Holidays - Performances

We've gathered details on the best family-friendly Christmas and holiday performances and shows taking place in and around Chicago. Choose from Nutcrackers, A Christmas Carols, musicals, plays and more. These family friendly holiday events are taking place in Chicago and the suburbs, and are listed by start date.
November 17 - December 31
Age: All ages
The Snow Queen
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire
10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire
Be spirited away by this new musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fantastical...  See more
November 18 - December 31
Age: Ages 5 and up, under 5 not permitted.
A Christmas Carol
Goodman Theatre
170 N. Dearborn, Chicago
Now a beloved Chicago tradition, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its...  See more
November 21 - November 26
Age: Recommended for ages 5+.
The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays
Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph St., Chicago
Celebrate the holidays with the entire family at THE ILLUSIONISTS – MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAYS, a...  See more
November 25
Age: All ages
Elf in Concert
Auditorium Theatre
50 E Ida B Wells Dr, Chicago
Buddy was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among...  See more
November 29 - December 21
Age: Preschool - 4th Grade
The Christmas That Almost Wasn't
AlphaBet Soup Productions at Multiple Locations
Various, Chicagoland
Uh-oh! There’s been a terrible accident in the Toyshop, and the once sweet Toymaker has set out...  See more
December 01 - December 03
Age: All Ages
It's a Wonderful Life
The Center for Performing Arts
1 University Pkwy., University Park
A special treat from the Center’s Staff to You! This beloved American holiday classic comes to...  See more
December 03
Age: All ages
NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet
Rosemont Theatre
5400 N. River Road, Rosemont
The beloved family tradition is back: NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet! Gather your loved...  See more
December 07 - December 28
Age: All ages
‘Twas the Night Before… by Cirque du Soleil
Chicago Theatre
175 N State St., Chicago
A thrilling interpretation of the well-known Christmas classic, this joyful show about the...  See more
December 09
Age: All Ages
A Very Electric Christmas
Governors State University
1 University Pkwy., University Park
Follow the story of a young bird named Max and his family, as they begin their journey south for...  See more