New York City Christmas Shows and Events

Get into the holiday spirit at these events

House ablaze in lights as part of Christmas display in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
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From Thanksgiving until New Year's, New York City is a holiday lover's destination. Check out the holiday shows and events that can add some Christmas zest to your Big Apple vacation.

Whether you like dancing, singing, plays, or dazzling lights, from Brooklyn's Dyker Heights to a train show in the Bronx and Carnegie Hall to Lincoln Center, New York City packs a holiday punch for visitors and residents all over town.

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    2017 Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes Opening Night
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    The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is sure to amaze and entertain the whole family with a flying Santa, a nativity scene, and 3-D glasses. And, don’t forget about the Rockettes in wooden soldier costumes wowing the crowds with their kick lines. Get tickets to one of the most festive shows of the entire holiday season.

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    Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker New York City 2013
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    The New York City Ballet continues its annual tradition of performing George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" at Lincoln Center. Matinees are extremely popular and tickets go quickly. About 90 dancers, 60 musicians, 30 stagehands and two casts of 50 young students make each performance as magical as possible. 

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    2013 Holiday Shopping Windows
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    The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden is an annual holiday tradition. Featuring model trains and over 150 replicas of New York City landmarks, like the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and Rockefeller Center, the Holiday Train Show is a wonderful experience for children and adults. The show is held indoors, making it a wonderful experience no matter what the weather is like outside.

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    Dyker Lights

    Santa Claus and the nutcrakers at Christmas display in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
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    Head to Brooklyn's Dyker Heights neighborhood (either on your own or with a tour) to see these unbelievable holiday light displays. Each year, over 100,000 people flock to the Brooklyn neighborhood to witness some of the most over-the-top Christmas lights, huge inflatable Santas and snowmen, and houses that blast Christmas carols from loudspeakers.

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    New York Pops 33rd Birthday Gala - Concert
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    Enjoy the New York Pops annual holiday celebration at Carnegie Hall for an interdenominational holiday concert featuring traditional favorites.

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    A Christmas Carol at The Merchant's House
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    This one-man production of Charles Dicken's iconic Christmas tale is a moving, intimate experience. An audience of just 40 people sits in the parlor of The Merchant's House while the talented Kevin John Jones plays 20 different characters over the course of the one-hour production. 

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    An annual tradition since 1874, the Oratorio Society performs Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall. The 200-voice chorus, soloists, and orchestra deliver a performance that will send your holiday spirit soaring.

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    'A Christmas Carol' Opening Night - Curtain Call
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    Enjoy this annual musical adaptation of this Dickens classic at The Players Village theater in the West Village. Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale about the joy of community triumphing over selfishness is presented in this fresh musical adaptation by Sgouros and Bell. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on his emotional journey, as he is visited by four forewarning ghosts. This production features updated, British pantomime-inspired scenic design.

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    The Cathedral of St. John
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    The Cathedral of St. John the Divine hosts a variety of musical and religious events throughout the month, including Advent services, the Cathedral Christmas Concert, children's workshops, and their Peace Tree.

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    Riverside Church
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    The Candlelight Carol Festival and production of Handel's Messiah are among the performances scheduled for December at the Riverside Church in the City of New York.

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    The West Village Chorale hosts its annual Handel's Messiah Sing, Village Noel, and Caroling Walk in mid-December.