The holiday season announces its arrival with the fresh snow falling gently on the rooftops and trees. The streets take on a magical quality. The candles and the lights from the indoors add a sparkling glow and the entire atmosphere is one of festivity. This is the season when every town is enchanting and every heart is excited.
Winters are special; it is the time to get together with family, go out and meet friends or simply snuggle up by the fire with a cup of hot coffee and your loved ones around. The season is all about merriment and partying.
There is so much to look forward to – Christmas, the holidays and the many events taking place around the country. With so much happening it gets tough to decide which event to attend and which to pass.
Holiday events have become annual traditions and without them the holiday season would not seem complete. Due to the overwhelming popularity of these seasonal performances, holiday event tickets often sell out in advance. As a treat many productions offer discount holiday tickets so that everyone can enjoy the heart-warming events that brighten up the festivities of the holiday season.
Jingle Ball is a music festival celebrated nationwide around Christmas time. The annual holiday concert series features some of the hottest stars from various genres who perform live at the mega event. The show is a brainchild of the Los Angeles based KIIS-FM radio station.
The festival made its debut in 2000 and since then it has been hosted at venues across the country, becoming a much loved yearly tradition. Artists and bands such as Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer, Taylor Swift, Diplo, DNCE, Ellie Goulding, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Fall Out Boy, have performed at the exciting music extravaganza. It is a perfect holiday treat. Critics and audiences have cited KIIS - FM’s Jingle Ball as a must-see holiday event.
Elf the Musical is a phenomenal holiday season show that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The musical is based on the movie with the same name, starring the popular comedian Will Ferrell. The story revolves around the charming orphan Buddy the Elf, who is on a quest to discover his true identity.
Elf the musical premiered on Broadway at the Hirschfeld Theater in 2010 and broke box-office records. The production features a score by the Wedding Singer songwriters and Tony Award nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan (Annie, Hairspray) has penned the book for the musical.
It is a true holiday season delight for theater fans. Variety cited that “Elf is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!” USA Today has called it “Endearingly goofy!” and the New York Times hails it as “A splashy, peppy, sugar-sprinkled entertainment.”
How The Grinch Stole Christmas is a traditional holiday musical show, which is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss's popular book of the same name. The award-winning musical premiered at the Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis in 1994 and since then it has been touring around the country.
The musical went on to break box-office records for two consecutive years on Broadway during its limited run. It is an absolute treat to watch with friends and loved ones. The classic theatrical production has been a holiday favorite, since it was first staged in Minneapolis, in 1994. Today it is one of the most popular Broadway shows in history.
Catchy songs like “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and “Welcome Christmas,” have become synonymous with winter festivities. Every year families come to relive the classic story of how Mr. Grinch tries to spoil Christmas for the people of Whoville. It is especially loved by children. The New York Times called it “An extraordinary performance! 100 times better than any bedside story.” Associated Press calls Grinch “The most loveable Christmas villain of them all.”
Holiday Doo Wop brings some of the most prominent doo wop singers from across the states together during the Christmas holidays. It is organized by Dick Fox. Doo Wop is a genre that was quite popular in the 60s and even now it enjoys a big fan following.
Dick Fox’s Doo Wop Extravaganza tours major cities and performs at various venues where doo wop enthusiasts come to enjoy their favorite music. Artists such as Shirley Alston Reeves, The Knockouts, and The Legendary Teenager have performed at the event. Music fans come from around the States to spend the Christmas holidays singing and dancing to their favorite tunes.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, also known as TSO, are considered the pioneers of rock opera. Their innovative music is essentially a fusion of classical, orchestral and symphonic elements adapted to rock tunes. Their music style that brings rock n roll to Christmas has found a lot of appreciation.
The progressive rock music group is best known for their concerts which are always sold out events. TSO has been ranked as one of the top ten ticket-selling bands in the first decade of the new millennium by both the Billboard Magazine and Pollstar.
Their concerts are spectacular events, more like Rock Theater with elaborate special effects, massive sets, moving trusses, and light shows that are beautifully synchronized to their music. Combining rock music with operas and ballads, TSO’s music is innovative and perfect for storytelling. Their Christmas concerts have been a big hit with fans and critics. The Washington Post describes them as “an arena-rock juggernaut.”
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Radio City Music Hall comes alive every holiday season with its permanent staple, Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring The Rockettes. The first Radio City Christmas Spectacular was presented in New York in 1933 at the Radio City Music Hall and since then it has become part of the Christmas festivities. From 1994 onwards, the company decided to take it on tour in different cities.
The notable attraction of the show are the Rockettes, one of the most critically acclaimed dancing troupes in the US, who owe their fame to Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular . The all-female group has been associated with this annual holiday season show since 1933. Radio City Christmas Spectacular entertains millions each year with its shows that feature brilliant choreography on original soundtracks, impressive visual effects, exquisite costumes and adorable characters from each segment of the show. Many families come to relive the classic tales featured in these shows
A Christmas Carol is one of the most enduring holiday musicals in theater history. Over the years it has seen many adaptations. The classic tale of heartwarming generosity is based on Charles Dickens’s popular 1843 novel of the same title.
The show premiered at the Paramount Theater in Madison Square Garden in December 1994 and till 2003 it continued to record sold out shows.
Music by the legendary composer Alan Menken has become quite popular. The show features hits like “The Years Are Passing By,” “Nothing to Do With Me,” “Jolly, Rich and Fat (A Jolly Good Time),” like “A Jolly Good Time” and “Christmas Together” among many others. The timeless tale is loved by theater fans who turn up in huge numbers every holiday season to see it come to life on stage.
The Nutcracker is loved by generations and has become a Christmas tradition in the US and an integral part of American Christmas festivities.
Being the most performed ballet, it has seen many variations. The Nutcracker features a heartwarming story, elaborate costumes, exquisite sets and brilliantly choreographed routines. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovskys’ score is one of his most celebrated works and the highlight of the ballet. During the Christmas season the iconic score can be heard everywhere, be it the shopping malls or TV commercials.
The Christmas tale of a girl named Clara and her magical Nutcracker has been watched by generations. Clara’s enchanting journey to the Land of Snow and the Land of Sweets is fun and makes for a perfect family outing.
The story was originally written by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann in 1816, as a novella called “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” The ballet made its debut on the 18th of December, 1892 and received mixed reviews. With time it grew in popularity and today is a Christmas staple and one of the most cherished holiday season shows.
All these iconic holiday events and experiences brighten up the festivities of the holiday season for everyone.