The lights of the Christmas season shine brightest in the Big Apple, where decorations adorn department store windows, holiday tunes fill the air and the city’s stages come to life with Christmas productions. Here are our five picks for the must-see shows this season in New York City – from traditional favorites to newcomers.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Radio City Music Hall
1260 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10020
Through Dec. 30
The show is called “America’s favorite holiday show” – and for good reason. The Radio City Rockettes will mesmerize youngsters and adults alike. The performance pairs modern technology (Santa races over the audience in 3D) with the traditional scenes from the 80-year-old production – like the March of the Wooden Soldiers. Along with Santa, New York City is the show’s big star – the Rockettes even do a number on an authentic double-decker Gray Line tour bus.
Carnegie Hall & The New York Pops: A Charlie Brown Christmas
881 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Sat. Dec 21, 2:00 p.m.
Once again, the New York Pops orchestra is celebrating the season at Carnegie Hall. This staged concert version of Charles M. Schulz’s iconic television special brings the beloved Peanuts characters to life through special choreography performed by dancers from New York Theatre Ballet. Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia (Avenue Q, Sesame Street) narrates the heart-warming story, underscored by the music of Vince Guaraldi, performed by The New York Pops and Judith Clurman’s Essential Voices USA.
A Christmas Story
205 West 46th Street
Dec. 11 – Dec. 29
The movie (based on Jean Shepherd’s book) about a young boy at Christmastime in 1940′s Indiana has captivated Americans each holiday season for decades. Now, the production has hit the theater stage with stars Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years), John Bolton (Spamalot, Contact, Titanic), Erin Dilly, Johnny Rabe and Zac Ballard. We triple dog dare you to try and skip this show. Tickets are $49 – $159 may be purchased at TicketMaster.com, (877) 250-2929, or in person at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater Box Office.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
David H. Koch Theater
20 Lincoln Center
Manhattan, NY 10023
Through Jan. 5
The sparkling tradition by the New York City Ballet is back. This is a great option for children, who will likely be enchanted by the winter wonderland, marching toy soldiers and bright Christmas lights. The show is made up of 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and students from the School of American Ballet.
The Prince Of Christmas
St. Luke’s Theatre
308 W. 46th St.
New York, NY 10036
Through Dec. 27
This Christmas show at St. Luke’s Theatre will feature Shea Arender performing classic Christmas favorites like “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Blue Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” along with some modern favorites. It’s an exciting follow-up to the Christmas album Shea released last year. Tickets are $65.
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