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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.


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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