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Radio City Music Hall: Front and Center for the Christmas Spectacular

In-Person Program

All-Day Tour

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 - 6:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1ND006
Departs Mayflower Hotel, DeSales St side
1127 Conn. Ave NW; Fringe: DoubleTree
by Hilton, 15101 Sweitzer Ln, Laurel, MD
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Radio City Music Hall during the holiday season

Special Offer: All participants who register for this tour by Friday, October 13 will receive a complimentary ticket to the October 16 Broadway’s Backstory online program on Zoom. Further information will be shared with qualifying registrants via email in October.

There’s no more iconic holiday performance in New York than Radio City Music Hall’s famed Christmas Spectacular. And there’s no better way to see the precision dancing of the Rockettes than from prime orchestra seats in the fabulous Art Deco theater where the show has been a tradition since 1933.

Before the theatrical magic begins at a matinee performance, get a special behind-the-scenes VIP tour of the music hall, covering the stunning 1930s interiors and art, the Great Stage, Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, and an opportunity to meet a Rockette along the way.

A gourmet box lunch is served en route; dinner is on your own during 2 hours of free time after the performance.

Program includes performance, behind-the-scenes tour, lunch, premiere motorcoach, services of a Smithsonian representative, program itinerary and handout, and all gratuities.

Know Before You Go

  • The tour departs by motorcoach from downtown Washington, DC with a designated secondary pick-up outside the city. Content delivered by the study leader on the way to the destination, after the secondary pick-up, is an integral part of the study tour experience. Meeting the group once the tour is en route is discouraged.
  • Tour participants meet at and leave by bus from the Mayflower Hotel, Connecticut Ave. and DeSales St., NW, with a pickup stop at the DoubleTree by Hilton Laurel, 15101 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, Maryland, at about 7:25 a.m.
  • Tickets are in the orchestra section, rows OO-QQ (approx.16 rows from the stage); the cost of Music Hall tickets is not refundable over and above the usual refund policy. The tour takes place unless interstate travel is not possible. Some walking and standing is required.

General Information

  • Registration for this tour will end by 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 12, 2023.
  • Smithsonian is a mask-friendly environment. Masks are strongly recommended to be worn on buses at all times and may also be required at various indoor sites.
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