INSIDER’S NEW YORK CITY HOLIDAY GUIDE:
Radio City Christmas Spectacular 1260 Avenue of the Americas (at 50th St) https://www.rockettes.com/christmas/ You’ll get a kick out of this holiday stalwart, which still features Santa, wooden soldiers and the leggy, spunky Rockettes. In recent years, new music, more eye-catching costumes and advanced technology have been introduced to bring audience members closer to the performance.
New York City Ballet: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker David H Koch Theater at Lincoln Center: W 63rd St (at Columbus Ave) https://www.nycballet.com/Ballets/N/George-Balanchines-The-Nutcracker.aspx This magical 1954 production, set to Tchaikovsky's incredible score, includes the full New York City Ballet company and two casts of School of American Ballet students, as well as an onstage blizzard and a Christmas tree that grows from 12 to 40 feet. In the end, however, Balanchine's choreography is what holds it all together. It's enchanting.
A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House 29 East Fourth St (between Bowery and Lafayette St) http://merchantshouse.org/christmascarol/
In late 1867, Charles Dickens trekked across the Atlantic to spend a month performing his Christmas classic here in NYC. The Merchant’s House Museum reenacts this one-hour performance for modern-day audiences in its old-fashioned museum. If you think A Christmas Carol is enchanting now, just wait until you see it performed by candlelight in a 19th-century home by Dickens—or rather an actor playing the part of the British author. (Bonus: Come early for mulled wine and tasty snacks!) ‘Twas The Night Before… by Cirque Du Soleil Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (7th Ave between W. 31st and W. 33rd St) https://www.msg.com/calendar/hulu-theater-at-madison-square-garden-december-2019-twas- the-night-before-by-cirque-du-soleil ‘Twas the Night Before… is an exhilarating new spin on the beloved Christmas classic as only Cirque du Soleil can imagine. This vibrant acrobatic spectacle about the joy of sharing and friendship promises to spark lasting memories in the hearts of children and adults alike. Expect the unexpected! Find out what really happened before Santa dropped in… Appearing at Hulu Theater at MSG December 12 – 29.
Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas Madison Square Garden: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (7th Ave between W. 31st and W. 33rd St) https://www.msg.com/calendar/madison-square-garden- december-2019-mariah-carey#about-the-event Mariah Carey is celebrating Christmas harder than ever this year, especially since the 25th anniversary of her landmark holiday LP Merry Christmas is upon us. Following the release of
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