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13 virtual holiday performances to watch this winter

From Christmas classics to creative adaptations, these virtual productions make for a merry and bright holiday season.

By Emma Krupp

For many folks, packing into iconic Chicago theaters to see productions of shows like The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol is a beloved annual tradition. But even though stages remain dark throughout the city for now, there are still tons of ways to experience classic holiday theater this year. To start, look no further than your computer screen—from the Goodman Theatre to American Blues Theater, companies across the city have made some of their most iconic seasonal shows (and brand-new productions) available for live and on-demand streaming. Itching to see a performance in person? There are even a few socially-distanced productions sprinkled throughout this list. Grab the whole family and huddle around the couch: You're sure to have a merry Christmas in Chicago when you watch these festive virtual holiday performances.

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