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Many people who are heading to NYC for the holiday season are probably thinking about attending the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. This amazing spectacle is a longstanding New York tradition, with plenty of lavish scenery and appearances by the high-kicking Rockettes. This post will give you a ‘leg up’ on the details about seeing the Spectacular and how to find discounts.
This year the Radio City Christmas Spectacular runs from November 10, 2017 through January 1, 2018. The number of shows per day varies, but it is usually 4 or 5. The times also vary depending on the show schedule for that day.
TIP: Be sure to check out our Holiday Lights Walking Tour, our Guide to Christmas in New York City and our guide on how to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting.
WHERE IS RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL?
Radio City Music Hall is located at 50th Street and 6th Avenue. The closest subways are the B, D, F or M trains at 47-50 Sts Rockefeller Center. Click HERE for a Google Map and link to get exact directions from your departure point.
Though the Radio City show can now be seen across the country with regional and touring productions, there is nothing like seeing it in its original setting: Radio City Music Hall. Take a second to look around when you get inside- the interior is considered one of the most beautiful Art Deco spaces in the world! If you want to learn more about RCMH and the rest of Rockefeller Center, join us for our pay-what-you-wish Midtown Manhattan Tour or use our self-guided Rockefeller Center Tour.
HOW TO GET TICKETS
Tickets can be pricey, especially if you are traveling with family or a group of friends. Before purchasing full price tickets, try to get discounts through these below options, especially Goldstar:
If you are unable to get tickets through Goldstar, try StubHub. StubHub is a secondary market, so you could get tickets below full price. You could always purchase full price tickets from Ticketmaster.
The first Christmas Spectacular was held on December 21, 1933 at Radio City Music Hall, which had opened in 1932. At the time, the Rockettes and other live performers were somewhat of a warm-up act that was presented before the latest Hollywood films. The first show included the Rockettes doing “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and the “Living Nativity.” Both of these components are still used in the Radio City show to this day. The films that were presented that first year were “Flying Down To Rio, “The Night Before Christmas,” and Walt Disney’s “Silly Symphony.” The show ran for two weeks that first year. Today it runs for almost two months, so you have plenty of chances to check it out!