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…Wonderful holiday stage production for the whole family!

Holiday Inn | Nutcracker, James Lumber Center | Mary Poppins | A Christmas Carol | Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series | Magic of the Holiday Season | West Towns Barbershop Chorus | The Elgin Symphony Orchestra |  Nutcracker, Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts | Raue Center For The Arts


Holiday Inn
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions

November 29 – December 21, 2019.

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin. Based on the film from Universal Pictures. Book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge. This crowd-pleasing, classic romance is sure to delight audiences of all ages—featuring thrill-ing dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs, including “Blue Skies,” “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” and “White Christmas.” New this year…we have two additional performances to our Christmas production. First, we have added a matinee performance on the Saturday of opening weekend. Second, we have added another show on Tuesday, December 17.

Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets call the box office at 630-634-2100 or visit our website at We can’t wait to share the holidays with you!

James Lumber Center!
Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s

THE NUTCRACKER triumphantly returns to the James Lumber Center!
A little girl heroine. A mysterious godfather. An enchanted nutcracker. A magical night. Ruth Page Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker, the popular recreation of the holiday classic, comes to the mainstage of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County for two performances only on Saturday, December 14, at 1 and 5 p.m. Originally presented at Chicago’s Arie Crown Theatre from 1965 until 1997, this production recreates Ruth Page’s beautiful and beloved original full-length staging. Experience the exquisite dancing, stunning costumes and magical settings in the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets like never before — engaging entertainment for young and old alike!

Ticket prices are $25/$20 for adults; $24/$19 for seniors; $15 for students and teens; and $10 for children. Prices do not include an additional $2 per ticket facility fee. Tickets can be purchased at the JLC Box Office on the Grayslake Campus, Room P112, 19351 W. Washington St, open Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. or by calling (847) 543-2300.

To purchase single tickets online, visit

Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series
Join the Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series for two great family events – Children of Metropolis: Scrap Arts Music (November 9) and Christmas at the Silent Movies – Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra (December 14).  Scrap Arts Music is a high-octane, choreographed percussion spectacle with rolling instrument sculptures made entirely of recycled scrap.  Special student price of $10 with the promo code SCRAP.  Enjoy Christmas the old-fashioned way, with live ragtime accompaniment to classic holiday silent films by Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton and the first film adaptation of The Night Before Christmas.

All at Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium, Kirk & Pine Street, Batavia. or 630/840.ARTS.

Mary Poppins + A Christmas Carol
Drury Lane Theatre
“It’s a jolly holiday with…” Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins at Drury Lane Theatre! Everyone’s favorite nanny flies to the stage November 15, 2019 – January 19, 2020. Based on the stories by P.L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, this “practically perfect” musical is fun for the entire family. Tickets start at $60 and are on sale now – and if you’re still doing your shopping, they make a “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” gift! Call or visit the box office or visit to get your tickets today!

Have a magical day out at the Spoonful of Sugar Tea before the matinee performance of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins on January 4 and 11. Kids of all ages will love the magic show and decorating their very own kite. For more information or to make reservations, visit or call (630) 530-8300.

Drury Lane Theatre for Young Audiences presents A Christmas CarolNovember 29-December 23, 2019. The 60-minute holiday classic is appropriate for all ages. Tickets start at $20 and are on sale now. Call or visit the box office or visit to get your tickets today!

(630) 530-0111 | 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 |

Magic of the Holiday Season
The Dancing Horses Theatre – located 10 minutes west of Lake Geneva – Open all year round!
Discover what everyone is talking about. For a perfect day of family entertainment, and to enjoy the Magic of the Holiday Season, visit The Dancing Horses Theatre. Music, costumes, and holiday lights grace the entire Theatre from November to January. It is a “must see” for any horse lover as well as all those looking for a unique destination. or call 262-728-8200. Tickets are $32.50 for over 2 hours of spectacular entertainment!

West Towns Barbershop Chorus
Put the Annual West Towns Barbershop Chorus Christmas show on your calendars! You’ll have three opportunities over two weekends to see Chicagoland’s premier men’s four-part harmony a cappella chorus with special guests Midwest Crossroads Chorus and many more! What better way to kick your holiday season off then with the songs from your childhood? December 7, 2:00pm, December 14, 2:00pm & 7:00pm at Living Water Community Church, 190 Lily Cache Ln, Bolingbrook. For tickets or information visit or call (630) 201-5544

The West Towns Chorus is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization on a mission to Change Lives Though Song.

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Celebrating our 70th Anniversary Season
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is continuing the Elgin holiday tradition with our annual Deck The Halls Holiday Concert. This community sing-a-long filled with your classic holiday favorites is complete with the Soprano Katelyn Lee, the Elgin Master Chorale, Dancewear’s, and a special visit from the man himself – SANTA CLAUS! Conducted by Stephen Squires, this is a concert for the whole family. Performances are December 14th @ 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM and December 15th @ 2:30 PM at the Hemmens Cultural Center. Purchase tickets at or by calling 847-888-4000.

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 December 6 through December 15.

Then, classical and popular music of the season is performed by the award-winning Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra at its 20th annual Presto! Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 21 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.

Raue Center For The Arts
Raue Center For The Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of all through the arts. The 750-seat theatre, located in historic downtown Crystal Lake, Illinois, is a gathering place for our region’s citizens and has become a true destination for music, comedy theater, and more! Proud home to in-house nonprofit theatre company WILLIAMS STREET REPERTORY and all its programming! Raue Center strives to provide the arts for all and believes integrity, inclusion, and diversity make us better as an arts center. Stop by and experience great entertainment, close to home! Located at 26 N. Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. (815) 356-9212 | Box Office Hours: Tue–Fri: 2PM–6PM | Sat: 12PM–4PM | Sun & Mon: Closed.

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