Radio City Music Hall, in New York City’s Rockefeller Center, is one of the most famous show venues in the United States. The best way to see it is by taking a guided tour or getting tickets to a show, especially the popular Rockettes show, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Guided Tours of Radio City Music Hall
If you like, you can book a behind-the-scenes tour of Radio City. The Radio City Stage Door Tour is a guided walking tour through Radio City Music Hall. You’ll find out the secrets of the stage and what it takes to transform the Music Hall for an event, explore the beautiful art-deco interiors, and meet a world famous Radio City Rockette, ask her questions, and get a souvenir photograph with her in front of Radio City. Trusted Tours has the best price with no fees added (when you book online), as follows …
- Adult 13+ — $23.95 (reg.
$26.95), save $3
- Child 5-12 years — $17.95 (reg.
$19.95), save $2
- 4 yrs & under — Free.
SAVVY TRIVIA: While you’re in your seats waiting for the performance to start, wow your friends with a few of these tidbits about Radio City Music Hall.
- Live-in Animals — During the holidays, donkeys, mules, and camels actually live at Radio City Music Hall theater. These animals are part of the Christmas Spectacular. They take their daily walks outside at Rockefeller Center.
- How Tall are the Rockettes? All the Rockettes stand between 5’6″ and 5’10½” tall so they look the same height in the kick line.
- The Rockettes Came First — Before there was a Radio City there were Rockettes, known back then as the Roxyettes, or Missouri Rockets.
- Costume Catastrophes — There are seamstresses on call during the Christmas Spectacular in case any costume emergencies crop up.
- Check out the Rest Rooms — The men’s and ladies’ rooms are complete with elegant seating and tables, a pay phone, and a foot-pedal-operated hand dryers from the 1930s.
- Architectural Touches — If the Radio City Music Hall auditorium feels a bit like a luxury liner, there’s a reason for that. The designer, Samuel Lionel Rothafel (“Roxy”), was reportedly inspired by a cruise he took. So the balcony railings and the Grand Foyer make you feel like you’re boarding an elegant ship. Radio City’s art deco touches were created by architect Edward Durell Stone and designer Donald Deskey, with a hat tip to the work of Joseph Urban.
- A Mini Radio City — Before Radio City Music Hall was built, it had to be approved by John D. Rockefeller based on a working scale model, which was created in 1928, four years before the full-size version was built. The original model is now housed inside Radio City Music Hall.
- Roxy’s Apartment — To thanks designer Samuel Lionel Rothafel for his great work, the Rockefellers gave him his own luxury apartment on the premises, complete with 20-foot ceilings, a fireplace, and quilted mahogany walls. Roxy never actually lived there, but an A-list of New York’s who’s who book private functions there.
- Cleaning Conundrums — The chandeliers in the Grand Foyer are 29 feet tall and weigh 4,000 pounds. Each one takes eight hours to clean. And in 1999 after smoking was banned from the venue, it took six months to remove all the cigarette smoke from the painting that hangs by the Grand Foyer’s giant staircase, Ezra Winter’s Fountain of Youth.
- The “Mighty Wurlitzer” — The organ, built especially for the theatre, has pipes that are housed in eleven separate rooms.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
The Christmas Spectacular features a delightful winter wonderland theme with Santas (by the dozen), The Nutcracker, decked out ice skaters, dancing teddy bears, a living nativity and, of course, the Rockettes with their signature high kicks, precision choreography and show-stopping acts. The show is family friendly, makes a fun holiday date night, and is popular with men and women alike.
Savvy New Yorkers know it’s never to early to get tickets for this hugely popular holiday event: the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. If you’re planning to see The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, read on for savvy tips and ticket discount info. The show also goes on tour in various cities, and I’ll post ticket deals for those here as they occur (see all offers below, while they last).
Rockettes Ticket Deals
WHAT: Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City.
DEALS: So far I’ve found two ways to save from trusted ticket sources, and each has different dates/seats available: Best ticket sources for discounts are NewYork.com and Goldstar.com.
WHERE: Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020.
WHEN: November through January.
ROCKETTES ON TOUR: Radio City Christmas Spectacular will also feature touring shows in several cities. Go to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular ticket page to look for a Me+3 4-Pack offer (one ticket free) no code needed, or try code TMN241 (2 for 1) or TMNTX.
- Santa Hat Days — Get a Free Santa Hat courtesy of Chase when you see the show on certain days.
- The show runs 90 minutes, with no intermission.
- Children 2 and older need tickets.
- The theater is wheelchair ccessible, and also has a nice assisted listening system.
REVIEWS: What the experts say about Radio City Christmas Spectacular …
“If you’ve never seen it, go. If you have seen it before, go again”. —Daily News
“The Rockettes… will charm your socks off. So much more fabulous in person.” — New York Times
“…An eye-popping extravaganza of synchronized moves and ho-ho-ho enthusiasm.” —New York Post
“Brilliant! It lifts the spirit and spreads warmth, joy and good will.” —New York Times
“One of the grandest holiday traditions in the U.S….bring the whole family!”