The Met’s holiday tree on the Grand Tier balcony will be lit on Thursday, December 5, at 5:00 pm, with a ceremony featuring musical performances by Met stars and the Met Opera Brass, sing-along carols with members of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and free refreshments and hot drinks. 

As part of the Met’s tradition of annual holiday presentations for families, Julie Taymor's beloved production of Mozart's The Magic Flute returns December 16 in its abridged English-language version, with Nathan Gunn as Papageno leading the youthful cast. Performances, including 11am matinees, run through January 4 and orchestra seats start at just $80.

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To purchase tickets and learn more about The Magic Flute, click here.

Ring in the New Year with the gala premiere of Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus in Jeremy Sams's new English-language production, featuring dialogue by playwright Douglas Carter Beane. The performance will be followed by dinner, dancing, and fireworks—making the Met an ideal place to ring in 2014.