Below is a guide for theatergoing during Christmas Week. Not every show worth seeing during the holidays is a “holiday show,” nor are they all “family friendly.” (See the Broadway schedule, for example.) But most shows offered just during the holiday season are indeed holiday shows.
Broadway Christmas Week Schedule
Holiday traditions (e.g. Nutcrackers)
New holiday traditions (or trying to be),
Family friendly shows
Adult friendly Shows
Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Radio City Music Hall)
Now through January 1, 2018
This 90-minute show starring the Radio City Rockettes has been an annual tradition since 1933, helping to define the holiday season.
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and, definitive NOT for children: Nutcracker Rouge. Austin McCormick and his erotic dance-theater group present the Burlesque version of the Nutcracker Suite, strictly for ages 18 and over. First performed in Greenwich Village in 2013, it continues its holiday tradition in a new theater in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
A Christmas Carols
There are if anything more Christmas Carols than Nutcrackers. (For better or for worse, many of the explicitly Christmas-themed shows run only until the week before Christmas.) Just two examples of A Christmas Carols that you can still see: a musical version at the Players Theater in the Village for the tenth year (through December 30). For the fifth year, the Merchant House Museum (through December 29) will re-create the time in 1867, when Charles Dickens traveled to New York to perform his story.
NEW HOLIDAY TRADITIONS (OR TRYING TO BE)
FAMILY FRIENDLY SHOWS
The Imbible: Christmas Carol Cocktails — Drinks Served at Scrooge Sequel at the Producers Club, through December 29.
Christmas in Hell, York Theater
A Very Jewish Christmas, stand-up comedy, at Gotham Comedy Club, December 24