Radio City Christmas Spectacular

by Naomi Young

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a not-to-be-missed annual show that is performed at the Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center in New York City. This show combines elements of world-class dancing, dazzling costumes and incredible backdrops to bring together one of the best-loved performances in the world. Indeed, the Christmas Spectacular is viewed by over 1-million people every single year!

The show runs over a period of six weeks and stars the famous Rockettes – a precision dance company based in Manhattan. A total of 140 dancers and actors take part in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular each year, from the beginning of November to the final days of December. While the show started out in 1933 as two simple acts between movie screenings, in 1975 it took on its present length of 90 minutes. Over the years, technology has enabled the show’s creators to take it to dazzling heights, such as the introduction of a 3D movie at the beginning.  

In keeping with tradition, the story outline of the show remains very much the same from year to year. The movie recounts the tale of Santa Claus making his way towards the Radio City Music Hall and the show begins once he lands. Over the years, several new songs and items have been added and, incorporated into the show with much-loved classics such as the act with a theme from The Nutcracker ballet and the March of the Wooden Soldiers dating back to 1933, brings viewers one of the most magical performances in the world. 

This year’s Christmas Spectacular celebrates 75 years in the making of the show. As a result, patrons are promised one of the most extraordinary experiences that they will ever see, including snow, fireworks and incredible new songs and dances performed by the Rockettes. For anyone in New York City over the holidays, this is definitely a show that HAS to be seen.

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