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Family Shows in New York - December 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Family Shows in New York for the month of December 2016

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: Closes 2nd January 2017

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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In an exotic, faraway land, one young pauper's life is about to change with the luck of an ancient lamp - and you're invited to join this magic carpet ride! Based on the hit Disney classic movie Aladdin, this 2014 Tony Award winning musical features best-loved music by Academy and Tony Award-winning composer Alan Menken and is directed by Tony Award-winning Casey Nicholaw, best known for his work on The Book of Mormon. More info

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: Closes 31st December 2016

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

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Blue Man Group is one of New York's longest-running shows and one of its hardest to describe! In the show, three enigmatic bald and blue characters take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theater, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else either on or off Broadway. Although there is no main plot, the show is split into themes such as innocence and surprise towards technology, information overload, as well as an elegant dinner involving a Twinkie snack. More info

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: Closes 1st January 2017

Matilda, Roald Dahl's much-loved classic of an extraordinary child with hideous parents is given the musical treatment by the combined talents of Tim Minchin and the Royal Shakespeare Company. This critically-acclaimed musical won four awards at the 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for Gabriel Ebert. More info

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Long before Dorothy drops into Oz inside her flying farmhouse, there were two other young girls who happened to meet in the Land of Oz. One, born with emerald green skin is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. Although sparks fly between them at first, Wicked follows these two unlikely friends and college roommates as they grow into two extraordinary women: The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. 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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Going strong since premiering in 1997, Disney's hit musical adaptation of the animated move brings the African Serengeti to spectacular life. We joins the wide eyed cub Simba on the adventure of a lifetime as he grows up and accepts his destiny as the King of the Pride Lands. This phenomenal adaptation includes original songs created for the show and boasts incredibly intricate animal puppetry. 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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: Closes 5th January 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

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 2016:

Florence Gould Hall

Dec 09-11, 2016

Count Basie Theatre

Dec 10-11, 2016

St. George Theatre

Dec 18, 2016

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: Closes 30th July 2017

Set in the golden age of Hollywood, Paramour is the first Broadway show from the renowned Canadian circus troupe. It will combine the company's famed acrobatics and spectacular design with the best of Broadway storytelling magic. More info

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A classic coming-of-age story, The Fantasticks features two meddling, matchmaking fathers who scheme to get their children together. But once the couple is united, the real drama begins! More info

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: 18th 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

: 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

: 18th December

The iconic cartoon and comic strip featuring the Peanuts gang gets a brand-new stage musical in their honor for the holiday season at NYCB! When Charlie Brown bemoans the commercial nature of Christmas, he and his friends set out to create a special holiday pageant to rediscover the true meaning of the festive season. A wonderful way to introduce younger children to the Peanuts gang, and to explore the true meaning of Christmas! And of course, what Peanuts musical would be without Snoopy?! More info

: Closes 17th December 2016

Prepare to usher in the holiday spirit once again with 2016's Christmas-tastic concert from the New York Pops and pals, who're keeping it all in the family with performances from the Callaway sisters and the Nunziatas brothers! Conducted by Music Director himself Steven Reineke. More info

Since his psychotic portrayal of Tybalt in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo+ Juliet, John Leguizamo's love of both Shakespeare and the theater has seen him rise through the ranks of Hollywood to become a successful screenwriter, playwright and stand-up comedian. His latest project sees a family-friendly, exuberant spin on one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, portrayed by rappers GQ and JQ. Following a short run in London, the show is headed back Stateside for a highly anticipated four-month run. More info

: Closes 8th January 2017

Light up your holidays with iLuminate, an electrifying story told through dance and cutting-edge technology! iLuminate Productions takes you on a fantastical journey in this electrifying new music and dance theatrical experience, using their groundbreaking light suits as seen on "America's Got Talent"! More info

: 17th 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 15th January 2017

One of the world's most prodigious close-up magician's lands off-Broadway this fall for a limited three-month engagement that is set to make the area even more magical than before! His new show Verso follows his sold-out engagement Nothing To Hide, and premiered in his home country of Portugal earlier this year. A born illusionist, his magical talents first came to the fore at the tender age of three, when at kindergarten he managed to make candies appear for his friends! More info

: 22nd December

Charlie and the gang are here to show you the true meaning of Christmas in this stage adaptation of the classic TV Special. Debuting in 2013, this theatrical production faithfully recreates the atmosphere of the comic strips, and features the jazzy score from the TV show as well a group of Christmas sing a-longs at the end. More info

: Closes 31st December 2016

An integral part of McCarter's theater season every year, A Christmas Carol is the definitive holiday show for all the family. Based on the book by Charles Dickens, this celebration of humanity and openheartedness follows the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge, a cranky, penny-pinching business man who's taught to true meaning of Christmas by three spirits - the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future - who visit him on Christmas Eve. More info

: Closes 1st January 2017

Witness magic on a scale unlike anything you've ever seen before. Led by The Anti-Conjurer, The Illusionists are a troupe of magicians who bring the art of illusion right up to date with their high-tech wizardry and death defying stunts. More info

: Closes 18th December 2016

Sophie the Swan sets off on a brand new adventure this Christmas in this world premiere production. Complimenting the bestselling book by Allegra Kent and Emily Arnold McCully, Sophie gets her debut in the holiday classic, continuing her charming dancing career! More info

: Closes 18th December 2016

​His imagination may have conjured up some of the greatest stories ever told, but Charles Dickens' own life was just as colorful. Laced with simple and sweet songs by Barbara Zinn Krieger and Charles Greenburg, Young Charles Dickens is an entertaining ride through the smoky streets of Victorian London, and an enthralling peak into the mind of one of literature's greatest authors. More info

: 18th December

Clement Clarke Moore's holiday poem may be one of the best known verses ever written. This Holiday Season the New York Pops bring the text to life with an evening that combines narration, song, dance a few special surprises along the way. More info

: 4th December

Max and Ruby bring one of the world's most loved Christmas traditions to life this Holiday season, in Max and Ruby: The Nutcracker Suite. Beautiful sets, costumes and real-life ballerina's help make this show a captivating and memorable treat for your loved ones. More info

: Closes 4th December 2016

There's no better way to get into the holiday spirit than gathering the family for an epic journey following Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker prince! Venture into battle with the Mouse King and onto the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy awaits with a special surprise! NJ Ballet has been entertaining families for 46 years this year, and continuously adds to their repertoire with new and exciting performances! More info

Guinness record-holding bubble artist Fan Yang brings his dazzling family entertainment to Off-Broadway. More info

: 28th December

Adapted form the beloved series of children's book by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann, Pinkalicious tells the story of Pinkalicious Pinkerton, a young girl with a penchant for pink cupcakes. This family friendly musical, which teaches the value of family and healthy living, went down a storm Off-Broadway and is quickly becoming a local theatre favorite. More info

: Closes 18th December 2016

Some say he had a very shiny nose, while others hypothesise that it even glowed like a light-bulb... One thing's for sure, Rudolph is the most famous reindeer of all Santa's helpers and this festive season he'll be bringing the magic of the beloved 1964 TV special to stage, marking a special Yuletide debut for the big apple! More info

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