Weekend Events Around Town: 12/19-12/21

Burning Bluebeard, The Fireball Santa Crawl, and Cirque Dreams Holidaze; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

Burning Bluebeard
Theater Wit
1229 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

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Now in its third Chicago production, Burning Bluebeard celebrates the true story of Chicago’s 1903 Iroquois Theatre fire. The story tells the tale of six singed clowns who “emerge from the burnt remains of history attempting to perform their spectacular 1903 Christmas Pantomime once and for all.” The play runs for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission, and will be performed until Jan. 5, 2015. Tickets start at $36. Check out Chicago Tonight’s story on Burning Bluebeard featuring a video review from Chicago Sun-Times Theater Critic Hedy Weiss.

A Nativity Story: More Than A Miracle
Ruth Page Center
1016 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60610

Year after year, Congo Square has had the honor of producing this time-honored African American holiday classic. Heralded as a time for families to gather together, A Nativity Story: More than a Miracle returns this weekend with performances at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The play runs for approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, and will be performed until Dec. 28. Tickets start at $40.

The Fireball Santa Crawl
335 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60654

In what promises to become an annual holiday tradition in Chicago, the Fireball Santa Crawl invites Chicagoans to celebrate the holiday season with the great taste of Fireball. The adventure begins at Bar Louie in River North and runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Tickets cost $15, and the first 500 people to purchase their tickets will receive an official Fireball Santa Crawl shirt.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601

This critically acclaimed holiday extravaganza returns to Chicago with more than 300 costumes, 20 acts, and 30 artists from every corner of the globe. With soaring acrobatics, gravity-defying feats, and elaborate production numbers, Cirque Dreams Holidaze takes theater-goers to new heights this holiday season. Performances are at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $35 to $75.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Rosemont Theatre
5400 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Now in its 30th year, Grammy Award winner Chip Davis brings America’s favorite holiday tradition back to the Chicagoland area. Mannheim Steamroller blends their signature Christmas music with dazzling multimedia effects in the intimate setting of Rosemont Theatre. The spirit of the holiday comes alive on Saturday at 8:00 pm. Tickets start at $50.

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