Holiday Theater for the Whole Family

Get your family ready for a trip to the theater—either in person or with a book! While the Year of Chicago Theatre is coming to an end, Chicago still has great options for family holiday entertainment such as Hershel and the Hannukah Goblins, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, 'Twas the Night Before and more.

Isn't it amazing that books inspire many of these holiday stories? Read these enchanting titles together as a family to set the stage for the holidays or a theater adventure.

The Nutcracker in Harlem: In 1920s Harlem, Clara and her beloved nutcracker defend their beautiful wonderland against the invading mouse general.

A Christmas CarolBrett Helquist, the illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events, takes readers on a finely wrought visual excursion into the past, present and future of Ebenezer Scrooge.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier: Using retro-based illustrations by JooHee Yoon, this classic Hans Christian Andersen tale tells the story of a one-legged tin soldier who falls in love with a beautiful paper ballerina. 

A Small Christmas: Fireman Small fills Santa’s shoes to deliver presents when Santa can't make it.

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins: Hershel, a local wanderer, outwits Hanukkah goblins who keep a Jewish village from lighting the temple’s menorah.

When Christmas Feels Like Home: Eduardo, a native Mexican who moves to North Carolina, starts to feel at home with his new friends just in time for Christmas.

Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa: Li’l Rabbit and the other forest animals find the perfect gift for Granna Rabbit, who is sick during Kwanzaa. 

The Christmas Quiet Book: This delightful book shows different versions of Christmas quiet, teaching the importance of reflection and taking things slow.

Santa Duck: Nicholas Duck is in a bind when he puts on a Santa hat: The other animals mistake him for the real thing and ask for presents.

The Night Before Christmas: Illustrator Rachel Isadora focuses on an African family, using bright and bold patterns to show the giddy anticipation families feel during their wait for Santa.

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