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12 holiday theater shows to see this winter

The Nutcracker, Scrooge and Cirque du Soleil acrobats returns to the stage at festive shows throughout the city.

Emma Krupp
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Emma Krupp

Planning something special for Christmas in Chicago this year? Consider an evening (or afternoon matinee) at the theater. After a year of mostly virtual productions in 2020, Chicago theaters are bringing some of the city's most beloved holiday plays, musicals, ballets and variety shows to the back to the stage for in-person performances this season, offering audiences plentiful opportunities to get dressed up and see a festive show or two. Whether you prefer to keep it classic with the Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol or check out something entirely different—like a musical parody of the holiday rom-com Love Actually—you're sure to find something to put you in the holiday spirit on our list. FYI: Many of these venues require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend shows, so be sure to visit the venue's website for health protocols before snagging a ticket.

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