Best Shows to See This Holiday Season

As the holiday season draws near, give the gift of entertainment by bringing the ones you love to an acclaimed seasonal show. There are plenty of festive options that are sure to please anyone, big or small. Use the following list as a guide to pick out the show that is best for you and your loved ones.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular theshow_960x540_5

This annual show takes place from mid-November to early January, and has become a New York City holiday tradition as iconic as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Join the world famous Radio City Rockettes in a dazzling display of song, dance, and storytelling. This show is fun for the whole family and is a must-see for those heading to New York around the holidays.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra tsobyjasonmceachern2015-2426x1365c-038adc4bf9

TSO has been a staple of the holiday season in a very non-traditional way, known for their elaborate shows with spectacular light, laser, and pyrotechnic displays. Trans-Siberian Orchestra celebrates the season in the form of  a rock opera, and are best known for their song “Christmas Canon.”

The Nutcracker 37_20130115132901_329210_large

Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet is a perennial holiday favorite. The music is the real treat in this production, between the dreamy “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” number and the lively “Russian Dance” sequence. Audiences will be swept  up in the magic of this timeless production, which travels to theaters across the country during the season.

Cirque Dreams: Holidaze

The mesmerizing magic of Cirque Productions soars to a new level in Cirque Dreams: Holidaze, an enchanting stage show filled with dazzling acrobatics, impressive sets and creative costumes. This high-energy production is sure to put anyone in the holiday spirit, and is currently touring North America through Dec. 31.

Straight No Chaser

The a capella group Straight No Chaser have become synonymous with holiday music, having released three full studio albums and one EP full of some of the season’s most beloved tunes. The group, which originally formed at Indiana University 20 years ago, have a knack for nailing the most traditional holiday standards while also bringing a playful energy to off-beat songs, most notably with The Christmas Can-Can. Straight No Chaser will be touring the country through the start of 2017, so don’t miss out!

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

The beloved children’s book about the mean, green, Christmas-loathing machine is now presented to audiences as a stage musical. Join the people of Whoville, Max the Dog, and the Mean One himself in this whimsical stage show featuring the music from the tale’s animated TV special, including the famous “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

Manheim Steamroller Christmas

Manheim Steamroller has become the best-selling holiday artist, having eight of their Christmas albums reach Platinum-certification. They take their music, which fuses new age style with traditional holiday tunes, on the road each winter, so be on the lookout for them to stop in a city near you.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ows_141934860892318

The beloved 1964 television special about Santa’s most famous reindeer comes to life on stage in a city near you. Sing along to all the songs you know and love like “Silver and Gold,” “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year,” and of course the title track in this charming production for the whole family.

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’ tale about the greedy and grumpy Ebeneezer Scrooge continues to be a theater staple of the holiday season. Follow Scrooge on a journey through time, as he is visited by three ghosts on a fateful Christmas Eve to learn about what is most important in life. This timeless story can be found in plenty of theaters around the country throughout Dec. 31.

Elf: The Musical event_media-banner_med

Based on the 2003 film of the same name, Elf tells the story of Buddy, a human who grew up in Santa’s workshop believing he was an elf. The production premiered on Broadway in 2010 with commercial success for its seasonal run and has launched national tours every year since.

A Christmas Story: The Musical acs_lauriaandrabe_small-jpg-644x528_q100

The classic 1983 film that continues to air for 24 hours each Christmas has been brought to the stage for a fun, family musical. Experience a live retelling of the story of young Ralphie, who wants nothing more than a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, and enjoy all the hilarious nostalgia from the movie. Yes, that includes the infamous leg lamp.