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Season Tickets

From the tradition of the Rockettes to the irreverence of some Santa–bashing reindeer, the theater offerings this holiday are particularly spirited.

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Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave., at 51st St.; 212-247-4777.
The perennial blockbuster returns with its synchronized kick line of wooden soldiers and its over-the-top Nativity scene of live camels, donkeys, and sheep. Competing for your attention is an onstage fireworks display and the world’s largest flying LED screen.
• Dates: Nov. 9–Dec. 30; showtimes vary
• Price: $40–$100


How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Hilton Theatre, 213 W. 42nd St., at Seventh Ave.; 212-556-4750.
The green grouch is back on Broadway to once again win over audiences with songs like “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” It's almost enough to make you forget his involvement with the disastrous Seussical.
• Dates: Oct. 25–Jan. 6, Tues.–Fri. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., and 8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. (Dec. 26–27: 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.)
• Price: $25–$111.50

A Very Jewish Christmas
Gotham Comedy Club, 208 W. 23rd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-367-9000.
Instead of celebrating the night of December 24 partaking in the Feast of Sichuan and attending the traditional observances of Oscar hopefuls, join an all-Jew comedy crew for a night of Semitic stand-up. (Sacrilegious Gentiles welcome.)
• Dates: Dec. 24, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
• Price: $20, plus two-drink minimum


The Eight: Reindeer Monologues
The Red Room, 85 E. 4th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-777-6088.
Apparently, Santa’s got more than just toys in his closet. Skeletons abound: sexual harassment, alcoholism, and a penchant for bestiality. Oh, yes, during this tell-all evening presented by the Dysfunctional Theatre Company, everyone from Dasher to Blitzen has dirt to dish on not-so-saintly Nick.
• Dates: Dec. 13–Dec. 15 and Dec. 20 and 21, 8 p.m.; Dec. 16, 4 p.m.
• Price: $18, $15 seniors and students

A Christmas Carol
Manhattan Theater Source, 177 Macdougal St., at 8th St.; 212-501-4751.
In 1867, Charles Dickens made a cool 19,000 pounds by staging public readings of his holiday classic. Those lucrative performances are the basis for veteran stage actor Greg Bodine's decidedly low-budget if equally vivacious one-man show.
• Dates: Dec. 17–18, 8 p.m.
• Price: $18


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