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holiday concerts + performances

The Nativity

Chapelstreet Church, 3435 Keslinger Road, Geneva, IL

DATES: December 11, 2022 | 6pm

DETAILS:  Our annual Christmas concert is one of the highlights of the Advent season at Chapelstreet Church. This year’s Christmas concert, The Nativity, will be a time of worship and celebration around the manger. A 30-piece contemporary orchestra and a 65-voice choir will lead us in celebrating the birth of Jesus with a Celtic flair. Reservations are required for you and your guests.



A Fairytale Christmas Carol

Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St, Geneva, IL

DATES: December 9 & 10, 7pm | December 10 & 11, 3pm

DETAILS:  Everyone’s favorite classic holiday tale gets the fractured fairy-tale treatment. All the famous fairy-tale characters take on all of the memorable roles of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. You’ll never know who will show up next as the Big Bad Wolf (as Ebenezer Scrooge) meets his old business partner Jacob Midas (Marley), who could turn anything to gold. Midas warns Big Bad that he’ll be visited by The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future (played by a Fairy Godmother, Old King Cole, and the Queen of Hearts respectively). The ghosts make Scrooge realize what a scoundrel he’s been to the Charming (or Crachit) family — including Prince Philip, Cinderella and their kids, Hansel, Gretel, and Tabitha, their Little Match Girl — and help him to remember what the Christmas spirit is all about. This fun-filled adaptation stays true to the warmth and heart of the classic.

COST: $10


Fox Valley Ballet's The Nutcracker

Batavia Fine Arts Centre | 1201 Main Street, Batavia

DATES: November 26, 2022: 2pm & 7pm | November 27, 2022: 2pm

DETAILS:  Fox Valley Ballet presents The Fox Valley Nutcracker, a Fox Valley holiday tradition that showcases students and families from local dance studios alongside professional dancers, in the beloved holiday classic The Nutcracker. Kick-off your holiday season with The Fox Valley Nutcracker!

COST: $20 - $45 per ticket


Arcada theater holiday concerts

105 E. Main Street St. Charles, IL

DATES: Dates: November 23 - December 18, 2022

DETAILS:  Arcada Theater is hosting a variety of Christmas-themed acts for the 2022 holiday season!

  • Wednesday, November 23, 7:30pm: Bret Michaels Home For The Holidays, $59

  • Sunday, December 11, 5pm: Trans Infinity Orchestra…The Trans Siberian Holiday Show Salute Starring Infinity, $25

  • Saturday, December 17, 8:30pm: Luminare Christmas Show, $39

  • Sunday, December 18, 5pm: Top Of The World…A Carpenters Christmas, $29

COST:  $25 - $59 per ticket

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Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Show

Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W Main St, St. Charles, IL

DATES: November 23 to December 18, 2022 | Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30pm | Sundays, 2pm 

DETAILS:  This heartwarming holiday classic is retold in the tradition of a live 1940’s era radio broadcast, with holiday songs and commercial jingles.

COST:  $22 - $28

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Sing Along with Santa

Steel Beam Theatre, 111 W Main St, St. Charles, IL

DATES: December 17, 11am and 2pm | December 18, 11am

DETAILS:  Join us for our annual holiday youth show that concludes with a Santa meet and greet!

COST:  $10 - $15

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The Sound of Music

THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE, 23 East Galena Boulevard Aurora, IL 60506

DATES: Wednesdays - Sundays, November 19, 2022 - January 15, 2023

DETAILS: One of the most beloved musicals of all time and a holiday favorite, The Sound of Music has enchanted audiences for more than 50 years.

COST:  $28+


The Second City’s Holiday Revue: I Saw Mommy Kissing The Second City

Copley Theater, 8 E. Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL

DATES: November 25 - December 23, 2022 | Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday at 3pm

DETAILS:  Have a holly jolly holiday season with Chicago’s famed improv and sketch comedy theater. The annual end of year tradition continues: Second City is coming to the Copley Theatre, where you will never be more than 70 feet away from the side-splitting, song filled holiday spectacular. Whether you are on the nice list or the naughty list, this show will have you laughing so hard you shoot eggnog out your nose. Skip the long lines and shipping delays, and give the gift of laughter to everyone you meet this holiday season. Suggested for ages 18+ (no kids under 12 permitted)

COST:  $38 per ticket


The Nutcracker at Prisco

Prisco Community Center, 150 W Illinois Ave, Aurora, IL

DATES: December 10, 7pm | December 11, 2pm

DETAILS:  Performers will tell the story of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker”. Bring your loved ones for a holiday performance right here in Aurora.

COST:  $14 ($10 in advance)


Fox Valley Orchestra Sing Along Messiah

Marmion Abbey Church, 850 Butterfield Rd., Aurora, IL

DATES: December 18, 2022 | 2pm

DETAILS:  Fox Valley Orchestra and Chorus, Lisa Fredenburgh, Chorus Master Erica Schuller, soprano, Eunice Ayodele, mezzo-soprano, Cornelius Johnson III, tenor, Aaron Wardell, bass Messiah Part 1 and Hallelujiah Chorus Additional Seasonal Songs! Bring your own Messiah score to sing along, or purchase one at the door.

COST:  $12 - $14


Fox Valley Orchestra Holiday

St. Marks Lutheran Church, 27 S Edgelawn Dr, Aurora, IL

DATES: December 4, 2022 | 3pm

DETAILS: The FVO presents a concert of fun and nostalgic Holiday music. From the classic carols, to “Sleigh Ride”, to colorful new arrangements, everyone’s favorite will be present for this special Holiday treat!

COST:  $12 - $14


Holiday Spectacular at Hemmens Cultural Center

Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL

DATES: December 11, 2022 | 2:30pm

DETAILS: Celebrate the holidays with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Master Chorale, and Integrity School of Dance!

COST:  $10 - $35 per ticket


The nutcracker at hemmens cultural center

Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL

DATES: December 3, 12pm & 5:30pm; December 4, 12pm

DETAILS: Experience this magical community production of The Nutcracker. Students from surrounding suburbs take the stage alongside professional guest performers to bring you this unique version of a classic tale. Director/Choreographer Lauren Blane blends multiple dance genres such as ballet, jazz, contemporary, and tumbling to showcase the versatility, athleticism, and grace of the dancers. It's a must-see performance for the holiday season!

COST: $30 - $40


Holiday Spectacular at Hemmens Cultural Center

Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL

DATES: December 11, 2022 | 2:30pm

DETAILS: Celebrate the holidays with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Master Chorale, and Integrity School of Dance!

COST: $10 - $35


Elgin Sing-Along Messiah

Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL

DATES: December 11, 2022 | 2:30pm

DETAILS: The Greater Elgin Sing-Along Handel’s Messiah is a free, interactive community sing-along that raises awareness and funding for Food For Greater Elgin while showcasing the talent of Elgin-area musicians and vocalists, including the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Judson Civic Choir, the Judson University Choir, Midwest Opera Theater, the Larkin High School Concert Choir, and several local church choirs. Greater Elgin Sing-Along Handel’s Messiah debuts on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, at 7 p.m., at the Blizzard Theater at Elgin Community College. No experience is necessary to participate; chorus scores will be available at the door. Those who are too shy to sing but would like to listen to the performance are also welcome.



The Nutcracker with New Philharmonic

McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL

DATES: December 17, 2pm & 7pm | December 18, 1pm & 5pm

DETAILS: The McAninch Arts Center welcomes back Salt Creek Ballet to perform a holiday tradition: Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. This magical full-scale production features live accompaniment from New Philharmonic – a rare opportunity to see this magnificent ballet set to live music. A sell-out every year, get your tickets early.

COST:  $36 - $46 per ticket

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A Christmas Carol – A Radio Play at Cantigny

Cantigny Park, 1 S, 151 Winfield Rd, Wheaton, IL

DATES: December 17, 7 – 8 pm | December 18, 11 am – 12 pm

DETAILS: The set for Cantigny’s version of “A Christmas Carol” is a vintage radio station. Audiences will enjoy a behind-the-scenes perspective as they watch a talented five-member cast cycle through multiple characters. To the side, an old-time radio sound artist will create realistic auditory effects to support the action on stage. The show is inspired by Chicago’s Theatre of the Air, a real radio program introduced by Colonel Robert McCormick on WGN in 1940. While the setting is a bit different, the main character’s journey is familiar. Ebeneezer Scrooge is a Chicago citizen in the 1940s and publisher of the Chicago Daily News. Guided by three memorable spirits, he will need to learn the true meaning of Christmas and “goodwill to all” if he is to save himself from an unforgiving future.

COST:  Adults & Children: $2 Ages 5 and up


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