Trans-Siberian Orchestra can be too loud. The Nutcracker can be too boring. And let’s face it, we’ve already seen all the good Christmas DVDs a bazillion times. So if you want to get your family into the holiday spirit, and start a new Yule Tide ritual, you need to acquire Radio City Christmas Spectacular tickets right away.
The Christmas Spectacular has everything a family wants in a live show: Santa Claus, a Naivety Scene, great holiday music, and the Rockettes. There is a drawback though. The show is only playing in five U.S. cities. Still, the Christmas Spectacular is the perfect family tradition and a great excuse for an extended road trip.
New York City
Obviously, the first and foremost place to catch the Spectacular is the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The fabled venue is hosting the Christmas show from Nov. 9 through Dec. 30. This year, the Rockettes are celebrating their 85th anniversary. As part of their celebration, the music hall is hosting an interactive exhibit that looks at the past, present, and future of the legendary dance troupe.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular steps into Rosemont, Illinois on Dec. 14 and stays there through Dec. 30. The Akoo Theatre will host the show that debuted way back in 1933. Since that time the Spectacular has entertained thousands of fans and performed in more than 60 North American cities. Every year, the Spectacular is one of the most watched live shows on the continent.
The production’s Web site is rather ambiguous about whether the national tour is the same show as the one in New York City. Reading between the lines, the national tour isn’t identical to the NYC version but very close. Regardless, both productions employ 36 Rockettes (that’s 72 legs). Those in the Dallas-Fort Worth area can catch the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the Version Center in Grand Prairie from Nov. 23 through Dec. 8.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will run in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry House from Nov. 16 through Christmas Eve. Keep in mind the production holds multiple performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays. So instead of “dinner and a show” you could do “lunch and a show” or even “brunch and a show.” This not only applies to the Spectacular’s run in Nashville but all the cities mentioned in this article.
Whether in New York or Saint Louis, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is suitable for all ages. It runs about 90 minutes and there’s NO intermission. Producers stress that you arrive on time. St. Louisans can enjoy the Spectacular at the Peabody Opera House from Nov. 8 through Nov. 17. By the way, The Gateway to the West is the original home of the legendary Rockettes.