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Can't-miss shows in NYC during the holidays

James McNew and Ira Kaplan of Yo La

James McNew and Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo will perform at “The 8 Nights of Hanukkah.”(Getty) Photo Credit: James McNew and Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo will perform at “The 8 Nights of Hanukkah.”(Getty)

Not everything is closed for the holidays. If you're looking for something to do, check out these events that are sure to put you in a festive spirit.

'The 8 Nights of Hanukkah' with Yo La Tengo
"The 8 Nights of Hanukkah," held annually, features a variety of musical and comedy acts coming together to raise money for charity while celebrating the Jewish holiday. (Through Dec. 27, 8 p.m., $20, Maxwell's, maxwellsnj.com)

'Radio City Christmas Spectacular'
This year's rendition of the New York classic features a new opener and traditional favorites like "March of the Wooden Soldiers" and "Living Nativity." (Through Jan. 2, $45-$199, Radio City Music Hall, radiocity
christmas.com)

Kwanzaa Celebration
Abdel Salaam's Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, a New York-based group, will shake the Apollo Theater in this celebration of family, community and culture. (Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m., $14-$16, Apollo Theater,  apollotheater.org)

'The Three Bears Holiday Bash'
Geared toward kids, this variety show (hosted by Baby Bear himself) uses comedy, puppetry and dance to tell the stories of Hanukkah, "The Night Before Christmas" and Kwanzaa. (Through Dec. 30, $5-$8, Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, cityparksfoundation.org)

Holiday Train Show  at the New York Botanical Garden
Check out an extensive collection of model trains and 140 scale replicas of city landmarks - made entirely from plants! It's housed in the NYBG's conservatory, so you'll be able to enjoy the show rain or shine. (Through Jan. 2, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 2-12, NYBG.org)

George Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker'
Relive the fantastical staple known as "The Nutcracker," as seen through the eyes of George Balanchine. (Through Dec. 31, $40-$225, Lincoln Center, nycballet.com)

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