New York, New York turns on the magic with impressive lighting displays, the best shows and musicals in the world on Broadway, festivals, and concerts all designed to make you forget your cares and start off the holiday season in a haze of unforgettable sights and sounds, goodwill, and awe-struck wonder at the talented performances. And then there is Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, and the Tree Lighting … and…
About: The teen dark pop singer has had a meteoric rise. Supported on stage by her talented brother Finneas who does vocals, keys and guitar, Billie’s voice sounds every bit as good on stage as on her records. Listen to her hits idontwantobeyouanymore, Bellyache, &burn, COPYCAT and Ocean Eyes. Her concerts sell out fast!
When: Saturday November 3
Cost: From $215
About: The Union Square Market is popular with locals and tourists alike, and this year promises to be even better with an upgraded look and exciting new sections like Little Brooklyn and Urbanspace Provisions. There will be a Warming Station and Lounge Presented by Citi, a Kid’s Arts Studio, live music, and of course an incredible vendor selection.
When: November 15 to December 24. Monday – Friday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Contact: via website.
Cost: Free entry.
About: Kids love to listen to other kids – and when those kids are super talented then it’s even better. Seeing others kids achieve their dreams spurs youngsters determination to succeed. Kidz Bop has sold over 19 million albums and generated over 1 billion streams since the brand debuted in 2001. The best-selling series has had 24 Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 Chart; only three artists in history—The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Barbra Streisand—have had more Top 10 albums. Kidz Bop Live 2018 is a great family concert experience, “sung by kids for kids”.
When: Sunday November 4 at 4:00 pm.
Cost: From $74.
About: The annual holiday spectacular is one every child who lives in or near NYC should see at least once in their lives. The 2018 show will have new technology adding even more impact to the final scene including 100 drones that take a flight to create a magical light show, and new digital projections from Obscura Digital. The Radio City Rockettes have new choreography this year and glamorous costumes designed by Emilio Sosa, the Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominated costume designer.
When: Opens Friday November 9 – show season finishes January 1, 2019. Various show times.
Contact: 866-858 0007.
Cost: From $49.
About: Two shows in one day give kids a chance to see this action-packed live show featuring favourite characters as life-size puppets and costume characters in Peppa Pig’s Surprise! It’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have a surprise for her and her younger brother George, but no matter how hard they try, Peppa and George cannot guess what it is. Audiences will enjoy fun interactive games and, of course, many surprises! The show gives little ones and their families the opportunity to engage with their favourite characters like never before in an unforgettable first live theatre experience.
When: Sunday November 4 at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
Cost: From $29.50 to $59.50.
About: Celtic Women, the multi-platinum Irish singing sensation present The Best of Christmas Tour with New Jersey Festival Orchestra. The all-female ensemble will be performing their favourite Yuletide songs from previous years that the audience loved. The evening will be an enchanting and festive one, filled with their mesmerizing type of music, beautiful costumes and plenty of holiday cheer.
When: Monday November 26 at 8:00 pm.
Cost: From $59.
About: No child should miss out on this exceptional musical! Before Dorothy stepped into the Land of Oz a lot had been going on. The story follows the rivalry between a young woman, born with emerald-green skin who is smart, fiery, and misunderstood yet who possesses an extraordinary talent, and a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular. Their initial rivalry develops into an unlikely friendship until the world decides to tag one as good and the other as wicked. The show, recommended for children aged 8 and above, lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission of fifteen minutes. Patrons are asked to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the show to allow for security checks. Children under 5 are not admitted to the theatre.
When: From November 7 to November 30 on selected nights – please see online schedule for dates and times.
Cost: From $89.
About: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has become world-renowned, with images of the massive balloons, lavish floats and marching bands, clowns and performers, flashed on TV screens in many countries. Where to view the parade? Some people camp out from 6 am along the west side of the street on Central Park West from 59th to 75th Streets, to catch the Parade from about 9 am until 10:30 am. Down the route on 6th Avenue may be best if you are a late riser as the Parade reaches this area around 9:30 am. The national television broadcast is in front of Macy’s Herald Square, restricting viewing somewhat – also on 6th Avenue between 34th and 38th Streets.
When: Thursday November 22 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Contact: email email@example.com.
About: This is the 85th time the tree will be lit as a symbol of hope and peace. After being seen by millions of people the enormous tree will not go to waste– the tree being milled and made into lumber for housing. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree with over 50, 000 LED lights is typically illuminated from 5:30 am until midnight daily, except on Christmas and New Year’s Eve. On Christmas, the tree is illuminated for 24 hours and on New Year’s Eve, the lights are turned off at 9 pm. This year the live performances start at 7:00 pm prior to the lighting of the tree at 9:00 pm.
When: Wednesday November 28 at 9:00 pm, the tree is lit up until January 7 2019.
About: Now in its 8th year on Broadway, the show continues to delight audiences with the adventures of the street urchin who discovers the magic lamp and the genie. The show lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes and has all the songs that made this a memorable movie as well as a stage show.
When: Throughout November – various times
Cost: From $57.50.
About: This Award-winning Australian rock band recently released their latest studio album HOME and are going on the road to promote the new album. They are stopping in at the Beacon Theatre with special guest Dustin Thomas. The John Butler Trio is consists of John Butler, vocalist and guitarist, bassist Byron Luiters and percussionist Grant Gerathy.
When: Tuesday November 20 at 8:00 pm.
Cost: From $65
About: Since opening on Broadway in November 1997, The Lion King has become the most successful musical in history. It currently plays 8 times a week at the Minskoff Theatre, in the heart of Times Square. Audiences cannot get enough of the plucky lion cub who has a lot to learn about the world when he loses his dad and has to step up to the responsibilities of being The Lion King. The antics of Timon and Pumba provide light relief from the nefarious activities of the cub’s evil uncle who has set his sights on the kingdom. The sets, costuming, dance and soaring musical score make this a must-see. The show lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission.
When: Throughout November, various times.
Cost: From $92.
About: There are only a few shows of this magical touring Holiday concert that bursts with energy, song and dance routines designed to dazzle. Broadway Director Neil Goldberg, searched the world to assemble twenty of the world’s best acts incomparable cirque artists and theatrical talent to wow audiences nationwide. This critically acclaimed extravaganza has over 300 costumes and boasts snowmen, reindeer, penguins, toy soldiers, and gingerbread figures that perform gravity-defying feats. This is a must-see show.
When: November 29 to December 2. Various times.
Cost: From $99.
About: The special effects, the incredible costuming, and the performances make this a show one is unlikely to forget. The bond between the two sisters is emphasized in this story of a world trapped in eternal winter by a magic spell cast by Snow Queen Elsa. Her sister Anna joins forces with Kristoff, a mountaineer, and his reindeer sidekick in a bid to find Elsa and break the spell. Their search for Elsa brings encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman, harsh conditions, and magic but they push ahead in their efforts to save the kingdom from perpetual winter. The show lasts 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission.
When: Throughout November, various times.
Cost: From $82.
About: It is Tchaikovsky’s music and the dancing that sustain the ballet, but the special effects too draw gasps from the crowd like the intricate lighting and Christmas tree that grows from a height of 12 feet to 41 feet. The comic figure of Mother Ginger has a costume weighing 85 pounds and is nine feet wide, which requires handling by three people once it is lowered by pulley over the dancer’s head. Then there is the continuous flutter of the purest, crystal-shaped snowflakes (which are swept up and conserved after each performance for reuse). Thrill to the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara’s adventures during the 2-hour performance of this classic fairytale ballet.
When: November 23 to December 30 – performances at various times.
Cost: From $90.