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New York Holiday Shows in December 2014

Our selection of the best holiday 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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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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Bergen Performing Arts Center : 3rd December

The Brian Setzer Orchestra, fronted by three-time Grammy Award-winner Brian Setzer, has become a Christmas staple as they tour the USA each holiday season taking their Christmas Rocks concerts across the country! Enjoy some of Setzer's guitar classics like Rock This Town and Stray Cat Strut as well as plenty of sing-a-long Christmas classics. More info

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Avery Fisher Hall : Closes 20th December 2014

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

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA: THE CHRISTMAS ATTIC

While it may not be the most chistmassy of holiday shows, it's certainly the most spectacular. Trans Siberian Orchestras tidal wave of progressive metal, lasers and fireworks have seen them become one of the most successful touring acts in the world. This year they'll be performing 1998's rock opera The Christmas Attic live for the first time.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Dec 2014:

Nassau Coliseum

Dec 18, 2014

Prudential Center

Dec 21, 2014

Beacon Theater : Closes 21st December 2014

The undisputed Queen of the Christmas song, Mariah Carey brings her epic voice to Beacon Theatre 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

Isaac Stern Auditorium : 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. This year he pays tribute to The Man With The Golden Flute, Sir James Galway alongside other special guests and a 200+ piece orchestra, with all proceeds from the evening going to Kate Winslet's Golden Hat Foundation in support of people with autism. More info

Town Hall Theater : Closes 18th December 2014

Back after a three year hiatus, the devastatingly talented brother and sister re convene their holiday catalogue and roster of fabulous guest stars for Noel Nights at the historic Town Hall Theatre. The famous siblings are wonderful apart, but together, they're incredible! This year, they will be joined by Emmylou Harris, Sandra Bernhard, Cibo Matto, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Sloan Wainwright, Teddy Thompson and many more! More info

NYCB Theatre at Westbury : 13th December

Get into the holiday spirit with a night of Doo Wop! Featuring musis from your old favourites such as The Duprees ("You Belong To Me), The Tokens ("Lion Sleeps Tonight"), The Teenagers (" Do Fools Fall In Love"), The Shangri-Las ("Leader of The Pack"), The Classics ("Till Then"), The Dubs ("Could This Be Magic"),The Encounters, and special guest star, Frankie Ford ("Sea Cruise"), The Holiday Doo Wop Extravaganza promises an evening of timeless tunes and Christmas cheer! 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

Beacon Theater : 10th December

Fresh 102.7 Radio is holding its first ever Christmas concert, and the line-up is packed with the some very big names form the world of rock and pop. Taking place at The Beacon Theatre, the bill is topped by rock giants Train, best known for their track Drops of Jupiter. Also performing are Daughtry, Gavin DeGraw, Echosmith and American Authors. More info

Madison Square Garden : 12th December

Z100 is holding its second annual Christmas concert, and this year's line-up is packed with the pop world's biggest names. The full line-up is: Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, Maroon 5, Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer, OneRepublic, Meghan Trainor, Nick Jones (Host), Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Jeesie J, Rita Ora, Shawn Mendes, Rixton and Kiesza. More info

Isaac Stern Auditorium : Closes 23rd December 2014

Handel's Messiah is one of the composer's most well-known pieces and an iconic Christmas presentation. Watching this epic composition performed live is something that is not easily forgotten, and a memorable Holiday experience for the family. This festive season, Carnegie Hall presents three incredible performances of Handel's Messiah, each by a visiting choir. More info

NYCB Theatre at Westbury : 6th December

We all know the story of Cinderella. This adaptation offers something a little different, as it relocates the fairytale to the Christmas season, and features a score of new hand-clapping songs. The perfect show for all the family, Cinderella's Christmas is playing for one night only on December 6th. More info

Bergen Performing Arts Center : Closes 7th December 2014

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 over 40 years and continuously adds to their repetoire with new and exciting performances! More info

MAX AND RUBY: THE NUTCRACKER SUITE

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.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Dec 2014:

Wellmont Theatre

Dec 20, 2014

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Dec 21, 2014

Best Buy Theater : 7th December

In a career spanning nearly two decades, Dave Koz has established himself as a platinum-selling artist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host, and instrumental music advocate. A six-time Grammy nominee, he's taking his sax on the road in 2014 for his annual Christmas tour, with suppport from Jonathan Butler, Christopher Cross & Maysa. More info

Isaac Stern Auditorium : 17th December

Irish husband and wife song writing and performing duo Keith and Kristyn Getty have been reviving and composing hymns for over a decade. Celebrate the joy of Christmas with them as they present a contemporary Irish take on festive carols, Christian worship songs and traditional Irish Folk music at this popular yearly concert. More info

Isaac Stern Auditorium : 8th December

Join America's favourite Irish performers Phil Coulter and Andy Cooney at New York City's Carnegie Hall, Dec 8th for a "Celtic Twilight Christmas." Coulter, from Derry, Northern Ireland and Cooney from New York are performing once again, bringing together two major forces in Irish Music. More info

B.B. King Blues Club : 6th December

Get into the festive spirit with a little smooth jazz from fusion guitarist Peter White and his all star band of merrymakers. Featuring the contemporary jazz stylings of renowned saxophonist and vocalist Mindi Abair and trumpeter Rick Braun, the show has become a yearly Christmas time hit with its dazzling arrangements of festive favorites. More info

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