New York City Christmas Shows

Share the spirit of the season with your family - take them to a New York City Christmas Show!

Radio City Music Hall

New York City is known for having 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, these are performances that the whole family will enjoy. All of the New York City Christmas Shows listed below are great for kids!


Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Famous Show Featuring the Radio City Rockettes

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.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Radio City Rockettes, photo courtesy of Dolly Abt

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 with a beautiful and touching nativity scene at the end.

Find Radio City Christmas Spectacular Tickets

Dates: November 8, 2013 - December 30, 2013

Location: Radio City Music Hall, at Sixth Avenue and 50th Street

Website: radiocitychristmas.com

Read Our Review of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular


The Nutcracker

Classic Christmas Ballet

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 29, 2013 - January 4, 2013

Location: David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center

Website: nycballet.com/nutcracker/nutcracker


A Christmas Story

Musical Based on a Popular Christmas Film

This popular Christmas musical returns to New York City for 2013! This musical debuted in 2012 and is based on a 1983 film. The main character is an Indiana boy named Ralphie who wants a BB gun for Christmas. It may be new, but this show promises plenty of excellent music and humorous moments.

Find A Christmas Story Tickets

Dates: December 11 - 29, 2013

Location: The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 7th Ave and 33rd St


The Magic Flute

Family-Oriented Holiday Opera

Giant dancing flamingos, whimsical costumes and sets...it's opera that even the little ones will enjoy! This holiday family version of Mozart's opera is sung in English and presented by the Metropolitan Opera. Additionally, your New York City visit will be more complete when you visit the majestic Lincoln Center to see the show.

Find The Magic Flute Tickets

Dates: December 16, 2013 - January 4, 2014 (8 performances)

Location: Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center


Handel's Messiah

Christmas Concerts

A centuries-old classic, Handel's Messiah is an English language composition and one of the best-known works in Western music. It is an uplifting work and a holiday favorite.

There are two options for seeing Handel's Messiah in New York City:

New York Philharmonic, the oldest symphony orchestra in the U.S. performs Handel's Messiah at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center December 20-21, 2013.

Musica Sacra, a New York-based choral group, has been performing Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall every holiday season since 1976. Their performances are Deceber 12, 13, and 18, 2013.

Find Handel's Messiah Tickets


More New York City Christmas Links:

Rockefeller Center Christmas Card

New York City Christmas Cards

Remember your New York vacation and share it with others. Scenes of New York City make perfect
Christmas cards!

Cards feature original New York City photography.



Tickets to New York City Christmas Shows

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