Holiday Children’s Theatre in Lake County

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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.

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Holiday Theatre around Lake County

As with all our listings please be sure to click through for full details and ticketing information. Little Lake County is not responsible for sold-out shows or changes to offerings. If multiple dates the link is to the first date on the calendar. 

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Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn
Marriott Theatre: 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire | 847-6334-0200
November 7 – January 6
Tickets are $50 and up, discounts available for students, seniors, and military.

Not a children’s show, but a fun family show for older kids. Irving Berlin’s HOLIDAY INN tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut… but life just isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. Based on the classic film, this joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs. The show runs approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.


Aladdin Jr.
Standing Ovation Theatre, Village Church of Gurnee, 1319 N. Hunt Club Rd., Gurnee
November 9 at 6:00 p.m. and November 10 at 1:00 p.m.
Tickets are general admission $10 each

Student performers perform the Disney classic Aladdin.


Mary Poppins Jr.
Big Deal Productions, Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Rd., Buffalo Grove  | (847) 850-2132
November 9, 10 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and November 11 and 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door

Big Deal Productions is thrilled to present Mary Poppins, Jr. as the Fall 2018 Children’s Theatre production.  Based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, and the highly successful Broadway musical, this “practically perfect” show will be a treat for the whole family.  Featuring unforgettable songs from the movie, such as A Spoonful of Sugar, Feed the Birds, Let’s Go Fly a Kite, and incredible dance numbers, like Step In Time, this will be a show you won’t soon forget.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Citadel Theatre, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest | (847) 735-8554
November 16 – December 23
Tickets:  $20 each

We celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this irresistible Andrew Lloyd Webber family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son! One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. Come celebrate the holidays with your family at this inspirational and rollicking musical extravaganza!


Northbrook Theatre Jr. Company, 3323 Walters Avenue Northbrook
November 11, 17, 18 at 12:30 p.m. and 4:-00 p.m.
Tickets: $13 each

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm, and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.


You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Standing Ovation Theatre, Village Church of Gurnee, 1319 N. Hunt Club Rd., Gurnee
November 16 at 7:00 p.m., November 17 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are general admission $10 each

Student performers perform You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.


PASTA Performs: Puss in Boots
John & Nancy Hughes Theater, Gorton Community Center, 400 e. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest
November 18 at 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5 each

Student actors perform the classic Puss in Boots.


Mary Poppins Jr.
Northbrook Theatre Children’s Company, 3323 Walters Avenue Northbrook
December 8 & 9 at 12:30 & 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $13 per ticket

Your favorite practically perfect nanny takes center stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film. The jack-of-all-trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Everyone can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.” One hour, no intermission


A Magical Cirque Christmas
Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee St., Waukegan
December 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets $43-$103

Celebrate the holiday season with the world’s greatest variety show! Featuring the best performers from across the globe, A Magical Cirque Christmas will dazzle audiences of all ages. Experience stunning costume changes, angelic voices singing your favorite Christmas carols and acrobatic feats you just have to see to believe. It’s a holiday treat the whole family will enjoy!

It’s a Wonderful Live – Live Radio Play
P, M & L Theatre, 877 Main St., Antioch | (847) 395-3433
Friday, December 14 and 21 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, December 16 and 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Enjoy a captivating, live 1940’s radio broadcast that tells the story of an idealistic George Bailey as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve in this beloved holiday classic.


Rhonda and the Fossil Hunt
James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County, 19351 West Washington St., Grayslake | (847) 543-2300
November 1 at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Suitable for grades 3-6. Join precocious 8-year-old Rhonda as she explores the American Museum of Natural History. When some fossils go missing, Rhonda begins her search with the help of some unexpected friends. Special Q & A with the cast to follow the performance. Show length: approximately 60 minutes.



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:

What’s on your holiday ticket wish list?

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