Review: Elf The Musical at Paramount Theatre in Aurora

In Elf The Musical at Paramount Theatre in Aurora, the actors deliver their humorous lines flawlessly and their singing voices are amazing. We had never been to the Paramount Theatre and were so impressed with the beautiful building and kind staff as well.

The lights in downtown Aurora added to the experience as we walked across the bridge on the way to the theater.

Inside, there was excitement in the air while guests took photos in front of the tree and bought drinks and treats to enjoy during the performance. When we entered the theater, the ushers offered my daughter a booster seat that they said she could either sit on to see better or use as a footrest, which was so nice!

They have a great selection of wine, beer, fountain drinks, and snacks, including candy, cheese filled pretzel breadsticks, and gourmet cookies. We pretty much tried everything and can vouch that it’s delicious!

Elf The Musical

We were so impressed by the sets. The switches between Christmastown, New York City, and the Dobbs’ condo were seamless. Actors even ice skate on stage in Rockefeller Center. Wow! I’ve never seen anything like that on stage.

Photo courtesy of Paramount Theatre, Photo credit: Liz Lauren


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There are also other surprises, especially towards the end, but I’m not going to ruin it for you! Our daughter’s reaction was so sweet and memorable. And during the performance we attended, a small child even answered Santa when he asked a rhetorical question by saying “I believe in you”. What a heart warming moment. That just illustrates how engaging the performance is and convincing the characters are!

Photo courtesy of Paramount Theatre, Photo credit: Liz Lauren

Not only was Elf The Musical touching, but it was also hilarious. There were classic lines from the movie that we enjoyed again. The performance is rated PG for “sophomoric humor, mild language, and adult innuendos.” We weren’t thrilled with how many times they said “hell” and “damn”, but I tend to be more sensitive about language, so you have to use your own judgement. Overall, we found it to be a great performance that we could enjoy along with our kids (7+ years old and up).


Elf The Musical runs now through January 7, 2018 and is 2 1/2 hours with one intermission. Click here for more info and to buy tickets from the Paramount Theatre website. You can buy discounted tickets on the Kidlist half-price tickets page! Click here to find half-price tickets on many performances, including Elf The Musical.

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About Paramount Theatre

Paramount Theatre is a beautiful space, designed with Venetian decor with a 1930’s Art Deco influence and it first opened on September 3, 1931. In 1976, the Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA) restored the Paramount to its original grandeur. The Paramount Arts Centre reopened in 1978, offering a variety of touring theatrical, musical, comedy, dance and family programming. In 2006, a 12,000-square-foot, two-story Grand Gallery lobby was added including a Grand Staircase, new box office, café and art gallery.

It’s a wonderful space that makes performances special. They also announced that they will be replacing the seats soon, although we found the current seats to be comfortable.


We highly recommend that you check the Paramount Theatre website for parking suggestions. Valet parking, a municipal garage, and free street parking are available. We went on a Sunday when street parking is free and without a time limit, got there 30 minutes before show time and found a spot a block away!


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Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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