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Family Shows in New York - December 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Family Shows in New York for the month of December 2017

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Join Aladdin, Jasmine and the hilarious Genie on a magic carpet ride you'll never forget. Disney's Tony-winning adaptation of their 1992 movie is Broadway's biggest family musical, packing in romance and adventure, and all the classic songs from the film. More info

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: Closes 1st January 2018

A true New York City institution, the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular is the sparkling, breath-taking way to get you in the Christmas spirit, with unforgettable with the Radio City's unmatchable and unstoppable Rockettes performing their precision dancing and world famous routines! With gorgeously costumed and choreographed vignettes including the Toy Soldiers, Santa and his glamorous reindeers, The Nativity, and even a teddy-bear themed version of The Nutcracker, this show takes everything you love about Christmas and amps it up ten-fold, creating beautiful new memories from the beginning to the high-kicking finale! More info

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Hoping to educate us once again, Andrew Lloyd Webber returns to Broadway with a brand-new show! Adapted from the Jack Black movie of the same name, School of Rock is based around bumbling lead character Dewey Finn, the substitute teacher with rock stardom on his mind. When his own efforts to take on the world fail, he turns to his new class, who happen to be more than a little handy when it comes to musical instruments! More info

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One of the city's most unique live experiences, Stomp has been thrilling New York audiences for over twenty years. This ear & eye-popping show consists of a group of eight incredibly talented performers, who create intricate rhythms from everyday household objects, from garbage can lids and zippo lighters, to buckets and hammers. More info

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Broadway's third longest-running show is a thrilling reinvention of the Disney classic. Brought to life by director Julie Taylor, The Lion King on Broadway is an exuberant mix of the songs from the movie, sumptuous costumes and breathtaking puppetry. The winner of the Tony for Best Musical, this how is a must-see for all the family. More info

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Forget Dorothy, the juiciest tale from the land of Oz concerns the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friendship with Glinda The Good Witch. Featuring more iconic numbers than you can nod your witches hat to ('Defying Gravity', 'Popular'), this three-time Tony winner is modern Broadway's biggest original musical and a glorious addition to the Oz mythology. More info

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: Closes 9th December 2017

Julie Taymor's fantasy production of The Magic Flute returns for the holidays! Complete with dancing bears and giant flamingos. It is sung in English and runs a brisk 100 minutes making this abridged holiday version a great night out for families. More info

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: Closes 29th December 2017

Elf: The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who accidentally crawls into Santa's sack of gifts and is taken to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. The heartwarming musical follows Buddy on his quest for his real family, as well as bringing much-needed Christmas spirit to the city of New York. More info

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One of New York's longest-running shows, the Blue Man Group is a little hard to describe, but we'll give it a go! Take a healthy dose of percussion, mix it in with some vaudeville, a pinch of cutting edge technology, and half a teaspoon of comedy, and you've got... well, the Blue Man Group! Guiding you through this multi-sensory, alternatively amazing and hilarious show are three blue-painted performers, who don't seem to have too much knowledge about life on earth. More info

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Based on the 1997 animated movie, Anastasia brings the story of the young Romanov Princess to Broadway for the first time. Bursting with adventure, romance and memorable songs, Anastasia is set to be the biggest new musical of the season. The starry creative team includes Tony winners Terrence McNally (It's Only a Play) and Darko Tresnjack (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder). More info

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: Closes 31st December 2017

This is the production that forms the heart of New York City's year-end holiday season. Whether it is a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime visit, your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit! A lavish, full-scale spectacle, there's a reason this is the Big Apple's favorite holiday show! More info

THE NUTCRACKER

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The Nutcracker is one of the USA's favorite Christmas events, and one of the most performed ballets in the world! An annual performance by your local ballet company is the perfect way to welcome in Christmas with the whole family.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Dec 2017:

Tarrytown Music Hall

Dec 10, 2017

Prudential Hall

Dec 16, 2017

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: 17th December

Penny pinching and bad tempered old miser Ebenezer Scrooge is taken on the adventure of his life and on a quest for his very soul, spanning his past to his present and beyond, in order to learn that the value of gold will never equal that of genuine love for his fellow man. Experience this classic Dickens tale, complete with new songs and dialogue that only emphasize why we still love to hear it time and time again. More info

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This adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic transfers to Broadway after breaking records on London's West End. Bursting with color, invention and spectacle, this show leads you inside the mysterious Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, where nothing is quite what it seems. More info

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: 11th December

Penny pinching and bad tempered old miser Ebenezer Scrooge goes on the adventure of his life, from his past to his present and beyond and learns that the value of gold will never equal that of genuine love for his fellow men. The classic holiday tale returns with it's beloved characters and message of compassion, love and kindness and of course, Christmas spirit! More info

: 26th December

This brand-new Trans Siberian Orchestra show has to be seen to be believed. The story is about a runaway girl who takes refuge in an abandoned theater on Christmas Eve, and meets the Ghosts of Christmas, and learning her own worth in the meantime. This was in fact the band's first made-for-television film back in 1999, and now they are bringing it on tour around the country as a live concert, for the very first time! More info

Following its well-recieved run in Chicago this year, the inhabitants of Bikini Bottom are headed to Broadway this season. Co-concieved and directed by Steppenwolf Theatre's Tina Landau, an impressively starry roll call of musical artists have contributed to the score, including the late David Bowie, and The Flaming Lips and Cyndi Lauper! Join Spongebob, Patrick the Starfish and Squidward on a brand-new adventure for the stage, perfectly made for kids and adults alike! More info

: 15th December

What do you get when you combine the elegant holiday score of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and a DJ with pin-sharp contemporary hip hop dance? This hit show mashes up two very American icons into a stunning production that has met with rave reviews since its 2014 Washington debut. More info

: Closes 6th January 2018

A holiday treat for younger opera fans and a fabulous family outing! Helmed by Welsh National Opera's director Richard Jones, Donald Runnicles conducts the Metropolitan Opera's holiday production Hansel and Gretel. Experience their fear and trepidation as they journey their way through a labyrinthine forest, full of giant puppet chefs and suit-wearing trees, all the way to a huge industrial kitchen nestling inside an innocent gingerbread house to find the wicked witch. Full of surreal characters and settings, this opera is a feast for both the ears and eyes! More info

: 17th December

Everybody's favorite sardonic cat celebrates the holidays in his own inimitable fashion this Christmas! Full of wit and wise cracks, Garfield finds himself low on Christmas spirit. But with the help of Jon, Odie and of course you, his new holiday friends, Garfield gets an "enlightening" lesson in humility and charity. More info

: Closes 31st December 2017

The award-winning Paper Mill Playhouse have announced their 2017/18 Broadway season, and little orphan Annie will be taking pride of place for the holiday season! One of the world's favorite family-friendly musicals, this life affirming and acclaimed Tony-winning production fills you with sunshine, with hit classics 'Tomorrow, 'Hard Knock Life' and many more. Since its Broadway premiere in 1977, Annie has delighted audiences worldwide and its a particular favourite of children who love Annie's cheeky demeanour and her bubbly outlook. More info

: Closes 10th December 2017

Forget Thunderbirds! Every child knows that if you're in need of rescue, you call Paw Patrol. The hugely successful Nickelodeon show follows the adventures of a group of brave canines, led by German Shepard Chase and tech-savvy 10-year-old Ryder, who make it their mission to help anyone in need. In 2016 Paw Patrol is headed out on its first ever live action stage tour! Expect to see all your favorite characters brought to life with the help of great costumes, video projections and upbeat music taken from the programme. More info

Guinness World Record holder Fan Yang has been amazing Off-Broadway audiences since 2007. Featuring fantastic next-level laser lighting displays, and a great musical score, The Gazillion Bubble Show is an hour plus of unbelievable soapy masterpieces, which float above the audiences heads in their hundreds and even fully enclose some lucky volunteers. More info

: 8th December

Man of a thousand voices and all round comic whirlwind Jim Breuer is heading out on tour once again. While he's a cult icon for his role in stoner comedy Half Baked with Dave Chappelle, Breuer has made a conscious decision to shift his stand-up in a family friendly direction in recent years because "it's much more challenging". More info

: 29th December

Perfect for gamer fans of all ages, this highly successful concert series marries together popular computer games with classical music in an audio-visual experience that will blow your mind! Whether its the recent Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed, or Mario Brothers and Pacman of old, there is something for everyone to enjoy! So dig out your geekiest gaming t-shirt, cosplay it up as one of your favorite characters, or come as you are for this once in a lifetime experience! More info

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