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Make the holiday season more fun by planning to see these local theatrical events.



“It’s a Wonderful Life” – Overshadowed Theatrical Productions
Adapted by Doug Rand from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling. November 23 – December 15, 2018. George Bailey, a building and loan banker, sacrifices his dreams to help his community, to the point where he feels life has passed him by. Due to a cruel business rival’s manipulations, Bailey falls into despair so deep that he contemplates suicide, until his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, gives him a valuable new perspective on the worth of his life. It’s an endearing classic holiday presentation you won’t want to miss.

Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois.

For tickets call 630.634.2100 or visit our website at

“Home for the Holidays” – Rialto Square Theatre

Home for the Holidays at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, presented by ComEd, is a month long celebration of the season with sixteen opportunities to enjoy holiday entertainment and build your own family traditions at the beautiful Rialto Square Theatre.

Home for the Holidays has something for the entire family! The festivities begin on Monday, November 19th with events and activities through Saturday, December 20th. It includes entertainment options for the whole family with holiday shows, concerts, social gatherings, movies and special events throughout the holiday season.

Visit for a complete listing of our holiday themed shows.


  • A Very Rialto Christmas, A Family Concert Experience – November 19 @ 5:30PM
  • Teddy Bear Tea – November 23 @ 9:30AM and 12:30PM
  • The Oak Ridge Boys, Christmas Celebration Tour – November 25 @ 7:00PM
  • Kenny G, The Miracles Holiday and Hits Tour – November 29 @ 7:30PM
  • The Nutcracker – December 2 @ 2:00PM
  • Noel, A Breathtaking Musical – December 4 @ 7:00PM
  • A Magical Cirque Christmas – December 7 @ 8:00PM
  • It’s a Wonderful Life, Live Radio Broadcast – December 8 @ 7:00PM
  • Joliet American Legion Band, Sounds of Christmas – December 9 @ 2:00PM
  • The Tenors, Home for the Holidays – December 14 @ 8:00PM
  • Big Bad V0odoo Daddy, Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party – December 15 @ 8:00PM
  • 98° At Christmas – December 20 @ 7:30PM


  • The Polar Express – November 24 @ 1:00PM
  • Miracle on 34th Street – November 30 @ 7:00PM
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol – December 16 @ 3:00PM


“The Music of Christmas’ – The West Towns Chorus
The West Towns Barbershop Chorus will take the stage for the first time ever at the Arcada Theatre on December 8th and 9th!

The 2017 Illinois District Chorus Champions, are one of the premier men’s choruses in the Chicago area. The West Towns Chorus is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization on a mission to Change Lives Though Song. They rehearse at 7:00pm every Monday at Horizon Community Church, 2129 63rd St, Downers Grove. or (630) 201-5544.

Come enjoy our holiday concert “The Music of Christmas’ at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main Street in St. Charles. Saturday, Dec. 8th and Sunday Nov. 9th at 1:30 PM. For ticket information visit: or call 630-962-7000.

Holiday Show Schedule – The Genesee Theatre
The Spotlight is Closer than you think! The historical Genesee Theatre hosts concerts, variety shows, comedy, and other events. Visit our website today to see our full line-up and get tickets today. Don’t forget to sign up for our email list! Visit for more information. 203 N. Genesee Street, Waukegan, IL 60085.

  • The Colors of Christmas: Taylor Dayne, Peabo Bryson, Deniece Williams, Jon Secada – December 2 @ 6:00PM
  • A Magical Cirque Christmas – December 9 @ 6:00PM
  • The Magic of The Nutcracker – December 8 @ 1:00PM and 5:00PM
  • Michael McDonald “Minute by Minute” – December 15 @ 8:00PM


“Sounds of the Season” – Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Create joyful memories with the entire family at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s “Sounds of the Season” holiday extravaganza. Stephen Squires, conducts, with Catalina Cuervo, soprano, the Elgin Master Chorale and Midwest Dance Collective all performing familiar holiday favorites. The program also includes a sing-along and appearance from a special visitor from the North Pole.

December 8, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm, and December 9, 2:30 pm. Hemmens Cultural Center.

Tickets: ElginSymphony.Org or 847-888-4000. Get to Know Your ESO!

“The Nutcracker” AND “19th annual Presto! Holiday Concert” – Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts
The Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts offers two timeless shows for families this holiday season, beginning with Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s full-scale production of The Nutcracker.

A corps of professional dancers leads a large cast in Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet, following the dreamlike adventures of a young girl who, guided by a magical Nutcracker Prince, encounters leaping Russians, waltzing flowers, twirling snowflake maidens and more. Complete with live narration, grand sets and vibrant costumes, The Nutcracker plays for two weekends November 30 through December 9.

Then, classical and popular music of the season is performed by the award-winning Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra at its 19th annual Presto! Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 15 at 3pm and 7pm. The Schaumburg Youth Choir joins the program, performing carols with the orchestra.

For tickets, visit or call 847-895-3600. The Prairie Center is located at 201 Schaumburg Ct., in Schaumburg.

“’Tis the Season” – Artistry in Motion Dance Company, Des Plaines Park District
The Des Plaines Park District’s national award-winning Artistry in Motion Dance Company performs their annual winter show, ’Tis the Season, onstage at the beautiful Prairie Lakes Theater on Friday, December 7 at 6:30p and Saturday, December 8, at 2:30p and 6:30p.

Tickets go on sale November 13, online at and at Prairie Lakes, 515 E. Thacker Street, in Des Plaines. For information about the company, call 847-391-6924.

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