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The holiday season in New York City is very special. You have everything from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center to the 5th Avenue window displays and the Union Square and Grand Central Station holiday markets — plus a ton of affordable activities for families. With everything there is to see and do around the holidays, there is definitely one activity you will not want to miss: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes.

Radio City Christmas (photo by Buddy Smith)

You can see the 36 Rockettes, with their 1,300 costumes and approximately 300 kicks each, almost daily between Nov. 9, 2018 and Jan. 1, 2019 — with up to six shows per day! While the Christmas show is spectacular for every age group, ticket prices do not come cheap. Fortunately though, here are some ways to save money on Radio City Christmas Spectacular tickets.

1. Ticketmaster Discount Codes

There are a ton of Radio City promotion codes through Ticketmaster, although some are only available for select seat types and certain days of the week. I suggest entering all of the codes below to see which one will get you the best price for your desired show and seat. Tickets get more expensive post-Thanksgiving, and you’ll find that weekday shows and off-peak times (such as the 9am or 10pm weekend shows) will give you better pricing. If you want the absolute best pricing, go the first week of the show as you can snag a seat for only $32 per person! Also, buy your tickets as early as possible; it will increase your chances of getting a better seat at a lower price.

Here are some Radio City Christmas Spectacular discount codes:

  • EMOCT: Up to 40% off – expiration date unknown
  • TZOO: Up to a 35% off – expires November 30, 2018
  • CHASE: Up to 30% off – expires December 9, 2018
  • BBOX30: Up to 30% off – expires November 30, 2018

Note these do not all work for all performances, so cross your fingers and give them a shot. The more flexibility you have in choose a show, the better your chances of snagging a discounted ticket.

While you will not find Ticketmaster on any of the airline shopping portals, there are a few cash back portals that will give you a slight kickback. Currently, Ebates, TopCashBack and BeFrugal are all offering 1% cash back on regular ticket sales. Depending on your ticket price, this might only end up being a few bucks back, but something is better than nothing. When making your ticket purchase, also remember that the Citi Premier Card awards 2 points per dollar on entertainment purchases and the Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card awards 4% cash back on entertainment.

2. Groupon and Living Social

Both Groupon and Living Social are currently offering discounted tickets to the show for select dates throughout November. Pricing is exactly the same between the two sites. Some shows are up to 44% off, which will save you a few bucks when compared against Ticketmaster pricing — even with the coupon codes applied. When comparing pricing, make sure to look at Ticketmaster’s total price, including taxes and fees.

Similar to using a shopping portal for a Ticketmaster purchase, check airline or cash back portals for your Groupon or Living Social purchases. You can use an aggregator site like evrewards.com or cashbackmonitor.com to compare the best payouts. Currently, TopCashBack is offering 5% cash back on all Groupon Live purchases, which will put some cash back into your pocket.

3. TKTS Tickets

If you are willing to roll the dice, you might be able to find discounted tickets at one of New York City’s three TKTS locations: Times Square, South Street Seaport and Lincoln Center. TKTS sells same-day tickets for shows that still have seats available. You can track shows for sale through the TKTS Live site and even check the days leading up to your visit to see average pricing. Since the show doesn’t start until November 9, we can’t track TKTS tickets pricing yet. Based on prior years, you’ll likely be able to get a great deal on shows for certain dates.

4. Save on Snacks With Chase

Once there, using your Chase debit or credit card can save you 20% at merchandise stands, concession stands (select food and non-alcoholic beverages) and the Photo Experience. You can also access some of the “best” seats as a Chase cardholder if you book at least 21 days in advance.

Bottom Line

The Radio City Christmas Speculator in New York City should be on every holiday-loving family’s radar. Using one of the coupon codes or discount sites above will save you a decent amount of money and make the ticket price more palatable. And, with some advance planning, you may even be able to use points to stay at these family-friendly NYC hotels. And, since it’s pretty easy to navigate NYC with kids, NYC is a terrific pre-holiday vacation.

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