The Chicago theatre community will present a wide variety of festive plays, musicals, dance and comedy offerings this Holiday season. In support, the League of Chicago Theatres will create its annual comprehensive Holiday Theatre Guide that will be available beginning in mid-November at hotels, theaters, events, and destinations across the Chicago area. An updated list of holiday shows with additional details about each production will be available throughout the season at ChicagoPlays.com. Additionally, many holiday shows will be available at Hot Tix, Chicago’s local, half-price ticketing service.
The following is a selection of Holiday-themed work playing in Chicago this season:
Turn up the volume on Charles Dickens’ classic tale with Q BROTHERS CHRISTMAS CAROL at The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Runs November 20 - December 30.
The heartwarming story of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to life in the Goodman Theatre’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL. A Chicago holiday tradition enjoyed by 1.5 million theatergoers over 4 decades. Runs through December 30.
American Blues Theater’s beloved live 1940s radio broadcast production of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO! returns to Stage 773. Runs through January 5, 2019.
Journey to Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair with The Joffrey Ballet’s reimagined THE NUTCRACKER at The Auditorium Theatre. Runs December 1 - 30.
A wholly-original, ballet-free version of THE NUTCRACKER by The House Theatre of Chicago plays at the Chopin Theatre in Wicker Park. This heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope is a fun outing for the whole family. Runs through December 30.
Emerald City Theatre and Broadway In Chicago’s holiday favorite ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS performs at the Broadway Playhouse. Runs through December 30.
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE comes to The Chicago Theatre on State Street featuring over 300 imaginative costumes and 20 astonishing acts with original music and seasonal favorites. Runs December 12 - 16.
Silk Road Rising premieres CHRISTMAS MUBARAK, a first-of-its-kind musical/theatre interplay of the Quranic and New Testament stories that celebrate the miraculous birth of Jesus as told by Muslims and Christians. Runs November 30 - December 9.
Get on board with Waltzing Mechanics’ EL STORIES: HOLIDAY TRAIN at the Greenhouse Theater Center featuring true CTA experiences from Chicagoans. Runs November 29 - December 22.
Barrel of Monkeys’ holiday special THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA RINGS IN THE HOLIDAYS returns to The Neo-Futuriarium with a mix of new and classic sketches written by Chicago Public School students. Runs December 10 - 22.
Midsommer Flight’s smash hit holiday production of TWELFTH NIGHT returns to the beautiful Lincoln Park Conservatory for another year. Performances are FREE. Runs November 29 - December 16.
Mary Zimmerman’s THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER premieres at Lookingglass Theatre on Michigan Avenue. Telling the unlikely story of a tin soldier with dazzling image and movement. Runs through January 13, 2019.
Strawdog Theatre presents a new stage adaptation with live music of the classic children’s holiday book HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS. Runs December 1 - January 5, 2019.
Irving Berlin’s musical HOLIDAY INN opens at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, telling the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business to settle down at a farmhouse in Connecticut...but life isn't the same without a bit of song and dance. Runs through January 6, 2019.
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For a comprehensive list of Chicago productions, visit the League of Chicago Theatres website, ChicagoPlays.com. Half-price tickets to the current week’s performances as well as future performances are available at HotTix.org and at the two Hot Tix half-price ticket locations: across from the Chicago Cultural Center at Expo72 (72 E. Randolph) and Block Thirty Seven (108 N. State).