5 Holiday Shows to Enjoy in New York City

Forget the skyscrapers: This time of year, New York City sparkles with lights all over, from the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree to Macy’s decked-out window displays. Dazzling décor shines on stage too. There are so many performances to see during the holiday season, whether they’re traditional Broadway musicals or limited-run productions. Here are a few shows to sprinkle in during the most wonderful time of the year.

Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes

Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the Rockettes

A synchronized eye-high kick line is one of the best reasons to see the legendary precision dance company, The Radio City Rockettes. There are 36 Rockettes on stage during each performance at Radio City Music Hall. This year, the production, which runs through January 1, 2019, is technologically transformed with a new finale scene. The Rockettes will also perform a brand-new routine in dazzling costumes by designer Emilio Sosa.

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The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays

Oh, yes, we need a little Christmas right this very minute, and The Illusionists will help guide you into the holiday spirit. Headlining this year’s family-friendly show is America’s Got Talent winner Shin Lim, who wowed audiences with “The Manipulator.” The performance at the Marquis Theatre promises close-up magic and daring escapes. The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays begins performances November 23 and will play through December 30.

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Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Don’t be a grinch! Bring your family to see this famous mean one. Playing at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, kids will be entranced as their favorite holiday book comes to life on stage. Gavin Lee, most recently seen on Broadway as Squidward in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical leads the cast in the title role. Enjoy as Max and Cindy Lou Who help remind audiences of the true meaning of the holiday season. Performances run December 13 through December 30.

Celebrity Autobiography

Four Mondays only! Watch hilarious celebrities — including Mario Cantone, Susan Lucci, Alec Baldwin, and Rachel Dratch — act out the autobiographies of other famous Hollywood stars. Each performance at the Marquis Theatre on November 26, December 10, and December 17 features a different ensemble, so no two shows are the same.

Ruben and Clay’s First Annual Christmas Show

Have yourself a merry little American Idol reunion! Contestants Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken reunite for three weeks only. The singers and longtime friends are celebrating the 15th anniversary of the American Idol season 2 finale, when the pair went head-to-head for the coveted grand prize. Ultimately Studdard beat Aiken to become the Idol of 2003. Their new show, playing at the Imperial Theatre from December 7 through December 30, is full of traditional carols and family-friendly sketches — and it marks Studdard’s Broadway debut. Aiken returns to the stage for the first time since his stint in Spamalot in 2008.