Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave., nr. 50th St.; 212-247-4777
The gam-tastic Rockettes wait all year to get in formation for you. This year, they're kicking the show up a notch, incorporating 3-D animation, which puts them in a video game (!) and other technological wonders for our eyes to behold. It's truly a Christmas miracle.
• Dates: Nov. 11–Jan. 2
• Price: $45–$250
New York Philharmonic: Handel's Messiah
Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, nr. 65th St.; 212-875-5030
It's hard to deny the holiday spirit when the swelling sounds of Handel's "Hallelujah" chorus fill Avery Fisher Hall. There are five chances to catch it.
• Dates: Dec. 13–Dec. 17
• Price: $31–$132
The New York Pops: John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey Wish You a Swingin' Christmas
Carnegie Hall, 154 W. 57th St., at Seventh Ave.; 212-247-7800
Pops director Steven Reineke bands his baton for this evening of swing-time hits, featuring Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist and singer John Pizarelli and actress and vocalist Jessica Molaskey.
• Dates: Dec. 16–Dec. 17
• Price: $18.50–$108
The Three Bears Holiday Bash
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, Central Park West at 81st St.; 212-988-9093
He may be controlled by strings, but it’s Baby Bear who call the shots in this comedic variety show, where Santa is invited to participate in his family’s holiday show featuring stories of Hanukkah, The Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa.
• Dates: Nov. 14–Dec. 30
• Price: Adults $8, children $5
NYC Fire Museum Annual Santa Rescue
New York City Fire Museum, 278 Spring St., nr. Hudson St.; 212-691-1303
Santa's stranded on the top of the museum and only the brave men and women of the FDNY can save him. After they do, he'll pose for pictures. A safe Santa! That's something we can get behind.
• Dates: Dec. 11, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
• Price: Adults $8, children $1
Holiday Stories and Sing-Along
Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St., at S. Portland St., Ft. Greene; 718-246-0200
Parents can give their voice a rest when author Touré reads How the Grinch Stole Christmas, with music provided by Nina Stone. Kids are encouraged to wear "holiday garb" or their jammies, making it a proper story time.
• Dates: Dec 16, 6 p.m.
• Price: Free
Annual Riverside Christmas Concert Candlelight Carol Festival
The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr., nr. 122nd St.; 212-870-6700
Riverside Church's in-house cadre of soloists, instrumentalists, chamber singers, children's choir, and more provide the tunes for two spiritual holiday shows, with a prelude on the massive 74-belled Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Carillon, which (fun fact!) was the first carillon to surpass five musical octaves.
• Dates: Dec. 18, 3:30 and 6:00 p.m.
• Price: $10–$25