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Music of Christmas

One of the most popular and beloved Christmas traditions in Chicago is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Come celebrate the holidays with the Music Box!

Who could have predicted on that snowy Christmas Eve in 1983, when the operator of a vintage movie theater in Chicago decided to show two old holiday movies and sing a few Christmas carols during the intermission, that 30 years later the Music Box Christmas Show would become a 9-day extravaganza that grows more popular with each passing year? People from all around Chicagoland have made this terrific, old-fashioned event part of their family’s holiday tradition.

Each year, holiday revelers are greeted by none other than Santa Claus, live and in person. Santa welcomes the audience and, accompanied by the theater organist, leads them in the singing of the most cherished Christmas carols of all time. The lyrics are projected onto the theater’s screen so no one misses a chance to sing their hearts out.

Then the audience sits back and enjoys a Christmas movie classic. Some folks like to keep the music going and opt to see White Christmas so they can sing the timeless lyrics of Irving Berlin along with Bing Crosby, Danny Kay and Rosemary Clooney. Others prefer to cheer for Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey and hiss Mr. Potter during a showing of the heart-warming It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946).

And those truly filled with holiday spirit see both films!

How do I purchase tickets?

Online Tickets: Tickets through the Music Box Theatre website will go on sale starting on Thursday, October 31st at noon.

Tickets through the Music Box Theatre Box Office go on sale starting on Friday, November 1st at noon.

You can call the Music Box Theatre Box Office from 4:00pm to 9:00pm daily at 773-871-6607 to purchase tickets over the phone or in person.


  • 6:40pm: It’s a Wonderful Life
  • 9:45pm:
  • 3:35pm: White Christmas
  • 6:40pm:
  • 6:40pm: White Christmas
  • 9:45pm: It’s a Wonderful Life

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

  • 12:30pm: It’s a Wonderful Life
  • 9:45pm: White Christmas

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

  • 12:30pm: White Christmas
  • 3:35pm: It’s a Wonderful Life


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