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.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical 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-2018-dr- seuss-how-the-grinch-stole-christmas-the-musical You’ll find your heart growing a few sizes when you watch Dr. Seuss’ whimsical holiday classic come to life on stage! Inspired by the original children’s book and featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” the Grinch, his sidekick Max and Cindy Lou Who help remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season. 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!)
John Legend: A Legendary Christmas Show Monday December 3, 8PM Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (7th Ave between W. 31st and W. 33rd St) https://www.johnlegend.com/legendaryxmas/ John Legend is making his first contribution to the wellspring of holiday cheer. He brings all the classic fireplace jams—and likely some of his secular hits as well—to the stage at the Theater at MSG.
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