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Chicago Holiday Theater Top 5


Nothing is more festive than Chicago in the winter. Below is a roundup of our favorite holiday theater happening in the Windy City.

A Klingon, A Pigeon, and a Nutcracker Walk Into a Theater…

Chicago’s iconic winter theater scene is in full swing with The Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” and the Goodman Theater’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol,” but theaters across the city are offering up their own twists on holiday-themed shows. Check out these shows ranging from improv debauchery to Star Trek Scrooge and cure your case of the “bah, humbugs.”

Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Show

Running Saturdays at 4 pm and Mondays at 8 pm from December 7th through the 30th, Chicago improv champions bring guests a night of original songs and sketches, along with some favorite skits from past seasons. This bad santa romp serves a full menu throughout the night and offers cabaret seating, so cozy up to strangers and prepare for a night of laughs. Buy tickets at

The House Theatre of Chicago’s “The Nutcracker”

Not to be confused with the old classic, this mix of live action and puppetry is The House Theater of Chicago’s original musical about a young girl who teams up with a nutcracker to defeat an evil rodent king. Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale of the same name, this is one nutcracker that shouldn’t be missed. Now playing through December 29th at 7:30 p.m. at the Chopin Theater. Purchase tickets at

Redmoon’s “Winter Pageant”

Redmoon’s winter seasonal event, the Winter Pageant, tells the tale of a pigeon’s quest to return light to the world of the birds, inspired by the poem “The Conference of the Birds.” Apart from the wildly imaginative tale, this event features hip-hop dancers from the Happiness Club, belly dancers from Pineapple Dance Studio, an aerialist, a clown artist, and live music from surf-rock band The San Andreas Fault. Shows run December 13th through the 22nd–for more information, visit

Commedia Beauregard’s “A Klingon Christmas Carol”

A most dramatic rendering of the classic Scrooge tale, this adaptation stays faithful to its Star Trek inspiration–shows are in Klingon with english subtitles. This time around, three ghosts must convince Scrooge to adopt the Warrior Code of Honor in order to save Tiny Tim from a fate surely worse than poverty. This holiday tale is showing at the Raven Theatre until December 29th. Visit to get tickets.

-Kaitlynn Kelly