Getting Your Christmas Kicks

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Tonight is the first show of the eight-week run for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. It’s been 85 years since the Rockettes engrained themselves in New York City culture, and since their debut in the Christmas Spectacular in 1933, the legendary dance company has kick lined their way into the holiday memories of millions.

Here we breakdown the show by the numbers, which includes 72 perfectly toned, toe pointed legs.

“Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “Living Nativity” have been a part of the show since they were first performed on the Great Stage 82 years ago.

2.The wardrobe department goes through more than 30,000 red dots per season to brighten the cheeks of the Rockettes during the “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “Rag Dolls”.

Santa and the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas SpectacularThe Great Stage measures 144 feet by 66 feet and is made up of three elevators.

4More than 1,100 colorful costumes are worn in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Each of the Rockettes must change costumes eight times during the show, sometimes in as little as 78 seconds.

Santa's Workshop in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

350 loads of laundry are done per week.

6The double-decker bus seen in the scene “New York at Christmas” weighs an astounding seven tons and is 34 feet long and 12 feet high.

More than 1 million pairs of 3D glasses will be distributed to patrons to experience the 3D scene featured in this year’s production.

There are nine free-floating snowflakes in “Snow”, transforming the Music Hall into a glistening winter wonderland. The snowflakes are approximately four feet in diameter and are controlled by a mini GPS system.

The Living Nativity animals in the Radio City Christmas SpectacuDuring the eight-week run, the animals in the “Living Nativity” drink 450 bottles of water and eat 340 bales of hay and 560 loaves of seven grain bread.

10Between the Rockettes, ensemble and Santa Claus more than 1,200 pairs of shoes are worn per show.