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The Rockettes and Santa. Rudolph and the reindeer. Scrooge and the Nutcracker. All the characters are out in a variety of shows in NYC and Westchester.

La MaMa Kids: Winter Wonderland Performance 2016 at La MaMa Theatre
December 17
Come out for La MaMa Kids’ Winter Wonderland featuring works from East Village Dance, Doppelskope Puppet, Sova Theater, and Maiko Kikuchi, which weaves magic and excitement for this holiday and end of the year celebration event.

Xmas & Chill at the Town Hall
December 17–18
The NYC Gay Men’s Chorus is bringing you two nights of fabulous and festive fun with Xmas & Chill, featuring some of the coolest arrangements of holiday favorites, spine-tingling traditional choral pieces, and much more!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at the Theater at Madison Square Garden
through December 18
See your favorite reindeer come to life on stage during this exciting live take of the holiday classic. Don’t be a misfit and miss out!

49th Annual Handel's Messiah Sing-In at Avery Fisher Hall
December 20
How cool would it be to tell your friends that you sang at Avery Fisher Hall? Be a part of the audience-chorus of nearly 3,000 and celebrate choral music at the National Chorale’s Messiah Sing-In on December 20. Discounted tickets available on Goldstar.

Christmas Inn at Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through December 23
Enjoy an evening of holiday music, laughter, and Christmas magic as you watch this poignant play that tells the story of two famous entertainers who return to the Inn with two different motives—one tries out his new Christmas show and the other wants to take in the Inn before it is sold. Get ready to spread cheer with a sing-a-long at the end.

Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol at Lyndhurst Mansion
Through December 30
A theatrical performance recreating Charles Dickens' own readings of the classic tale that brings Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and Tiny Tim alive. Working from Dickens' actual scripts, actor Michael Muldoon brings the well-loved tale to life as guests travel throughout the mansion "meeting" the different spirits and characters.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Through January 2
This year, get your kicks on with the legendary Rockettes at one of the most popular and magical holiday traditions. From a thrilling 3D ride through the skies of New York with Santa to dazzling and breathtaking Rockette numbers, no one does it better than the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Choo-Choo Choose Train Shows
Wondering what NYC would look like if made completely out of natural materials? Head to the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show through January 16 in the Bronx. See the Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, and more than 150 iconic buildings all made entirely out of bark, leaves, and other natural materials as large-scale trains navigate the city. Make this your first stop in the Garden. And for just $6-$25 via Goldstar.

All aboard! Next stop: The North Pole. The MTA showcases their miniature (and uncrowded) trains as they travel from mini-Manhattan to the North Pole at the free 15th Annual Grand Central Holiday Train Show in the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex at Grand Central through February. Looking for something a little less mini and even less modern? Nostalgia trains and buses, with wicker seats and ceiling fans, return for the holidays thanks to the MTA on select Sundays in December.

Aw, Nuts
The Sugar Plum Fairies are all over New York. The New York City Ballet presents the timeless holiday classic George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker through December 31 at Lincoln Center. This year, BAM presents a retro-modern version of the show, The Hard Nut, a lavish, gender-bent love letter that playfully preserves the warm spirit of an essential holiday tradition by taking the original story from the straight-laced 1890s to the swinging 1970s, with raucous parties, dancing GI Joes, whimsical costumes, and a Waltz of the Snowflakes like no other.

In Westchester, check out the Hip Hop Nutcracker at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center on December 15 for a fun, contemporary take on the classic, and then go back in time with The Colonial Nutcracker at Paramount Hudson Valley Arts on December 17, set in the beautiful wintry colonial Yorktown during the Revolutionary War.