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Reinventing Tradition at Radio City Music Hall: The Creative Process Behind Our New Finale Number


he Christmas Spectacular has been a holiday tradition for many, many years. But this year, we gathered a team of creatives with all different expertise to bring our new “Christmas Lights” finale to life.

“There’s something very important about maintaining that tradition, especially with brand-new technical elements that have never been seen before,” explains Rockette Mindy. “[The new finale] really ties in that tradition while elevating it to a whole new level.”

This finale immediately follows a scene that has been a Christmas staple in our show: the “Living Nativity.” In order to seamlessly transform the North Star into “Christmas Lights,” displayed through the use of projections, aerialists and Intel® Shooting Star™ mini drones*, creativity and collaboration were key.

“The disciplines at play here are astounding,” shares Sam Buntrock, the director of our new finale. “You have the Rockettes, that are a world-class institution, and you have Intel, one of the pioneering technology companies in the world, and we’re all applying our expertise.”

Rockettes Creative Director, Karen Keeler, and costume designer Emilio Sosa are no newbies to the history and tradition of the Rockettes, but they both used this creative process to test new elements and try out fresh ideas until they got to a display that was new, exciting, and stunning.

“A lot of work goes into this,” says Sosa. “But the results are pretty amazing!”

We can’t wait for you all to enjoy this new number and start your holiday tradition at Radio City Music Hall.

*100 Intel® Shooting Star™ mini drones are used in the show. Intel and Intel Shooting Star are trademarks of Intel Corporation. For more information, see

Join us for the 2018 Christmas Spectacularthe show is running now through January 6th at Radio City Music Hall!