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Top Holiday Shows and Events in NYC

New York is a top Christmas destination for many reasons. One of them is that the absolute best holiday shows in the country happen right here. These are our favorites.

Holiday Train Shows

When it comes to the joy of trains, no place does it better than the Holiday Train Show in New York Botanical Garden, running until January 21, 2019. Get ready for a day of trains trundling through 175 miniature sculptures of New York landmarks set up at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Adults over 21 can join the Bar Car nights and sip on holiday cocktails while munching treats from the Bronx food market.

If you want more trains, go to the New York Transit Museum Grand Central Gallery Annex & Store for their Annual Holiday Train Show. This year’s show will feature Lionel trains traveling from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal to the North Pole.

The Nutcracker Ballet

Of all the Nutcracker versions playing around the city every year, none is as famous as George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet. Classic, enchanting and deliriously festive, this is a holiday tradition everyone should experience at least once.  

Those of you looking for a twist on the ballet, go see the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. This year’s tour will include a lovely Dove of Peace dance. We shall say no more here!

A Christmas Carol

Another beloved Christmas tale is Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. The Merchant’s House Museum will take visitors back through time to 19th-century New York. An actor will portray Dickens and read the story at the museum’s 1832 double parlor.

Another Dickens-inspired event is A Christmas Carol the Musical at the Players Theatre. This Off-Broadway gem is off-the-beaten path and adapted by Sgouros & Bell. Be prepared for an authentic Dickensian experience.  

trans-siberian-orchestra-playing-in-holiday-concertHoliday Concerts

If seeing that Christmas Carol musical left you craving for more music, go purchase tickets for the Lincoln Center New Year’s Eve Concert. This year’s concert will feature the talented Renée Fleming and the New York Philharmonic. If you want to reenact a scene from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, go to Carnegie Hall for The New York Pops Under The Mistletoe concert featuring classic and contemporary carols.

As a bonus, we’re including something very special. On December 20, venture out to Long Island’s NYCB Live for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve concert.

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