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The Nutcracker

Elgin Community College Visual & Performing Arts Center | Elgin, Ill.

Full-length holiday classic features eight guest artists, in feature and solo performances; plus more than a dozen company dancers from Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Clara's Christmas Tea Parties at 1:30 p.m. prior to the show for an additional fee. Performances at 3 p.m. Dec. 8-9.

Cost: $27, $15 children 12 and under. Tickets to the pre-show Clara's Christmas Tea Parties are $18 for adults; $15 for children 12 and under.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

Emerald City Theatre Company | Chicago, Ill.

In a world where a trip to the Laundromat threatens to separate Trixie from her beloved bunny, a girl needs a hero to help--Dad. Can her parents understand what she's saying in time to rescue Knuffle Bunny? Performances run Oct. 2, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.

Cost: $16, $13 kids, limited number of $10 tickets available for all performances

Santa Deux

Greenhouse Theater Center | Chicago, Ill.

Santa hires the highly ambitious New Elf who promises a faster, more efficient Christmas. When Santa and the North Polians can't seem to keep up with these new ideas, New Elf creates a clone of Santa to help out. But this corporate savvy 'Santa Deux' begins automating and downsizing the entire town and threatens the very essence of Christmas. Performances are 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday from Dec. 8-30. Also performances at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. For more information visit lilbudstheatre.org.

 

Cost: $18, $12 kids

Cinderella

Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences | Lincolnshire, Ill.

Join Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, a handsome Prince, and two selfish stepsisters in Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beloved tale. Performances run Nov. 17-Dec. 31.

Cost: $15

Annie

Paramount Arts Centre and Theatre | Aurora, Ill.

Bring the entire family and join Annie and her pint-sized cohorts on the musical adventure of a lifetime. Performances run Nov. 21-Dec. 30.

Cost: $34.90/$39.90/$46.90

The Gifts of the Magi

Porchlight Music Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

In 1905, newlyweds Jim and Della lovingly sacrifice their greatest possessions and find a holiday treasure in this family-friendly show. Performances run Nov. 17-Dec. 23.

Cost: Call for cost.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

Provision Theater Company | Chicago, Ill.

When a broken hearted boy loses the treasured wooden nativity set that links him to his dead father, his worried mother persuades a lonely ill-tempered woodcarver to create a replacement, and to allow her son to watch him work on it. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday from Nov. 21-Dec. 23. Also have a select number of Wednesday morning matinees at 10 a.m.

 

Cost: $32, $15 student, $10 kids 11 and under

It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play presented by WS Rep

Raue Center for the Arts | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Inspired by the classic holiday film, this production is presented as a 1940's live radio broadcast in front of a live audience. It's your chance to fall in love with the story of Bedford Falls all over again. 8 p.m. Nov. 23, 24, 30; Dec. 1, 14, 15; 3 p.m. Dec. 1.

 

Cost: $22-$28

Madeline’s Christmas

The Theatre of Western Springs | Western Springs, Ill.

Madeline saves Christmas from disaster. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 4 p.m. Dec. 1 and 8, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9.

 

Cost: $15, $7 kids 18 and under.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

The Wilmette Theatre | Wilmette, Ill.

Performances are at 10 a.m. and noon Dec. 8 and 15.

Cost: $12, $10 in advance
 









 
 
 
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