Our Holiday Guide For Theater Lovers

Radio City Music Hall's "Christmas Spectacular"

The holiday season means yet more to chose from on New York stages. There are dozens of Christmas-inspired shows — from the classic, to the "Occupy" versions — many family productions to consider if you have visitors in town, and several plays to see before they close.

Jennifer Vanasco, an editor and theater critic in our newsroom, offers in this interview a theater-lover's-holiday-guide. Here is a list of her picks:

Best Christmas shows:

Christmas Spectacular, featuring the Rockettes

Nutcracker at NY City Ballet

Nutcracker at American Ballet Theater

It’s a Wonderful Life and Rudolph’s Tale

A Christmas Story

Best Versions of A Christmas Carol:

A Christmas Carol at Theater at St. Clement’s

Summoners Theater – Merchant’s House Museum

Radio play – Brooklyn’s Smith Street Stage

Blessed Unrest's A Christmas Carol

WNYC's own Christmas Carol

Best Family Shows:

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder


Peter and the Starcatcher


Blessed Unrest's "A Christmas Carol."