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HOLIDAY SHOWS: 5 FESTIVE MUST-SEES

Check out some of the 2016 holiday season's most exciting holiday productions.

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Chicago's winter season brings about some of the most exciting theatre productions the country has ever seen. This season, don't leave the city without seeing at least one of these festive holiday favorites.

 

1) A CHRISTMAS CAROL

November 19 - December 31, 2016
Goodman Theatre: 170 N. Dearborn St.
Buy Tickets ($25 and up)

See Dickens' timeless Christmas tale, now in its 39th extraordinary year. Experience the electrifying arrival of ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers, the "Bah Humbugs" and Scrooge's joyful discovery of life and love.

 

2) A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

November 11, 2016 – January 8, 2017 
Broadway Playhouse: 175 E. Chestnut St.
Buy Tickets ($15 and up)

Based on the beloved cartoon television special, this all-ages show brings the Peanuts pals live to the stage! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole cast of characters as they rediscover the true meaning of Christmas.

 

3) IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO!

November 18 - December 31, 2016 
Greenhouse Theater Center: 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue
Buy Tickets ($19-49)

For 15 years, the award-winning American Blues Theater has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast. This incredible cast of eight recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score, and holiday carols. It's a Chicago original based on the beloved film by Frank Capra. After each performance, join the cast for milk and cookies.

 

4) A SNOWY DAY WITH BEATRIX POTTER & FRIENDS

November 5 - 20, 2016
Chicago Children's Theatre (see schedule for venue details)
Buy Tickets ($25)

An interactive, four-dimensional winter fairy tale, it's geared for children ages 3 and up. Experience the iconic animal characters like Peter Rabbit through a series of mechanical suitcase sculptures, which will hae you pulling levers and turning cranks to reveal images that surprise and delight.

 

5) THE NUTCRACKER

December 10 - 30, 2016
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University: 50 E. Congress Pkwy.
Buy Tickets ($35 and up)

It's America's No. 1 Nutcracker. It's been called "the perfect ballet" by The Washington Post. And this season marks its landmark final production as conceived by Rober Joffrey. Get swept up by the grand production, with Tchaikovsky's score performed live by The Chicago Philharmonic.

 



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The Joffrey Ballet
Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 739-0120
Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 443-3800
Emerald City Theatre
2936 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 529-2690
American Blues Theater
2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 404-7336
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