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New York Family Shows in December 2014

Our selection of the best family shows in New York for the month of December 2014

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Radio City Music Hall : Closes 31st December 2014

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! More info

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New Amsterdam Theater

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 new 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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Astor Place Theatre

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. More info

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David H Koch Theater : Closes 3rd January 2015

This is the production that is 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. This year, celebrate with the New York City Ballet as they celebrate their 60th anniversary of performing the city's favorite Nutcracker! More info

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Orpheum Theater

Stomp is one of New York's most unique entertainment experiences. A rotating cast of eight energetic young performers create rhythms and, yes, music, with their hands and feet and all manner of noisy objects, such as hammers, garbage can lids, buckets, and so on. Their technical skill is truly awesome: this perfectly synchronized ballet of juggled sticks, drums, and what-have-you is indeed thrilling to witness. More info

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Gershwin Theater

Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls 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. Wicked follows these two unlikely friends and college roomates grow into very different women: The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. More info

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Minskoff Theater

Disney presents a musical that brings the much-loved 1994 animated film to life to breath-taking effects, spirit and power, inviting you to explore the African Serengeti and join 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. In addition to the beloved songs penned by Sir Elton John and Tim Rice (such as the soaring 'Circle of Life') this phenomenal adaptation has new original songs and explodes with joyous, captivating music that soundtrack the rich mythology and moving drama expertly. More info

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Jerry Orbach Theater

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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Broadway Theater : Closes 3rd January 2015

This nine-time Tony-nominated new spin on the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic television production adds songs from their catalogue and turns the fairy tale concept on its head: it's Cinderella's turn to save the prince! Songs include "In My Own Little Corner"and "Impossible/It's Possible". More info

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Damrosch Park : Closes 11th January 2015

The Big Apple Circus dares you to experience its brand new show, Metamorphosis! It's an all-new show featuring some of its most popular acts, where the world's greatest circus artists are presented under an intimate big top, and no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring! More info

Theater at Madison Square Garden : Closes 28th December 2014

It's Christmas time in Whoville and everyone is filled with festive spirit. Well, everyone apart the green and extremely grumpy Grinch that is! This stage adaptation of Dr Seuss' holiday classic is jam packed with great tunes and returns to New York for a strictly limited run this December. More info

Metropolitan Opera House : Closes 8th January 2015

A holiday treat for younger opera fans and a fabulous family outing! Helmed by Welsh National Opera's director Richard Jones, Sir Andrew Davies 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

Stage 4 New World Stages : Closes 18th January 2015

"iLuminate: Artist of Light" is an electrifying story told through dance and cutting-edge technology. iLuminate Productions takes you on a fantastical journey in their first ever Broadway show using their groundbreaking light suits, as seen on "America's Got Talent"! More info

Bergen Performing Arts Center : 21st 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

Marquis Theater : Closes 4th January 2015

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

Stage 2 New World Stages

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

NYCB Theatre at Westbury : 21st December

The latest live show featuring the adorable bunny siblings is based on the most famous ballet in history. This version of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker take place inside the imaginations of Max and Ruby, which run wild with Sugar Plumb Fairies and Gingerbread Men as their grandmother tells them the story. A perfect introduction to live theater and dance for the little ones, this show is especially recommended for pre-schoolers. More info

Isaac Stern Auditorium : 21st December

Treat the kids this Christmas with A Charlie Brown Christmas presented by the New York Pops, coming to New York's Carnegie Hall for one night only on December 21st 2014! A fun-filled evening for all the family, the concert is an adaptation of Charles M. Schulz' celebrated Christmas TV special, bringing beloved Peanuts characters to life through dance, song and sing-along! More info

Venue To Be Announced

King Kong is a larger-than-life and truly unforgettable live experience of the classic tale of the enormous ape and his beautiful female hostage. Using state-of-the-art effects, incredible set design, original songs and dancing, King Kong is a musical theatre experience like no other! More info

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