There’s nothing quite like Christmas in NYC with our mega-lit, towering tree at Rockefeller Center, ice skaters spinning around a bronzed Prometheus, the chiming bells on the Clydesdales in Central Park, and the iconic New York City Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
A precision dance troupe initially inspired by the John Tiller Girls in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1922, the Rockettes embody old New York glamour as they electrify the stage with dazzling costumes from world-famous designers, as well as a recent debut from Heidi Klum’s Project Runway.
The Spectacular opens with the eye-high, leg-kicking chorus line as the Reindeer, then the Rockettes perform the opening number, “Sleigh Ride”. Shortly after, Santa arrives and they lift off into the air. The action shifts to a 3D film where the audience dons 3D glasses, watching Santa fly to New York City from the North Pole in his magic sleigh. He then hovers around New York City landmarks (including the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building), before heading to Radio City Music Hall for his annual visit.
This season marks a special 85th anniversary of the Rockettes with a showcase featuring over 140 performers, lavish sets, costumes, and an original music score.
Since the first version of this 90-minute show was presented in 1933, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular has become a New York City tradition seen by Manhattan residents and hotel guests alike. When it comes to getting in the holiday spirit–even locals say this show’s energy is infectious.
Radio City Music Hall, often referred to as the Showroom of the Nation, has hosted legendary concerts, classic films, and award shows like the Grammy Awards, Tony Awards, and the MTV Awards.
Radio City Music Hall is located in Midtown at 1260 6th Avenue (between 50th and 51st).
From the Flatiron district where the MAve Hotel is located, this is a 7-minute cab ride, or 15-minute train ride.