2019 Guide to Holiday Theater and Nutcracker Performances for Kids!

Make magical memories this holiday season with a kid-friendly holiday theater performance! There are so many options to take advantage of during Christmastime in the Chicagoland area. Why not start a special new tradition with your family? Check out all these great options, including The Nutcracker shows happening locally!

Holiday Theater for Kids 2019

It’s a Wonderful Life – Live in Chicago!
November 14, 2019 – January 4, 2020
Stage 773
1225 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60657

A Christmas Carol
November 16 – December 29, 2019
Goodman Theatre
170 N Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60601

Twas the Night Before…by Cirque du Soleil
November 29 – December 8, 2019
The Chicago Theatre
175 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

A Christmas Carol
November 29 – December 23, 2019
Drury Lane Theatre
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

A Christmas Carol
November 29 – December 24, 2019
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
111 W. Campbell Street
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
December – 2019
Strawdog Theatre
1802 W. Berenice
Chicago, IL

Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical
December 5 – 23, 2019
Beverly Arts Center
2407 W. 111th
Chicago, IL 60655
Ages 2–10.

Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical
December 6 – 23, 2019
Stahl Family Theater
5900 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60634 
Ages 2–10.

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Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party
December 7 – 29, 2019
Chicago Children’s Theater
The Station
100 S. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60607
Ages 2–6.
See our review of the Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party!

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
December 10 – 15, 2019
Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
Ages 5+

Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical
December 11 – 22, 2019
Mainstage Theater at Pheasant Run Resort
4051 E. Main Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Ages 2–10.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live
December 14, 2019
Rosemont Theatre
5400 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

A Magical Cirque Christmas
December 21, 2019
Rosemont Theatre
5400 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Nutcracker Performances

The perfect first ballet for kids, The Nutcracker has colorful, whimsical scenes coupled with a magical Christmas storyline.

Salt Creek Ballet (Hinsdale)
November 30 – December 1, 2019
Hinsdale Central Auditorium
5500 S. Grant St.
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Fox Valley Nutcracker (Batavia)
November 30 – December 1, 2019
Batavia Fine Arts Center
1399 W Wilson Street
Batavia, IL 60510

Joffrey Ballet (Chicago)
November 30 – December 29, 2019
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 East Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60605

Chicago Festival Ballet (Joliet)
December 1, 2019
Rialto Square Theatre
15 E. Van Buren Street
Joliet, IL 60432

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Ballet Légere (River Forest)
December 5 – 8, 2019; additional field trip performances available
Dominican University Performing Arts Center
7900 W. Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305

Salt Creek Ballet (University Park)
December 7, 2019
Governors State University
Performing Arts Center
1 University Dr
University Park, IL 60484

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker (Rosemont)
December 8, 2019
Rosemont Theatre
5400 N River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Ballet Chicago (Chicago)
December 13 – 22, 2019
Athenaeum Main Stage
2936 N. Southport Ave.-lobby level
Chicago, IL 60657

North Shore School of Dance (Lake Forest)
December 14 – 15, 2019
Lake Forest Academy
1500 W. Kennedy Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

The Nutcracker with New Philharmonic (Glen Ellyn)
December 14 – 15, 2019
McAninch Arts Center
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Principle Dance (Forest Park)
December 15, 2019
Trinity High School
7574 W. Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305

Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker (Skokie)
December 21 – 22, 2019
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd.
Skokie, IL 60077 

Check the Kidlist calendar for even more fun holiday events to do with kids, or find all our indoor activity articles.

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About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

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