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Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall

Photo Credit: Radio City
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The holiday season in NYC is inseparable from the annual Christmas Spectacular extravaganza. Over the years, millions of people have attended Radio City Music Hall to see this stunning celebration of Christmas.

The show had a major makeover in 2008 to mark its 75th anniversary. It has been enhanced by breathtaking 3-D effects and video backdrops on one of the largest LED screens in the world. In spite of all these technological enhancements, the show hasn’t lost any of its original heart and soul. It retained its appeal as the ultimate NYC Christmas experience. All of the old time favorites are still there - the famous Rockettes, the Parade of Wooden Soldiers, the ever so lovable Santa, the Nutcracker, the full orchestra, the ice skaters and, finally, the live animals for the show stopping Nativity scene. Top it all off with Christmas carols, confetti, tinsel and on stage fire works and you will have a true theatrical marvel.

Christmas Spectacular has been a beloved holiday tradition for millions of Americans. In 1994, in response to popular demand, MSG Entertainment broadened the holiday theatrical production's schedule for the first time to encompass markets outside of New York. Since then, the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular has been performed in many cities across the United States, including Boston, Atlanta, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Denver, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Seattle, Nashville, Phoenix and many more. In 2009 alone, more than two million people saw Christmas Spectacular. In its 16-year combined history outside of NYC, as well as the production at Radio City Music Hall, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular has played to more than 69 million people in 63 different cities.


Christmas Spectacular by the Numbers:

  1. 1,200 costumes - and pairs of shoes - worn in the show
  2. 36 Rockettes in the show
  3. Two full casts
  4. 8 costume changes for each Rockette
  5. 78 seconds for the quickest Rockette costume change
  6. 37 miles traveled by the bus ridden in the show during the eight-week run
  7. 340 bales of hay eaten by animals used in the Living Nativity scene during the entire runs
  8. 560 loaves of seven-grain bread eaten by the critters
  9. 30,000 red dots worn each season to put color in the cheeks of Rockettes during the show
  10. 14,096 batteries used to power microphones
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