Music & Theater | Holiday Happenings

Many attest that the holiday season is the best time of year for the family, and a plethora of feel-good musicals and theatrical events throughout the city definitely supports the sentiment. In between your holiday shopping, decorating and baking this season, be sure to pencil in time to witness the splendor of these shows, whether a timeless favorite or a newcomer on the scene!

1. Elf The Musical

December 13th through December 29th
Madison Square Garden Theater, 4 Penn Plaza

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Based on the beloved comedy, this musical features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Skylar and Chad Beguelin. Follow Buddy on his journey to meet his real dad, one syrup-soaked plate of spaghetti at a time!

2. The Nutcracker

Through December 31st
Lincoln Center, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza

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Choreography by George Balanchine

This holiday season, witness the grandeur of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker as the New York City Ballet performs it on stage. Comprised of 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two casts of 50 students from the School of American Ballet, this performance features Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s captivating music as the backdrop for the timeless story of a young girl, toy soldiers and mischievous mice.

3. Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Through January 1st
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas

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Prepare to be dazzled by the annual Christmas spectacular, each year more flawless than the last! With their seamless choreography and festive costumes, the Rockettes will certainly kick you into the holiday spirit during the show. Bring the whole family to this timeless event!

4. A Christmas Carol

December 11th
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 68th Street between Park and Lex

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For one night only, a roster of Tony Award-winners will reenact Charles Dickens’ famous A Christmas Carol in a benefit reading. Directed by Joe Dowling, the reading will be led by industry all-stars David Hyde Pierce, John Glover, Harriet Harris and Julie White. Don’t miss this adaptation; all proceeds will benefit The Acting Company.

5. Bagels from Benny, The Musical

December 8th through 17th
Weill Art Gallery, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue

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92Y and PJ Library present this joyful adaptation of Aubrey Davis’ charming children’s book, Bagels From Benny. Perfect for children and the whole family, this performance features a young Jewish boy named Benny and his charming journey to build a sense of community and find joy in giving thanks.