The Broadway Collection’s increasingly diverse membership has a variety of offerings for travelers to NYC this winter 2015-2016. From classic Rockettes performance, to New York Philharmonic holiday concerts leading up to Christmas and NYE, plus entertainment dining and accommodation options on the night of the magical ball drop, there’s endless cultural programming in store to assist travelers of varying interests with building their itineraries in advance of holiday travels.
Embraced by generations of families, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a new member of the Broadway Collection and an awe-inspiring celebration of the holiday season. The 2015 production features dazzling Rockettes dance numbers, spectacular costumes and state-of-the-art technology. The Rockettes are a legendary dance company and have been a part of the fabric of New York City for more than 85 years. Since their debut in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in 1933, the Rockettes have danced into the hearts of millions and spread Christmas cheer to people of all ages. Their technique continues to be both deceivingly complex and entirely glamorous showcasing unrivaled talent and athleticism.
In 2015-2016, the Rockettes dance company will include international Rockettes who have lived and worked in Japan, Australia, and Germany.
Also of interest to travelers experiencing NYC in the winter of 2015, The Christmas Spectacular features an “ice” rink built on a movable platform. Used during the “New York at Christmas” scene, this huge rink is made from an artificial surface with the same properties as real ice. Travelers can make the most of their trip to NYC by also visiting iconic, real life ice rinks, including those at Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park Winter Village. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will run from November 13, 2015 – January 3, 2016.
In addition to the classic Rockettes Christmas show, the New York Philharmonic will offer a lineup of holiday programming. Christmas week, “Oh What Fun! A Philharmonic Holiday”, will allow travelers to experience a hilarious and heartwarming program of holiday favorites, complete with the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus’s show-stopping dance moves, Eric Owens’s unforgettable “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” an audience sing-along. Courtney Lewis will conduct. For travelers in search of a timeless holiday tradition, Handel’s Messiah, will return to the New York Philharmonic in cooperation with the Westminster Symphonic Choir Dec 15-19. A holiday event not to miss, the Philharmonic will hold a dedicated NYE performance at 7:30pm on Dec 31, allowing travelers to Ring in the New Year with French music, from Offenbach’s Can-Can to Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals.
Prior to the magic that takes place at midnight on Dec 31, An American in Paris, the Tony Award winning Best Musical of 2015, (located in the heart of Times Square), will hold performances leading up to the holiday, including an added performance on Monday Dec 28. For those planning to visit the city for the infamous New Year’s Eve celebrations and ball drop, a number of restaurants and hotels offer prime viewing locations. Another lesser-publicized new viewing spot is the recently re-opened Knickerbocker Hotel.