‘Tis the season to be jolly, and enjoy yourself at one or more of these holiday shows and concerts, festive holiday harbor cruises, ballet and more, at special discount prices. Most tickets are $25 or less, especially holiday shows for kids, but hot tickets like the world-famous Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular and the popular Elf the Musical are more.
Buy tickets soonest to get the dates and seats of your choice.
Paul Winter’s 38th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration. For 38 years, Grammy-winning saxophonist Paul Winter has been bringing together a bevy of talented multicultural artists in the breathtaking setting of New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine to recreate an ancient winter-solstice celebration for the modern age. Performers include Gospel singer Theresa Thomason, the ten-member jazz-world music ensemble the Paul Winter Consort, 25 dancers and drummers of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, and special guests, the 15-member Pletenitsa Balkan Choir. The The New York Times calls this spectacular salute to the longest night of the year, “An immersive, multimedia extravaganza, as grand and expansive as its location.”
- Tickets are $20 for Thursday, Dec. 14 (discount tickets for Friday, Dec. 15 are sold out)
ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.
Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. A limited number of Rush tickets are available each day for that day’s performances, at $31.50. Performances through Dec. 31.
Cocoa and Carols Cruise on the Yacht Manhattan. Enjoy hot cocoa and house-made cookies, plus a complimentary alcoholic beverage of your choice, while you listen or sing along to classic holiday songs with live carolers and watch the Statue of Liberty and the NYC skyline outside the yacht’s toasty solarium windows.
Three Bears Holiday Bash: The popular annual puppet show is back for the season at the Swedish Marionette Theatre in Central Park, celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa traditions wrapped up into one happy, musical performance. Suitable for kids as young as three.
In a Nutshell: A NYC Nutcracker. Replace the glittery backdrops and sugar plum fairy lands with beloved, fast-paced scenes of iconic New York spaces like the subway, Brooklyn Bridge and Wall Street. The rat kerfuffle takes place on a NY-bound plane, but the music is still Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score,
Tickets are just $12.50 for performances Dec. 29 or 30.
Hip Hop Nutcracker with Kurtis Blow. This re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score, swapping out pas de duex and relevé for head-spins and windmills. Instead of pointe shoes, Sugarplums lace up their high-top sneakers to be poppin’ and lockin’ their way into New York. A dozen all-star dancers, an on-stage DJ and an electric violinist bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in a modern-day setting. In addition to some explosive hip hop choreography, this merry mash-up also features an appearance by Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s pioneers.
A Christmas Carol. Players Theatre presents a lively musical stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas story. Grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, each teaching him valuable lessons. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process? This tale of redemption and forgiveness captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season for the whole family.
Breakfast with Santa: Give your kids a chance to get up close and personal with ol’ Saint Nick himself at Breakfast with Santa. This is a morning meet-and-greet that includes a continental breakfast and the opportunity to pose for photos and present a holiday wish list to the big guy in red. In addition, Elfprov (from the silly minds behind Improv 4 Kids) perform an interactive musical comedy starring Santa’s favorite helpers. For an extra-special holiday treat, go VIP for reserved stage-side seats, priority access to Santa and tasty treats at your table.
- Discount tickets are $10, $20 for VIP, for choice of dates in November and December.
Christmas Spectacular Starring Radio City Rockettes. Tickets from $50
These ticket offers are from NYCOTC partner Goldstar.
Unfortunately, there are no discounts for the popular Downton Abbey: The Exhibition. We’re including it here because tickets for the holiday season are going fast. Since it is a timed-entry ticket, so you may not get the time or date that fits your schedule if you wait to buy.