The best Christmas shows in NYC this holiday season

Here’s a handy guide to holiday stage fun: lots of Nutcrackers and details on the Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Photograph: Courtesy MSG Entertainment
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Christmas shows are on everyone’s mind as the mercury drops and we bundle up in anticipation of snow. How can you have Christmas in New York without a new edition of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and more Nutcrackers and a few more iterations of A Christmas Carols? We scoured our listings to find appropriate shows for those who want their stage entertainments Christmas-themed (or can't make it to a winter carnival). For those with literary tastes, there’s a site-specific adaptation of James Joyce’s short story, “The Dead,” which takes place around the holidays in Dublin, Ireland. Find the Christmas show that’s right for you and maybe the family, too!

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Christmas shows to see in NYC

Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes
Photograph: Paul Kolnik for MSG Entertainment
Theater, Musicals

Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes

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You’ll get a kick out of this holiday stalwart, which still features Santa, wooden soldiers and the leggy, dazzlingly precise Rockettes. In recent years, new music, more eye-catching costumes and advanced technology have been introduced to bring audience members closer to the performance. 

Nutcracker Rouge
Photograph: Courtesy Joshua Flannigan
Dance

Company XIV: Nutcracker Rouge

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Austin McCormick and his risqué neo-Baroque dance-theater group Company XIV present a lavish erotic reimagining of the classic holiday tale, complete with circus performers, operatic singers and partial nudity. The word nutcracker has customarily conjured innocent wonder; now be ready to add glitter pasties, stripper poles and comically large stuffed penises to the toys in wonderland. Definitely leave the kids at home.

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All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
Photograph: Courtesy Allen Weeks
Theater, Musicals

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

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Writer-director Peter Rothstein draws from patriotic anthems, war songs, Christmas carols and madieval ballads from multiple countries—as well as texts written by World War I soldiers—in his original musical about the 1914 ceasefires between British and German troops.

The Dead, 1904
Photograph: Carol Rosegg
Theater, Drama

The Dead, 1904

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The Irish Rep presents a return engagement of its 2016 adaptation of James Joyce's short story about a holiday meal in Dublin, staged immersively at an intimate Upper East Side townhouse. Admission includes dinner and drinks.

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New York City Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
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Dance, Ballet

New York City Ballet: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

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This magical 1954 production, set to Tchaikovsky's incredible score, includes the full New York City Ballet company and two casts of School of American Ballet students, as well as an onstage blizzard and a Christmas tree that grows from 12 to 40 feet. In the end, however, Balanchine's choreography is what holds it all together. It's enchanting.

Dina Martina: Moribund
Photograph: Courtesy David Belisle
Music, Cabaret and standards

Dina Martina: Christmas Show

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You might mistake her for a lost rodeo clown, but superstar drag artist Dina Martina is a unique and hilarious genius. Her annual Christmas show features "overburdened costumes" and more holiday cheer than you can handle. Don't miss out.

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A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House
Photograph: Joey Stocks
Theater, Drama

A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House: Charles Dickens in New York, 1867

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John Kevin Jones plays Dickens in this one-hour account of the novelist's classic holiday ghost story, adapted with director Rhonda Dodd. The Merchant's House Museum, formerly the home of a wealthy 19th-century family, provides an atmospheric candlelit setting for Jones's sixth annual engagement.

Taylor Mac: Holiday Sauce
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Music, Cabaret and standards

Taylor Mac: 24-Decade History—Holiday Sauce

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A Fabergé radical—beautiful, ridiculous and full of hidden tricks—the sublimely freakish Mac pilots audiences through fantastical journeys, guided by the compass of his magnetic individuality. At the Town Hall, the 2017 MacArthur Fellow sleighs it with a survey of Christmas songs.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (2014)
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Theater, Musicals

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

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Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason's musical take on Dr. Seuss's yuletide fable, in which a selfish creature overcomes his chronic cardiac deficiency, returns to MSG in a production directed by Matt August. Donning the fur this time is Gavin Lee, who recently shone as another green grump in Broadway's SpongeBob SquarePants.

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