It’s the most magical time of the year! New York City is known for being home to the world’s best shows, so what would the holiday season be without watching some of the best Christmas shows?
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These Are The Best Christmas Shows in New York
Radio City Christmas SpectacularBroadway Show in Midtown ManhattanAdd to myNY added
The Radio City Spectacular is undoubtedly the most popular Christmas show in NYC. The Rockettes have performed at the iconic Radio City Music Hall since 2931 and have created a holiday tradition for many visitors and locals. The precision dance group makes your jaws drop for 90 minutes. It’s the most famous annual Christmas show in New York that everyone looks forward to. Because it is so popular, there are up to 5 performances on a single day.
The NutcrackerOther Events in Upper East SideAdd to myNY added
Another classic among the best Christmas shows in NYC is The Nutcracker, a two-act ballet. It was originally performed in 1892 and therefore looks back at a long-standing tradition. The shows’ popularity only increased over the years so that even today, we can enjoy the wonderfully performed ballet performances. In fact, there are several different versions of the Nutcracker ballet in NYC, ranging from the well-known George Balanchine version to “Nutcracker Rouge”, an erotic reimagination of the holiday classic. For many, the Nutcracker is not only their favorite ballet but also their favorite Christmas show in NYC.
A Christmas CarolBroadway Show in Theatre DistrictAdd to myNY added
When talking about Christmas Shows in NYC, we cannot forget A Christmas Carol. The classic story by Charles Dickens returns to Broadway for the holiday season. The tale is guaranteed to capture your attention with its magical new interpretation. The musical tells the story of a bitter man who has a change of heart after being visited by four ghosts that transport him in the past, present, and future. During the dazzling musical performance, expect to hear cherished carols such as “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World”.
Did you know? The timeless tale is a new version adapted by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s playwright Jack Thorne. It’s almost a guarantee that A Christmas Carol will also make it to your favorite Christmas shows in New York.
New York is home is the epicenter of entertainment and surely does not disappoint during the holiday season. There are plenty of Christmas shows in New York that are worth watching, ranging from classics to modern adaptions of your favorite tales. Please know that you can’t return home without having seen at least one of the best Christmas Shows in NYC!
My personal favorite
When thinking about my favorite Christmas shows in New York, I don’t have to think very long. It’s probably no surprise that the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the Rockettes is my personal favorite. I love watching the show over and over again. In fact, it is a family tradition to watch the spectacle every year. For us, it’s the ultimate Christmas show in New York City though I do enjoy all other shows as well. I highly recommend it to anyone visiting during the holiday season. Because of the many daily shows, you can flexibly integrate the show into your schedule.
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