Christmas Wonderland

A Broadway-style dramatic musical for the whole family!

Imagine Christmas! | December 4-12

"Imagine Christmas!" takes place in present-day Chicago, where you will meet a family who owns and runs Imagine Books and Café. With the help of the family matriarchs, some hilarious antics and lots of imagination, various Christmas stories will come to life, including the most important story ever - the birth of Jesus! This dramatic musical features beautiful music and dance, live animals and flying angels.

Sharing the Gospel Through Dramatic Arts

God has given everyone unique gifts and skills. From talented singers, dancers or actors, to artists, builders or those who love to sew. Some may be good with children or great cooks, while others have hearts to serve.

CLA Productions has been uniting the talents and skills of hundreds of volunteers every year to create high-quality, Broadway-style dramatic musicals to present to our community. Our goal is to create an event that draws people to come - from all walks of life - and experience, through the arts, stories that express the heart of God.

Our History

The first Christmas Wonderland dramatic musical was held at CLA in 1987 (the first Easter Celebration took place in 1994) in our previous Sanctuary - what is now Kids Town. This space accommodated approximately 800 people for each performance. Early on, attendance grew quickly, and additional performances were added.

Today, these dramatic musicals are presented to more than 17,000 people in our current Sanctuary, which seats 2,000 individuals. Most recently, we have rebroadcast these events on local TV networks and share them online. We are thrilled for the opportunity to reach thousands of individuals locally and worldwide with the Gospel!

Easter Celebration

Coming in March 2023

While we hold Christmas Wonderland annually, we present Easter Celebration every other year. Set in Biblical times, the Easter Celebration dramatic musical offers a compelling portrayal of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Volunteer with us!

As our volunteers serve together, we repeatedly hear how they develop incredible friendships with each other. They also share that their spiritual lives are strengthened. And there is a place for you!

Behind the Scenes

There are many behind-the-scenes opportunities, including set construction, set artistry/painting, props and set dressing, costuming, hair and make-up, stage crew, animals, food prep, and more.


The moment guests arrive on our campus, our Hospitality volunteers make them feel welcome, answer any questions they might have, and help them find their seats.


Do you have an interest in acting, singing and/or dancing? We are seeking talented people of all ages for our cast.