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holiday concerts + performances

Fox Valley Ballet's The Nutcracker

Batavia Fine Arts Centre

1201 Main Street, Batavia

DATES: November 30 & December 1

DETAILS:  Featuring beautiful dance, lavish sets, festive costumes, and Tchaikovsky's magical score. Kick off your holiday season with The Fox Valley Nutcracker.

COST: $22 - $42  (use code FOTF for Buy One Get One FREE Tickets!) 


Dancencounter's The Nutcracker

Batavia Fine Arts Centre

1201 Main Street, Batavia

DATES: December 7 & 8

DETAILS:  DancEncounter presents the time honored, traditional Nutcracker Ballet featuring an all student cast of local, accomplished dancers.

COST: $20 - $27


jane lynch's a swingin' little christmas

Batavia Fine Arts Centre

1201 Main Street, Batavia

DATES: Thursday, December 12 at 7:30p

DETAILS:  Join Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress, singer and comedian, Jane Lynch, as she rings in the holidays with a heartfelt and fun performance of A Swingin’ Little Christmas!—featuring poignant and hilarious takes on classic holiday tunes as well as nostalgia-inspired originals penned by bandleader Tony Guerrero.

COST: $42 - $64


Wizards of Winter Holiday Rock Show

Arcada Theater

105 E. Main Street, St. Charles

DATES: December 8 at 7:30p

DETAILS:  A Holiday Rock Event for the Whole Family Featuring former members of Classic Rock giants–The Trans- Siberian Orchestra, Rainbow, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent Band, The Irish Tenors along with Broadway and Theater veterans THE WIZARDS OF WINTER perform a holiday rock opera titled “The Christmas Dream”.

COST: $29 - $79

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Ho Ho Hoey Rockin' Holiday TOur

Arcada Theater

105 E. Main Street, St. Charles

DATES: December 12 at 7:30p

DETAILS: Gary Hoey’s annual “Ho Ho Hoey Rockin’ Holiday Tour” has become a tradition with radio stations and families coast-to-coast. It’s a must see show for adults and kids alike. Hoey has been a driving force behind instrumental rock Christmas music since 1995 after his version of “The Twelve Days Of Christmas” hit the airwaves with its crunchy guitars and metal flavor.

COST: $29 - $49

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Laurel + Hardy Film Festival

Arcada Theater

105 E. Main Street, St. Charles

DATES: December 14 at 11:00a

DETAILS:  There will be three movies featured: Bacon Grabbers (1929 – silent film), Big Business (1929 – silent film), and Sons of the Desert (1933 – feature film). Live accompaniment will be provided during the films by Jay Warren on the historic 1920’s Arcada Theatre Organ!

COST: $10 (Film Festival ONLY) or $25 (Film Festival and Lunch)

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The Trans-Infinity Orchestra: A Trans-Siberian Holiday Show Tribute

Arcada Theater

105 E. Main Street, St. Charles

DATES: December 21 at 8:00p

DETAILS:  Christmas music, Classical music, and Rock music all in one great, family-friendly show! INFINITY has NO limits or boundaries. They have a following that makes them one of the top most successful cover bands in the nation

COST: $25- $45

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the ballad of cc scrooge

Steel Beam Theater

111 W. Main Street, St. Charles

DATES: November 24 - December 29

DETAILS:  Steel Beam Theatre's performance of A CHRISTMAS CAROL is adapted, by local playwright John David Westby, into a modern tale of female redemption and joy. A holiday favorite with just the right blend of humor and pathos. Fun for the whole family.

COST: $23 - $28

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holly the elf saves christmas eve

Mainstage Theater

4051 E. Main Street, St. Charles

DATES: December 6 - 8

DETAILS:  Presented by Fremont Street Theater. Poor Holly, the Elf! Santa, the reindeer, and all the caribou who live in the North have come down with a nasty case of the Candy Cane Flu. They are all much too sick to pull Santa's sleigh full of toys. Come join us in our quest and find out! This is a Fun Filled Holiday Musical just right for the whole family!

COST: $16 - $20

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mrs. claus, a holiday musical

Mainstage Theater

4051 E. Main Street, St. Charles

DATES: December 11 - December 22

DETAILS:  Mrs. Claus, A Holiday Musical, is Chicago Kids Company production, featuring a cast of professional adult actors from Chicago, colorful scenery and props, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. It tells the story of Mrs. Claus and the new Elf Class of 2019 on their first day of work in Santa's Workshop.

COST: $14

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Second City's Holiday Review: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Sweater

Copley Theater

8 E Galena Blvd, Aurora

DATES: November 29 - December 22

DETAILS:  It’s the most depress… no… sorrow… no… wonderful-ish time of the year! Take a handful of The Second City’s best and brightest comedians, roll ‘em around in some tinsel and eggnog, throw in your ugliest holiday sweater and before you can say “Aunt Shirley is drunk and trying to put antlers on the dog again,” you’ve got another holiday show ready to roast the chestnuts outta all the things we lovingly loathe about the holiday season.

COST: $37


beauty adn the beast

Paramount Theater

23 E Galena Blvd, Aurora

DATES: November 13 - January 19

DETAILS:  One of Disney’s most beloved animated films comes to life on stage with all the enchanted castle characters in a holiday extravaganza that will thrill, entertain and amaze young and old alike. Be our guest this holiday season, and celebrate the power and wonder of theater with us and our two-story Christmas tree in a lobby decorated to create memories that last a lifetime.

COST: $36-77


chicago ballet conservatory's the nutcracker

The Hemmens

45 Symphony Way, Elgin

DATES: November 7 & 8

DETAILS:  The 2019 Chicago Ballet Conservatory production of “The Nutcracker,” presented by Elgin Symphony Orchestra, will feature local dancers and actors as they share the stage with seasoned professionals to create an inclusive production full of elaborate and enchanting surprises

COST:  $25 - $50


ESO's deck the halls holiday concert

Foxmoor Lane, South Elgin

DATES: December 14 & 15

DETAILS:  An Elgin Holiday Tradition! The ESO’s Deck The Halls Holiday Concert is a community sing-a-long complete with the Elgin Master Chorale, Dancewerks, and a special visit from the man himself – SANTA CLAUSE!

COST:  $40 - $50


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