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The holiday season has officially arrived and seeing shows with your loved ones is a great way to celebrate. We've rounded up 10 festive productions for different types of audiences, so whether you're with the kids, out for date night, or looking to drink, laugh, or sing along, there's a production for you. Bonus: At press time, many of these shows were offering discounts to TDF members. During this busy time of year, it's best to check our offers daily as ticket availability changes frequently.
FOR TRADITIONALISTS: Radio City Christmas Spectacular
1260 Sixth Avenue at 50th Street
Runs through January 1, 2018. At press time, discount tickets were available for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. It's also occasionally available at the TKTS Ticket Booths.
Although Santa, the Three Kings, and lots of local landmarks put in appearances, this extravaganza is all about the Rockettes and their stunning synchronized dance numbers. An NYC tradition since 1933, this iconic Christmas show truly jump-starts the holiday feels—just walking into the bedazzled Radio City is sure to put you in a holiday mood.
FOR FAMILIES: Big Apple Circus
Damrosch Park, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza near 62nd Street
Runs through January 7, 2018. At press time, discount tickets were available for the Big Apple Circus. It's also occasionally available at the TKTS Ticket Booths.
While it's not a holiday show per se, the resurrection of the Big Apple Circus after its untimely demise is definitely worth celebrating. A combination of Big Apple regulars (Grandma the Clown, Jenny Vidbel and her amazing animals) and jaw-dropping additions (former Ringling Bros. star Nik Wallenda and his family on the high wire), it's a one-ring, two-act wonder that captivates all ages.
FOR COUPLES: Nutcracker Rouge
383 Troutman Theatre Space, 383 Troutman Street between Wyckoff and Irving Avenues in Bushwick, Brooklyn
Through January 14, 2018. At press time, discount tickets were available for Nutcracker Rouge.
Leave any kids at home and your inhibitions at the door! Company XIV's burlesque and circus-filled, NC-17-rated take on the classic Nutcracker tale returns for its annual holiday run. With sumptuous design, liberal libations, and lots of sex appeal, this show is sure to heat up your holidays.
FOR THE IRREVERENT: Who's Holiday!
Westside Theatre Upstairs, 407 West 43rd Street near Ninth Avenue
Through December 31. At press time, discount tickets were available for Who's Holiday!. It's also occasionally available at the TKTS Ticket Booths.
Another adults-only holiday happening, this satirical take on Dr. Seuss stars Broadway regular Lesli Margherita as a middle-aged Cindy Lou Who, whose life has taken quite the downturn since her romp with the Grinch four decades ago. As she prepares her Christmas Eve party in her trailer park, she lets loose with her raunchy and rhyming autobiography. Whatever you do, don't bring kids with you, as the show is quite blue!
FOR TV JUNKIES: Home for the Holidays
August Wilson Theatre, 245 West 52nd Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue
Through December 30. At press time, discount tickets were available for Home for the Holidays. It's also occasionally available at the TKTS Ticket Booths.
How's this for an eclectic lineup: Popular reality show singers Candice Glover (American Idol), Josh Kaufman (The Voice), and Bianca Ryan (America's Got Talent) team up with Kaitlyn Bristowe from The Bachelorette and Oscar-nominated actor Danny Aiello for classic holiday songs and stories. Belting along to this limited-run Broadway revue is inevitable.
FOR TOTS: A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Secret Theatre, 4402 23rd Street near 44th Avenue in Long Island City, Queens
Runs December 21-January 6, 2018. At press time, discount tickets were available for A Charlie Brown Christmas.
With its brief running time, inexpensive tickets, and familiar Peanuts characters, this stage adaptation of the beloved holiday TV special is aimed at the sippy-cup set. An ideal holiday show for first-time theatregoers.
FOR SCHOOL-AGE KIDS: SpongeBob SquarePants
Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway at 47th Street
Open run. At press time, discount tickets were available for SpongeBob SquarePants. It's also frequently available at the TKTS Ticket Booths.
Although it's not a holiday show, this new Broadway musical inspired by the eponymous Nickelodeon cartoon overflows with joy, and isn't that what the season's all about? When SpongeBob and his undersea pals are threatened with extinction, can optimism save the day? Featuring catchy songs by a bunch of Grammy winners, including Sara Bareilles, John Legend, the Flaming Lips, and even the late, great David Bowie.
FOR LIT LOVERS: A Christmas Carol
Merchant's House Museum, 29 East 4th Street between the Bowery and Lafayette Street
Runs November 30-December 31.
The ultimate old-school version of Charles Dickens's holiday classic, this one-man Christmas Carol is mounted in the 19th-century Merchant's House Museum. In this historic setting, actor John Kevin Jones plays Dickens performing all of the characters, just like the Victorian author did back in the day. It's an intimate show and tickets always sell out well in advance, so if you want to go, get buying.
FOR LIQUOR LOVERS: The Imbible: Christmas Carol Cocktails
777 Theatre, 777 Eighth Avenue between 47th and 48th Streets
Runs through December 30. Occasionally available at the TKTS Ticket Booths.
Get ready to indulge at this alcohol-infused Christmas tale set the day after Scrooge gets woke. The reformed curmudgeon plans to throw the best holiday bash ever—but has no idea how to go about it. So Marley returns as party planner and takes Scrooge and the audience on a tour of cocktails past.
FOR DANCE FANS: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
New York City Center Stage I, 131 West 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues
Runs November 29-December 31. At press time, discount tickets were available for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
The lauded dance company returns to City Center for its annual holiday run. Each performance features a selection of works from the troupe's expansive repertory, including Alvin Ailey's renown "Revelations." Six new dances are also on the schedule.
Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her at @RavenSnook. Follow TDF at @TDFNYC.
Top image: Radio City Christmas Spectacular