Deck the Halls

Epic Holiday Entertainment for the whole family to enjoy

The holidays are here, NYC!  December is a special time for city dwellers and visitors alike, as it’s chock full of limited-run entertainment offerings steeped in tradition and spirit.  This year, take the family to a holiday-themed outing that’s sure to evoke smiles, warmth, and the reverence that transpires from witnessing music and art in its highest form.

Celebrate the magic of Christmas at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, a dazzling annual musical holiday stage show starring the legendary, high-kicking women’s dance troupe known as The Rockettes.  For over 85 years, this world-renowned and energetic celebration has inspired awe and wonder in the hearts and minds of New York City’s diverse residents and visitors.  This year, The Rockettes will be adding an exhilarating new dance number, “Snow”, to their lineup of cherished classics.  Watch as the stage is transformed into a glistening winter wonderland through state-of-the-art set design, special effects and costumes. (Through 12/30, Radio City Music Hall)

If ballet is more to your liking, there is no greater holiday feat than watching the New York City Ballet – one of the world’s foremost dance companies – take on George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker”.  Written to music by Tchaikovsky and based on the Alexander Dumas pere version of E. T. A. Hoffman’s 1816 tale, this elaborate two-act production is brought to life through 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and a plethora of immensely talented ballet students.  Balanchine himself is widely considered to have been the world’s greatest choreographer and is a founding father of the New York City Ballet.  Enjoy this visually stunning classic with the whole family and watch as a one-ton Christmas tree grows from 12 to 40 feet right before your eyes. (Through 1/4, David H. Koch Theater)

Also gracing the stage this holiday season is Handel’s Messiah, a holiday favorite and choral masterpiece that has purveyed through centuries of musical evolution.  In fact, Handel’s Messiah is so well regarded that it will be featured for five days by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, and will be featured by other major choruses and orchestras at Carnegie Hall as well.  George Frideric Handel is one of history’s great composers, having composed more than 40 operas in over 30 years.  The Messiah has remained popular and relevant to this day, having been prominent in countless films, television shows and commercials.  Hallelujah!  (12/17-12/21, Avery Fisher Hall)

Lastly, for a wonderful and hilarious holiday musical that both children and parents will adore, purchase tickets for A Christmas Story: The Musical, which is returning after last year’s Tony-nominated, record-breaking debut.  This fresh new addition to the city’s holiday theater lineup is based on the classic 1983 film.  Set in 1940s Indiana, it’s the story of young boy’s determination to overcome all obstacles in obtaining his ultimate Christmas wish – a Red Ryder BB Gun! (12/11-12/29, Theater at Madison Square Garden)