Ring in the festive season and get tickets to Christmas shows in NYC, along with theatre celebrating even more holidays. The most famous holiday theatre event is the iconic Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes. While this annual show is a must-see Off-Broadway staple, there's so much more theatre to explore as the city transforms for the holidays. Broadway holiday shows bring in thousands of audiences each year, too, along with timeless ballets like The Nutcracker and holiday-themed operas that are abridged and adapted for family audiences, including children. And of course, you're always guaranteed to find at least one version of A Christmas Carol on a New York stage.
There are new Off-Broadway and Broadway holiday shows each year, and these shows celebrate not only Christmas but also Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and more. Plenty of holiday plays and musicals also simply celebrate the festive spirit of the winter season and the unique magic it brings. Still other Broadway shows aren't holiday-specific, but they include scenes set during the holidays and still have a festive flair. All these shows are worth celebrating, and you can go to them with family and friends to get in the holiday spirit together. They also make great holiday gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
Like the holiday season itself, though, most holiday and Christmas shows in NYC end in early January, so 'tis the season to get tickets while you can. See all the holiday theatre New York has to offer this season, and buy tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
There are multiple family-friendly holiday shows in New York every year. Each holiday season, the Met Opera presents an abridged, English-language fairytale opera geared toward families and children, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is another annual family-friendly option. Other family-friendly Christmas shows that have played for multiple seasons include My First Nutcracker and A Charlie Brown Christmas.
During the Christmas season, you can see a show like the famous Nutcracker ballet, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes, or the adult holiday show Nutcracker Rouge. You can also visit popular holiday attractions near the Theatre District like the Rockefeller Christmas tree or the holiday village at Macy's. Read our guide to what to do for Christmas in New York.
You can enjoy the holidays in NYC by seeing a festive show, like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular or at least one version of A Christmas Carol. You can also have holiday fun by ice skating in Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, or Central Park, or walking around the holiday markets in Bryant Park and more. Read our full guide to what to do for the holidays in New York.