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Tickets on Sale for 2014 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville

August 26, 2014
The Radio City Rockettes will perform beloved numbers such as “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” a tradition since the Christmas Spectacular’s inception in 1933, at the 2014 edition of the Christmas Spectacular, at the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville © 2014 Karen Rubin/

The Radio City Rockettes will perform beloved numbers such as “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” a tradition since the Christmas Spectacular’s inception in 1933, at the 2014 edition of the Christmas Spectacular, at the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville © 2014 Karen Rubin/

Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes, marking its 13th season in Nashville as part of Gaylord Opryland Resort’s annual A Country Christmas, as it embarks on an unparalleled new journey this holiday season in Nashville. The Christmas Spectacular will run from November 21 – December 24, 2014.


“We are thrilled to announce the return of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular to Grand Ole Opry House with a re-imagined second act that will amaze fans of all ages,” said Don Simpson, executive vice president of productions, MSG Entertainment.  “Both newcomers and returning audiences will be charmed by the heartwarming new storyline as Santa Claus takes two brothers on a magical journey unveiling the spirit of Christmas.  Coupled with technological enhancements and the precision technique of the legendary Rockettes, these scenes are sure to be audience favorites.”


The Rockettes are known for their rich history, unrivaled talent, strength, precision and athleticism and have become one of the nation’s most beloved icons. They continue to take the Christmas Spectacular to new heights, dazzling audiences with their performance style, as it continues to be both deceivingly complex and entirely glamorous.

The Rockettes will bring audiences to their feet with the show-stopping number “Christmas in New York,” as they showcase their signature eye-high kicks and immerse audiences in the buzzing scenes and sounds of New York City. In fan-favorite scenes, including the high-energy, tap number, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the Rockettes will showcase their challenging and dynamic choreography.


The stage will come alive with scenes including “Sleigh Ride,” where the Rockettes become Santa’s reindeer, helping both Santa and the audience begin their magical journey, and “Christmas Dreams,” which will showcase the Rockettes unparalleled precision technique.


Beloved numbers such as “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” which continues to set the standard as the signature Rockettes number for precision performance, and “The Living Nativity,” both of which have been performed since the Christmas Spectacular’s inception in 1933, remain a vital part of the show’s core. Audiences will have the opportunity to lend their voices in the closing number, the “Hallelujah Chorus,” a tradition in the Nashville production.


In the Christmas Spectacular’s more than 20-year history outside of New York, as well as the 82-year old production at Radio City Music Hall, the show has played to more than 75 million people. The Christmas Spectacular continues to create memories that audiences have come to treasure and this year, will mark an all new spectacular experience for Nashville.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular tickets and A Country Christmas vacation packages are available online at or by calling 1-888-999-OPRY (6779). Ticket prices range from $25 – $99.


A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland Resort


Gaylord Opryland Resort’s 31st annual A Country Christmas will make memories of a lifetime for the thousands of people who travel from around the world to experience the most captivating holiday resort entertainment, décor and food in America. A Country Christmas® includes more than 2 million lights and more than a dozen shows and attractions, including 2 million pounds of colorful ice sculpture at ICE!; the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes®; Restless Heart’s A Season of Harmony Dinner Show; snow tubing, ice skating and much more. Located in Nashville, Tenn., the 2,882 room resort features nine acres of lavish indoor gardens and waterfalls under signature glass atriums. Learn more at


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Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Opryland!

November 21, 2009

The “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” that just opened here at Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, is truly that: if anything “spectacular” is an understatement.
A tradition in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall for 75 years, some years ago, Radio City created touring troupes. This show at Gaylord’s Grand Ole Opry has been part of Opryland’s “A Country Christmas” now for four years.

The Rockettes numbers were perfection – keeping the tradition but making everything fresh and contemporary. These dancers are of course the pinnacle of sophistication and grace – and then you see them in this delightfully charming Rag Doll routine.

The Rockettes are legendary for their precision and I could hardly breathe as I watched them do the number that I remembered so well from my childhood: the Toy Soldiers. I was standing exactly in the middle, and you could only see two soldiers, that are actually 2 dozen – that is how

Radio City Rockettes

Radio City Rockettes performing their legendary "Toy Soldiers" ©2009 Karen Rubin/News&PhotoFeatures

precise they are. It was thrilling to see.

Their routines smack of the stunning stage craft of Ziegfield or Busby Berkeley, and strike just the right balance with entertainment that will delights children and adults alike.


As phenomenal as the Rockettes are, the rest of the show is marvelous as well, with creative routines and costumes and choreography that is pure enchantment by a cast and crew of almost 100 (including camel, donkey, sheep who are part of the Living Nativity that closes the show).

The choreography, the costumes, the sets and lighting, the music and the performances are top quality. There is even a bit of a fancifully done Nutcracker Ballet, with a charming little “Clara” who dances on point brilliantly and sings (in other numbers) divinely.

The “Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes” is a not to be missed production that makes the Gaylord Opryland “A Country Christmas” that much more spectacular – this is one of several exquisite holiday activities that make for the most enchanting family Christmas anywhere.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes plays at the Grand Ole Opry from Nov. 20 to Dec. 27.

“Ice – A Charlie Brown Christmas” is another that is not to be believed (see blog).

Tickets to both are included in A Country Christmas Package, starting at $339 for a two-night stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort (a fantasy come true). Call 888-OPRY-872 or visit
More information about Gaylord’s “A Country Christmas,” Gaylord’s Opryland Resort, Grand Ole Opry and Nashville at

Radio City Rockettes

The famed precision dancers, Radio City Rockettes highlight the Christmas show at Grand Ole Opry, Nashville ©2009 Karen Rubin/News&PhotoFeatures

Radio City Xmas "Nutcracker"

A touch of "Nutcracker" at Radio City Christmas Spectacular ©2009 Karen Rubin/News&PhotoFeatures

Sneak Peak at “Ice: A Charlie Brown Christmas” with Charles M. Schulz’ Family

November 20, 2009

Amazing! Just got back from a sneak peak at “Ice: A Charlie Brown Christmas” with Charles M. Schulz’ family – his wife, Jeannie Schulz, son Craig, Daughter Jill, and the producer of “Charlie Brown Christmas” and the other Peanuts television specials, Lee Mendelson.
I had seen the ice carvers from Harbin, China, as they were just three days into a 40-day process that turned two million pounds of ice into eight scenes (you can see pictures at an earlier blog). To see it now, this amazing cartoon world come to “life” in ice, is indescribable.
We are all given special parkas before we enter this 9-degree “world”, and are immediately dazzled by life-sized, colorful, three-dimensional re-creations of the Peanuts characters. It is as if they had come to life, in ice.

Peanuts characters on ice, in ice

Peanuts characters on ice, in ice at Opryland Country Christmas © 2009 Karen Rubin/News&PhotoFeatures

Jeannie Shulz, Charles’ wife from 1965 until he died, was most moved to the last room where Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Christmas tree are surrounded by all the Peanuts characters, as you hear them singing, “Hark the Angels Sing”.

Jeannie Schultz with Charlie Brown

Jeannie Schultz with Charlie Brown at Opryland's "Ice" © 2009 Karen Rubin/News&PhotoFeatures

Most amazing, and fun for all, is this enormous room with four ice slides that you get to come down. Jeannie Schulz did it. So did Snoopy and Charlie Brown.

Charlie Brown ice slide

Charlie Brown goes down ice slide, where Snoopy, Jeannie Schultz wait © 2009 Karen Rubin/News&PhotoFeatures

You will be dazzled by how the famous scenes from the 1965 television classic, from the first scene on the ice-skating pond to the transformation of Charlie Brown’s tree are transformed into three dimensions.
The figures are five feet tall, fully formed and with all their color and nuanced expression, not to mention the incredible details in the wood flooring, leaves on trees, wreaths, streetlamp all made of ice – artistic marvels. It is uncanny, indescribable in words or pictures. It is magical. An icy wonderland.
Jeannie, as well as Charlie Brown and Snoopy also went down the ice slide in another room that is jaw-dropping awesome.

Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown and Linus recreated with amazing detail at "Ice" © 2009 Karen Rubin/News&PhotoFeatures

This is a phenomenon that must be seen, but it is only one element of Gaylord Opryland’s “A Country Christmas”.  Other key attractions include the RadioCity Christmas Spectacular starring world-famous Radio City Rockettes; Louise Mandrell’s ‘Joy to the World’ Christmas Dinner & Show; and General Jackson showboat.

Ice is on view daily, from Nov. 20, 2009 through Jan. 2, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. depending on the day of the week. Ticket prices range from $13 (child) to $24 (adult), depending on the day. Children ages 3 and under are admitted free.

Two-night package at Gaylord Opryland Resort featuring room, ticket to Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Ice, Louise Mandrell, starts at $339 pp/double. For info, go to or call 888-OPRY-872.

More complete story, photos at

October 29, 2009

Christmas is Coming!

Ice Carvers from China Already Busy

on Gaylord Opryland’s

‘Charlie Brown Christmas’

You can easily imagine what it’s like for the elves at the North Pole when you peak inside the building that will be the setting for an all-new interactive ice sculpture world, ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz that will be on view at Gaylord Opryland’s Nashville resort from Nov. 20, 2009 through Jan. 2, 2010.

Ice carving at Opryland

Ice carver prepares Nativity scene out of crystal clear ice

Working in the equivalent of a freezer for 12 hours straight at a time, 40 ice carvers who have come from Harbin, China, are busy turning 300-pound, four-foot blocks of clear, white and colored ice (imported from Georgia) into eight different Charlie Brown scenes, plus an ice slide that guests can go down. Here, the ice carver works on the Nativity scene out of crystal clear ice.

Ice carving of Charlie Brown characters

From 300 lb. colored blocks of ice, the Charlie Brown characters emerge (Karen Rubin/News&PhotoFeatures

From 300-pound clear, white and colored blocks of ice, the images of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy and others come to amazing life. In just the first few days, figures start to emerge. It will take this team of 40 ice carvers 300 hours to create the dazzling show, that includes a 20-foot long ice slide that guests can go down, and a nativity scene in crystal-clear ice. In all, the carvers create more than 30 characters, four and five feet tall. Visitors go through 10 different rooms with displays – nearly 15,000 square feet of space – filled with some 2 million pounds of ice.

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Two ice carvers from Harbin, China, work on Charlie Brown's "hands" out of flesh-colored ice (c) Karen Rubin/News&Photo Features

Here, ice carvers work on the “hands” using flesh-toned ice. Hardest color ice to make? Black. These are two of 40 ice carvers working on the Opryland display; in all, 160 ice carvers have been brought from Harbin, China, altogether who are working at all four of the Gaylord resort properties: Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida: ICE! reflecting the theme “Welcome to the North Pole,” taking guests through nine dramatic holiday scenes Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas: ICE! featuring How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss; and Gaylord National Resort on the Potomac in Maryland: is a winter fantasy with elements reflecting the region.


The ice display is one of 12 different special Christmas shows and events that are part of Opryland’s “Country Christmas” festivities, a tradition for 26 years. There are more than 2 million lights and more than a dozen shows and attractions including an The Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes at the Grand Ole Opry House, plus, Louise Mandrell’s ‘Joy to the World’ Christmas Dinner and Show, A Country Christmas on the Cumberland that takes place on the General Jackson riverboat. (Contact, or for info on lodging, 888-777-6779,