The Definitive guide to NYC Holiday Concerts and Performances

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The Definitive guide to NYC Holiday Concerts and Performances
New York City is bursting at the seams with music and theater this holiday season. From family-friendly shows to a ballet-burlesque hybrid, to the NY Philharmonic, the one this all these shows have in common, they are packed to the gills with Christmas spirit. Enjoy:


The Nutcracker


  • November 24 – December 31, 2017
  • Lincoln Center, 70 West 63rd Street

This amazing production of the Nutcracker by George Balanchine plays from November 24 at the Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular


  • November 10 – January 1.
  • Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas

This holiday show performed by the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall is an annual tradition for many NYers, are you going to miss it?

A Christmas Carol at Merchant’s House Museum


  • November 30 – December 27.
  • 29 East Fourth Street,

This rendition of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, is best enjoyed with some mulled wine, cider and light bites at the Merchant’s House Museum.

Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice Celebration


  • December 16
  • Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave.

Cathedral of St. John the Divine is the backdrop for the 38th annual music and dance performance by the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.

Elf the Musical


  • December 13 – 29
  • The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza

Just as easy to enjoy for adults as kids, the stage adaptation of this funny and family-friendly film is a must the Theatre at Madison Square Garden.

Handel’s Messiah


  • December 12 – 16
  • David Geffen Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza

The New York Philharmonic is set to perform this famous holiday season tradition.

Harlem Gospel Holiday Celebration


  • December 23 – 25
  • Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 201 Lenox Avenue

Nothing captures the joy of the holiday season like an uplifting gospel celebration at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.


Nutcracker Rouge


  • November 9 – January 14.
  • Company XIV, 383 Troutman Street

Burlesque meets Ballet at this popular take on a holiday classic in Bushwick.


New York Irish Center Christmas Show


  • December 6
  • New York Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Avenue

Take in a festive concert with music, dancing, choirs …and some mulled wine to keep you warm from the inside out.

The Bronx:

Holiday Music with Manhattan Brass at Bay Plaza


  • December 10
  • Bay Plaza Shopping Center, 2100 Bartow Avenue

Listen to your favorite holiday tunes performed by the Bronx Arts Ensemble at Bay Plaza Shopping Center.

Staten Island:

A Holiday Doo Wop Spectacular


  • December 1
  • St George Theatre, 35 Hyatt Street, Staten Island

Ronnie Spector, Jay Siegel’s Tokens, Larry Chance & The Earls, Johnny Farina of Santo & Johnny, and Cleveland Still & The Dubs perform all your favorite holiday songs at St. George Theatre.

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