Share the spirit of the season with your family – take them to a New York City Christmas Show!
New York City is known for outstanding theatre and seeing a show is a must-do for any visit. The line-up for this Christmas season offers fantastic options that are magical, captivating, and hosted at some of the best venues in New York City. Best of all, they are performances that the whole family will enjoy. All of the shows listed below are great for kids!
From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, New York City is a holiday enthusiast’s dream. Aside from the famous showcases that take over Rockefeller Center and Fifth Avenue, New York City becomes a hub for holiday shows, from Dyker Heights in Brooklyn to Carnegie Hall. You can attend a festive musical, a thought-provoking play, a world-class ballet, or a train show, depending on your preferences. With holiday shows all over town, New York City brings holiday cheer to both visitors and residents.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
This unforgettable show is exceptionally well done and may very well be the highlight of your Christmas in New York City. It features music and dancing and does an impressive job of appealing to all ages.
The Radio City Rockettes steal the show with their captivating performance. You won’t be able to take your eyes off their perfectly synchronized dance numbers. The show portrays the first Christmas in a beautiful and touching nativity scene at the end.
- Find Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets
- Dates: November 9 – December 30
- Location: Radio City Music Hall, at Sixth Avenue and 50th Street
- Website: radiocitychristmas.com
This New York City Ballet production is a hallmark of the holiday season that has delighted children and adults for generations. The Nutcracker features beautiful music by composer Tchaikovsky and brilliant choreography by ballet’s legendary George Balanchine.
The set and costumes change constantly throughout the enchanting tale of toys coming to life. Talented dancers jump and twirl to recognizable pieces from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, making any little girl want to join the ballet.
The Nutcracker captures the essence of the childhood imagination and the excitement of the holiday season.
- Find The Nutcracker Tickets
- Dates: November 23 – December 30
- Location: David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center
- Website: nycballet.com/nutcracker/nutcracker
New York Philharmonic Holiday Concerts
New York Philharmonic, the country’s largest symphony orchestra, has an excellent lineup of holiday concerts that feature talented performers. Concerts take place at Lincoln Center, one of New York City’s most beautiful venue spaces.
Handel’s Messiah: December 18 – 23
A centuries-old classic, Handel’s Messiah is an English language composition and one of the best-known works in Western music.
- Location: All concerts are held in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center
- Website: nycphil.org
Alvin Ailey’s Winter Season
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s New York City Season runs for five weeks and coincides with the holidays. Alvin Ailey is an esteemed modern dance company that has performed all over the world.
- Find Alvin Ailey Tickets
- Dates: November 28 – December 30
- Location: New York City Center
- Website: alvinailey.org
The city transforms into a more magical place as the holidays approach. Christmas markets open, the city is blanketed in sparkling lights (even more than usual), and decorations take over. The stages even change as Christmas shows appear for a limited time.