Christmas takes the stage in New York and Connecticut


Visions of sugar plums are not the only things dancing this Christmas. From musicals to ballets, professional and local theaters alike offer Christmas performances in New York and Connecticut this winter.

The Radio City Rockettes perform “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” in Christmas Spectacular. Courtesy of

The Radio City Rockettes present Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. There are multiple showings each day now through January 1, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Ticket prices range from $49 to $699, and group tickets are available. All tickets can be purchased here.
The show maintains traditions that began in 1933, but it also changes, presenting new scenes each year, according to The show features a live orchestra, different styles of dancing, such tap and ballet, as well as a range of festive Christmas scenes.
“There is no better place than Radio City Music Hall to share joy, laughter, and lasting memories as you take in the legendary precision and grace of the Rockettes. The Christmas Spectacular is sure to become an unforgettable part of your Christmas tradition,” according to
The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Mid-Westchester in Scarsdale, New York, is performing A Fairytale Christmas Carol, an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, December 16 to December 22. Characters from various fairy tales, myths, and nursery rhymes replace Dickens’ traditional characters while staying true to the classic, according to Tickets are available here, varying from $15 to $20. Additionally, shows specifically for children and senior citizens are available.
Through December 31, the New York City Ballet is producing George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the David H. Koch Theater in New York City. The story is told completely through composer Peter Tchaikovsky’s music and ballet numbers.
New York City Ballet dancers perform in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Courtesy of

This ballet illustrates the tale based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, in which a girl named Clara dreams that her new beloved gift of a nutcracker comes to life and battles mice. The Nutcracker brings Clara to the Land of Snow, where seven celebratory dances are performed to honor the nutcracker’s victory, according to nutcrackerballet.netTickets sold from $50 to $300 can be purchased here.
In addition, Rachel Alderman is directing A Christmas Carol, adapted by Michael Wilson, at Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut. This traditional musical plays through December 30 and runs for one hour and 45 minutes. Tickets vary from $25 to $90, and students receive a discount of $15 off any ticket. Tickets can be purchased here.
– Mae Harkins, Staff Writer