The Shows Must Go On!
The Rockettes and Santa. Charlie Brown and Hansel and Gretel. The Grinch and Ebenezer Scrooge. 27 Santas and an Elf called Kevin. All the characters are out in a variety of shows in NYC and Westchester.
It Happened One Christmas Eve at Westchester Broadway Theatre
through December 18
A heart-warming musical about an infant left on a Brooklyn doorstep one Christmas Eve and the magic she brings to the lives of those who find her. This show is filled with favorite Christmas carols and popular Seasonal songs and is sure to please the entire family. Or if you prefer hound dogs to heartstrings, Elvis Does Christmas at the WBT on December 16. And Another Night Before Christmas will have Santa scrambling to get the Ice Queen to the North Pole before she melts on December 13 and 20.
A Christmas Carol, Oy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa at La MaMa Theatre
More than 30 puppets by Milos Kasal come to life as the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater presents Czech, English, Hebrew, and Swahili songs performed acapella by Judith Barnes and Hayden DeWitt.
27 Santas and an Elf Called Kevin at Paramount Hudson Valley
Santa Claus is coming to town! But so is his jealous twin brother Gunta who'd like to be the top man, himself. The good news is that elves Mitch, Pru, and Jill, and Kevin, of course, are just the ones to outwit the evil Gunta and his hench-elves, Bob and McNasty. It all plays out in the wonderful musical about saving the magic of Christmas by Andy Street and Jonathan Kydd. Andy wrote music for Sesame Street, Madeline, and Strawberry Shortcake before becoming an American Idol coach and adjudicator.
A Charlie Brown Christmas at Brooklyn Lyceum
Everyone’s favorite unlucky fellow Charlie Brown returns to the Brooklyn Lyceum for the sixth and likely final year. Join Chuck, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang for the Pig Brooch Theater’s 30-minute live stage adaption of the TV special with a lively jazz trio and your favorite Charlie tunes.
47th Annual Handel's Messiah Sing-In at Avery Fisher Hall
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 15. Discounted tickets available on Goldstar.
Hansel and Gretel at the Metropolitan Opera
December 18–January 8
Two children taken on an evil witch and get baked into gingerbread. Not your usual opera, but Engelbert Humperdinck’s beloved Hansel and Gretel returns to the Metropolitan Opera House with incredible sets, special effects, and costuming.
Elf at Paper Mill Playhouse
through January 4; special autism-friendly performance on December 23
Yes, Paper Mill Playhouse is in Jersey, but this special performance of the holiday musical Elf is worth the trip. On December 23, Paper Mill will put on a show designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities, providing a sensory-friendly performance welcoming to all families.
In Fields Where They Lay at the New Ohio Theatre
through December 27
The incredible true story of the World War I Christmas Truce, the ceasefire between the British and German soldiers that began with the singing of Christmas carols across No Man’s Land on December 24, 1914. In Fields Where They Lay marks the 100th anniversary of the truce and brings the letters and diaries of soldiers to life.
Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol at Lyndhurst Mansion
through December 28
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.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Theatre at MSG
through December 28
Who likes Christmas? Not this guy. Back for a limited holiday engagement and still trying to steal Christmas is everybody’s favorite bitter, cold-hearted Grinch. Follow him on his journey through the overly-spirited Whoville, who may just show him there’s more to the holiday than he thought.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
through December 31
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 19 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 $7 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 13th Annual Grand Central Holiday Train Show in the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex at Grand Central through February 22. 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.
Further north, Lasdon Park and Arboretum will host a holiday train display that takes you on a Metro North Line ride from the best of NYC up to the snowy village of Katonah, with stops on the Polar Express and Christmas Town.
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 January 3 at Lincoln Center. The American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker takes up BAM from December 12 through December 21. See the Bang Group’s witty response, from tap riffs and en pointe ballets to bubble wrap, disco, and Chinese take-out noodles in Nut/Cracked on December 20–21.
In Westchester, non-profit Impact Dance Company brings NYC professionalism to Bedford in their production of The Nutcracker December 13 and 14, and the Westchester Ballet Company hosts another first-rate production on December 19–21.
But, you can (and should!) see it right here at Pace as Gelsey Kirkland Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Schimmel December 11–21.
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