October is the best time to buy your tickets for all your favorite holiday spectaculars. Plan a trip to New York City with your family and include one of these five events that are in Manhattan or just outside, for a truly memorable and magical experience with the kids.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Nov. 7 to Dec. 31, 2014
Your kids will love seeing the famous kick-line of the Rockettes at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Now in its 81st year, celebrate the season with holiday songs, scenes and Santa at Radio City Music Hall! Opening night is November 7 and the show runs through New Year’s Eve. The show is approximately 90 minutes long, with an intermission. Times vary per day, with options in the morning, afternoon and evening. Tickets start from $45 per person, and children under 2 are free. Visit RadioCity.com for dates, times and tickets.
NYCB: The Nutcracker
Nov. 28, 2014 to Jan. 3, 2015
The New York City Ballet’s famous performance of The Nutcracker is celebrating 60 years and is coming to the David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center on November 28, with performances through January 3, 2015. The whole family will enjoy the classic ballet and kids will love seeing the toy soldiers dancing with the ballerinas. You’ll leave with a magical feeling. Show times vary per day, with times in the afternoon and evening only. The ballet is 90 minutes long, with an intermission in the middle. Tickets start from $40 per person. Visit NYCBallet.com for dates, times and tickets.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Dec. 5-28, 2014
The classic Dr. Seuss story is perfect for the holiday season. How the Grinch Stole Christmas opens at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden on December 5. Sing along with kid-friendly songs like “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas.” The show is kid-friendly and parents will be transported back to their childhood. Show times vary per day, but are offered in the morning, afternoon and evening. Tickets start from $40 per person. Visit TheatreAtMSG.com for dates, times and tickets.
Max and Ruby: The Nutcracker Suite
December 20, 2014
Families with young children should buy tickets to the Max and Ruby holiday special The Nutcracker Suite for a night filled with fun. Join Max and Ruby and their friends, the Sugar Plum Fairies and Gingerbread Men, as they dance and sing on stage Saturday, December 20, at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey, located just 45 minutes (by car or train) outside New York City. The show is geared towards children from infant to 6 years, and is 90 minutes long, with a 15-minute intermission. Tickets start from $40 per person. Show begins at 1 p.m. Visit TheWellmontTheater.com for tickets.
A Christmas Carol
December 21, 2014
See the Charles Dickens’s classic at the Bergen Performing Arts Center on Sunday, December 21, with the entire family. Teach your children what the true meaning of Christmas is and leave feeling grateful and ready for the holiday season. The show is suitable for all ages and is about 60 minutes long. The Bergen Performing Arts Center is in Englewood, New Jersey, about 40 minutes (by car or train) outside of New York City. Tickets start from $30 per person. Show times are 1 and 4 p.m. Visit BergenPAC.com for tickets.
– Hilarey Wojtowicz