Nothing says holiday tradition like attending a live Christmas show with the family. Truly making it a season to be jolly, theaters and venues around the world host special holiday classics, along with innovative new shows.
Holiday Shows tickets become available in early fall so that people have a lot of time to make preparations in advance. Due to the holiday spirit at this time of the year, families plan ahead to attend their favorite Christmas shows. Every state and city in the US brings the art alive with concerts, productions and traditions that are uniquely theirs.
Running from late November till the early January, the holiday season festivities are influenced by various cultures, traditions and religions.
Holiday Season – Time to Rejoice, Reflect & Reach Out
Many historians refer to America as the “melting pot”. After all it’s a country where numerous nations, cultures and traditions blend together. The holiday season in the US is not complete without the Christmas carols from Europe and Australia, and Santa Claus who originated from Scandinavia and his entering the house through chimney is reminiscent of the Netherlands. Christmas trees from Germany and reindeer-driven sleigh that finds its roots in Switzerland; all make holiday season a time of ultimate merriment.
Most Americans and even foreigners blend various secular customs and religious practices with their own family traditions. Incorporating rituals, food and decorations from the time of their ancestors, families have developed their special ways of celebrating the holiday season.
While the most popular Christmas dinner is turkey with a side gravy and ham, there are others who serve tamales, roast pork, crawfish jambalaya or “7-fish” seafood salad as the special feast.
The Mexican Americans follow a tradition called the Las Posadas, in which they reenact Joseph and Mary’s search to find a place to rest Bethlehem. This event is celebrated through a live procession. In the Southwestern United States, luminarias are a popular tradition. Brown paper lanterns weighed down by sand are hung everywhere on Christmas Eve and lit up by candles. While the Swedish Americans celebrate the holidays by holding St. Lucia festivals, the Puerto Ricans engage in parrandas, which means going from house to house singing carols.
With time Christmas has developed into a season of its own. Starting from Thanksgiving in November that is followed by the “Black Friday”, shopping has also become an important part of holiday season activities. A season of being thankful and giving gifts, far-flung family members catch up with each other at this time of the year, sharing food, stories and creating new memories.
Live Shows Rekindling Holiday Spirit
Holiday traditions have stretched far and wide, going beyond the rituals like religious services, trees and gifts. In coming the live Christmas shows! Here are some of the most watched and highly anticipated shows that brighten the holiday season for families.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular: For the New Yorkers, holiday season is incomplete without the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Every year the Radio City Music Hall returns with its timeless productions featuring the very famous The Rockettes. Given a modern 21st-century treatment, the acts and traditions remain the same, but they are made more appealing through special effects and 3D technology. The annual extravaganza has become an arena staple as the performers even leave the stage and make the entire venue a magical canvas. Performances on the special numbers like “Ring Out Those Bells”, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and “Every little girl’s dream” sets the tone for the entire evening.
The Nutcracker Ballet: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, The Nutcracker is performed all around the country. Every year various productions are renewed and fresh ones are introduced to bring alive the holiday spirit in people. Lavish costumes and innovative choreography create a festive mood that is heightened by magical stage design and dancing snowflakes. Holiday tickets for The Nutcracker sell out well in advance as many families consider it a part of their Christmas tradition.
A Christmas Carol: A must-see holiday tradition, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is staged at some of the historic theaters in the US. With Michael Baron as its director, the story is adapted for stage by Michael Wilson. Reminding the audiences about the power of kindness and the impact it has on people around us, the classic tale always impresses with its bold and splashy presentation.
The Snowman: For many Christmas is incomplete without a visit to see The Snowman, which has entered 21st year. An enchanting stage production, it’s based on Raymond Briggs’s book of the same name and tells the story of a boy who embarks on various adventures with his magical snowman. The musical captivates with the beautiful presentation of the song “Walking in the Air” and without the use of words, every scene is enacted through dance, mime and music. Every year families join The Snowman cast as they head out on a magical Christmas journey and have a great time with the ice princess and the dancing penguins.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze: The annual production of Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the holiday season and in 2018 will hit the road on its 11th anniversary national tour. The critically acclaimed extravaganza is a fusion of Broadway musical and a Cirque show. Packed with seasonal festivities, jaw-dropping acts and original music, the holiday shows tickets for this production always sell out fast, in every city.
Elf – The Musical: The musical comedy ‘Elf’ made its Broadway debut in 2010 and since then has become a holiday season staple. The hilarious story follows the journey of a young boy raised as an elf, who returns to the New York City to meet his real parents. Full of humorous and endearing moments, Elf – The Musical is among the most watched Christmas shows.
While all of these musicals and plays fall under the holiday season classics, there are so many other events. Music festivals, concerts, family theater, light shows – all of these are a part of the Christmas celebrations, spreading joy, warmth and magic.