There are certain classic images of New York City at Christmastime. One is the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Event at Radio City Music Hall. Even though I’ve lived in New York for the past 15 years, I’ve never seen this show. So I was really excited to be offered tickets (thank you MSG Entertainment) for my munchkins and me to see it plus a chance to meet some real life Rockettes at a party beforehand in their rehearsal studio.
but was extremely interested in the the cupcake decorating table provided by Magnolia Bakery.
R. declined to meet Santa who was also there, but did write him a letter at the crafts table sponsored by Kate’s Paperie (ahhh…beautiful pens, stamps, cards, and ribbons. . . I was in paper heaven).
I did chat with a few of the Rockettes and was surprised to learn that the height requirement is just 5’6″ (I assumed it was taller) and that they are allowed to eat all they want (“I could eat cupcakes all day!” one of them gushed). I replied, “Wow, maybe I could do this, too”, since I am 5’7″ and love a good cupcake, too. She smiled but I think she was just being polite.
Then it was time for the Big Show. My three-year-old lost his steam before it started, so Grandma took him home, but R. and I made it through almost the whole performance Our favorite scenes were the Parade of Wooden Soldiers- where all the Rockettes fall down on top of each other like dominoes- and the double decker sightseeing bus scene (ever the little New Yorker, R. correctly identified each avenue that it “passed” in the background).
The theater itself looked spectacular, even to a longtime New Yorker like myself. The music is very enjoyable (you’ll know every song unless you live under a rock), and the atmosphere is so fun and festive. My only caveat if you go…budget an extra $7.50 (seriously) for the commemorative bucket of popcorn that your child will demand about 30 seconds before the show starts. Really.
On our way home R. was quite taken with the nearby Cartier building “wrapped” in red lights. It is so special to see New York through a child’s eyes. We saw so many wide-eyed tourists that night…it was nice to be wide-eyed ourselves, too. We are lucky indeed to live here!
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