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Top 5 Shows of December in Lake County

It’s the holidays, and who doesn’t love seeing their favorite flicks i.e. It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th St, etc. etc.

Many people love to go to the theatre during the holiday and of course – it’s tradition. So we’ve put together the top 5 shows of December in Lake County.

Top 5 Shows of December in Lake County

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1. The Nutcracker at the Marriott Theatre

The Nutcracker is a staple of the holiday season. The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire is opening their curtain for this ballet originally composed by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky. This legendary story follows a group of family and friends gathered together for a Christmas celebration. Clara, the story’s protagonist, is given a Nutcracker gift from her godfather. When the children go to bed, Clara stays awake and finds herself in the middle of a battle between a slew of mice and gingerbread soldiers – and thus the magic ensues with the soldiers led by the Nutcracker himself. This ballet runs until December 30.

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2. PM&L Theatre Presents A Christmas Carol

“Old Marley was as dead as a doornail,” Old Jacob Marley and a cast of other memorable Charles Dickens characters are lined along Main St. and Lake St. in Antioch for the Dickens Holiday Village. Watch Dickens come alive in historic downtown Antioch as lifelike wax figures are caroling, working and so much more. Each collection of statues has a backstory placed beside it. Also head to P.M. &L Theatre as they open ‘A Christmas Carol,’ for the season; a play made famous by the aforementioned author. The show runs through December 18.

Friday-Sunday December 2-4; Adult Admission: $15, Senior and Child Admission $13. P.M. &L Theatre, 877 Main St., Antioch.

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3. Quentin Road Christmas Musical

Take a special journey with Quentin Road Baptist Church this Christmas as the secrets from Christmas Past are unlocked. With a 300-voice children-and-adult choir, dramatic lighting and live animals (including an 8-foot camel), see what really happened on that first Christmas night long ago. Add this into your annual holiday tradition and relive the classic year after year. The Lake Zurich musical orchestrated by David Clydesdale performs their show on December 16-18 as well.

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4. Santa Vs. Krampus at the Three Brother’s Theatre

Twas days before christmas and the Jones family (no relation to this blogger) screamed a little bit of strangeness. The Jones’ had been naughty this year and that annoying fireplace elf is about to tattle on them to Santa and the Krampus. What will they do? Experience that pecuilar take on Santa vs. Krampus at the Three Brother’s Theatre in Waukegan. You won’t be disappointed, but is this the end of Christmas as we know it???

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5. A Christmas Story the Musical at Citadel Theatre

There’s that part of us that always have that phrase, ‘You’ll shoot your eye out,” and Santa Clause saying ‘Ho, Ho, Ho,’ extremely menacing. This musical received rave reviews on its Broadway run and is based on the movie classic. Set in the 1940s, it follows Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Careful to not stick your tongue out this winter on a dare.

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