15. December 2011 10:30
This Holiday season get off the coach and into the Chicago scene. We are lucky to have so many great performances and ballets to chose from, so call up your sister or friend and spend the afternoon at a matinee and avoid the fury of last minute shoppers.
The Joffrey Ballet is one of the most prestigious schools of dance in the world, and their performances are always a special experience. This fall they performed the wonderful story of Don Quixote with elegance and grace, and this winter they will be showcasing none other then The Nutcracker. This beloved childhood story brings back memories to everyone, weather it reminds you of the painted faced nutcrackers around your house or the soundtrack that streamlines speakers during the holidays.
The ornate costumes and enchanting music truly brings to life the sultry Arabian dancers and high-kicking Russians. And nothing is as magical as the moment the Sugar Plum fairy takes that first step up onto her silky pink shoe. Enjoy this holiday classic with someone special and indulge in the creative arts this season brings. Tickets are now available for select days at the Auditorium Theatre through December 27th.
Also available this season at the Chicago Theatre, is the movie we all know and love A Christmas Story, The Musical! America’s #1 Christmas movie is moving from the silver screen to the stage in this adaptation of a family caught up in the Christmas high. Watch Ralphie Parker scheme his way through recess brawls and a maniacal department store Santa to get the gift of his dreams. The show runs until December 30 and tickets are available now, so go and see if Ralphie gets his Red Ryder Action Air Rifle BB Gun.
Charles Dickens’ heartwarming A Christmas Carol is brought to life at the Goodman Theatre. Get your fix of Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge with lavish costumes and sets in this family friendly performance that is not only entertaining but will leave you with a holiday cheer to spread to everyone. Get your tickets for the show, which runs until December 31.
After your matinee showing, or before your evening performance, stop at the traditional Christkindlmarket and pick up a delicious snack or the perfect ornament for that holiday grab bag. This will be the markets 16th year in a row of spreading joy to all the holiday shoppers, acting as an oasis to the department store ruckus. Take advantage of what our city has to offer this season and bask in the spirit of Christmas.