Halloween is over and though Thanksgiving is still weeks away, in the retail world it’s already Christmas. That’s right, that means it’s time to start planning your holiday event schedule. Here are some seasonal show recommendations for when you need to get yourself (or your family) out of the house:
1.) Radio City Christmas Spectacular – an American classic. This wondrous show of over 140 performers is perfect for all ages. As a montage of timeless holiday stories, the fabulous Radio City Rockettes dance, sing, and prance around the stage, creating both humor and awe as they weave together your favorite tales. The Christmas Spectacular is one of the oldest and most popular New York traditions, having started in 1933 and garnering over one million viewers per year. So if you’re in the NYC area, pick up Radio City Christmas Spectacular tickets to see one of the most famous Christmas productions in the country. Make a day out of it by visiting Rockefeller Center to go ice skating and see its renowned giant Christmas tree. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular begins its performances today, November 7th.
2.) Disney on Ice: Frozen – a child’s dream come true. Frozen captured the hearts of many last year and continues to enchant kids and parents alike. The soundtrack has made record-breaking sales with “Let It Go” being one of the hottest Disney songs of the past decade. Disney on Ice: Frozen is the closest experience to the film possible, and your family will love you forever if you take them to see Anna, Elsa, and Olaf the Snowman come to life right before their eyes. For perhaps the first time ever, ice skating versions of these now-famous Disney characters are totally appropriate as they trudge through snow and deflect icy powers. Check out the Disney on Ice: Frozen schedule to find out when the show will be coming to a venue near you.
3.) Trans-Siberian Orchestra – a rockin’ Christmas. TSO puts on one of the best rock concerts of the year, holiday-themed or not. These talented musicians know how to make Christmas music enjoyable, and they most definitely know how to play an amazing show. The theme for their current tour is “The Christmas Attic” named after their 1998 album. TSO’s narrator typically begins the concert with his soulful voice and sets the scene, this time with the story of a young girl who has snuck up to her attic on Christmas Eve only to find an enchanted trunk acting as a portal to the past. Face-melting guitar solos will follow as well as excellent instrumentation from the orchestra. The Washington Post called it a “symphonic rock extravaganza (think Pink Floyd meets Yes and the Who at Radio City Music Hall).” So, if you want a Christmas outing that truly rocks, buy Trans-Siberian Orchestra tickets for an unforgettable show.
4.) How The Grinch Stole Christmas – a holiday Seussical. If you love Dr. Seuss or just Cindy Lou Who and her unwavering hope for the Grinch, then get tickets to this one-of-a-kind production! Featuring the songs you know and love from the film like “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch!”, this performance is both funny and heart-warming, the ideal combination for a Christmas show. There are many productions of this hit musical playing throughout the U.S., including the Theater at Madison Square Garden, so take a look at the How the Grinch Stole Christmas schedule to plan the best date for you and your loved ones to help the Grinch and Cindy carve the roast beast!
5.) Elf: The Musical – a hilarious evening with Buddy the Elf. Will Ferrell captured your heart in 2003's instant classic Elf, and now the wintry joy and fun is returning to the big stage! See William “Buddy” Hobbs, a fully grown man raised in the North Pole, wandering around New York City in search of his father. When faced with a family who doesn’t believe in Santa, Buddy must restore their holiday spirit to power Santa’s sleigh and save Christmas. You’ll fall in love with Buddy all over again with this wonderful musical adaptation, so get your Elf: The Musical tickets today for one of the season’s most talked about plays!
6.) Jingle Ball – the star-studded radio party of the year. Local radio stations across the country host an annual multi-performer concert called Jingle Ball, featuring lineups you won’t want to miss. Artists like Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Fall Out Boy, and 5 Seconds of Summer are just some of the huge names you’ll see live in concert at a Jingle Ball near you. If you’re interested in seeing a bunch of your favorite singers for only one admission price, then I highly recommend Jingle Ball tickets. Hear T-Swift’s “Shake It Off,” Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” and more hit songs of 2014 on select Jingle Ball tour dates.
7.) A Christmas Story: The Musical – triple-dog-daring musical experience. If one of your holiday traditions is to watch the 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story on TBS from Christmas Eve through Christmas Day, then this musical adaptation is the right holiday event for you. The cult classic is brought to life on stage, leg lamp and all, to show you that you’re not the only one with a kooky family. Cheer on Ralphie as he attempts to convince his teacher, Santa, and his parents to deliver the coveted Red Ryder BB gun on Christmas morning, and laugh at the insanity that ensues, including Ralphie very nearly shooting his eye out. A Christmas Story: The Musical tickets are a great way to bring together your crazy family this year.
8.) The Nutcracker – a beautiful, adventurous ballet. Another family tradition around this time of year is to see the enduring play, The Nutcracker. Ballet companies all over the world present their version of this masterpiece every Christmas season. In fact, many American dance companies make 40% of their yearly profits from Nutcracker revenue alone. Your children will be awed by the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King, and the Land of the Sweets, so get your Nutcracker tickets soon for a classy holiday experience.
9.) A Christmas Carol – a Dickensian delight. Visit the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future this season with A Christmas Carol tickets. This story stretches back to 1843 and is so popular that it’s become a staple of our culture. A Christmas Carol has experienced countless film adaptations from The Muppets to Patrick Stewart, and luckily it gets revived on the stage every year as well! Witness the magic of a changing heart live as Scrooge realizes the consequences of his ways. Treat the Bah Humbugger in your life to this classic and revitalize your own Christmas spirit in the process.
10.) Cirque Dreams: Holidaze – an acrobatic Christmas card. This multi-faceted production combines circus elements and famous holiday figures into a truly unique Christmas extravaganza. Cirque Dreams: Holidaze features 30 artists in 20 acts and over 300 costumes! A variety show like you’ve never seen before, Holidaze will leave you completely captivated. These talented performers have trained hard to bring you this seasonal sensation, so check the Cirque Dreams: Holidaze schedule to see when these shape-shifters will be defying gravity near you!