Christmas Spectacular Show Information
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a historically popular theatrical event held annually each winter at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York. The Christmas Spectacular is organized around the Christmas season, and features Christmas-themed décor and routines, including the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and the living Nativity.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The earliest performance of the event began as an intermission between movie screenings, and featured only a few routines, including the living Nativity and Parade of the Wooden Soldiers. Since 1933, the Broadway performance has been viewed by millions of holiday theatre-goers, and is viewed by over a million audience members every year. Russell Markert, the founder of the Rockettes, developed, directed and choreographed the performance in its early years. The Rockettes still comprise much of the dancing routines during this stunning theatre performance.
In 1979, the show was expanded to 90 minutes to give it a life of its own. Its former role as a movie intermission was dropped, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular became the popular showcase it is today. The performance also added several new scenes in 1979, and since has featured several new and exciting scenes over the years. Many of the current routines are packed with special effects to give the show a presence unlike any other, including a 3-D movie that opens the show every year.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular toured in cities throughout the United States, including Chicago, Des Moines, Phoenix, Tampa and more. The tour started in Branson, Missouri back in 1994, and it toured annually until 2003. The tour was revived again in 2008 and continues today.