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20 Christmas Shows in NYC You Can’t Miss This Holiday Season

With the holidays quickly approaching, the city transforms into a more magical place. Christmas markets open, sparkling lights cover the city (even more than usual), and decorations take over. The stages even transform as Christmas shows come for a limited time. Watching a broadway show is a great way to experience NYC, especially when the weather gets cold, so we’ve put together a guide specifically for the seasonal shows this Christmas.

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Last Updated: November 17, 2021

20 Christmas Shows in NYC to See This Season

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Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020, map

Dates: Nov 19, 2020 to Jan 2, 2021 
Length: 90 minutes
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The Radio City Rockettes have been a part of NYC since 1932. Every year, their Christmas Spectacular is one of the most popular shows and attractions in the city. Set in the iconic Radio City Music Hall, watch them sing and dance in perfect synchronization.

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Lyceum Theatre, 149 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036, map

Dates: Dec 13 – 23, 2021
Length: 2 hr 15 min
Purchase Tickets (currently on tour)

Watch this classic holiday masterpiece from Charles Dickens as it comes to Broadway for 8 weeks only! This adaptation truly gets the Broadway treatment.

The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012, map

Dates: November 28 – December 30, 2021
Length: 60 minutes
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Here’s another rendition of A Christmas Carol that has been running for 10 years!

Harvey Theater at Bam Strong, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217, map

Dates: November 30 – December 4, 2021
Length: 90 minutes
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Looking for something different? This is a fun show that is part cabaret, park rock and roll, and part victorian melodrama.

The Theater Center, 210 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019, map

Dates: Nov 24, 2021 to Jan 2, 2022
Length: 90 minutes
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Everyone’s favorite Christmas movie is not coming to stage in an unauthorized musical parody. After all, “love is all around.”

Hulu Theater, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001, map

Dates: November 26 – December 5, 2021
Length: TBA
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A beautiful and exhilarating Christmas show that only Cirque du Soleil could imagine.

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David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, map

Dates: November 26, 2021 to January 2, 2022
Length: 135 minutes
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In it’s 65th year, this is one the most magical performances of the classic there is. 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands, and 50 students from the School of American Ballet bring this story to life. There’s even an onstage blizzard and a Christmas tree that grows from 12 to 40 feet.

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College 695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065, map

Dates: December 11-12, 2021
Length: 120 minutes
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Here is another option for seeing the Nutcracker in NYC. This performance is set in 1895 New York, and features two dancers who have been New York City Ballet principals.

Florence Gould Hall, 55 E 59th St, New York, NY 10022, map

Dates: December 10-12, 2021
Length: 60 minutes
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Check out this Art Nouveau version of the classic ballet. There’s even an owl that flies over the audience!

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Théâtre XIV, 383 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY 11237, map

Dates: November 19, 2021 – January 30, 2022
Length: 150 minutes
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Leave the kids at home if you’re headed to see this risqué version of the classic tale. The erotic reimagining of the story uses dance, circus performers, singers, and partial nudity to spice things up.

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Broadway Comedy Club, 318 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019, map

Dates: November 28, 2021
Length: 120 minutes
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If you enjoy improv, this is a great show where you can help guide the show. Plus, fill your bellies with a full Continental Breakfast.

The Metropolitan Opera, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, map

Dates: December 10, 2021 – January 5, 2022
Length: 102 minutes
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Composed by Mozart just before his death, this opera is brought to life in NYC through a mix of animation, dialogue, and singing. It’s a great introduction opera and it’s easy to follow the struggle between light and dark.

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College 695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065, map

Dates: December 19, 2021
Length: TBA
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Choreographed and performed by students of The Ballet Club. See scampering mice, dancing snowflakes, and a magical dream dazzling Marie.

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Stephen Sondheim Theatre, 124 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036, map

Dates: Closed for 2021
Length: 100 minutes

This show has received international acclaim. It’s a romantically wistful adventure that engages all your senses. 

SOHO Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, New York, NY 10013, map

Dates: Currently in LA
Length: 90 minutes

A comedy of Latina proportions. Get ready to laugh as you watch what real family drama looks like.

National Opera Center of America, 330 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001, map

Dates: Closed 2021
Length: TBA

An annual epic show by opera singer and entertainer, David Serero, singing Chanukah and Christmas songs.

The Actor’s Temple Theatre, 339 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036, map

Dates: Closed 2021
Length: 60 minutes

Celebrate the diversity of the holidays with Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Chinese New Year, & Schichigosan.

Teatro Circulo, 64 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10011, map

Dates: Closed 2021
Length: 80 minutes

A play about a series of heartfelt letters to Santa Claus helping him realize that he is different.

Access Theater, 380 Broadway, New York, NY 10013, map

Dates: Closed 2021
Length: 135 minutes

A unique take on a classic story, it’s going to take some seious fabulosity to turn Ebenezer Scrooge. 

Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226, map

Dates: Closed 2021 – December 11, 2022
Length: 120 minutes
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Here is another take on Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. In this rendition, the second act takes Masha and the Prince to the Land of Peace and Harmony instead of the Sugar Plum Fairy. One of the most elegant numbers includes two performers acting as a single bird with a wingspan of 20 feet.

Essential Tips

  • NYC gets extremely busy during the holidays so pick up tickets as soon as you know you want to go to one of these shows.
  • Looking for other Broadway shows? Check out our post.
  • Trains tend to run slow or late when the weather is bad. If it’s snowing, give yourself plenty of time to get to the venue.

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The Tank, 312 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018, map

Dates: Dec 5 to Dec 20, 2018
Length: 70 minutes

This dark comedy by Greg Kotis (Urinetown) tells the story of what happens when Santa brings hi mistress and their kids to the North Pole to an unwelcoming Mrs. Claus.

The Tank, 312 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018, map

Dates: Dec 5 to Dec 20, 2018
Length: 70 minutes

This dark comedy by Greg Kotis (Urinetown) tells the story of what happens when Santa brings hi mistress and their kids to the North Pole to an unwelcoming Mrs. Claus.

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