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A PARENT’S GUIDE TO THE NYC HOLIDAY SHOWS

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by Judy Antell

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HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!
St. James Theatre
Thru January 6

Age group: “3-83”

Running time:  80 minutes, no intermission

Ticket prices: $25-$99

Strollers: Yes
Stroller check: Yes

Booster seats: yes

Bathrooms: No ‘official’ baby changing facilities

Snacks:  include juice boxes and, in keeping with the color scheme, Gatorade and bagged green apple slices

Souvenirs: include finger puppets ($10), and a large Grinch doll ($30)



New York City Ballet’s NUTCRACKER
Lincoln Center
Thru December 30

Age group:  5 and up

Running time: 2 hours, with one 20-minute intermission

Ticket prices: $30-$100. There is also a Sweet Seat VIP package ($190-$210), which includes a premium center Orchestra seat; a souvenir book; and, for every two tickets, a photo taken with a dancer from the show.
 
Strollers: Must be checked at coat check

Booster seats: No

Bathrooms: No diaper changing facilities

Snacks: sandwiches and chocolate ballerina lollipops; adults can indulge in champagne

Souvenirs:  Nutcracker ornament, $6; souvenir book, $10



WINTUK
WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Thru January 6

Age group: 5 and up

Running time: 2.5 hours, with one 15-minute intermission

Ticket prices: $30-$110

Strollers: yes (no stroller check)

Booster seats: yes

Bathrooms: plentiful, with changing tables

Snacks: hot dogs, $3, water bottles, $4.25.  And you can’t bring your own water bottle into the theater.  Note, however, that there is a full bar, and you can bring a drink into the show.

Souvenirs: snowflake ornament, $26; velvet mask, $110





BIG APPLE CIRCUS Presents Celebrate!
Under the Big Top at Lincoln Center
Thru January 13

Age group: All ages.  You are allowed to bring a ‘lap child’, under age 3, free of charge.

Running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission

Ticket prices: $28-$125

Strollers: yes

Stroller check: yes

Booster seats: no

Bathrooms: Bathrooms are in trailers — you don’t want to go there

Snacks: hot dog, $3; juice box, $1



THE LITTLE MERMAID
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Opening Night:  December 6
 
Age group: 6 and up

Running time: 2.5 hours including 15-minute intermission

Ticket prices:   $41.50-$111.50

Strollers: must be checked.

Bathrooms: full bathroom facilities

Snacks: candy and peanuts

Souvenirs: CDs and T-shirts start at $20




RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

Age group: All ages

Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission

Ticket prices:  $40-$100

Strollers: yes

Booster seats: no

Bathrooms: changing facilities in all restrooms

Snacks: Candy & popcorn

Souvenirs: “What it Takes” to be a Rockette T-shirt, $20; Radio City snowglobes, $95
Note: For very tender theatergoers:  There are simulated fireworks on-stage




THE LION KING
Minskoff Theatre

Age group: 6 and up

Running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission

Ticket prices: $51.25-$121.25

Strollers: must be checked

Booster seats: yes

Bathrooms: changing facilities

Souvenirs: Musical snowglobe, $29.95; original Broadway Cast Recording CD, $19.95





MARY POPPINS
New Amsterdam Theatre

Age group: 6 and up

Running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, one 15-minute intermission

Ticket prices: $20-$110

Strollers: yes, but must be checked

Booster seats:  yes

Bathrooms: changing facilities

Souvenirs: Kid’s musical parrot head umbrella, $24.95; Mary Poppins book, $12.95



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