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Radio City Christmas Spectacular Returning to Grand Ole Opry

Nashville, TN, USA (August 6, 2012) /PRWEB/ — MSG Entertainment (MSGE) announces the return in 2012 of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes, to Nashville with the beloved production, Christmas Dreams. Celebrating its return to Nashville as part of Gaylord Opryland Resort’s 29th annual A Country Christmas, the show will transport audiences of all ages on an unforgettable holiday journey with a new 3D movie as Santa and his reindeer embark on a thrilling sleigh ride through the Big Apple. This year’s Christmas Spectacular will also feature dynamic Rockettes’ performances and a memorable Rockettes’ finale, “Christmas Dreams.”. The Christmas Spectacular will run at the Grand Ole Opry House from November 16 – December 24, 2012. Tickets are on sale now.

“We are thrilled to return to Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry House with the new Radio City Christmas Spectacular,” said Don Simpson, executive vice president of productions, MSG Entertainment. “In this year’s production, the ‘Christmas Dreams’ scene will allow audiences to experience exciting technological enhancements and stunning performance elements alongside the beloved numbers that have become a holiday tradition in Nashville. Returning fans reliving the ‘Christmas Dreams’ will be amazed by the 2012 edition of the Christmas Spectacular, and new audience members will not want to miss this show.”

This year, Nashville audiences will be completely enveloped in the Christmas spirit with a new 3D movie scene, as Santa Claus and his reindeer take audiences on a magical journey experiencing the sights and sounds of New York City. Audiences will be a part of the ride of a lifetime seen through 3D glasses as Santa flies by Washington Square Park, speeds past the Empire State Building, coasts through Central Park and dashes by the holiday-clad windows of Fifth Avenue in his quest for a gift for Mrs. Claus. The technological enhancements coupled with the imagery of New York at Christmas will create a memorable experience as the magic of the holidays is brought to the iconic Grand Ole Opry House in this exciting film.

This year, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular celebrates 85 magical years of the Rockettes, commemorating their past, present and future in this unprecedented milestone year. The Rockettes have remained a timeless tradition as American icons throughout their 85 year legacy. 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 stage will come alive with scenes including “Sleigh Ride,” where the Rockettes will 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. Fan favorite “Holiday Spirit” will transport audiences on a thrilling journey straight to Santa’s Workshop in the North Pole without ever having to leave their seats.

The Rockettes will bring audiences to their feet with the show-stopping numbers “The 12 Days of Christmas,” an energetic tap-infused routine, and “Christmas in New York,” as the Rockettes showcase their signature eye-high kicks and immerse audiences in the buzzing scenes and sounds of New York City.

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, still 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 fan favorite and tradition in the Nashville production.

In the Christmas Spectacular’s 18-year history outside of New York, as well as the production at Radio City Music Hall, the show has played to more than 72 million people. The Christmas Spectacular continues to create memories that Nashville audiences have come to treasure for more than ten years at the Grand Ole Opry House.

About A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland Resort
Gaylord Opryland Resort’s 29th 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 an interactive, bigger-than-life ice sculpture world, ICE!™ featuring DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar™; the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes®; Lorrie Morgan’s Enchanted Christmas Dinner & Show™; and much more. Located in Nashville, Tenn., the newly-renovated resort and flagship property of Gaylord Hotels features 2,881 rooms and nine acres of lavish indoor gardens and waterfalls under signature glass atriums. Learn more at

About Madison Square Garden Entertainment
MSG Entertainment (MSGE) is one of the country’s leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in MSG’s diverse collection of venues. These venues include Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, the Chicago Theatre and the Wang Theatre. More information is available at

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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