Let’s face it, Chicago is a theatre town. As this year comes to a close and a New Year soon unfolds, Chicago’s theatres are just warming up their marquees. Set to the backdrop of the holiday season, some of Chicago’s major theatres are drawing audiences this month to experience annual holiday traditions, big productions and one-of-a-kind collaborations.

Whether you’re a theatre aficionado or not, this month offers a chance to whet your palette with fun and beloved productions. And if you’re looking for gift ideas this season, well … hint, hint! So before this month is whisked away at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve as we sing our yearly farewell to Auld Lang Syne, be sure to grab a seat at one or two or all of this month’s holiday performances.  

Joffrey Ballet’s 'The Nutcracker'

The Joffrey Ballet’s rendition of the classic holiday story, The Nutcracker comes to life once again in the 27th annual performance of this enchanting tale. Through December 28, 2014, the Auditorium Theatre, now celebrating its 125th anniversary, will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland where Joffrey dancers will masterfully create a spectacular show to Tchaikovsky’s classic score with the help of local children’s choruses and more than 100 young dancers.

The Goodman Theatre Presents 'A Christmas Carol' and 'Twist Your Dickens or Scrooge You!' (with The Second City)

The holiday season would not be complete without the beloved classic A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre. Every year for the last 37 years, A Christmas Carol has dazzled theatregoers. The story of Mr. Scrooge continues to inspire the joy of giving and remains a Chicago favorite this time of year. Realizing the role of Ebenezer Scrooge for his seventh season is Larry Yando. There will be plenty of Bah Humbugs to go around so don't be a Scrooge and miss out on this wonderful performance, showing at Goodman through December 28.

And new this year to the Goodman holiday performances is a one-of-a-kind production in collaboration with The Second City called Twist Your Dickens or Scrooge You! Sure to be a riot, this hodgepodge of classic holiday stories is written by former “The Colbert Report” writers Peter Quinn and Bobby Moore and directed by Matt Hovde, artistic director of the Second City Training Center. If you've ever seen a show at The Second City you know to expect the unexpected and be prepared to laugh till it hurts. Now extended to January 3, 2015, this interactive holiday satire gives new meaning to this joyous season.

Music Box Christmas Show: 'White Christmas' and 'It's a Wonderful Life' 

In keeping with holiday traditions, the Music Box Theatre prepares for its 29th annual Music Box Christmas Show. Beginning Friday, December 14 through December 24, 2014, each night will be an opportunity to watch one of two, or both, classic holiday films, White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life, preceded by a sing-along with Santa Claus and a host of other moviegoers. It’s caroling a lá cinema. Check the dates and times here and make it a date night or an evening with friends and family, and be sure to warm up those vocal chords.

'Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale' at Broadway Playhouse

There’s caroling and then there’s rockin’ out. Taking a different approach to the holiday season, Broadway in Chicago premieres Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale, a new musical that follows heavy metal bar rock band Däisy Cütter. Hungry for fame, the group goes on a quest to revive their rock-and-roll sounds from the ‘80s, to the extent that the four band members are willing to sell their souls to the devil. One problem — they can’t seem to seal the deal because their guitar-ripping tunes keep turning into festive holiday carols. Created by and starring Dee Snider, lead singer of Twisted Sister, this fun holiday musical will have you rocking out in full Christmas spirit through January 4, 2015.

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