"Best Musical!": Porchlight Music Theatre offers a holiday version of their completely improvised musical comedy. Stage 773; Nov. 28-Dec. 26

"The Santaland Diaries": Theater Wit's annual presentation of David Sedaris' dyspeptic tale of working as a Macy's elf returns with Mitchell Fain once again starring as Crumpet. Theater Wit; Nov. 23-Dec. 30

"A BEER Carol": Sean Benjamin and Steve Mosqueda offer a hops-inflected live radio play inspired by Dickens and featuring evil brewmeister Bud Miller. Drinking & Writing Theater at Haymarket Pub & Brewery; Nov. 24-Dec. 19

"Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer": Everyone's favorite cross-dressing caribou celebrates 15 years with Hell in a Handbag. Mary's Attic; Nov. 29-Dec. 30

"El Stories: Holiday Train": The Waltzing Mechanics' ongoing series of playlets inspired by true-life tales adds a holiday twist. Greenhouse Theater Center; Nov. 24-Jan. 5

"Mother Superior's Ho-Ho-Holy Night": The holiday spin-off of "Late Nite Catechism" returns, with Sister looking for ideas for the best Nativity pageant ever. Royal George Theatre; Nov. 23-Dec. 27

"A Dirty '30s Christmas": Farrell Walsh's Dustbowl-era show features gangsters, dames, and a prison break in rural Kansas. Chemically Imbalanced Comedy; Dec. 7-29

"Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Goose": Raven Theatre gives a radio-style staging and a holiday twist to Arthur Conan Doyle. Raven Theatre; Dec. 14-30

"Sleeping Indoors": A mysterious homeless man joins a wealthy family at the holidays in James Holt's play. Gorilla Tango Theatre, Skokie; Nov. 24-Dec. 15

"The Kiss Kiss Cabaret Holiday Spectacular!": The burlesque performers shake their sugar-plums in this holiday edition of the long-running late-night hit. Greenhouse Theater Center; Nov. 30-Dec. 21

"Everything is Terrible! The Cataclysmic Transformation": The local found-footage performance art maestros return with an out-of-this-world holiday special pieced together from bizarre video, presented with puppets, sing-a-longs, and tacky decorations galore. Lincoln Hall; Dec. 21

"The Family Fruitcake": A typical American family sits down for a holiday dinner in Rebecca Frohling's comedy — which can only mean that chaos ensues. Albright Theatre, Batavia; Dec. 7-16

TRADITIONAL MUSIC

"Vienna Boys Choir": Angelic voices kick off the holiday season. Symphony Center; Nov. 24

"The Moscow Boys Choir": More cherubic sounds with an Eastern European twist. James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, College of Lake County, Grayslake; Dec. 4

"A Chanticleer Christmas": From boys to men — one of the most celebrated all-male choirs in the world makes their annual downtown appearance. Symphony Center; Dec. 4-5

"Make the Yuletide Gay": The Chicago Gay Men's Chorus tours with some of the greatest holiday hits from their first 30 years. Francis W. Parker School, Dec. 7-8; University of Chicago, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, Dec. 9; First Congregational Church of Evanston, Evanston, Dec. 15; Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook, Dec. 16

"Welcome Yule!": The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's family-oriented annual program of carols and other classics. Symphony Center; Dec. 14-23

"Do-It-Yourself Messiah": Handel's oratorio lets everyone make a joyful noise. Harris Theater, Dec. 17-18; Raue Center for the Arts, Crystal Lake, Dec. 9

"Caroling at Cloud Gate": Al fresco communal singing with a variety of local choral groups, every Friday evening under "the Bean." Millennium Park; Nov. 23-Dec. 21