All the Shows You Need to See in New York During the Holidays
We know you’re making all kinds of lists this holidays season: gift lists, to-do lists, and more. But what about your to-see list? We’ve made a list of all the holiday shows (and checked it twice.) After all, ’tis the season to let it show, let it show, let it show. So whether you’ve seen the Rockettes kickline, the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, or Ebenezer Scrooge once or every season, you won’t want to miss these New York seasonal shows.
Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes
The Rockettes are a New York City institution, and their Radio City show is emblematic of the holiday season. From Santa to the dance of the tin soldiers, the Christmas Spectacular features iconic moments and new innovations every year. So whether you go one (or several) times a season or plan to go once in a lifetime, there is always something new to enjoy. After all, where else can you see 160 high kicks in a show?
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
It’s impossible to imagine the holidays without this classic ballet, and New York City Ballet has been bringing it to live for 65 years. Join Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King, and more for this magical journey to celebrate the season at Lincoln Center.
The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays
The holidays are always a magical time of the year, but this season, you can experience some real* magic on Broadway. From mentalism to daring escapes, these expert entertainers are bringing all their latest tricks to Broadway again, and this magic show is perfect for the whole family.
A Christmas Carol
The story of Ebenezer Scrooge and those three ghosts is one of the most classic stories around, and this season, Charles Dickens’s tale is getting a whole new kind of telling from Jack Thorne (the guy who wrote “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”). Starring Broadway favorites like Andrea Martin and LaChanze and “House of Cards” star Campbell Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge, this holiday favorite will feel brand new.
When you think of the holiday season, you don’t always think of clowns, but you really should because “Slava’s Snowshow” brings the play and delight of clowning to rousing life onstage again this year. After 10 years away from Broadway, Slava Polunin is bringing his delightful spectacle back to the stage, after years of successful international touring, to delight audiences of all ages. Hint: It might even snow.
Big Apple Circus
The circus is great any time it’s in town, but around the holidays, nothing says nostalgia and togetherness quite like Big Apple Circus. The New York City classic is back at Lincoln Center through February so the holidays are the perfect time to delight in this unforgettable experience.
Love Actually? The Unauthorized Parody Musical
Whether you love the holiday film or love to hate it, this parody musical is for everyone. From meet-cutes to grand holiday gestures, everything you love (and love to hate) from the movie will be there. So break out your poster board and sharpies and get ready to celebrate how “love is all around” this holiday season.