Shows for the holidays! (and other alternatives)

Are you in the holiday spirit, but looking for anything other than the Radio City Christmas Spectacular? Here are some alternatives to extending your cheer: Looking forward to catching a re-run of A Christmas Story again this year? You're in luck! This beloved classic Christmas movie has made its way to the stage at Madison Square Garden this season! This new musical has already been nominated for a couple of Tony Awards including Best Musical. Catch it, for $40+ #tickets, before it closes on December 29th to see if it lives up to your childhood memories.

Don't scrooge around at home, but say get out of the house and into the theatre for one of the adaptations of A Christmas Carol, now playing at 13th Street Repertory Company ($18 #studenttickets), Interart Theatre ($18 tickets) or Theater at St. Clement's (.

If classical ballet is more your thing, head over to BAM to see American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker ($10 #StudentRush) and enter the magical world full of toy soldiers and sugar plum fairies. For a more interactive experience, venture to the Galapagos Arts Space for a night of circus and dance in their annual The Nutcracker Circus Suite. But, if you're looking for something less family-friendly, Nutcracker Rouge at Minetta Lane puts a sexy spin in their burlesque rendition of this traditional story.

...and for those who want nothing to do with Christmas, discover some out-of-the-ordinary theatre.

Got the travel bug, but can only get as far as Manhattan? Mother Africa, a Circus der Sinne or "Circus of the Senses", takes you on a journey through circus acts, dance and music from across the African continent! Head to the New Victory Theater, $17 #tickets, before this travelling show leaves NYC on January 5th.

Have you ever wondered what music looks like? Well, the Pittsburg ensemble Squonk dives into a visual expedition in Mayhem and Majesty, $15 #StudentRush, at 59E59 Theatres until December 29th.