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Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Enchanting, Must see
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193 reviews

Radio City Music Hall presents its annual holiday extravaganza featuring the legendary Rockettes.

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Radio City's iconic 'Christmas Spectacular' stars more than 140 performers in a heartwarming revue about finding the spirit of season in your heart. Headlined by The Rockettes, the famed precision dance troupe known for its synchronized routines such as "Rag Dolls" and "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers," the show also features actors, singers, dancers, Santa, high-tech interactives, and a climactic Living Nativity complete with animals. A New York Christmas tradition for the whole family since 1933.


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The New York Times

"Obviously, seasonal cheer floods 'Christmas Spectacular:' It coats every second of the production...This is a show for Broadway fans who miss the Babylonian scale of the form in its heyday—including a satisfyingly large, finger-snapping orchestra...While the show integrates high-tech innovations...its appeal remains delightfully human. Even in tight unison, the Rockettes are not a machine but a single organism constantly shifting and recombining its constituent elements." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"A curative that could not be more needed right now. And its stunning stars, as always, deliver the goods. Those would, of course, be the 36 Rockettes who, through their military-precise hoofing, kicking, and goodwill knock out the blues and propel us into the Technicolor universe of eternal Yuletide happiness...They just work, just like the 'Christmas Spectacular' just works—a model of mechanical, at times seemingly scientific, approach to mainstream entertainment." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"From the moment the show starts off with the fabulous orchestra and singing usherettes, you are transported to a magical wonderland. The adorable Rockettes prance in as reindeer ushering in Santa and you are a child once again...The elaborate sets, the array of costumes, and the dazzling lights are sensational, and the impressive projections are thrilling...'Christmas Spectacular' is a holiday card of all New York is, sealed with high kicks and glamour." Full Review


"'The Radio City Christmas Spectacular' returns in all its glory...The show closely resembles last year's top-notch production with some slight modifications that only enhance the extravaganza. The iconic Rockettes remain supreme with their eye-high kicks, razor-sharp precision and synchronized choreography...But the show is more spectacle than story, with the Rockettes as its most valuable players...Kudos to the dancers and singers who add an extra sparkle this year." Full Review

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Absorbing, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you never saw the rockettes, its a tradition for me to see them every christmas!

Don't see it if you don't like a christmas show

Banal, Cliched, Dated, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if big flashy shows are your thing. Not much new here: same show, winter songs, animals, dances - prob same dancers - & same ending as always.

Don't see it if you've seen it ONCE. It's entertaining, but once is enough. Radio City is magnificent but this annual show is more for tourists than NY'ers.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if loved the show it was alot of fun and we were thoroughly entertained grat for adults and kids

Don't see it if you are a grouch

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Classic, Family-feel-good-fare

See it if you want a slice of iconic New York City Holiday experience; seeking family-friendly fare during the holidays; seek the holiday spirit.

Don't see it if you dislike holiday fare or the variety-show type of entertainment. If you want something edgier, intellectual, or deep, go elsewhere.

Delightful, Must see, Disappointing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You've never gone before and want a taste of the Holiday Spirit!

Don't see it if You've seen it recently or are looking for a more fulfilling night out! Beautiful Fluff!

Entertaining, Great dancing, Sweet, Better for children

See it if You want to enjoy a beautiful well done Christmas show and tickle the kid in you. Great production values and flawless synchronized dancing,

Don't see it if This show is a lot more geared for children than adults as opposed to their Spring Spectacular which is for all audiences.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if A NY holiday tradition, entertaining and fun for the whole family.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of seeing shows in larger venues or that are tourist attractions.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Must see, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if If you're looking to feel Christmas magic through music, dancing, 3-D, and a cute story about believing in Santa Claus;

Don't see it if If you're looking for something unrelated to the holidays or an emotional stage show;

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love the tradition of seeing the rockettes in NYC at Christmas time! It's always an enjoyable show!

Don't see it if You want an in-depth story show. This is more like a Christmas variety show.

Everyone should see this show at least once in their life!, Goofy and silly, but still lots of fun., Entertaining and happy-making, The rockettes are better than ever, The 3-d videos, new sets and projections add a lot.

See it if You've never seen the show, Radio City or the Rockettes live before, and just want to be thrilled by a talented cast and lots of spectacle.

Don't see it if Too cool for this type show, aren't impressed with precision dancing, want something serious. This is a VERY New York Xmas experience. Go 1X

Joyful, Delightful, Entertaining, Festive

See it if fun for the whole family! Jolly, vibrant, and traditional at the same time .The scene of the Living Nativity was breathtaking!...see it!

Don't see it if just go...make it your family tradition too.

Entertaining, Cute, Fluffy, Great for kids

See it if You love Christmas or You have kids or family in town. It's cute and the production is well done .

Don't see it if If you aren't big into Christmas music or you don't have kids family visiting you can prob skip it.

Also I really enjoyed their summer show this last year much better. The son... Read more Read less

Fun, Great staging, Fluffy, Incredible tap dancing!

See it if You want to see this famous show and/or you enjoy amazing tap dancing. Great staging/lighting. Fun to see from high up in the hall.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a Christmas show. You don't like big crowds of tourists and families.

Also The Rockettes have to be seen to be believed. Everyone should see them... Read more Read less

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great dancing, Festive

See it if You want to see dancers with the best possible precision. Will get you in the holiday spirit right from the start

Don't see it if You need a storyline, you don't want to be surrounded by tourists and kids, you don't enjoy large-scale performances

Enchanting, Entertaining, Fluffy, Great dancing

See it if You want to see the classic with some new bits. The dancing is always the best part and as silly as it is, always puts you in the spirit.

Don't see it if You can't deal with the truly dragging and over-the-top acted scripted scenes placed in between the dance numbers.

Delightful, Must see, Great dancing, Festive

See it if you want to see a refreshed version of a holiday classic. The Rockettes and the show are better than ever this year.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy holiday shows or largely tourist crowds who enjoy taking pictures (gotta love flash photography) when they shouldn't.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Must see, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You have a pulse. This has been going since 1933. For a reason.

Don't see it if You are green and like to steal presents from children. C'mon, there's no reason not to see this.

Absorbing, Delightful, Must see, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You want to get into the holiday spirit and enjoy pure song and dance. Oh, there's that Santa guy!

Don't see it if You're Scrooge

Must see, Magical, Heart-warming, Spectacular, Terpsichorean wonder

See it if you want to jumpstart the holidays in your heart. Yep, same show as last year, almost, but it never fails to amaze, cheer, and make me happy

Don't see it if "Bah, humbug" are words that flow from your mouth often this time of year.

Delightful, Great staging

See it if The Rockettes were truly talented. Spectacularly choreographed. Great production value overall, in particular set design and lighting.

Don't see it if The tourist crowd can be overwhelming and the line unnecessarily long. This is a fun traditional production for families.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, As always, the rockettes are at the top of their game--amazing precision

See it if You want to experience the magical spirit of the season through the innocence of children, or enjoy the amazing precision of the Rockettes

Don't see it if You do not like holiday-themed shows, the wonderfully talented Rockettes, or would rather see a traditional play.

Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated

See it if you want to see a couple really cool dance numbers or just want to check it off your New York bucket list

Don't see it if you're looking for anything substantial or without moments that lag a little

Delightful, Indulgent, Entertaining, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy your holiday celebration with sparkles, high kicks & lots of extravagance! A real New York must see during the month of December!

Don't see it if You are not up for the tourist crowd. Go with patience in mind. The show can get a little silly when it's not all about the Rockettes.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great dancing, Great

See it if You love the Rockettes, a great orchestra and Christmas festivities in a beautiful venue

Don't see it if You have seen the Christmas Spectacular before and don't want to see a similar show; I personally enjoy seeing the show every year

Refreshing, Cliched, Dated, Hilariously bad, Holiday spirit

See it if If you're a tourist who wants a show with dancing and a big budget. If your kids haven't seen theatre before, this can do the trick.

Don't see it if You want clever stories that aren't cheesy, with good characters and subtlety. If you appreciate theatre, spend money on better shows.

Also Something that does give it value is that it's fun to rip on, soooo...