24-25 Season MainStage Passes available only from the Box Office starting July 16
Individual tickets on sale online and from the Box Office starting August 13

The Christmas Schooner

The Heartache and the Glory

Based on the historic Great Lakes voyages of Christmas tree ships during the late 1800s and early 1900s, The Christmas Schooner tells the true story of a Michigan shipping captain who braves the deadly winter weather to bring Christmas trees to homesick German-American families in turn-of-the-century Chicago. His voyages become a yearly tradition, despite his wife's misgivings - until a fateful voyage makes her realize the true importance of his mission. A timely and stirring tale of love and loss, The Christmas Schooner reminds us of tradition, family, and responsibility. All ages will enjoy this musical featuring a moving story and an exquisite score of both original music and traditional holiday favorites.

Directed by Karla Fishburn.

Please note - this show contains emotional content.

During the run of The Christmas Schooner, we are collecting winter wear for The Father Fred Foundation. Donations of hats, gloves, scarves are welcome for those in our community needing help this winter. Children’s items are of particular need.


  • Tickets are $33 for Adults, $20 for Youth under 18 (fees included in these prices).

  • For other prices such as Groups of 8 or more, Two-on-the-Town card holders, Military or Students with ID, or if you wish to attend with a Service Dog, please call the Box Office.

  • On Thursday, November 30, all tickets are $18 (no other discounts apply).

  • If sold out, we have a Waiting List.

  • No refunds; exchanges often possible more than 24 hours before a performance.

  • More details at our Seeing a Show page.

Thank you to our show sponsor

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