This is the season where young and old flock to see The Nutcracker. As a young girl I remember falling in love with the Nutcracker and the beautiful ballerinas in their amazing costumes. If anything will get you in the spirit of the season it is this show. You re just immediately transported into the world of toys and marching toy soldiers, lovely children and sugar plum fairies. This past Friday was the first performance of the season. The New York City Ballet gave their 2000th performance of George Balanchine’s production of The Nutcracker. But you don’t have to be in New York City to catch The Nutcracker, most cities have some group doing their own performance so that everyone can enjoy.
In addition to The Nutcracker there are many other holiday festivities to get us in the spirit. Of course there are The Radio City Rockettes that just scream Christmas time in New York.
Then there is the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center. This tradition started back in 1933 when the Rockefeller Center was being built. The first tree was strung wit 700 lights and was televised for the first time ever on NBC in 1951. Now a days the tree has over 30, 000 lights and is televised as a huge production. This year will be no different. The big night is December 3, 2008. The show will be hosted by Al Rocker and will be a star studded event that will include performances by Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, The Jonas Brothers, Tony Bennet, Faith Hill, Harry Connick Jr., Rascal Flats plus many others.
If you are checking out the tree in person take some time to go ice skating with the family on the plaza while you are there.
Also returning for the holiday season to Madison Square Garden is a winter tale from Cirque de Soleil called Wintuk. There is so much to do in New York during the holidays. Good thing it is the city that never sleeps so you have enough time to fit it all in.
Have fun, I know I will!!