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!
If you and your family want to be part of the holiday fun, send a photo from past years at the Music Box Theatre with the names of those in the picture to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to the preshow slideshow on the big screen!
How do I purchase tickets?
Online Tickets: Tickets through the Music Box Theatre website will go on sale starting on Friday, October 31st at noon.
Tickets through the Music Box Theatre Box Office go on sale starting on Monday, November 3rd 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.
For groups of 20 or more, please email email@example.com or call 773-871-6607 (for group sales only, please call between 10:00am and 4:00pm, Monday-Thursday).
In addition, if you’re looking to throw a holiday party or make dinner reservations in the area, check out these options!