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Your Guide to Chicago’s Best Christmas Shows

Christmas Shows Chicago

Your Guide to Chicago’s Best Christmas Shows

Tis the season to be jolly! Theater season, that is….

From The Goodman Theater’s classic rendition of A Christmas Carol to Uptown Underground’s not-so-classic (and NSFW) version of The Nutcracker, there are dozens of amazing holiday shows cropping up across the city in the coming weeks.

Here are 7 of the best plays, musicals and performances opening for Christmas-time in Chicago.


The Nutcracker @ The Joffrey Ballet

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Photo Credit: The Joffrey Ballet

Here it is, the quintessential holiday show: The Nutcracker at The Joffrey Ballet. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon takes Tchaikovsky’s classic tunes to new heights in the 2017 version of this iconic Christmas tale, placing all the characters you know and love in the heart of the Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair. Performances start December 1st and continue through the 30th. Get your tickets here.


A Christmas Carol @ The Goodman Theater

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Photo Credit:The Goodman Theater

Celebrating 40 years at The Goodman Theater, the 2017 production of A Christmas Carol promises to be every bit as magical as the first. A true Chicago tradition, shows begin on November 18th and run through December 31st. Buy your tickets here now!


White Christmas @ The Cadillac Palace Theater

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Photo Credit: Broadway in Chicago

There’s nothing really quite like a Broadway Christmas. Head out to The Cadillac Palace Theater from November 21st to December 3rd to catch a glimpse of Irving Berlin’s heartwarming musical based on the 1954 film. Tickets for the 2-week run are going fast, pick yours up at Broadway in Chicago here.


Music Box Christmas Show

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Photo Credit: The Music Box

The 34th Annual Music Box Christmas Show and Double Feature starts December 9th and runs through Christmas Eve! Come celebrate the season with back-to-back screenings of It’s a Wonderful Life and a special Sing-A-Long version of White Christmas. I should probably mention that you can buy tickets for just one of the films, but c’mon, you know you wanna see both.


Q’ Brothers Christmas Carol @ Chicago Shakespeare Theater

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Photo Credit: Chicago Shakes

A fresh take on a Christmas mainstay, the Q’ Brothers Christmas Carol presented by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater features your favorite Dickensian story told through a mix of rock ballad, hip-hop, rap, reggae and, yes, even dubstep. It may not be the holiday performance you remember from childhood, but what is lacks in tradition it more than makes up for in fun. The show will run from November 21st to December 31st – get your tickets here.


It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! @ Stage 773

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Photo Credit: Stage 773

Swing by Stage 773 anytime from November 16th through January 6th to see your favorite Christmas movie come to life. With a performance by the American Blues Ensemble, an amazing cast, all your favorite holiday songs and a serving of milk and cookies, this show epitomizes the holiday spirit.



The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque @ Uptown Underground

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Photo Credit: Uptown Underground

What, not all Christmas shows have to be rated PG okay? Leave the kids at home for a night this holiday season and take a seat at this raunchy and hilarious variety show, produced by Tom Boi Theatricals. Though I can’t really tell you what to expect, I can leave you with this quote from their website:

“A twist on the original ballet and an event not to be missed, highlighting the world of burlesque, boylesque, drag, magic, sword balancing, fire spinning, ballet and more, as the audience follows Clara and her Buttcracker from a boring-AF Christmas party on a wild hallucinogenic trip to the Land of Sweets.”

The show runs intermittently over the next two months, buy your tickets here.

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