Top 5 Budget-Friendly Shows in the Metropolitan Area

By Dominique McIndoe

The beginning of the Christmas holiday season starts on Dec. 1, which means the New York metropolitan area begins hosting a number of Christmas and holiday themed shows, festivals, and events.

Some of the most tourist-attracting Christmas events are the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular and The Nutcracker performed by the New York City Ballet. These shows, however, range in the price of $100 or more. For those on a budget this Christmas season, presented here are a few alternative holiday shows for under $100.

On Friday Dec. 9 and Saturday Dec. 10, the American Repertory Ballet is performing the Christmas classic, “The Nutcracker” at the South Orange Performing Arts Theater. The price is $25 for children and $30 for adults. According to SOPAC’s official website, the ARB brings “magnificent score, stunning new sets, thrilling choreography, and a cast of over 100 performers.”

Members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra are performing “Messiah” by the late, baroque composer George Frideric Handel on Dec. 18 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Tickets are being sold on the NJPAC official website for prices ranging from $24 to $89.

The Apollo Theater in New York City is hosting “The First Noel” from Dec. 10 to Dec.18 for ticket prices between $20 and $90. This show is a “Harlem-based holiday musical features music that crosses genres — from pop to jazz to gospel — to tell a universal story of love and belonging,” the Classical Theatre of Harlem said.

Nine-time Grammy nominee and saxophonist Dave Koz is performing at The Town Hall in New York City on Dec. 6 for $33.50. Special guests include Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore and Ashford & Simpson’s Valerie Simpson. The repertoire consists of songs like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need to Get By” and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.”

Paul Winter’s 37th “Annual Winter Solstice Celebration” will be held from Dec. 15-17 with a general admission of $35 or $55. Held in the largest cathedral in the world, Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, the event features Paul Winter on soprano saxophone, cellist Eugene Friesen, double-reed player Paul McCandless, as well as other musicians, vocalists and the 25 dancers and drummers of the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.

The New York Times once quoted the “Annual Winter Solstice Celebration” as “an immersive, multimedia extravaganza, as grand and expansive as its location.”

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