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While we love The Nutcracker, there’s more to Holiday Theatre than just ballet. We’ve gathered up the holiday shows — some seasonal, some not — performed by kids and professionals in and around Lake County. Many shows will feature special times over winter break so you can find the perfect time to enjoy as a family or plan to give tickets as a gift.
Holiday Theatre around Lake County
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Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest | (847) 735-8554
November 20 – January 5
Tickets: $45 each
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. Discounted tickets available on Goldstar.
Rumpelstiltskin – An Original Musical Production
Jack Benny Center for the Arts, 39 Jack Benny Drive, Waukegan
December 6 – 22
Based on the popular German fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm 1812 edition of Children’s and Household Tales, it tells the story of a Miller that tries to get himself out of financial difficulty by claiming to his king that his daughter can spin straw into gold. Stillman Brothers Theater has expanded this short and popular tale and turned it into a dazzling musical appropriate for children of all ages.
PASTA Performs ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – A Musical Holiday Play
Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Rd., Lake Forest
December 7, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Everyone knows the famous holiday poem. But did you know the mouse’s name was Izzy and he was locked out of his house on Christmas Eve? Follow the adventures of Izzy as he works with Santa’s elves, reindeer and the Abominable Snowman to save Christmas!
The Best Christmas Pagent Ever
P, M & L Theatre, 877 Main St., Antioch | (847) 395-3433
December 13 – 22
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! Tickets are $10-18
The Elf on the Shelf, A Christmas Musical
Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan
December 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $39.50
This delightful musical offers an exclusive invitation to Santa’s North Pole and engages audiences with a glimpse into the magical lives of Scout Elves. Featuring wondrous moments that will make even the most cynical believe, this momentous celebration of the season leaves spirits high and captivates all with the splendor of Christmas. Make it the highlight of your family’s holiday season!
Chicago Holiday Shows – Worth the Trip
Traveling into the city can be magical this time of year – with all the lights and decorations! Check out these shows — all offered with discount admission from Goldstar:
- A Magical Cirque Christmas, Rosemont Theatre
- Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Rosemont Theatre
- A Christmas Carol, Goodman Theatre Chicago
- The Land of Forgotten Toys, Greenhouse Theater Center
- A Christmas Carol, Pabst Theater, Milwaukee
- A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage, Rosemont Theatre
What’s on your holiday ticket wish list?
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