Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular


Decades and decades ago, my very first trip to NYC with my mom and siblings was to see the Rockettes perform their high kicks at Christmastime, followed by a visit to the Empire State Building. It was in that very special trip that I declared that, one day, I would call this spectacular city home.

Flash forward 20+ years (what?!?) and not only do I call it home, but I also get to tote my own little guy around the Big Apple to explore all the magic it has to offer. And today, I’ve carried along the tradition and brought him to the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular.

My son Augusten absolutely loved the performance, and declared the scene with the red double decker NYC bus his favorite, followed closely by the act with about 100 Santa Clauses on stage. I always get a big kick out of the toy solider scene myself;-)

A few tips for seeing the show:

  • The show runs through January 5th, 2020.
  • Check a few different sites for the best prices before you go!
  • –There is a LONG line snaking around the venue. However, there’s really no need to wait in it! The venue opens one hour before show time, and that’s typically what the line is for. We arrived about 20 minutes before the performance and went right in. By the time we snapped a few photos, grabbed a $10 popcorn and found our seats, it was about 5 minutes until curtain call.
  • There’s a bag inspection/metal detector station before you get inside, so it’s best to leave all bulky items at home, and travel light!
  • Age wise, Augusten was just at the stage where it was worth buying a ticket (at almost 4). Had we attempted this last year (at almost 3), I have no doubt we would have needed to leave the theater midway through. But, you know your child best, so plan accordingly!
Jessica Tiare Bowen
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He's the inspiration for her first published children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy." The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.

Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.

She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.
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