The holidays are a magical time of year in Chicago. From the giant Christmas tree to boulevards festooned with lights, the city celebrates like no other. This is especially true on the stage, where Chicagoland’s finest actors and musicians perform holiday favorites.
From a re-imagining of a seasonal tradition to a hip-hop celebration, these plays and musicals will make your spirit bright.
In "Winter in the Wildwood", audiences will be transported to a Fae-Realm filled with holiday trees, lights, and magic as they meet a magical Faun and uncover the truth behind the fading Wildwood lights, embarking on a quest to restore magic to the forest.
Along the way, audiences will enjoy fairytale stories, magicians, puppetry, and one-of-a-kind photo opportunities. Each performance is unique and tailored to the audience, whether families or adults.
Rembrandt Chamber Musicians’ beloved Holiday Baroque returns! Featuring works of Corelli, Charpentier, and Bach, this annual celebration of baroque classics will capture the spirit of the season. Add this seasonal jewel to your calendar and join us for this annual treat.
George Bailey – the Everyman from small town Bedford Falls whose dreams of escape and adventure were stopped by family obligation and civic duty – has fallen onto desperate times. Only a miracle can save him from despair. Filled with original music and classic holiday carols, this warm tale “is the don’t-miss show this holiday season!” ("Chicago Tribune").
For over 20 years, American Blues has treated audiences to a live retelling of the Frank Capra classic in a 1940s radio broadcast tradition, making "It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!" the second longest-running holiday play in Chicago!
Inspired by the beloved holiday tradition, "Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical" brings new-age holiday cheer to cities across the country on a nationwide tour. The show tells a story about Santa’s Scout Elves with original music and dance that builds excitement and splendor for the season.
Whether you love "Love Actually" or love to hate "Love Actually" or have never seen "Love Actually", you will actually LOVE this musical! "Love Actually? The Unauthorized Musical Parody" is the Off-Broadway hit and holiday season sendup of the iconic romantic comedy and Christmas movie "Love Actually".
This holiday season it is making its debut in Chicago. Written by musical parody duo Bob and Tobly McSmith, creators of the smash hits "The Office! A Musical Parody" and "Friends! The Musical Parody", "Love Actually? The Unauthorized Musical Parody" will bring love and laughs to your holiday season! Get ready for awkward meet-cutes, over-the-top grand gestures, and lots and lots of love, actually.
Christopher Wheeldon’s reimagined classic returns for the holidays. Follow young Marie and the Nutcracker Prince on a Christmas Eve journey through the 1893 World’s Fair, a dazzling spectacle of sights, sounds, and enchantment. This annual holiday tradition celebrates the magic of the season and the rich cultural heritage of Chicago.
More than a million Chicagoans can't be wrong -- the Goodman's heartfelt, high-end production of Dickens' classic has set the standard for more than 40 years, what with its "amazing sets, gorgeous costumes and eye-popping lighting effects" ("Chicago Reader"), not to mention the stellar performances of Scrooge and the gang. Plus, the theater's right in the heart of the Loop, so you can experience all the holiday spirit the city has to offer.
Celebrating his 65th year in the music industry, legendary singer Johnny Mathis’ sublime vocal approach to music eclipses passing fads and trends. He has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories — from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music, all of which has assured his reputation as one of the most enduring vocalists in music history.
Best-known for his supremely popular hits like “Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me To Say,” “Misty” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Johnny has recorded close to 80 albums, including six Christmas albums that have made him the undisputed and iconic “Voice of Christmas.” Join us at the Rosemont Theatre to celebrate the holidays as Johnny performs some of his greatest Christmas hits and personal favorites, and hear why it’s just not Christmas without Johnny Mathis!
Do you remember the first time you heard the Christmas sounds of Mannheim Steamroller? You can again celebrate the holiday magic of Mannheim Steamroller in 2021 when they bring their annual holiday tour to fans throughout the country.
While 2020 was the first year the group was unable to tour in 35 years, 2021 will reunite the No. 1 Christmas music artist in history with its legion of long-time fans. Experience the music that has become the hallmark of the holidays and a tradition for multi-generational families: "Mannheim Steamroller Christmas" live in concert in 2021!
Did Santa babysit the baby Jesus? Why were the Three Wise Men so lost? Do you know what the holiday classic Silent Night first sounded like? The answers to these and other humorous questions are answered in the hit holiday comedy "Christmas Bingo: It’s a Ho-Ho-Holy Night!". Written by Vicki Quade, one of the creators of the hit comedy "Late Nite Catechism", "Christmas Bingo" brings together two of the best things about being Catholic: Christmas and Bingo.
The show features the character of Mrs. Mary Margaret O’Brien, a former nun and current bingo caller. "Christmas Bingo" is the second installment in Quade’s bingo series, which also includes the long-running hit "Bible Bingo". This show was selected as one of 10 holiday shows highlighted by Chris Jones, the "Chicago Tribune"’s theater critic.
In this interactive comedy, audience members play bingo while also answering questions about Christmas traditions, the origin of St. Nick, where do candy canes come from, miracles in the Bible, and a clever re-creation of the Annunciation, complete with audience members in angel wings and halos.
Set in 1920's America, A&A BALLET's "The Art Deco Nutcracker", featuring Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, is a fresh, yet traditional take on the beloved holiday favorite with a sumptuous costume and set design inspired by the unique sophistication of the Art Deco era.
"The Art Deco Nutcracker" is Alexei Kremnev's eighth full-length ballet. His work has been presented at the world-renowned Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Lincoln Center in New York, and the Opernhaus Zurich in Switzerland, among other prestigious venues across the globe. The "Huffington Post" describes his choreography as “encompassing the best and brilliance of what movement can be while breaking boundaries of what we know.”