It’s that enchanting time of the year when New York City hosts some of the most celebrated holiday events in the world.
From Broadway shows to Christmas tree displays, spending some time in the city this holiday season will be an unforgettable experience.
If you are lucky enough to be in town this time of year, be sure to take advantage of some of these special seasonal shows and events:
A Christmas Story on Broadway (Nov. 19 – Dec. 30)
This holiday season, families can enjoy the Broadway rendition of the beloved 1983 classic film, A Christmas Story. Join young Ralphie Parker as he counts down the days to Christmas. It will be a sweet treat for people of all ages.
Elf Holiday Musical (Nov. 6 – Jan. 6)
Al Hirschfeld Theatre
If you’re in the mood for a charming musical, check out Elf on Broadway. This story follows Buddy, a man living in the North Pole who was raised believing he was an elf, and his journey to New York City. This spirited show will have everyone cheering Buddy on!
Nutcracker – New York City Ballet (Nov. 23- Dec. 30)
Lincoln Center Plaza
To experience a true holiday spectacle, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, performed by the New York City Ballet, is a must-see event. From ornate sets to the dancers’ elegant movements, you’ll find all your magical winter wonderland dreams coming to life on stage.
The Rockettes 85th Christmas Spectacular (through Dec. 30)
Radio City Music Hall
The Rockettes are back at the Radio City Music Hall for another jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring lineup of one of the most renowned dance acts in the world. Be prepared to see the stage light up with sparkly costumes and incredible musical performances. This one is not to be missed!
Here are some other great must-see sites this holiday season!
World’s Largest Menorah (Dec. 8-16)
Grand Army Plaza (59th & 5th)
Fun Fact: The menorah is 32 ft. tall and made of 4,000 pounds of steel. Lighting begins Saturday, December 8th at 8:30 p.m.
Origami Holiday Tree (Nov. 19- Jan. 6)
Museum of Natural History –Grand Gallery
Fun Fact: There are 500 origami creations that hang as ornaments on the tree. The origami art resembles items found throughout the museum.
Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche (Nov. 20 – Jan. 6)
Metropolitan Museum of Art—Gallery 305
Fun Fact: The tree and its platform are adorned with hundreds of Neapolitan crèche figures that were first given to the Museum in 1964 by Loretta Hines Howard.
“Great Gatsby” Tree (Nov. 27- Jan. 2)
The Plaza Hotel
Fun Fact: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald were frequent visitors of the Plaza Hotel in the 1920s. The tree was created by Catherine Martin who is the production designer for the 2013 adaptation of Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel.