Raising a family in New York City means living life you are in a classic holiday movie every December. To me, there isn’t a better place to grab some Christmas spirit than visiting the Rockettes and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
My family loves to watch the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and we make an event of the day when we can. We start out with ice-skating at Bryant Park (because there are less people in the morning) and then have lunch before the show. After the show, we walk by Macy’s and drink hot chocolate as we check out the Christmas displays.
But the day revolves around the Christmas Spectacular.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is just that … spectacular. The famous Rockettes put on a dancing show that is second to none, while excellent musicians and singers entertain throughout the performance. Special 3D effects and amazing sets add to the magic. It is impossible to leave the show without feeling a bit of holiday cheer.
There is something within the show for every holiday lover. For those who focus on the traditional Biblical story, there is a retelling of the Christ’s birth, complete with live camels and donkeys parading across the stage. It culminates with a full Nativity scene. As the curtain closed, my toddler jumped up and yelled, “Bye, Jesus.” It was pretty cute. (Or maybe you had to be there.)
Another story line revolves around two brothers searching for the perfect gift for their sister. The older brother has lost his belief in Santa Claus and the true meaning of Christmas. As they search for the gift, they meet Santa Claus who helps them find their perfect gift and imbues them with big dose of Christmas Spirit.
My family loves the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. When he wasn’t yelling at Jesus, my toddler was also amazed at the live animals and all the colors and performances. The true star of the show to my youngest was, of course, Santa Claus. Sorry, Rockettes — you were a close second. We left as we do every time, singing carols and enjoying each other’s company. The show wasn’t just enthralling for my toddler, but my 10- and 8-year-olds also equally loved the show, if not more. The show, which last 90 minutes, is perfectly tailored to the attention span of kids even though it runs without an intermission.
Disclaimer: Tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular were given to my family for review, but I was not otherwise compensated and the opinions are my own.