It is truly magical to see a show in NYC, especially a holiday show, but it also a limited-time opportunity. We have put together an extensive list of holiday theatre including the classics like the beloved Radio City Christmas Spectacular and various productions of the Nutcracker. This year, there are also some new productions of A Christmas Carol and fun puppet shows for younger children. We hope this guide helps you make some great selections this holiday season. Note: We will be adding as we learn of more shows in the area.
Through December 30, 2012
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
This show is quite simply dazzling complete with gorgeous trees, ornamental chandeliers and the friendliest staff you have ever met. The Rockettes are incredible to watch as they dance and move their magical gams. The costumes are also amazing as well as the festive music. This show also features an amazing digital backdrop where they switch from grand manor to the streets of New York City. We were totally entertained. Yes, the show is somewhat nostalgic and sentimental, and a bit kitschy at times, but it is rich in entertainment, excellent choreography (I always love that Tin Solider piece) and thrill.
Details: All children who have reached their second birthday require a ticket to gain admittance into Radio City Music Hall. Tickets range from $45 (non-peak – third mezz) to $110 (peak – orchestra). For additional information or to purchase tickets, call (888) 858- 0007 or visit: http://www.radiocitychristmas.com/
December 7th – December 22nd, 2012
Annual Irish Arts Christmas Concert Series
Presented by the Irish Arts Center, this Annual Christmas Concert features eclectic mix of tunes ranging from the traditional to the contemporary as well as holiday favorites. Mick Moloney leads a cast of America’s top Irish and world musicians through a warm and celebratory journey of music, dance and storytelling accompanied by the strains of the banjo, fiddle, accordion and piano. Every night is a different experience as surprise guests drop in to each performance! Past visitors have included Gabriel Byrne, Dan Barry, Colum McCann, Ellen McCourt, Isaiah Sheffer, Sebastian Junger and Speaker Christine C. Quinn.
Details: Showtimes are Thursday– Sunday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 3:00pm and 8:00pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The Donaghy Theatre at the Irish Arts Center is located at 553 West 51st Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Tickets are $50 non- member, $40 for members.
November 23rd- Dec. 30th
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker is one of the most complex theatrical, staged ballets in the company’s active repertory. The popularity of the ballet is immense and it provides an unforgettable spark to everyone’s holiday season. Set to a classic score by Tchaikovsky, the ballet debuted in 1954 and has been a holiday tradition ever since.
Details: Tickets range from $55-$135. The Nutcracker is playing at Lincoln Center Plaza, David H. Koch Theater (63rd Street and Columbus Avenue), New York, NY 10023. For additional information, please call (212) 870-5570 or click here
Tuesday, November 27th at 12:30 pm and 6 pm
Winter Garden at the World Financial Center Tree Lighting and Nutcracker Performance
The holiday season kicks off with free performances of the Nutcracker. The New York Ballet’s Nutcracker performances are at 12:30pm & 6pm. It’s an hour long performance and is sweet. The Tuesday evening performance commences with the annual Winter Garden lighting, a spectacular moment where the beautiful atrium is illuminated with 50,000 brilliant lights. Support provided by State Street. The performances are very crowded so get there early.
Details: 220 Vesey St at West Street. For additional information, please click here.
December 6th – December 9th
The Yorkville Nutcracker
Set in 1895, The Yorkville Nutcracker takes the audience on an action-packed tour of Old New York’s most beloved landmarks, including a holiday party at Gracie Mansion, dancing at the Crystal Palace in the New York Botanical Garden, and skating in Central Park. Appropriate for all ages. The 17th Annual Yorkville Nutcracker stars NYCB principal dancers Jenifer Ringer and Jared Angle.
Details: Tickets: $85, $60, $45. The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse – Hunter College is located at East 68th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues), New York, NY 10021. For additional information, please call: (212) 772-4448 or visit: http://kayeplayhouse.hunter.cuny.edu/
December 7th- December 22nd
The Nutcracker by NY Theatre Ballet (Abridged)
We loved this 1 hour ballet of the Nutcracker made especially for children. It is staged in an intimate theatre, the costumes are beautiful and the production is comprehendable for kids ages 4 years and older (in my experience). It’s a lovely production and a nice introduction to The Nutcracker.
Details: Tickets are $42.95 and up. Florence Gould Hall at FIAF, 55 East 59th St
American Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker at BAM
With a cast of over 100 performers, American Ballet Theatre’s world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Nutcracker features the classic Tchaikovsky score and sets and costumes by Richard Hudson (who won a Tony Award for his set designs for The Lion King). The sets are amazing, including a 1 ton Christmas tree that grows from 12-40 feet. ABT recommends that children should be at least four years old to attend The Nutcracker. Running time is 2 hours.
Details: Prices range from $25—120. The Brooklyn Academy of Arts is located at: BAM Gilman Opera House 30 Lafayette Avenue (between St. Felix Street and Ashland Place), Brooklyn, NY 11217. For additional information, call BAM for tickets (718) 636-4100 or order online at abt.org or bam.org.
December 8th at 5 pm
The Nutcracker at The Symphony Space
The classic Christmas tale of a child’s dream brought to life features the young, talented dancers from the Valentina Kozlova’s Dance Conservatory.
Details: Show time for The Nutcracker are at 5pm. Tickets are $25/children and seniors, $35/adults. Symphony Space is located at 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street), New York, NY 10025. For additional information, please call (212) 864-5400 or visit: http://www.symphonyspace.org/.
December 8th at 5 pm
Nutcracker performance by Brighton Ballet Theater and School of Russian American Ballet
This performance of The Nutcracker features dancers from the School of Russian American Ballet and Brighton Ballet Theatre. This holiday tradition will also include Spanish, Russian, Arabian, French, Chinese and African dances along with a classic Sugar Plum Fairies variation.
Details: All Ages and show times are 5:00pm. Tickets are $50 $35, $25 $20; Children & Senior* $15 (Children’s tickets: 12 and under; Senior Citizens tickets: 65 and over) Performance will be held at the Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center, Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11235. For additional information, please visit: www.brightonballet.org
The Knickerbocker Suite
The Knickerbocker Suite, a new holiday classic, has been brought to the stage by Rose Caiola with the Manhattan Youth Ballet. Based on the jocular story by artist Elliott Arkin, this original ballet is a timely tale of American values and folklore with New York City at the center of attention. The first act, mixed media production, opens with a satirical animated film narrated by Tony award winning actor, Michael Cerveris, revealing a series of imaginative contemporary visual scenarios and characters following in the tradition of the Nutcracker story. In the second act, the Knickerbocker Suite weaves clever modern interpretations out of timeless scenes and dances in which the land of sweets becomes the cultural cornucopia that is NYC.
Details: Performances onWednesday, December 12 – Friday, December 14 at 7pm; Saturday, December 15 at 3pm & 7pm; and Sunday, December 16 at 3pm, at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 West 60th Street, NYC (between Amsterdam and West End Avenues) in the Lincoln Center area. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students. Tickets are available by visiting http://www.manhattanyouthballet.org/performances.html, manhattanmovement.com/calendar or by calling 212-787-1178.
December 15th & 16th
Cobble Hill Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’
This student-performed production is only an hour long and it’s local so it’s a perfect way to introduce children to their first Nutcracker. are now on sale through our website or studio at 193 Columbia Street. We have 4 shows taking place at PS261 on . The show is no longer than 1 hour so perfect for children as their first introduction to this fabulous ballet!
Details: Tickets are $10 and available at their studio at 193 Columbia Street or through their website.
December 16th at 2 pm
The Colonial Nutcracker
An annual holiday favorite at Brooklyn Center, Dance Theatre in Westchester performs an abridged, narrated version of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown, complete with a red-coated mouse army and an enchanted nutcracker prince. Recommended for ages four and older. We got this from a reader who went to the Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Center: The show was great! Going to such a kid-friendly yet “civilized” show is rare! The costumes and staging were bright and impressive for little ones. The ballet was narrated, which was also terrific for little ones to understand the story. We all loved it and the girls have been walking on their toes all week! We ran into a friend/classmate who was there for second year in a row. We’d definitely go back again too! And it was 10 times easier to get there than to the Winter Garden during rush hour and around all the WTC construction!
Details: Show times are at 2 pm. All tickets are $10 each. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Whitman Theater is located at 2900 Campus Road (at Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenues), Brooklyn, NY 11210. For additional information, please call (718) 951-4500 or click here.
December 20th- December 22nd
David Parker and The Bang Group present Nut/Cracked
David Parker and The Bang Group’s Nut/Cracked is the contemporary dance world’s beloved version of The Nutcracker. With an enterprising mix of tap, ballet, contemporary, disco and even toe tap, Parker conjures a comic, subversive neo-vaudeville tinged with whimsy. Danced to novelty and popular arrangements of the score as well as the traditional orchestral suite, Nut/Cracked premiered at Dance Theater Workshop in 2004 and has been touring ever since.
Details: Tickets are $30. There is a pre-show talk on Dec 20 at 6:30pml. The Dance Theater Workshop is located at 219 West 19th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), New York, NY 10011. For additional information, please call (212) 691-6500 or click here.
November 17th – January 1st
Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical
Angelina and her friends are back and planning a holiday dance pageant. True to Angelina form, this lively show also features dancing, singing and festivities, this heart-warming musical is perfect for everyone’s holiday season!
Details: The musical is held on Saturdays at Sundays at 11am and 1pm with holiday shows Tickets are $29.50 per person or $49.50 for Premium Section. IMO, the regular seats are just fine at this theatre and you don’t need to purchase the premium seats. The Vital Theater is located at 2162 Broadway, 4th Floor, at 76th Street, New York, NY. For additional information, please click here.
The Flying Latke
This tale of Chanukah celebrations, holiday dysfunction and the miracle of a certain soaring potato pancake should be a fun family event. Adapted by Yorinks from his classic children’s book, The Flying Latke tells the story of young Danny Silverstein and his “meshugge” family as they celebrate the first night of Chanukah. Their holiday food fight sends a latke sailing out the window and over the city, causing a UFO frenzy that traps the Silversteins in their home with their home with their extended family visiting and nothing but latkes to eat. Recommended for ages K- 6th grade.
Details: This limited engagement runs Saturday & Sunday mornings 11am. The Flea is located at 41 White Street between Church and Broadway, three blocks south of Canal, close to the A/C/E, N/R/Q, 6, J/M/Z and 1 subway lines. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door beginning 1 hour prior to each performance.
December 2nd at 5 pm
A Rockin’ Holiday Show: Little Rock-its By Frolic! Featuring Tim Kubart And Friends
Little Rock features a new wave in children’s music that will be celebrated with a rocking holiday music concert.
Details: The show is at 5:00pm and tickets are $10/child $15/adult Advance, $15/child and $20/adult DOS. Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th St (between Kent and Wythe Aves).
December 6th – December 23
The Charlie Brown Christmas- LIVE at the Lyceum
We love the soundtrack with the Vince Guaraldi music that is on this classic animated film- so we think it’s so cool that this theater production has a live accompanying jazz trio! In this faithful presentation, Pig Brooch Inc. will perform verbatim the Charlie Brown Christmas Special. This performances are lauded as one of the favorites of kids and families all over Brooklyn.
Details: Show times are at 2:00pm or 8:00pm – depending on the day. All tickets are $11 each. The Brooklyn Lyceum is located at 227 4th Avenue in Park Slope. For additional information, please call (718) 857- 4816.
December 7th- 23rd
Seven In One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid
The show is an adaptation of the classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, appealing to kids and adults alike. The audience follows the hero’s journey through the snow where he meets a chuckle-worthy cast of characters, including Princess Fartina, the Month of December, and an angry Pea. Parent reviews on this have been extremely positive.
Details: Tickets are $6 for Kids, Students & Seniors and $12 Adults. Fridays 7pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm. Axis Theatre is located at One Sheridan Square (between West Fourth and Washington). For information and reservations, please call 212 807-9300. They are also available online
Babes in Toyland Presented by The Little Orchestra Society
Take a trip to Toyland for the holidays with this updated production of Victor Herbert’s extravaganza, Babes in Toyland. An array of beloved characters performs March of the Toys, Toyland and other favorite tunes.
Details: Tickets are $15.00, $20.00, $35.00 and $45.00. Show times are at 11:00am and 1:00pm. Call The Little Orchestra Society at 212-971-9500 or go to http://www.littleorchestra.org to buy single tickets and/or subscriptions and Avery Fisher Hall Box Office at 212-721-6500 for tickets. Performance is at: Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th Street, New York City.
December 9th at 11 am
Judy and the Maccabees with the Poppy Seed Players
In this re-imagining of the ancient Hanukkah story, Judy is a feisty young girl who leaves her father to help the Maccabees in their fight against King Antiochus. At first, Judas Maccabeus, the leader of the Maccabees, dismisses Judy and assigns her menial tasks, but she ends up coming up with the plan that helps them win the war and return to Jerusalem! In the final scene, they experience the miracle of the Temple Menorah. Hanukkah begins Dec 8.
Details: Show is at 11:00am. All tickets are $20.00. Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam).
November 23- December 24
Continuous shows from 9:30 am to 8:00 pm
Puppet Show: Yes, Virginia
While you’re at Macy’s, be sure to stop by the Puppet Theater on the 8th floor to see this fun puppet, “Yes, Virginia”– a 30-minute musical version based on Virginia O’Hanlan’s 1897 letter to the Editor of the Sun newspaper, featuring Whoopi Goldberg’s voice and puppet as the Librarian. The show is produced by Puppetworks. The show is $5 per person (only in person). Details: Take the Express Elevator at 35th & Broadway to the 8th floor.
November 29–December 31
The Little Engine That Could Puppet Show
The classic tale of The Little Engine That Could ™ is brought to life in an exciting presentation by New York City puppet master Ralph Lee. The whole family can join the fun to get the determined train over the mountain! The show is included when you buy tickets to the Holiday Train Show.
Details: The New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) at Fordham Road Bronx, New York.
Through December 30th
The Three Bears Holiday Bash
The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season with song, dance, and puppetry. This production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bears’ annual holiday show. Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, The Three Bears Holiday Bash includes all those celebrating the holidays.
Details: Show times for The Three Bears Holiday Bash are: Mondays – Fridays: 10:30 a.m. and noon; Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m., noon, and 2:30 pm; Saturdays & Sundays: 1:00 p.m; The Cottage is located in Central Park at 81st Street and Central Park West, just south of the Delacorte Theater.
December 15th and 16th
A Christmas Carol by the Puppet People
Warm your hearts with the puppet version of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic. This also includes beautiful handcrafted marionettes, shadow puppets, masks, costumes, vivid sets, a professional soundtrack that includes many holiday favorites, a giant 9-foot parade puppet.
Details: Performance times re 1, 3, 5 pm. Brooklyn Lyceum is located at 227 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Tickets are $11 (online or at the door)
December 22-23, 26-30
The Steadfast Tin Soldier and Nutcracker Sweets
Puppetworks performs these holiday classic at their Brooklyn space in Park Slope. The show is $5 per person (only in person). Suggested for ages 3 and up.
Details: 338 Sixth Avenue (at 4th Street) Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-965-3391