There’s something magical about visiting New York City over Christmas and New Year and it will come as no surprise to learn that these are two of the most popular weeks of the year to see a show on Broadway.
Not only is it a wishlist activity for most, but it’s also a chance to see the famous shows that only run during this festive time, such as The Nutcracker and Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes.
There’s a range of seasonal shows to see on Broadway, and there’s something on offer for all ages.
So here we go with five of our top picks for the most enchanting Christmas productions in NYC.
A Christmas Carol
This timeless tale by Charles Dickens of transformation and redemption welcomes theatregoers of all ages into an immersive experience that’s brimming with Christmas spirit.
The story follows Ebenezer Scrooge (played by House of Cards actor Campbell Scott), a grumpy old man who is visited on Christmas Eve by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.
What follows is a journey of discovery as Scrooge transforms into a kinder, gentle-hearted man.
Tickets for A Christmas Carol are on sale for eight weeks only (until 5 January 2020).
Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes
To make the most out of the Christmas holidays in New York, one mustn’t miss the Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes.
It’s a dance spectacular featuring some of the world’s best dancers (including Aussie Sophie Holloway!), jaw-dropping costumes and iconic moments like the kick line, which sees each of the show’s 36 dancers perform a series of high kicks with impressive military precision.
A New York City Christmas tradition, the truly unforgettable show brings to life the magic and joy of the holidays, and is a treat for all ages.
Tickets to the Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes are on sale until 5 January 2020.
New York City Ballet – George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
The classic Christmas story has been dazzling audiences at the Lincoln Center for over fifty years, and is a timeless holiday tradition when visiting the Big Apple.
The story follows a young girl, Clara, as her nutcracker doll comes to life on Christmas Eve. The two embark on an enchanting journey, battling against mischievous mice alongside an army of toy soldiers, before escaping to the magical Land of the Snow.
The Nutcracker is one of the most elaborate performances in the New York City Ballet’s repertoire, and is a glittering, unforgettable highlight of the holiday season.
And be sure to keep an eye out in the performance line up for dancer Alec Knight. Hailing from Queensland, he was the first Australian male dancer to join the New York City Ballet!
Tickets to The Nutcracker are on sale between 29 November 2019 and 5 January 2020.
Frozen has taken Broadway by ‘snow’ storm and is a truly magical experience for the holidays.
The story follows princesses Elsa and Ana as they bravely set off on an adventure to save their kingdom from a perpetual winter, discovering magical powers and true love along the way.
It features the beloved songs from the original film, plus an expanded score with new numbers that fans of all ages will adore.
The production itself is a true theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes and powerhouse performances; everything visitors to Broadway could wish for.
Tickets to Frozen are on sale until June 2020.
Phantom of the Opera
Phantom of the Opera is one of the most enduring love stories on Broadway and is a charming experience for the festive season.
Based on the 1910 novel by French author, Gaston Leroux, it tells the story of a Phantom who lurks beneath the stage of the Paris Opera, reigning terror over its visitors.
The Phantom falls in love with young Soprano, Christine, devoting himself to making her the new star of the Opera by nurturing her extraordinary talents.
It’s one of the longest-running shows on Broadway and never fails to impress.
Tickets to the Phantom of the Opera are available until April 2020.
All shows are available to book right now, so get on to it ASAP for all the magical Christmas feels. Speak to your preferred wholesaler for prices and availability.
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