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Family Shows in New York - December 2015

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Family Shows in New York for the month of December 2015


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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 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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: Closes 3rd January 2016

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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: Closes 3rd January 2016

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! A lavish, full-scale spectacle, there's a reason this is the City's favourite 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 27th December 2015

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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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. However, what it means to be truly WICKED isn't as clear-cut as it seems, as the two somehow find themselves fighting for the same cause .... More info

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Going strong since premiering in 1997, Disney's hit musical adaptation of the 1994 animated move brings the African Serengeti to life and joins the wide eyed cub Simba on the adventure of a lifetime as he grows up and accepts his destiny as the leonine 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 includes original songs created for the show and explodes with joyous, captivating music, intricate puppetry and a haunting atmosphere. More info

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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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: Closes 3rd January 2016

Based on the classic 1983 movie, A Christmas Story invites you into the home of Ralphie Parker, a nine-year old kid who is desperate to win the most coveted holiday prize: An Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. This Tony-nominated musical is the perfect show for all the family this holiday season. 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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: 20th 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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Finding Neverland is the true story of playwright and author JM Barrie and how his friendship with the widowed Sylvia Llewellyn Davies and her children inspired one of the world's most treasured stories. Based on the Academy Award winning movie, expect to fall in love with the power of imagination and storytelling all over again. This exciting new production stars Matthew Morrison as Mr. Barrie himself! More info

: Closes 23rd December 2015

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 comes to the Clurman Theatre this December courtesy of the innovative MOD Theatre Company. More info

: 12th 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

: 11th 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


Peppa Pig and her family arrive in North America for their first ever US Tour. This fun show features lots of audience interaction, life-size puppets of all the characters, and of course, plenty of muddy puddles!

This show is happening at multiple venues in Dec 2015:

Bergen Performing Arts Center

Dec 09, 2015

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Dec 13-15, 2015

: Closes 19th December 2015

The New York Pops are back to put a bit of pizazz into your holiday season with an evening of festive favorites featuring two delectable Tony nominees, Brian d'Arcy James and Stephanie J. Block. More info

: 20th December

The New York Pops brings the 1965 animated special to life, and they'll also be a sing-along at the end of some Yuletide classics. Joining the Pops for this production are New York City Ballet and choral group Essential Voices, while John Bolton narrates the action. More info

: Closes 3rd January 2016

After a 200 date tour across 15 countries, Michael Flatley brings his newest incarnation of Lord Of The Dance to Broadway where he will finally make his debut, before retiring from performing altogether. Having entranced audiences with thrilling choreography, and typical Flatley showmanship this new run is set to continue what has been a fantastic year for the company! More info

: Closes 3rd January 2016

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 30th January 2016

The eternal winter of the magical Narnia is pierced forever by the inquisitive Pevensey children who, searching for adventure, fall into this mysterious land via an old wardrobe. At first this winter wonderland seems heavenly, but soon they realise all is not right in the enchanted forest, the White Witch's spell is forcing the good out the world. They soon learn that this isn't just a walk in the park, but an epic battle of good versus evil. More info

: 19th 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 was the toast of last year's New York holiday season at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights, meeting with rave reviews. Moving the story action to New Year's Eve, the mouse army is replaced with a mouse-ear wearing gang, a humble nut seller who saves the day, and the Land of the Sweets a nightclub trapped in 1985. Pirouehettes are replaced with floor windmills, making this a truly contemporary holiday treat. More info

: Closes 6th December 2015

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 45 years this year, and continuously adds to their repertoire with new and exciting performances! More info

: Closes 3rd January 2016

Mad Libs Live is a brand new musical where the audience make up the songs! This highly interactive show is based on the popular party game Mad Libs, in which players have to fill in the blanks in a short story, to create a completely random and mostly nonsensical tale! Suitable for ages four and up, Mad Libs Live is a family-friendly off-Broadway experience like no other. More info

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

: Closes 20th December 2015

It's 50 years ago that the Peanuts holiday special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, first aired on CBS. The recent Peanuts movie has introduced Charles Schulz's characters to a whole new generation of fans, so there's no better time to revisit their first animated outing. The Rob Schwimmer trio lend some live accompaniment to this screening, and there'll also be an audience sing-along of holiday favorites after the film finishes. More info

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