NYC Shows to Get You Ready for the Holidays

In New York, the holiday season really is the most wonderful time of the year — at least if you’re a fan of music and theater. There’s a wide selection of dazzling spectacles to behold, from legendary holiday revues to boundary-pushing concerts and musical events. Read on for our guide to the best in NYC holiday entertainment.

“The Nutcracker”

It’s hard to think of a more enchanting NYC holiday show than New York City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Dancing snowflakes, Russian Trepak dancers, and the Dewdrop and Sugarplum fairies are among the characters that waltz through the David Koch Theater, evoking a nineteenth-century Christmas party and the mythical Land of Sweets.

Alternative Nutcrackers

For those who prefer a fresh take on the classics, there are numerous “Nutcracker” spinoffs held each year. We recommend Mark Morris Dance Group’s “The Hard Nut,” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Kings Theatre performance of the traveling “Hip-Hop Nutcracker.”;;

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is where you’ll encounter the high-kicking Rockettes, dancing mice, and a slew of other festive characters. It’s also a great way to get acquainted with New York history, as one of the oldest continuously running holiday shows in the city.

“A Christmas Carol” on Broadway

Fresh off its successful London run, the Lyceum Theatre’s new production of “A Christmas Carol” puts a modern twist on Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale. Expect creative and impressive staging, 12 Christmas carols, and performances by Tony Award-winning actresses Andrea Martin and LaChanze.

Unsilent Night

Unsilent Night is less of an event than an experience. Hundreds of New Yorkers gather to play a unique, postmodern Phil Kline composition on boomboxes and sound-blasters, transforming into a real-life chorus while walking between Washington Square Park and Tompkins Square Park.

Lincoln Center Big Band Holidays

The annual Lincoln Center Big Band Holidays event is for those who like a jazzy twist on their Christmas melodies. Sacred and secular songs get the swing-music treatment by rising stars, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and legendary bandleader Wynton Marsalis.

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice at St. John the Divine is one of the most inspiring musical events on the planet. The world’s largest gong, a 28-foot tree, and inspiring world-music performers take center stage in this show, along with an Earth-inspired globe that makes a dazzling journey through the cathedral’s cavernous space.

If you’re coming into the city to catch one (or more!) of these enchanting performances, take a look at the exclusive offers at Sutton Court.

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