The Goodman’s A Christmas Carol Celebrates Four Magical Decades

Chicago may have many productions of it, but nothing is more synonymous with the Christmas season than A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre. With plenty of bah humbugs and ghostly apparitions, you’ll be dazzled by the set and the story.


A beloved Chicago tradition celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre kicks off the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story A Christmas Carol. From the electrifying arrival of the ghosts and the jubilant musical numbers and dancing to Scrooge’s joyful rediscovery of life, love, and the Christmas spirit, you’ll soon discover why this production is a must-experience each year.

For those not familiar with the tale, Dickens’ holiday classic is the iconic story of greedy businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, whose sizable bank account is only matched by his disdain for humanity. One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who take him on an adventure through his past, present, and future that, ultimately, lead him to his redemption.

Cast highlights include Larry Yando returning for his 10th turn as Ebenezer Scrooge, Paris Strickland in her Goodman debut as the theater’s first female Tiny Tim, and the sassy young performers who were cast from the hundreds of Chicagoland children who auditioned. The production features the always-larger-than-life, almost storybook-like sets and a healthy dose of humor.

Opening its doors in 1925, the Goodman Theatre is Chicago’s oldest and largest nonprofit theater. Over four decades, 1.5 million people have delighted in the storytelling, glorious music, and Scrooge’s unforgettable discovery of kindness, generosity, and love. Ten directors, eight Ebenezer Scrooges, and 29 Tiny Tims later, Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol celebrates 40 years with the production running now through Dec. 31.

Tickets are available at

First-Ever Sensory-Friendly Performance
Offered in partnership with Autism Speaks-Chicago, the performance welcomes families with members who have autism or other social, cognitive and physical challenges that create sensory sensitivities.
The sensory-friendly performance will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m.; tickets ($35, with promo code SENSORY) and resource materials, lobby and seating maps for the performance are available at

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