"A Child's Christmas in Wales" stars Tony-winner John Cullum, center,...

"A Child's Christmas in Wales" stars Tony-winner John Cullum, center, in The Irish Repertory Theatre's adaptation of Dylan Thomas' classic about the holiday seen through the eyes of a tot, through Jan. 3. Credit: Carol Rosegg

It may be an overstatement to say there’s something for everyone in the city at the holidays. This is New York and, you know, people prefer to think that anything worth doing is happening right here.

Below you can find opera and “The Messiah,” a musical “Elf” and different spins on “The Nutcracker,” offbeat serious events and frivolous events and many in between. And if you have Broadway tickets for Christmas week, be sure to check broadway.org for alternate curtain times.


A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES — Tony-winner John Cullum stars in this adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ classic about the holiday seen through the eyes of a tot. In performance through Jan. 3, produced by the Irish Repertory Theatre at the DR2 Theatre, 103 E. 15th St. $70. irishrep.org

RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR — complete with Rockettes, marching tin soldiers plus new and traditional surprises. In performance through Jan. 3 at the Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave. $39.25-$506. radiocitychristmas.com

THE ILLUSIONISTS: LIVE ON BROADWAY — The magicians are back for the holiday. In performance through Jan. 3 at the Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St. $67-$147. theillusionistslive.com

ELF THE MUSICAL — Buddy leaves the North Pole to find his true identity in this musical adaptation of the 2003 movie. Dec. 9-27 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, 2 Penn Plaza. $39-$160. theateratmsg.com

A PUPPET MUSICAL: LOLLIPOPS FOR BREAKFAST — Little Sylvie and her pet bird get lost in a pop-up cookbook, for starters, in this show for teeny souls. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway. $15. symphonyspace.org

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS — John Bolton narrates a semi-staged concert version of the TV special with the New York Pops and the New York Theatre Ballet. 3 p.m. Dec. 20 at Carnegie Hall, 154 W. 57th St. $10-$25. carnegiehall.org


A WELL-STRUNG CHRISTMAS — Pop-classical spins on holiday favorites. 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Dec. 14 at Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. $35-$55 cover, $25 food/drink minimum. 54below.com

CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA — The Vienna Boys Choir in a program of Austrian folk songs, classics and holiday favorites. 8 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, 2900 Avenue H. $36-$45. brooklyncenter.org

HANDEL’S MESSIAH — Jane Glover conducts the New York Philharmonic and the Westminster Symphonic Choir at Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, Dec. 15-18. $30-$134. nyphil.org

EMMET OTTER’S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS — songs by Paul Williams, some familiar, some new, some favorites with the Muppets. Dec. 15 at Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. $30-$40 cover, $25 food/drink minimum. 54below.com

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, Rossini’s comic opera in English in a two-hour version for families, staged by Bartlett Sher. Nine performances from Dec. 16-Jan. 2. $25-$245 (tickets for people 18 and under are half-price for all performances through Dec. 30.) Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, metopera.org

BRING HOME THE SUN — Bandleader Paul Winter’s 36th annual Winter Solstice Celebration, this year focusing on the music and dance of Brazil. Dec. 17-19 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave. $35-$90. stjohndivine.org

3RD ANNUAL GOTHAM HOLIDAY SWING Buster Poindexter hosts a variety show described as an “alternative holiday celebration,” of New York and New Orleans music., with such special guests as Nellie McKay and Garrison Keillor. 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. $45-$65. thetownhall.org

IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME IN THE CITY — Broadway favorites Brian d’Arcy James and Stephanie J. Block join the New York Pops for songs of the season. Dec. 18 and 19 at Carnegie Hall, 154 W. 57th St. $20-$122. carnegiehall.org


GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER — The New York City Ballet’s beloved holiday spectacular, complete with sugar plum fairies and a Christmas tree that grows. In performance through Jan. 3 at the Koch Theater, Lincoln Center. $76-$265. nycballet.com

NUTCRACKER ROUGE — The holiday return of the Company XIV’s risqué spin on the festive ballet but, this time, definitely not for family members under 16. In performance through Jan. 17 at the Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane. $40-$85. companyxiv.com

LIGHTING OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST HANUKKAH MENORAH — The Jewish Festival of Lights is celebrated Dec. 6-13, 5:30 p.m. most evenings but 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 8 p.m. Dec. 12. Grand Army Plaza, Fifth Avenue at 59th St. nwsdy.li/menorah

THE HARD NUT — Mark Morris’ witty and wondrous “retro-modern re-imagining” of the classic, recommended for age 4 through infinity. Dec. 12-20 at BAM Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. $25-$125. bam.org

HANUKKAH ARTS FESTIVAL — workshops and activities. Dec. 7-14 at the Jewish Children’s Museum, 792 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn. $13. jcm.museum