The Very Best of NYC Holiday Season

Holiday Under The Stars, Thanksgiving Day Parade, Christmas Spectacular

Holiday Under The Stars at the Time Warner Center dazzles audiences with spectacular star shows every evening from 5pm to midnight. Even from the street, these celestial bodies cannot be missed. Upon stepping into the Great Room, visitors enter a 150-foot-tall wonderland where 14-foot stars hang majestically from the ceiling. Each weighs nearly 1,000 pounds, illuminated with more than 8,500 LEDs, 11,000 fiber optics and 156 strobe lights. A visual-sound experience unlike any other, this show features dynamic displays of light and color set to holiday music. Each composition, created by a 12-piece orchestra, has its own choreographed light show.

The 83rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off at 9am on Nov 25 with its signature giant helium balloons, clowns, floats of fantasy and marching bands, all followed by Santa Claus to ring in the shopping season. America’s favorite holiday spectacular returns to New York bigger and better this year, with new giant character balloons and a new parade route down 7th Avenue.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular runs  through Dec 30. Bursting through the doors of Radio City Music Hall, the Rockettes take audiences on a thrilling tour of Manhattan at the height of the holiday season. Boarding an almost full-sized double-decker bus, the Rockettes whiz past a kinetic montage of NYC landmarks including the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. Featuring a stunning fireworks display in the sky above Manhattan, the heart of the city will come alive in celebration of the Rockettes’ new show-stopping routine.

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of choreographer Francis Patrelle’s unique rendition of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, Dances Patrelle performs the Yorkville Nutcracker  Dec 9-12. Set in 1895, the Yorkville Nutcracker takes the audience on an action-packed tour of Olde New York’s most beloved landmarks, including a holiday party at Gracie Mansion, dancing at the Crystal Palace in the New York Botanical Garden, and skating in Central Park. Lavish sets and costumes, enchanting music, and beautiful dancers complete this thrilling production.

Join the Kathleen Hanna Project a.k.a Who Told You Christmas Wasn’t Cool? on Dec 11 at the Knitting Factory for a holiday benefit show with performances by MEN, Bridget Everett, Care Bears on Fire, Titus Andronicus, She Murders, Toshi Reagon, Making Friendz, Christy & Emily, Dan Fishback, Anna Copa Cabanna, The Fancy, The Roulettes, Schwervon! + friends, Love Tribe, Awkward Turtles, Alison Clancy, Mindtroll, and others. Includes video by Caroline Polachek (Chairlift) and dance by Emily Wexler.

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