The theater and the arts give life to the magic and wonder of the holidays. Fortunately, there are dozens of opportunities throughout Chicagoland to catch some of your favorite holiday productions, both wonderfully classic and delightfully modern.
The Nutcracker at the Auditorium Theatre
Chicago, December 6-28
The Nutcracker performed by the Joffrey Ballet is one of the most loved holiday performances. This incredible production not only features some of the best ballet dancers in the entire world, but also boasts a full orchestra in Chicago’s breathtaking Auditorium Theatre.
It’s a Wonderful Life at the Oil Lamp Theater
Glenview, November 15 – December 22
The Oil Lamp Theater features a wonderful live production of It’s a Wonderful Life at their Glenview studio. You will be submersed into the world of live radio as Jimmy Stewart’s classic film is recreated right before your eyes. At only $30 per seat, it is not only a wonderful performance, but a wonderful memory to make with those you love.
Welcome! Yule at the Symphony Center
Chicago, December 13 – 23
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will performing a favorite holiday productions at Chicago’s Symphony Center this season. Welcome! Yule will present new arrangements, past favorites, several sing-along tunes and sweet surprises. This holiday treat will not be staying long so reserve your tickets today.
The Snow Queen, or When Christmas Freezes Over at the Piccolo Theatre
Evanston, November 16 – December 21
The Piccolo Theatre sheds lights on an old Hands Christian Andersen tale with exciting new music, memorable characters and a one-of-a-kind story. A holiday world premiere, this will warm your heart and make you laugh.
A Christmas Carol at Drury Lane
Oak Brook, November 21 – December 21
Drury Lane Theatre for Young Adults presents a Broadway-quality performance of the classic A Christmas Carol. The production has been specifically designed for young audiences, complete with whimsical costumes, stunning sets and all-star talent.
Holidays in the Heights at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
Arlington Heights, December 5 – 31
The Second City brings its trademark sketches and improv to Arlington Heights for an adult comedy. This show will make audiences laugh at all of the things we love and hate about the holidays.