New York City is in the middle of a scorching heatwave this week, which means Christmas couldn’t seem further away. But with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular celebrating the Rockettes’ 85th anniversary this year, there are plenty of reasons to start thinking about the holidays despite the heat, and plan your trip to Radio City Music Hall early.
Featuring such classic routines as the Rockettes’ “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “The Living Nativity” — the show’s pinnacle since it first opened at Radio City Music Hall in 1933, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a perennial favorite among New Yorkers and visitors alike. This 90-minute revue combines singing, dancing and comedy in spectacular stage settings that even include a double-decker bus and a chorus line of high-kicking reindeer.
The hard-working dancers (who perform five shows a day, seven days a week throughout the holiday season) actually got their start in 1927, a few blocks away at the Roxy Theatre, where they were known as “the Roxyettes.” The leggy dance troupe transferred to Radio City in 1932 and became world famous for its synchronized, eye-high leg kicks, which remain a popular part of today’s show.
And each month until November, when the Rockettes kick off the holiday season with one of New York City’s favorite holiday traditions, Radio City is hosting a series of contests sure to get you in the spirit. This month, Radio City Music Hall is asking “Who makes your celebration even more spectacular?” Fans of the legendary show can enter to win $1,000 by sharing their memories of a family member, friend or loved one who adds a special something to any festivity.
So until the Rockettes transform the world-famous concert venue and theater into New York City’s most festive holiday attraction this November, stay tuned to Radio City for more exciting opportunities to win in their “Summer of Celebrations.”
From the glitzy costumes to Santa Claus, what’s your favorite part of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular?