Although many venues are preparing and hoping to reopen their doors in time for the fall, Radio City has canceled its annual and highly anticipated Christmas Spectacular. What does that mean? The Rockettes, The Nutcracker and Christmas Cheer won’t be in New York City this year.
This is the first time the Christmas Spectacular has been canceled since its introduction in 1933. The show usually runs for approximately two months starting in the beginning of November and ends in the beginning of January of the following year.
The New York Post broke the story and reported that MSG Entertainment - the owner of Radio City Music Hall - decided to cancel the annual show because of the uncertainties surrounding entertainment venues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tickets for the Christmas Spectacular will be refunded.
MSG Entertainment has also decided to lay off approximately a third of its workforce (350 people) which may include jobs at Madison Square Garden. The company will be offering severance packages, benefit packages and outplacement work to assist employees that will be laid off from its main company and subsidiaries.
Christmas fanatics should also prepare themselves for the likeliness that the annual tree lighting at Rockefeller Center will be canceled as well. Another alternative may be the implication of social distancing regulations which include a limited capacity normally 50 percent or less of the venue’s original capacity.