2019 Holiday Performances

By Macaroni Kid Chicago November 22, 2019

Corduroy - Now to January 5

A childhood classic comes to the stage for an audience of all ages at the Broadway Playhouse this holiday season.  
Special performance on Sunday, November 24th (use promo code SWEATERWEATHER for discounted tickets) All proceeds from this performance support Emerald City Theatre's abilities to create theater that represents diverse communities and inspires early readers and build self-confidence and teamwork through arts education classes and residencies. Standard Tickets Include: A Performance of Corduroy PLUS sweet and savory pastries Coffee, tea, and a hot chocolate bar Crafting & activities Meet and greet with the cast 
Enhanced Tickets includes all of the above plus closer seating and one signed Corduroy poster for every child.

Eleanor’s Very Merry Christmas Wish the Musical - Now to December 29

Welcome to the North Pole, home to Santa, Mrs. Claus, Clara, Twinkle, Sprinkle and Sparkle the elves and their friend, Eleanor. Eleanor is a rag doll with a special wish – a best friend and home of her own.

Kids – bring your letters for Santa and stay around after the show for your very own ‘Selfie’ with Santa! (Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N Lincoln Ave)

Cirque du Soleil presents ‘Twas the Night Before - November 29 to December 8

Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever Christmas show, ‘Twas the Night Before... is a flurry of love, Christmas cheer, rip-roaring fun and hugely lovable characters that will become a new tradition for families to cherish. Join Isabella, a curious girl who’s become jaded by the hoopla surrounding Christmas, as she is whisked away to an upside-down, inside-out world where she meets characters inspired by the original timeless poem. Discover what happened before Santa dropped in! (The Chicago Theatre)

The Joffrey Ballet presents The Nutcracker - November 30 to December 29th 

Following a wildly successful world premiere in December 2016, The Joffrey Ballet will present its newly reimagined holiday classic The Nutcracker by Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.

Set during Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair, Wheeldon’s turn-of-the-century tale opens as young Marie and her mother, a sculptress creating the Fair’s iconic Statue of the Republic, host a festive Christmas Eve celebration. After a surprise visit from the mysterious Great Impresario, creator of the Chicago Columbian Exposition, Marie embarks on a whirlwind adventure with the Nutcracker Prince through a dreamlike World’s Fair. The Nutcracker features Tchaikovsky’s classic score performed live by The Chicago Philharmonic. (Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 East Ida B. Wells Drive)

Chicago Immersive presents Grace and the Hanukkah Miracle - December 1 to January 5th

A glimpse into a family's traditions, celebrations and struggles over generations, Grace and the Hanukkah Miracle is an interfaith immersive experience designed for families of all beliefs, for those who like to solve puzzles and riddles, celebrate with friends, time travel and just be a part of an exciting story. This production is 55 minutes and is recommended for people of all ages. (Grace Lutheran Church, 1430 South Blvd. in Evanston)

Music Institute presents “The Nutcracker-Duke it Out!” - Saturday, December 7 (2:00pm)

This Nutcracker performance, curated by Dance Chicago, pairs the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) versions of the holiday favorite, performed by professional brass and woodwind quintets. In tribute to Dance Chicago’s 25th anniversary, the Music Institute is featuring new material this year, including “Chocolate (Spanish Dance).” The performance is a family-friendly 60 minutes. (Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston)

Collaboraction’s Teen Ensemble debuts “ALL I WANT FOR CHICAGO IS…” - December  7-15

Collaboratively written by the Collaboraction Teen Ensemble, All I Want for Chicago Is… follows a group of Chicago teenagers who want to avoid a drab and drama-filled holiday break at home. Instead, they gather on Christmas Eve at Collaboraction to share their hopes, fears and dreams as young Chicagoans.

Magical events occur throughout the show via theater, puppetry, music and poetry while actual Chicago teens explore issues of equity, colorism, sexual orientation, discrimination, mental illness and gun violence. (Pentagon Theatre at Collaboraction Studios in the Flat Iron Arts Building 1579 N Milwaukee Ave, 3rd Floor)

Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker - December 7 & 8

Originally presented at the Arie Crown Theater from 1965 to 1997, the Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s Nutcracker performance recreates Ruth Page’s original full-length staging. Featuring an international cast of guest artists from Germany and former Joffrey and Hubbard Street dancers alongside an elite company, stunning costumes and magical settings in the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets, these performances promise world-class entertainment and holiday joy for children of all ages. 

(Northeastern Illinois University, 3701 W Bryn Mawr Ave)

Chicago Tap Theatre’s Tidings of Tap! - December 15 at 3pm

Chicago Tap Theatre makes a major narrative step this year by bringing internationally-celebrated choreographer and Jump RhythmÒ Artistic Director Billy Siegenfeld in to direct this year's edition of Tidings of Tap! This is the next logical step in taking what was once a holiday revue to a complete production with a strong structure and engaging plot. Artistic Director Mark Yonally helps to bring audiences live music, a touch of magic and boundless energy with a warm and wondrous celebration of tap dance and the winter season. (North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd)

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