Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes
Santa might be ‘the man’ this time of year, but the stockings we are more impressed by are those of the incredible talents of the world-famous Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. If you have a favorite holiday song or theme, believe that it will be celebrated in this explosion of Christmas spirit that is simply a delight. It’s a visual treat and spectacle that offers a better dose of escapism than binging your fave Christmas romcom. Whirl through a comical Nutcracker Suite, ice skaters spinning to Charlie Brown’s Christmas tune, classic caroling with a live orchestra, the mind-blowing signature heritage Rockettes’ numbers, not to mention the spectacle of a live nativity — Spectacular is the only term to describe this outpouring of holiday and New York love. So leave the grinch and scrooges behind and give in to the joyous mania.
“The Christmas Spectacular is the epitome of the holidays in NYC, says Rockette Erin Monteleone. “Radio City Music Hall is an iconic New York landmark, and it is dressed up in its holiday best. In the scene ‘New York at Christmas,’ the Rockettes take the audience on a double decker bus tour of magical New York City – from Central Park to Times Square. I love that it truly feels like we are exploring NYC.”
Whether you’ve seen the show before, or this would be your first time, this is the year to see the Christmas Spectacular.
“My favorite part of the show this year is the new ‘Dance of The Frost Fairies!’, says Rockette MacKenzie Howse. “Radio City is transformed into a wintery wonderland, with whimsical fairy-drones dancing above the audience. It’s a breathtaking moment on stage for me, because you can hear the audience gasping in absolute awe. It’s truly spectacular!”
Fellow Rockette, Moneteleone in her eighth year with the show (which holds a special place as her parents met dancing), agrees. “My favorite part of the show this year is also ‘Dance of The Frost Fairies!’ Our costumes are all unique, just like real snowflakes and feature sparkling wings. I enjoy the lyrical style of dance in this number, as I feel it really showcases the Rockettes’ passion for dancing.”
The Rockettes perform in more numbers than ever before, with brand new choreography and beautiful costumes. Come early to avoid stress over lines and to enjoy live caroling choruses and dueling organ players in the gorgeous theatre.
“The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes is the perfect way to kick off your holiday season,” says Howse, whose proud family travels in from Alberta, Canada to see her perform. “It spreads Christmas magic to all ages, and everyone will leave the theater filled with the joy, wonder and nostalgia of Christmas. Radio City is the only place in the world to experience the immersive Christmas Spectacular,”
There’s certainly some magic back in the air at Radio City Music Hall.
The Westin New York at Times Square
The Westin New York at Times Square is decking the halls and rolling out the red and green carpet for Rockettes’ fan with special Winter Wonderland packages. Unwrap these promotions with 25% off tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and upgraded room and a round of welcome drinks at the hotel’s stylish Foundry Bar (The “High Kick” made our Nice List—a lovely libation combining champagne, raspberries, fresh cranberry and lemon juice with a homemade cinnamon syrup — certainly a few of my favorite things!).
If that didn’t make your season merry and bright, spacious rooms and the signature “Heavenly Beds” not only aid dancing sugarplum action, but you’ll get to enjoy them even longer with a 2pm late checkout. This hotel truly has a prime location for all the holiday and Broadway festivities, a short stroll to Bryant Park’s Christmas Market and ice skating, over 40 theatres and the Ball Drop for New Year’s Eve. Keep an eye out for seasonal goodies making an appearance on menus and the communal table at Foundry as well as surprise visits from Santa sprinkled throughout the month.
Revel & Rye
Just up Broadway at the Marriott Marquis is an atrium-like eatery with excellent soaring views of all the hoopla of Times Square and the truest form of “dinner and a show” with a special Christmas Cinema where diners can enjoy excellent seasonal tastes, drinks and screen their favorite holiday movie. Classic faves like baked mussels, bacon laden Brussels sprouts and thick NY steaks pair nicely with “The Santa Clause” or “A Christmas Story”. If your tastes run more toward live theatre, seasonal spirits like Chilled Mulled Wine, with ginger and baking spices or a dangerously tasty round of Egg Nog and After Eight Martinis make this a festive stop after any Broadway show.