Larry Yando as Ebenezer Scrooge hoists Matthew Abraham as Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol.
A Christmas Carol
One of the most classic Christmas stories of all time is also one of Chicago’s favorite holiday plays—A Christmas Carol celebrates its 36th annual production at the Goodman Theatre this year. Director Henry Wishcamper leads an all-star cast, using Tom Creamer’s stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ tale of finding the true meaning of the holiday spirit. Purchase $25-$83 tickets on goodmantheatre.org. Albert Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St., 312-443-3800
It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
November 22-December 29
Last year, the American Blues Theater’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life completely sold out. This year, the entire cast returns—among them Kevin R. Kelly, a five-year veteran in the role of George Bailey—to reprise the popular, Christmas-set story of a man realizing his worth. For the show’s preview run this Friday and Saturday, ticket sales benefit the Lynn Sage Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. Purchase $19-$49 tickets on americanbluestheater.com. Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-404-7336
Elf the Musical
November 26-December 15
Based on Will Ferrell’s 2003 film of the same name, Elf was adapted to the stage and comes to Chicago for the first time this year. The play follows Buddy, a human living among elves who leaves the North Pole to find his real parents in New York. Endearing yet hilarious, this is the perfect show for a family outing, but act fast—it’s only in Chicago for a short, two-week run. Purchase $15-$95 tickets on broadwayinchicago.com or elfontour.com. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., 312-384-1502