NYC's Best Winter Performing Arts Festivals

Carianne Carleo-Evangelist
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Winter in New York City brings events and entertainment to suit all tastes, with holiday traditions leading the way. Seasonal favorites like It’s a Wonderful Life (performed live), A Christmas Carol (in three separate productions) and The Nutcracker—the Balanchine classic by the New York City Ballet and a more modern take by the Brooklyn Ballet—highlight the calendar. For details on these and other performances, read on. 

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Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes
Nov
19

Arts & Culture
Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes

This iconic song-and-dance extravaganza, featuring the legendary Rockettes, is one of the holiday season's must-see attractions.

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Three Bears Holiday Bash
Nov
19

Performing Arts
Three Bears Holiday Bash

Check out a festive puppetry show in Central Park, full of song and dance.

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Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas
Nov
19

Museums & Galleries
Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas

The Morgan Library hosts an exhibit of Charles Dickens' classic manuscripts for A Christmas Carol and other literary works.

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Home for the Holidays
Nov
19

Broadway
Home for the Holidays

This holiday-themed musical revue features Danny Aiello, Kaitlyn Bristowe and winners of shows like The Voice and American Idol.

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Winter Wonderland: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®
Nov
20

Performing Arts
Winter Wonderland: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker®

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George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
Nov
24

Arts & Culture
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

No NYC holiday season is complete without seeing choreographer George Balanchine’s ballet.

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The Magic Flute
Nov
25

Music
The Magic Flute

The Metropolitan Opera takes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Magic Flute and adapts it into a family-friendly, English-language version.

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Christmas Carol
Nov
26

Off-Broadway
Christmas Carol

See an Off-Broadway, family-friendly production of this annual holiday favorite.

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It's a Wonderful Life
Nov
29

Other Theater
It's a Wonderful Life

The 1946 live radio play gets adapted for the stage.

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A Christmas Carol
Nov
30

Performing Arts
A Christmas Carol

Summoners Ensemble Theatre puts on its production of the holiday classic at the Merchant's House.

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The Brooklyn Nutcracker
Dec
7

Performing Arts
The Brooklyn Nutcracker

Brooklyn Ballet's The Brooklyn Nutcracker, a reimagined holiday classic, comprises ballet, hip-hop and a myriad of world dance genres.

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A Christmas Carol
Dec
8

Other Theater
A Christmas Carol

The classic Christmas tale by Charles Dickens comes to life at the Queens Theatre.

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