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Swirling snowflakes, twinkling fir trees, illuminated facades, merry choirs . . . The magic of Christmas takes place in the streets, but also on the stage. Going to a show is a magical family experience.

Christmas Fantasy, a holiday highlight in Rovaniemi, in Finnish Lapland.

Lyon Discovering Christmas and its celebrations through classical composers: that’s the aim of the Maîtrise de l’Opéra de Lyon. Every year, students prepare a selection of pieces about this festive season. The program features works by the likes of Debussy, Fauré and Handel, spanning waltzes, rondos and many other forms. A new way of listening to Christmas and New Year’s.

Chants de Noël

Les 11 et 18.12. Église Saint-Bonaventure.

www.opera-lyon.com

New York Christmas Spectacular, a large-scale show in the true American sense of the word, with its costumes and stage effects, has been an institution on Broadway for more than 80 years. Led by the Rockettes, a dance company founded in 1925 in Saint Louis, Missouri, it is made up of different tableaux featuring song, dance and theater that bring the spirit of Christmas to life. The high point of this magical event? Santa Claus himself flying above the heads of the audience.

Christmas Spectacular

Jusqu’au 2.01 Radio City Music Hall.

www.radiocity.com

Rovaniemi If you still believe in Santa Claus, you should go to a spot a few kilometers from the North Pole. Rovaniemi, capital of Finnish Lapland, is a land of snowy expanses, forest, frozen lakes and the aurora borealis, as well as Christmas dances and songs. It’s a unique opportunity to discover traditional Karelian music, regarded as the purest expression of Finnish beliefs and myths.

Christmas Spectacular

Jusqu’au 2.01 Radio City Music Hall.

www.radiocity.com

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