2020 Drive-in, Virtual, and Live Theater and Holiday Performances for Kids

Make magical memories this holiday season with a kid-friendly theater performances! Whether you are starting a new tradition, or continuing a longstanding one, enjoying the arts as a family sparks some extra holiday magic. We have found live drive-in shows, virtual theater events, and heartwarming holiday classics to engage all ages. Check out all these great options, enjoy your time together, and may your holidays be merry and bright!

Live Theater and Virtual Theater for Kids 2020

Live Theater in 2020

Drive In Theatre: Beatrix Potter and Friends
October 1, 2020 – Oct 18, 2020
100 S Racine Ave
Chicago, IL 60607
Families are invited to drive up, or reserve a socially distanced “pod” to view the show. 

Baby Shark Live!
December 19, 2020 | 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm
Rosemont Theatre
5400 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Virtual Theater

How magical that we can bring the joy of stage theater to our living rooms this year. Such a wonderful way to introduce young children to the arts without the worry of restlessness or potty breaks in the middle of the show. For older children, it is a great way to continue your annual traditions, but from the comfort of your own home. The perfect first ballet for kids, The Nutcracker has colorful, whimsical scenes coupled with a magical Christmas storyline. We hope you have a magical holiday season!

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It’s a Wonderful Life – Live in Chicago!
November 12, 2020 – January 4, 2021
This annual holiday tradition is going virtual this year.

Leo Lionni’s FREDERICK, Doll Face Has a Party!, My Magic Breath
August 17, 2020 – August 2021
Virtual reading of these famous children’s books. Videos are free, with a suggested donation

Holiday Sing Along with the Symphony
December 12, 2020 – Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020
Family sing-along with carols, a Hanukkah medley, and more music played by the New Philharmonic. Includes downloadable booklet of lyrics.

Million Dollar Christmas: Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash
December 19, 2020 | 7:30 pm
Rock-n-roll hits and holiday songs with rockabilly flair, streamed live to you.

The Nutcracker Virtual Experience
December 2020
The Washington Ballet is putting together a virtual Nutcracker with behind-the-scenes content, interviews, and more.

Academy of Dance Nutcracker Virtual Production
December 2020 | Exact dates coming soon
A virtual production of the Nutcracker featuring the Academy of Dance and American Pacific Ballet Company.

Ballet For All Kids Virtual Nutcracker
December 20, 2020
Dancers and musicians across the country will team up for a virtual Nutcracker showcase.

Check the Kidlist calendar for even more fun holiday events to do with kids, or find all our best winter activites.

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About the Author

Nicole Majewski
Nicole and her family live in Bloomingdale. She is a former teacher and now stay at home mom of three adorable kids. Her family loves to be outside, exploring nature and getting dirty. In the winter months, you will find them at the local library or an indoor play place.

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