New York City boasts a number of Christmas traditions, including ice skating and a tree lighting at Rockefeller Center. Also among the annual events is the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
A lavish stage production with over 140 performers, the show dates back to 1933, a year after Radio City Music Hall opened its doors. At the helm were the venue's stage producer Leon Leonidoff and designer Vincente Minelli. Two of the scenes – The Rockettes' Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and The Living Nativity – continue as part of the show to this day.
In 1979, the Music Hall moved away from showing films and focused exclusively on live performances. The Christmas Spectacular followed suit and was bumped up to 90 minutes from 30. Technology and special effects have also been added in... Read more