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Holiday Shows in New York - December 2015

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


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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 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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: 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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: 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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: 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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Kenny's 2014 was been relatively quiet in comparison (he deserves a rest), but never fear, for his annual Christmas show is on the horizon! For the 34th consecutive year, Kenny will be spreading some festive spirit in late 2015 by embarking on his annual tour, which is bound to feature everything from Jingle Bells to Winter Wonderland, Joy To The World plus others, joined by local choirs and children on stage. In the Hits section of the show, he will be regaling his fans with some of his biggest hits including Lady, The Gambler, and of course, Islands In The Stream.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Dec 2015:

Bergen Performing Arts Center

Dec 19, 2015

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Dec 23, 2015

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: Closes 19th December 2015

Conducted by Gary Thor Wedow, the acclaimed New York Philharmonic Orchestra performs George Frideric Handel's signature oratorio. 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

: Closes 18th December 2015

The undisputed Queen of the Christmas song, Mariah Carey brings her epic voice to Beacon Theatre once more this December with All I Want For Christmas Is You : A Night of Joy & Festivity show, promising a seasonal spectacular that could only come from the diva herself. More info

: 4th December

Legendary American composer and conductor Tim Janis is joined by a diverse selection of special guests for an evening of beautiful holiday music in a special benefit concert. With full orchestra and a 200-voice choir, composer Tim Janis is joined by a selection of seasoned performers, with last year's event seeing him share the stage with singer-songwriter Loreena McKennitt and Grammy Award-winning artist Lisa Fischer. 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

: Closes 19th December 2015

The Brooklyn Academy of Music and the renowned Mark Morris Dance Company are once again joining forces to bring you a Nutcracker like no other. If you're tired of the same Christmas tradition year in and year out, then the outrageous modern dance revamp that is Hard Nut is for you! Expect the spectacle of the Nutcracker ballet with a sprinkling of naughtiness and a whole lot of heart. 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

: 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 17th January 2016

Using the decadence of the arts in the time of Louis XIV as divine inspiration, Company XIV flits between the traditional and avant-garde effortlessly incorporating baroque dance with contemporary jazz, opera, burlesque and much more. If you're looking for something a bit spicy, why not head down to their unique take on this holiday classic? More info

: 15th December

The four-time Grammy Award-winning R&B artist is back on tour with her newest studio album, Christmas With Friends, co-written with the late Joe Sample, marking her second record since a four-year hiatus, broken by her critically acclaimed work Songversation. Now at 40 years old, her music has mellowed, but still remains true to Arie's disarming honesty. More info

: 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

: 12th December

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that can only mean one thing - the welcome return of Aimee Mann's Christmas Show! She's aided by her band mate from collaborative project The Both, Ted Leo, and a host of guest stars from music and comedy! More info

: 4th December

A gaggle of great artists come together once again at the Beacon Theatre this December. Quickly becoming a holiday tradition, these Holiday Cheer events are staged in support of Fordham University's member-supported radio station WFUV. Country star Brandi Carlile tops the bill, and she's joined by rock bands Dawes and Lucius amongst others. 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

: 3rd December

Celebrate this special time of year with one of America's most highly regarded Christian Evangelical pastors David Jeremiah. A revered televangelist and senior pastor of the Shadow Mountain Community Church, the spiritual leader will bring his teachings to New York City with musical guests Casting Crowns, the Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers, Taranda Greene and Charles Billingsly in The Sights And Sounds Of Christmas On Broadway. More info

: 18th December

Join the Kerry Dance Troupe at this festive Irish celebration that combines music-making, storytelling, dance & laughter to make up an unforgettable Irish Christmas. With Riverdance stars, the glorious music of the uillleann pipes, Irish flutes, bodhrans, Celtic fiddles and plenty of soul, you can be certain of a warm Irish welcome! 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

: 5th December

The second annual Jingle Bell Bottom Ball returns the NYCB Theatre, and it's stuffed full of great names who will help you celebrate the holiday season in style. Among the line-up is Disco Unlimited, who bring the hits of everyone from Donna Summer to Sister Sledge to glittering life, and The Trammps, who scored one of the definitive hit singles of the 1970s with Disco Inferno. More info

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