Although it's generally considered taboo to talk about Christmas on Broadway until after the Thanksgiving holiday, Christmas comes to The Great White Way well before people start buying turkeys. Every year, the Christmas season draws thousands of tourists to New York City for some of the most iconic holiday spectacles, including the Rockefeller Center Tree, ice skating in Bryant Park and The Rockettes. With the spike in tourism, Broadway also has a collection of Christmas-only shows that come to town every December. This year, the 'Radio City Christmas Spectacular' and 'Elf: The Musical' are waiting for you to come and see them over the holidays with the Radio City Music Hall show being one of the lowest price resale market tickets available on Broadway right now.
The holidays mean big money for Broadway producers. This season, 19 of the current 26 shows broke the $1 million mark for the week with almost 30,000 more people attending shows than last Christmas. The Broadway League says the shows pulled in $40,993,950 for the week ending Sunday, Dec. 28, better than the same week last year when 30 shows attracted $38,783,854. Also, attendance is on the rise from 290,386 in 2013 to 318,721 this year. The mild New York winter weather and Christmas falling on a Thursday may all be helpful factors in the increase in attendance. With a boost in celebrity casting in Broadway shows being another reason for people attending the theater, performances sans celebrities are holding their own. Despite having Hugh Jackman in "The River," Bradley Cooper in "The Elephant Man" and Sting in "The Last Ship" all onstage toward the end of the year, and "The Book of Mormon" hardly slowing down at all this year, an old favorite was once again king of Broadway in 2014. Disney's "The Lion King" set a weekly record at the Minskoff Theatre with a nine-performance haul of $2,885,321. The Disney favorite remains Broadway's highest-grossing show of the year for the second time in a row, despite six other shows having higher average ticket prices.