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Holiday Shows in New York - December 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Holiday Shows in New York for the month of December 2016


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: Closes 2nd January 2017

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 31st December 2016

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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: Closes 5th January 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 1st January 2017

This brand new adaptation of the beloved Bing Crosby movie plays Broadway for the first time. Jam-packed with Irving Berlin classics, from 'White Christmas' to 'Cheek to Cheek', this frothy musical is centered on the efforts of showbiz couple Jim and Linda to build a special holiday themed inn, and the figure from Jim's past who threatens to come between them. More info


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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 2016:

Florence Gould Hall

Dec 09-11, 2016

Count Basie Theatre

Dec 10-11, 2016

St. George Theatre

Dec 18, 2016

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: 18th 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

: 9th December

It's finally here! The biggest touring concert of the year has returned once again, stuffed with more pop talent than you can shake a sprig of holly at. Past headliners include Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato, while 2016's edition of the Jingle Ball includes Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and more (varies by city). More info

: 26th 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

: Closes 18th December 2016

Prepare for an evening of fabulous festive fun with the New York City Gay Men's Chorus and their 2016 Christmas show, Xmas and Chill! Featuring classic carols and holiday favorites alongside traditional choral arrangements and topped off with a visit from very special guests, string quartet Well-Strung. So dust the snow off your coats and escape the madness that is the city at Christmas with this hilarious and warmhearted feast for the ears (and eyes!) More info

: Closes 17th December 2016

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

: Closes 17th December 2016

Prepare to usher in the holiday spirit once again with 2016's Christmas-tastic concert from the New York Pops and pals, who're keeping it all in the family with performances from the Callaway sisters and the Nunziatas brothers! Conducted by Music Director himself Steven Reineke. More info

: Closes 30th December 2016

It's the morning after the night before for Ebeneezer Scrooge. The reformed miser sets about celebrating his first ever holiday as a changed man, determined to throw the best Christmas Party London has ever seen! Only, he's not sure how, especially when it comes to a tipple or two. Summoning Marley once more, the two set off on another ghostly adventure to meet three new Christmas Spirits who teach him the tales behind the libations of days gone by, and those yet to come in this hilarious and informative show from the inimitable, award-winning Imbible team! More info

: Closes 8th January 2017

Light up your holidays with iLuminate, an electrifying story told through dance and cutting-edge technology! iLuminate Productions takes you on a fantastical journey in this electrifying new music and dance theatrical experience, using their groundbreaking light suits as seen on "America's Got Talent"! More info

: 18th 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

: 22nd December

Charlie and the gang are here to show you the true meaning of Christmas in this stage adaptation of the classic TV Special. Debuting in 2013, this theatrical production faithfully recreates the atmosphere of the comic strips, and features the jazzy score from the TV show as well a group of Christmas sing a-longs at the end. More info

: Closes 31st December 2016

An integral part of McCarter's theater season every year, A Christmas Carol is the definitive holiday show for all the family. Based on the book by Charles Dickens, this celebration of humanity and openheartedness follows the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge, a cranky, penny-pinching business man who's taught to true meaning of Christmas by three spirits - the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future - who visit him on Christmas Eve. More info

: 17th 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

: Closes 18th December 2016

Sophie the Swan sets off on a brand new adventure this Christmas in this world premiere production. Complimenting the bestselling book by Allegra Kent and Emily Arnold McCully, Sophie gets her debut in the holiday classic, continuing her charming dancing career! More info

: 8th 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

: 18th December

Clement Clarke Moore's holiday poem may be one of the best known verses ever written. This Holiday Season the New York Pops bring the text to life with an evening that combines narration, song, dance a few special surprises along the way. More info

: 18th 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

: Closes 18th December 2016

​His imagination may have conjured up some of the greatest stories ever told, but Charles Dickens' own life was just as colorful. Laced with simple and sweet songs by Barbara Zinn Krieger and Charles Greenburg, Young Charles Dickens is an entertaining ride through the smoky streets of Victorian London, and an enthralling peak into the mind of one of literature's greatest authors. More info

: Closes 18th December 2016

Some say he had a very shiny nose, while others hypothesise that it even glowed like a light-bulb... One thing's for sure, Rudolph is the most famous reindeer of all Santa's helpers and this festive season he'll be bringing the magic of the beloved 1964 TV special to stage, marking a special Yuletide debut for the big apple! More info

: 6th December

Celebrate Christmas in style with smooth jazz aficionado Dave Koz and special guests Jonathan Butler, Candy Dulfer and Bill Medley. Although he's Jewish, Koz loves the festive season and all the trimmings that come with it, so much so that he released a Yuletide album entitled "The 25th Of December" in 2014. The classy compilation features contemporary covers of classics and carols like The First Noel and Let It Snow! More info

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