A Day at the Circus

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I’m not going to lie, I was a bit weirded out by the entourage of shaggy, deep-voiced (yes, they talk!) oversized dogs that dominated Cirque du Soleil’s latest holiday show, Wintuk. But if it wasn’t a little out of the ordinary, it wouldn’t be Cirque, now would it?

Playing at Madison Square Gardens for the first time ever, from now until Jan. 6, you can get into the holiday spirit by catching a performance of Wintuk, which stars a small boy and his quest to find snow in a gloomy, precipitation-less winter. Along the way, he encounters a myriad of interesting characters – from the shy guy living in the trash can to the shadow of a young girl that haunts him to the nomadic she-Shaman who follows him to the imaginary Nordic world in which he lands. Unlike other Cirque shows that focus solely on acrobatics, Wintuk splits stage time pretty equally with singing and dancing.

The musical numbers are nothing Earth-shattering, but your kids are bound to be impressed by the special effects (talking street lights that move, Trasnformer-like rock monsters) and the larger-than-life animals that occupy the stage. Traditional Cirque numbers like pole-gymnastics, suspension ballet, juggling numbers, and amazing balancing acts are also sprinkled throughout the performance.

Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster for $40-$99. Shows run twice a day on Wednesdays through Fridays, three times on Saturdays and Sundays.

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