A look backstage at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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A look backstage at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular
A view from backstage at the Rockettes prepare to go on stage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as Santa Claus, played by Charles Edward Hall, prepares to go onstage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015.The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as the Rockettes prepare to perform their Rag Dolls number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as sheep are put into their position for the The Living Nativity ' during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as the Rockettes prepare for a number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as a member of the stage crew hand slaps, as the Rockettes prepare to go on stage for a number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as the Rockettes prepare to perform their Rag Dolls number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockettes perform their Rag Dolls number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as the Rockettes perform during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as The Rockettes perform a number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as Santa Claus, played by Charles Edward Hall, prepares to go onstage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015.The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage of Santa's chair during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as the Rockettes perform during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage during the The Living Nativity ' during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage the Rockettes dressed as 'Wooden Soldiers prepare to go on stage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockettes prepare to tumble down in the 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers' during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockettes tumble down in 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers' during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockettes tumble down in the 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers' during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as 'Santa Suits' for a Rockettes number hang on the rack at the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as costumes for a Rockettes number hang on the rack at the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as the Rockettes prepare to go on stage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as The Rockettes prepare for their opening number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as the Rockettes prepare for a number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage the Rockettes dressed as 'Wooden Soldiers prepare to go on stage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage of the Rockettes performing the 'Parade of the Wooden Soldiers' during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockettes perform their Rag Dolls number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A view from backstage as The Rockettes line up during a song during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Backstage as a camel for the The Living Nativity ' prepares to go on stage for a number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as Santa Claus played by Charles Edward Hall prepares to go onstage during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rockettes perform their Rag Dolls number during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A view from backstage as performers in costume wait to go on during the 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall December 2, 2015.The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933. The 2015 Radio City Christmas Spectacular takes place from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, hosted annually at the Radio City Music Hall since 1933, is one of New York's most popular Christmas traditions. Featuring more than 140 performers and an original musical score, the performance combines singing, dancing and humor into a 90-minute show.

The Christmas Spectacular's star performers, known as the Rockettes, show off their signature chorus line leg kick in perfect unison for five shows a day, seven days a week. Performances take place in 2015 from November 13, 2015 through January 3, 2016.

In the gallery above, photographer Timothy A. Clary captured a behind-the-scenes look at what the truly spectacular Spectacular looks like from the other side of the curtain.

The Rockettes Kick Up Their Heels for 2015

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