New York City Christmas Shows and Events

Get into the holiday spirit at these performances

The holiday train show at the New York Botanical Gardens
••• The holiday train show at the New York Botanical Gardens. Ben Hider / Getty Images

From Thanksgiving until New Year's, New York City is a holiday lover's destination. Check out one of these great holiday shows to add a taste of Christmas spirit to your vacation.

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    Radio City Christmas Spectacular
    ••• Radio City Christmas Spectacular. MSG Entertainment

    The Radio City Christmas Spectacular features the Rockettes and is sure to amaze and entertain the whole family. Radio City Christmas Spectacular tickets start at $45 each, though discounts are available around the web. Performances November 7 - December 31, 2014.
    Tickets: Buy Your Radio City Spectacular Tickets through Ticketmaster

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    George Balanchine's The Nutcracker at NYCB
    ••• George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Paul Kolnik

    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. Tickets are $35-235, depending on performance and seats. Performances November 28, 2014 - January 3, 2015.

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    Holiday Train Show at the NYBG

    2013 Holiday Shopping Windows
    ••• Ben Hider / Getty Images

    The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden is an annual holiday tradition. Featuring model trains and over 140 replicas of New York City landmarks, the Holiday Train Show is a wonderful experience for children and adults. The Holiday Train Show is held indoors, making it a wonderful experience no matter what the weather is like outside.

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    Santa Claus and the nutcrakers at Christmas display in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
    ••• Barry Winiker / Getty Images

    Head to Brooklyn's Dyker Heights neighborhood (either on your own or with a tour) to see these unbelievable holiday light displays.

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    The New York Pops: Under the Mistletoe with Ashley Brown

    Enjoy the New York Pops annual holiday celebration at Carnegie Hall with this interdenominational holiday concert featuring traditional favorites and new hits with Broadway star Kelli O’Hara and Glee leading man Matthew Morrison.
    Tickets: Friday, December 19 and Saturday, December 20, 2014.

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    A Christmas Carol at The Merchant's House
    ••• A Christmas Carol at The Merchant's House. Summoners Ensemble

    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. Select dates through December 28. Tickets are $47.50-57.50: purchase tickets in advance online.


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    An annual tradition since 1874, the Oratorio Society's Messiah Sing at Carnegie Hall will take place on Monday, December 22, 2014, at 8 p.m.

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    Enjoy a musical adaptation of this Dickens classic at The Players Village theater in the West Village from November 30- December 30, 2014. Tickets are $25-50, and there is an arts workshop prior to select performances.

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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, children's workshops and their Peace Tree.

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    Christmas carols and a Children's Christmas Pageant are among 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.