 26th. Get tickets here.

Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish

Greenhouse Theatre Center, Chicago

Now through December 29th. Get tickets here.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont

Saturday, December 14th. Get tickets here.

Fun for the Grown Ups

While it is fun to introduce kids to the arts at a young age, sometimes you just need to have a nice of art and adventure WITHOUT them, am I right? So then check out these unique holiday performances that are interactive and make an excellent holiday themed date night. Whether you choose an intimate evening of classic magic and mind reading or some good old Catholic school humor, you will have a night to remember!

The Magic Parlour

Palmer House Hilton

Special Holiday-Themed Shows: Weekends and other select dates. Get tickets here.

Q Brothers Christmas Carol

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago

Now through December 23rd. Get tickets here.

Christmas Bingo

Roygal George Theatre, Chicago

Now through December 29th. Get tickets here.

Which of these holidays hows in Chicagoland is YOUR favorite? I’d love to hear it in the comments section.

Looking for more Christmas-themed fun in Chicago? Then check out this list!

Enjoy the show!


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