Broadway Christmas Week Schedule 2015, “Show Day,” and Holiday Shows

Radio City Christmas SpectacularThere is a push to make the day after Christmas a new event called “Show Day,” in the way that the day after Thanksgiving is “Black Friday” — except instead of shopping, people are encouraged to see live entertainment.


There’s certainly plenty to see. All Broadway shows are offering performances on “Show Day,” and a good number have added extra performances either the Monday before Christmas or the Sunday afterward, or both. Twenty-one are planning to offer performances the evening of Christmas Day.  (Scroll to the bottom of this post for the complete Broadway Christmas week schedule.)

Of course, a show on Christmas Day – or on Show Day – is not necessarily the same thing as a holiday show, of which there are plenty. Not all of them are happening on Christmas Day; several have already ended their runs this year. One, the 17th annual reading of Times Square Angel written by and starring Charles Busch at Theater for the New City, is happening Monday, December 14th, 2015.

Below are a selection of holiday shows that vary in tone and intended audience.

Family Entertainment

Radio City Christmas Spectacular – Radio City Music Hall, through January 3, 2016

This 90-minute Christmas show, an annual event since 1933,  features an original score, and more than 1,300 costumes, worn by some 140 performers, including the Rockettes, the 36-strong dance troupe famous for their synchronized kicks. Tickets start at $50 (although there are some deals online) and run as high as several hundred dollars apiece.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker – New York City Ballet, through January 3, 2016


The version of Tschaikovsky’s score that launched a holiday tradition. Tickets range from $75 to $265.


Hard Nut, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dec 12 – 20

A modern(ist), humorous version of the Nutcracker, with choreography by Mark Morris. Tickets start at $25, and go up to $115.

Hip Hop Nutcracker, NJPAC (Newark), December 19.

A touring company that is only performing once in the tri-state area this month, with tickets from $49 to $79


A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Irish Rep, through January 3, 2016

The peculiar habits of people during the season of feasting and merriment as seen through the eyes of a little boy

Elf, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, December 9 – 27, 2015.

A stage adaptation of the movie about a human taken in by Santa who travels to New York to find his real family.

A Christmas Story, Papermill Playhouse, through January 3, 2016

The Pasek and Paul musical adapted from the 1983 movie: Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: An Official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. (My review of the Broadway production three years ago.) This production is in Milburn, New Jersey.

A Christmas Carol(s)

It’s not really possible to keep on top of all the various stage versions of the Dicken’s story featuring Tiny Tim and Scrooge.

A Christmas Carol

At the Players Theater in the Village for the seventh year, now through December 30.

At Theater for A New City, December 17-20

At Theatre Row by Mod Company, December 16 – December 23

At Queens Theatre by Titan Theatre Company now through December 20.


Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) – Wild Project, December 14-16

A production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol goes awry when the actors mutiny and decide to create their own show


Santasia – A Holiday Comedy, St. Luke’s Theater, through December 23

Yuletide snark and sentiment, sketch comedy and claymation movies

The Greatest Pirate Holiday Spectacularrr! (Theatre 54), Dec 24-Jan 3

‘A Christmas Carol’ with a pirate twist and audience suggestions.

A Very Jewish Christmas – Gotham Comedy Club December 24

An evening of comedy with Jewish comedians Marion Grodin, Jon Fisch, Gregg Rogell (7:30 show), Gary Vider (9:30 show), Sherry Davey and Jon Laster/


NOT For Children

At The Laurie Beechman Theater:

  1. Holiday High Jinkx – Dec 16-20

RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon & her piano man Major Scales return with new holiday show.

2. Your Christmas is Terrible, Dec 17-20

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Alaska and sidekick Handsome Jeremy return with Seasons Greetings.


3. Jackie Beat: White Meat or Dark?

NYC’s Favorite Grinch serves up her 18th annual non-denominational holiday comedy feast.


Nutcracker Rouge, Minetta Lane Theater through January 17, 2016

The Burlesque version of the Nutcracker Suite.



Broadway Theater Schedule on Christmas Week

The schedule below, which comes from the Broadway League, could change without notice. Please check the website or box office of any specific show.

  • Crossed out dates = canceled performance (sometimes just blank)
    Bold faced dates = added performance
    Italic dates = different curtain time

    Show Title Mon. Dec. 21 Tues Dec. 22 Wed. Dec. 23 Thurs. Dec. 24 Fri. Dec. 25 Sat. Dec. 26 Sun. Dec. 27
    Aladdin DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 1pm 2pm, 8pm 1pm, 6:30pm
    Allegiance DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 7pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 8pm
    American in Paris, An DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm 2pm, 8pm 1pm, 7pm
    Beautiful: The Carole King Musical DARK 7pm 2pm, 7pm 7pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7pm
    Book of Mormon, The 7pm 7pm 2pm, 7pm 7pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7pm
    Chicago 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 8pm 2:30pm, 8pm 3:00pm, 7:30pm
    China Doll DARK 7pm 7pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
    Color Purple, The 7pm 7pm 7pm 7pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7:30pm
    Curious Incident 7pm 7pm 2pm, 7:30pm 7pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7:30
    Dames at Sea DARK 7pm 2pm, 7pm 7pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7pm
    Fiddler on the Roof DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7:30
    Finding Neverland DARK 7:30pm 2pm, 7:30pm 7:30pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7:30pm
    Fun Home 7pm 7pm 2pm, 7pm 7pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7pm
    Gentleman’s Guide… DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
    Gin Game, The 7pm 7pm 2pm, 7pm 7pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
    Hamilton 7pm 7pm 2pm, 8pm 7pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7:30pm
    Hand to God 7pm 7pm 2pm, 8pm 7pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm, 7:30pm
    Illusionists, The: Witness the Impossible DARK 7pm 7pm 7pm 7pm 11am, 3pm, 8pm 11am, 3pm, 7:30pm
    Jersey Boys 7pm 7pm 2pm, 7pm 7pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7pm
    King and I, The DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 7pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 1pm, 7pm
    King Charles III 7pm 7pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm
    Kinky Boots DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 7pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7:30pm
    Les Misérables DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 7pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 1:30pm, 7:30pm
    Lion King, The DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm 2pm, 8pm 1pm, 6:30pm
    Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games 7:30pm 7:30pm 2pm, 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 2pm, 7:30pm 2pm, 7:30pm
    Matilda DARK 7pm 2pm, 7:30pm 7pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 8pm
    Misery DARK 7pm 2pm, 7pm 7pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7pm
    Noises Off 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm
    On Your Feet! 8pm 7pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7:30pm
    Phantom of the Opera, The 8pm 7pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 8pm
    School of Rock 7:30pm 7:30 2pm, 7:30pm 7:30pm 7:30 2pm, 7:30pm 2pm, 7:30pm
    Something Rotten! DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 7pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7:30pm
    Spring Awakening 7pm 7pm 7pm 7pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 3pm, 7:30pm
    Sylvia DARK 7pm 2pm, 7pm 7pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7pm
    Thérèse Raquin 7pm 7pm 2pm, 7pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7pm
    View from the Bridge, A DARK 7pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7:30pm
    Wicked DARK 7pm 2pm, 7pm 8pm 8pm 2pm, 8pm 2pm, 7pm


Keep in mind there is much more theater Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. Want to see a show on Christmas Day? Check out The Golden Bride.

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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