On Dec. 2, students packed into three buses and embarked on a road trip to Radio City Music Hall in New York City for the annual Christmas Spectacular show starring The Rockettes.
“What I enjoyed most was being able to really get into the Christmas spirit. It is so hard to feel festive when we leave home and come back right when we would normally be doing different Christmas things at home,” said senior Emily Marold. “Going into the city when it is all decorated and seeing the show make you realize it is the Christmas season and you’ll be home celebrating soon enough!”
After leaving campus around 9 a.m., the students arrived in the city around 11 a.m. and were given roughly two hours of free time to grab lunch or wander around the city before show time at 2 p.m. While some students chose to take in the view of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, others took advantage of the opportunity to catch up with some friends in the area.
“This semester two of my best friends are doing Marist in Manhattan, so my friend that I went on the trip with and I met up with them for brunch at Toasties which was like a block away from Radio City!” said Marold.
“My twin sister and I ate lunch under Rockefeller Center and then walked to Central Park. Other times we’ve gone on this trip we’ve done some shopping at the Christmas market in Bryant Park,” said senior Anna Bradford.
The Christmas Spectacular show was the last of this semester’s on-campus events hosted by Marist Student Activities (SA). This year, SA also sold tickets for three Broadway trips organized by the Marist Student Programming Council: Come From Away, Book of Mormon, and Dear Evan Hansen.
“I have been on [the Radio City] trip two other years, Freshman and Sophomore year, and I liked it a lot the other times too,” said senior Beatrix Bradford.
“For me, even though it’s generally the same show every year, I still enjoy it. Aside from the cheap factor, this kind of trip is not something I normally would get to do so it’s been important that I take the most out of this opportunity,” said Anna Bradford.
Students are encouraged to follow SA on Instagram @marist_studentactivities for even more updates on what’s going on in the Student Center and other events around campus.
Aside from selling tickets for SPC’s Broadway trips, SA also hosted a wide array of off-campus events such as a bus ride to the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald movie premiere at the local movie theater, shopping trips to Woodbury Commons and New York City, and Six Flag’s Fright Fest.
Student Activities announce ticket sales weeks in advance of the planned trip or event and regularly update students on these dates and deadlines through their social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Despite the long lines and hours of waiting, some students agree it is worth the wait. “My favorite part about going on these shows is how cheap they are…We’ve definitely tried to take advantage of these deals because after graduation we’ll never have the chance to do this. It also feels a lot safer than taking the train and you can just sleep on the way there and back,” said Marold.
Beatrix Bradford shared a similar sentiment. “I like that you can go into the city for $25, and on top of that you get a ticket to the show. Yes, you have the limit of being on the bus and make the bus times-arrival and departure, but I think for the total savings it’s a small compromise to pay compared to a train ticket, and a show ticket.”