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Holiday Shows in New York - December 2017

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

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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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: 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

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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: 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

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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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: 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

: 16th December

It's time to jingle those bells and turn your air guitar all the way up to eleven, because the Wizard of Winter are coming! Creating a monumental sound that's equal parts classical music and progressive rock, the Wizards produce a huge scale Xmas spectacular much in the tradition of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. 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

: 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 17th December 2017

Sing from the rooftops of David Geffen Hall this holiday season with this annual tradition! Featuring a cast of top operatic singers including soprano Christina Landshamer, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Matthew Polenzani and bass John Relyea. They will be joined by the Concert Chorale of New York, and all conducted by leading maestro and outgoing musical director of New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert. A beloved annual tradition at the Hall, this festival Philharmonic concert is a stunning way to conclude your year! 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

: 17th December

"Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people!" Join us for the good tidings of the beloved classic, Handel's Messiah, performed live by an orchestra and choir at this unforgettable Holiday performance. More info

: 3rd December

An annual musical celebration of the holiday season, Colors of Christmas gathers together a stocking's worth of top draw R&B talent to perform Yuletide standards, old and new. This performance at the NYCB Theate features two-time Grammy winner Peabo Bryson, the balladeer best known for the single versions of Disney classic 'A Whole New World' from Aladdin and the title track from 'Beauty and the Beast'. More info

: 17th December

The biggest name in contemporary Christian music has gathered three great artists together for this seasonal tour. Encompassing carols, classic Holiday pop tracks and songs of worship, The K-Love Christmas Tour should more than meet all your holiday needs! Topping the bill this year is singer-songwriter Stephen Curtis Chapman. More info

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