Rialto Square Theatre | Arcada Theatre Complex | James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts | The Genesee Theatre | Fine and Performing Arts Center at Moraine Valley Community College | Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts | Paramount Theatre


Rialto Square Theatre – Joliet
A Charlie Brown Christmas

Make yourself at home this holiday season at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, IL. The “Home for the Holidays” celebration lineup includes family-friendly shows and holiday favorites.

Family Friendly
Family-friendly events range from the Teddy Bear Tea Party that includes a keepsake teddy bear and an appearance by St. Nick himself, to a visit to Santa’s Secret workshop, where your children can create a homemade present. You can also join the peanuts gang live on stage with A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Holiday Favorites
Kick-off the holiday season at the Rialto as they illuminate their Christmas Decoration with a Very Rialto Christmas Making Merry Music! Or journey through the land of whirling snowflakes and visit the kingdom of the Sugar Plum fairy with the family favorite The Nutcracker. You can also spend a day at the Rialto watching classic Christmas movies such as It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, or Polar Express.

No matter how you choose to celebrate the Holidays, you can find a home at the Rialto Square Theatre with its heartwarming events that allow you to create memories with your children or allow you to relive your childhood memories. Visit https://rialtosquare.com/holidays/ to learn more about their lineup.

  • Josh Turner – 11.20
  • A Very Rialto Christmas – 11.22
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas – 11.23
  • Teddy Bear Tea – 11.26
  • The Nutcracker – 11.28
  • Merry Little Soiree – 12.1 & 12.15
  • Big Bad Voodoo – 12.2
  • Cirque Musica – 12.5
  • Million Dollar Quartet – 12.10
  • Santa’s Secret Workshop – 12.12
  • Joliet American Legion Band Concert – 12.19


Arcada Theatre Complex – St. Charles
Get festive at the newly renovated Arcada Theatre Complex in St. Charles!  We have the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with your family in our intimate Club Arcada Speakeasy & Restaurant.  From Breakfast with Santa to a Princess Tea Party, we have something for the entire family.  In addition to our holiday events, we also have over 100 concerts now on sale.  Visit www.oshows.com.

  • Holiday Lunch & Show with Diva Montell – 12/4
  • Breakfast with Santa – 12/11 & 12/19
  • Princess Holiday High Tea – 12/18


James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts – Grayslake
Ruth Page’s “The Nutcracker”
returns to the mainstage of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County on Saturday, December 18, at 1 and 5 p.m. Originally presented at Chicago’s Arie Crown Theatre from 1965-1997, this production is the Ruth Page Center for the Arts’ 50th Anniversary Presentation. This beloved, full-length staging is engaging entertainment for young and old alike!

Come early for a “Behind the Curtain” pre-show lecture to learn more about the history of this iconic production from the creative team, at noon and 4 p.m. Lecture is free with ticket purchase, but reservations are required.

Ticket prices: Adult: $25; Seniors 65+: $22; Student/Teen: $15; Children up to age 12: $10. Special rates available for groups of six or more. To purchase tickets, call the JLC Box Office at (847) 543-2300 or send an email to clcboxoffice@clcillinois.edu. Print-at-home tickets no longer available. JLC Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. The JLC is located at 19351 West Washington, Grayslake. Visit www.clcillinois.edu/tickets.

Masks are required for everyone at CLC and the JLC. Performers onstage will be unmasked. Audience and venue support (backstage and front of house) will remain masked inside.

The Genesee Theatre – Waukegan
Charlie Brown Christmas

Looking for holiday fun for your family and friends?  The Genesee Theatre has holiday shows for all!  Enjoy Charlie Brown Christmas: everyone’s favorite classic on the Genesee’s stage, Cirque Musica; spellbinding acrobatics set to stunning symphonic music, The Magic of the Nutcracker: a lavish holiday tradition perfect for sharing. The Genesee Theatre is located at 203 N Genesee Street Waukegan, IL, and online at www.geneseetheatre.com. The Genesee Theatre’s box office can also be reached at (847) 263-6300.

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas – 11/20
  • Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular – 12/2
  • The Magic of the Nutcracker – 12/21 + 22


Fine and Performing Arts Center
at Moraine Valley Community College – Palos Hills

Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, offers performances for everyone, with reasonable ticket prices and free parking. Enjoy world-class entertainment at our beautiful venue, without the hassle of driving downtown. This season’s lineup includes dance ensembles, multicultural performers, The Second City comedy troupe, “The Pirates of Penzance” (1/29/22) musical, cabaret, concerts by our instrumental ensembles and chorale, Theater Department productions and more. In our 600-seat Dorothy Menker Theater and the intimate John and Angeline Oremus Theater, every seat is a good one. Memberships are available. Many ticket prices include discounts for active military and veterans, as well as free options for any student with an ID. See our website for details. If you have never been to our center, we invite you to join us this season and prepare to be amazed! View the complete season at www.morainevalley.edu/fpac.

  • Songs for Syria – 11/20
  • Christmas in Killarney – 12/11


Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts – Schaumburg
The Nutcracker

A seasonal favorite with audiences of all ages, Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s full-scale production of The Nutcracker returns to the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts this December. A corps of professional dancers leads a large cast in Tchaikovsky’s magical holiday 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 3 through December 12: Friday, December 3 – 7:30 pm, Saturday, December 4 – 1 pm & 5 pm, Sunday, December 5 – 1 pm & 5 pm, Friday, December 10 – 1 pm & 5 pm, Saturday, December 11 – 2 pm & 7:30 pm, Sunday, December 12 – 1 pm & 5 pm. For tickets, visit www.prairiecenter.org or call 847-895-3600. The Prairie Center is located at 201 Schaumburg Ct., in Schaumburg.

Overshadowed Theatrical Productions – Medinah
The Christmas Schooner

We are so excited to bring back the tradition of our annual Christmas show after being closed during Christmas of 2020! Join us this year, November 26 – December 18,  as we share the tale of the legendary Christmas tree ships that traversed Lake Michigan in the treacherous winter months to deliver Christmas trees to immigrant families in Chicago .Based on a true story this tale includes all the elements that make a fabulous show including music, history, love and loss. Rooted deep in Chicago history, The Christmas Schooner is a well-known Chicagoland Christmas favorite. Perfect for all ages this is a show you will want to experience with your family and friends! We are excited to bring this show to the Overshadowed stage for the very first time! Located at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. Get your tickets now at www.overshadowed.org or call 630.634.2100.

Paramount Theatre – Aurora
Presents “Cinderella”  Nov. 10 thru Jan. 9
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to Covid 19 Cinderella shows scheduled for Fri evening 12.17 thru  Sun 12.19 have been cancelled. For more information or to reschedule please contact the Box Office at 630-896-6666. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Paramount Theatre presents Cinderella, with all of the spectacle and splendor audiences have come to expect. Pumpkins will transform into horse-drawn carriages, right before your eyes. Jaws will drop as tattered rags magically become a beautiful gown. By the end of the show, young and old alike will wish fairy godmothers and glass slippers weren’t just for fairy tales. After all, you’re never too young for a little magic. And never too old to believe. Completing the experience, Paramount’s Grand Gallery will be fit for a royal ball, with a giant two-story Christmas tree and all the trimmings, make it the ideal backdrop for annual family photos. 23 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora. https://paramountaurora.com/


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