Holiday Guide

Find the best Chicago Holiday Events for kids and families. These holiday events and activities for kids include meals with Santa, holiday plays and performances, tree lighting events, Nutcrackers and more. See our guide below and find great holiday events for kids.

More events and activities are being added every day, so check back often!


2019 Featured Holiday Highlights

ComedySportz Chicago
Join ComedySportz Chicago for the holidays! We'll have holiday-themed shows all season long, which means we'll add new Holiday games, sing holiday songs, and maybe even an appearance by the theater Elf on a Shelf, Sugar Cube! We'll also be featuring a Hanukkah show this year as well, that teaches all about the holiday in a fun way. We've added additional shows all season as well, so you'll have plenty of chances to get out of the house! Most shows are all ages, but check listings for more details. Make ComedySportz your home for the holiday... laughter!

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage
At Rosemont Theatre, Saturday, December 14, 2019
Two Shows: 1pm and 5pm
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage is a fresh take on the timeless classic that gives the audience a completely new way of experiencing the storyline as portrayed by real actors who maintain the integrity and spirit of each Peanuts character. A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage encompasses each of your favorite scenes from the original animated television show. It even expands the storyline into greater detail with more fun, more music, more finding the true Christmas spirit.

A Magical Cirque Christmas
At Rosemont Theatre, Saturday, December 21, 2019
The producers of Broadway’s smash hit “The Illusionists” have brought together the world’s greatest entertainers for a spell-binding and incredible new holiday production – A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS! Experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists from all corners of the world, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. Get into the spirit of the season with this merry treat that’s perfect for the entire family.

Blippi Live
At Rosemont Theatre, Saturday, February 22, 2020
Two Shows: 1pm and 5pm
Blippi Live! is set to bring the vivacious, energetic, and educational children's character from the screen to the stage for an all-ages extravaganza of fun, dancing, singing and meeting amazing new friends onstage. Blippi's first tour will bring the fun and antics of his beloved adventures to the stage, to provide an interactive, family-friendly show unlike anything else out there. Blippi's appeal lies in his wonder, in the way he looks at the world- "wow, look at that! It's a plane, a tractor, a fire truck and a train"- so expect plenty of fun and discoveries for the whole family.

At Rosemont Theatre, Saturday, March 21, 2020
The beloved MY LITTLE PONY: Friendship is Magic characters will take the stage in their all new musical debut, MY LITTLE PONY LIVE. Inspired by the brand's signature themes of friendship and magic, the original production features popular pony friends affectionately called, "the Mane Six" - Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy, Applejack and Rainbow Dash in a fantastical, sensation-filled musical tale. tells an exciting new tale. Come one pony, come all, on this unforgettable journey to Equestria! MY LITTLE PONY LIVE is the ultimate live celebration of the magic of MY LITTLE PONY - brought to life for the whole family!

Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical
The Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago
November 19 - December 29
Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish - The Musical is based on the heartfelt book of the same name by Denise McGowan Tracy and tells the story of a rag doll named Eleanor who lives in a magical world. Despite her love for her North Pole family, including Santa, Mrs. "Cookie" Claus, Clara Claus, and the elves - Twinkle, Sprinkle, and Sparkle, Eleanor's very merry Christmas wish is for a best friend and home of her own. Realizing that wishing is not enough, she writes a letter to Santa that opens the door to answering many questions and leads to wishes coming true.

DuPage Children's Museum: Take Time to Connect
DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville
November 29 - December 30
The holidays are busy; take time to connect with your little ones at DuPage Children's Museum (DCM). Build, wonder, discover, think, and PLAY - the possibilities are endless! The Museum is the perfect place to exercise both body and mind. Visitors explore their world through hands-on exhibits and experiences inspiring creativity, curiosity, and a love for learning. Splash around in AWEsome Water, engulf the entire family in a giant bubble, build with real tools in the Construction House, refuel in Bean Sprouts Café, and so much more. Plan a visit to DuPage Children's Museum, where you and your family will laugh, learn, and love spending time together. Speaking of holidays... DCM memberships make special gifts that give all year long.

Hinsdale Central Auditorium: November 30 - December 1
Governors State University: December 7
McAninch Arts Center: December 14 - 15
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts: December 21 - 22
An enchanting holiday tradition! Watch young Clara and her hero, The Nutcracker, battle the Mouse King and embark on a magical journey, encountering toys that come alive, dancing snowflakes and the Sugar Plum Fairy. All performances feature spectacular costumes and internationally recognized guest artists. The Nutcracker is an exciting way to introduce young children to the power and beauty of classical ballet!

Celebrate the holidays with Codeverse!
Celebrate the holidays with Codeverse! Throughout the month of December, we'll be hosting holiday-themed 'Kids Night Out' every Saturday evening (6:30PM-8:30PM) at our award-winning, interactive coding studios. Enjoy a night out on the town while your child explores and experiments with cutting-edge gadgets in our digital wonderland. Kids will learn how to program lights and sounds, control robots, play DJ in the Black Hole, develop video games and more! Dinner is included. Ages 6-13 only.