Whether you’re looking to dazzle their little minds or escape on a holiday date night for an evening of glitz and glam, we discovered tons of great options for New York families this holiday season. From classic theatre performances to a train show, Goldstar is your ticket to fun. And it gets better–all of the below picks are offered by Goldstar at up to 50% off the regular ticketed price. What are you waiting for?
Home Alone: Watch the Holiday Classic With Live Orchestral Score
Experience the classic Christmas comedy Home Alone as you likely never have before–on the big screen with live orchestral accompaniment from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. The show features a charming and delightful score by legendary composer John Williams, which will be performed live by the NJSO at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Don’t miss out on Christmas caroling in the lobby of the theater, which starts one hour before show time.
Where: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark, Nj
When: Sat., Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.
Cost: $37-$45 (regularly $75-$90)
The Rockettes in the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular”
Be a part of this extraordinary Christmas tradition as Radio City Music Hall is transformed into a winter wonderland and the iconic Rockettes delight fans of all ages. Experience unforgettable moments together that warm the heart and create countless memories. Plus, with certain performances you’ll receive a $10 Goldstar Gift Certificate with your ticket purchase.
Where: Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York City
When: select dates and times Nov. 15, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016
Cost: $35-$55 (regularly $46-$115) depending on show time and date
Blue Man Group: Experience the Worldwide Sensation
The worldwide phenomenon known as Blue Man Group is a wildly outrageous and engaging theatrical experience combining music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to create a totally unique form of entertainment. Plus, there’s a lot of fun audience interaction, as well as a pulsating finale with an original score.
Where: Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette Street, New York City
When: select dates and times Nov. 14-Dec. 18
Cost: $55-$75 (regularly $85-$95)
Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas, a Musical Based on the Popular Children’s Books
Celebrate the holidays by tossing on your favorite feather boa, pouring a spot of tea and watching the most elegant children’s musical of the year. Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas follows Nancy as she prepares for the holidays. Nancy has sold some of her old gowns and accessories in order to buy a beautiful, sparkling new Christmas tree topper. But when her plans don’t pan out, will Christmas still be splendiferous?
Where: Theater at St. Jean, 184 East 76th Street, New York City
When: Select dates and times Nov. 28-Dec. 27
Cost: $24.75 (regularly $49.50)
ELF The Musical: A Modern Holiday Hit
ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Where: The Theater at Madison Square Garden (New York NY)
When: select dates and times Dec. 9-27
Cost: $37-$79 (regularly $50-$99)
Holiday Classic A Christmas Carol at Players Theatre
Players Theatre presents a lively musical stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved Christmas story. Grumpy old miser Ebenezer Scrooge finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, each teaching him valuable lessons. Will Scrooge catch the holiday spirit and save himself in the process? This tale of redemption and forgiveness captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday season for the whole family.
Where: Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, New York City
When: select dates and times Dec. 3-20
Cost: $22 (regularly $42)
Gazillion Bubble Show: A Dazzling Display of Bubbles with Artistry & Lasers
This long-running New York City hit combines spectacular light and laser effects with masterful bubble artistry. The Yang family’s amazing transformation of ordinary soap bubbles has earned them international fame and 16 Guinness World Records. The Gazillion Bubble Show has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Show with David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Fox & Friends, The View, the Today show and more. Young or old, this is an event the whole family will enjoy. * Additional fees apply. No coupon or promo codes necessary to enjoy the displayed discount price.
Where: New World Stages Stage 2, 340 West 50th Street, New York City
When: select dates and times Nov. 14-Dec. 30
Cost: $35-$55 (regularly $75)
See Mini NYC Landmarks & More at New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show
Step inside The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show, where large-scale model trains zip around you on their nearly half-mile journey around New York City in miniature, all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Visionary artist Paul Busse and his team created a world filled with tiny tourist attractions like the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center — 150 replicas in all — intricately crafted with bark, leaves and other natural materials. Much more than just a train show, this is a unique melding of art, nature, science and imagination that The New York Times calls “one of New York City’s best holiday gifts to itself.”
Where: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, Ny
When: select dates and times Nov. 24, 2015-Jan. 15, 2016
Cost: $8-$15 (regularly $10-$20)
What tickets will you be buying from Goldstar this holiday season? Tell us below!
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