Top Holiday Shows in NYC this December
The holiday season is here and there are loads of fun holiday things to do in NYC! Scroll down to see our list of the top Music, Theatrical, and Holiday Celebrations happening around the city this month for people of all ages.
Make Music NY | makemusicny.org/winter-2014/ | Various Locations
Date: Monday, December 21st
About: Make Music NY Winter, now in its fifth year, is a free, outdoor musical event in December that turns audiences into music makers. Inspired by Phil Kline’s annual boombox parade Unsilent Night, Make Music Winter transforms New York’s Cityscape with a dozen participatory musical parades on the winter solstice.
Fun Fact: Before he was “B.B. King,” Riley B. King was just a kid playing his guitar on the streets of Mississippi for change
Charlie Brown Christmas | www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2433028 | Brooklyn
Date: December 11th-20th
About: Join the Peanuts gang again this year and help celebrate our 8th anniversary in the brand new venue-Redwood Studios in Brooklyn. They will be performing the classic Charlie Brown Christmas Special word for word and gesture for gesture set to a jazz trio performing the amazing Vince Guaraldi score.
Fun Fact: The Charlie Brown TV Christmas Special is the second longest-running Christmas special of all time behind ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.’ Poor Charlie Brown never comes in first.
Mariah Carey | www.newyorkcitytheatre.com | Beacon Theater | Manhattan
Date: December 8th-18th
About: The undisputed Queen of the Christmas song, Mariah Carey brings her epic voice to Beacon Theatre once again this December with All I Want For Christmas Is You : A Night of Joy & Festivity show, promising a seasonal spectacular including her best-selling albums Merry Christmas and Merry Christmas II you, that could only come from the original diva herself.
Cost: $180 – $807
Fun Fact: Did you know that Mariah Carey’s hit holiday song, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Is on the Guinness World Record list of the world’s best-selling single with over 14 million copies sold?
The Nutcracker | http://brookfieldplaceny.com/events/nutcracker | Brookfield Place
Date: December 4th & 5th
About: This one-hour version of the beloved holiday ballet performed to Tchaikovsky’s cherished score is set Art Nouveau-style circa 1907 with innovation choreography by long-time NYTB choreographer, Keith Michael. Perfect for ages 3 and up.
Fun Fact: There are 144 jingle bells on each of the Candy Cane costumes.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular | www.radiocitychristmas.com | Midtown
Date: December 3rd- January 3rd
About: From a unique take on ”The Nutcracker” to our original “Here Come Santa Claus,” the show delights with Clara, ice skaters, dancing teddy bears, dozens of Santa Clauses and more surprises!
Cost: $45 – $500
Fun Fact: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been dazzling audiences for more than 6 decades.
A Christmas Carol | http://www.scroogeinthevillage.com/ | The Players Theater
Date: December 4th- December 30th
About: A lively musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale. Follow along with Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by four ghosts; his old business partner Marley, the ghost of Christmas past, present and future. See what happens when he gets a glimpse of his own future if he doesn’t change his life. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process?
Cost: $32 – $52
Fun Fact: Charles Dickens was inspired to write A Christmas Carol in 1843 after he spoke at a charity night to raise money for the Manchester Athenaeum in England.
Kwanzaa Celebration | www.amnh.org/ | American Museum of Natural History | Manhattan
Date: Sunday December 27th
About: Dubbed the “World’s Greatest Entertainer” and “the human beat box” for his unrivaled ability to rock a crowd, Harlem native Doug E. Fresh rings in the new year at the Museum’s 37th annual Kwanzaa spectacular.
Cost: Free for Members or with Museum Admission
Fun Fact: Kwanza will celebrate it’s 50th birthday in 2016!
For All Ages
Christmas Tree Lighting Rockefeller | www.rockefellercenter.com/holidays | Rockefeller Plaza
Date: Wednesday, December 2nd
About: The 2015 tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, December 2 at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Each year tens of thousands crowd the sidewalks for the event and hundreds of millions watch the live broadcast.
Cost: Free/ First-Come, First-Served
Fun Fact: For almost 84 years the tree at Rockefeller has been a Norwegian Spruce species.
For All Ages
Menorah Lighting | www.nycgo.com/events | Midtown
Date: December 6th-13th
About: Gather around the 32-foot-high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon at Grand Army Plaza to kick off the annual Jewish Festival of Lights.
Fun Fact: The sounds of the Hebrew letters cannot be duplicated by the English languages so there are many different spellings of the word Hanukkah.
Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night | unsilentnight.com/ | Washington Square Park
Date: Saturday, December 12th
About: A luminous soundscape played by the audience on boomboxes carried through city streets. You have to see and hear to believe.
Fun Fact: The Boombox was actually invented in the Netherlands by Philips in 1969.
Holiday Train Show | www.nybg.org/hts15/ | New York Botanical Garden | Bronx
Date: December 4th – January 18th
About: NYC’s favorite train show is bigger than ever! Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.
Cost: Free – $20
Fun Fact: Did you know that the Train Show spans over 250 acres?
Holiday Cocktail Show | imbible.org | The Elektra Theatre | Midtown
Date: December 4th – January 2nd
About: This holiday show puts a new spin on a classic tale, and makes the ideal night out for your employees or clients! Conveniently located in the heart of Manhattan’s theater district, Christmas Carol Cocktailstakes your guests on a musical journey through time and space to discover the stories behind our most beloved holiday drinks past, present, and future, and also learn how to make them for their own parties! Presented in a private room that seats up to 70 people with packages that include hot and cold passed hors d’oeuvres, cash or open bar, and full audio-video presentation equipment.
Fun Fact: There are 13 minerals that are essential for human life, and all of them can be found in alcohol.
Get out there and enjoy!