We all have our holiday traditions. Maybe yours is seeing the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall and gazing at the Rockefeller Center tree, all done up in lights. Well, this year “The Christmas Spectacular” is canceled, and that Norway spruce is just sorry looking (though organizers swear the tree will be beautiful by the time of its lighting on Dec. 2).

Still, many rituals endure this season, repurposed for online viewing. Below is a selection of offerings — some beloved mainstays, a few cheeky upstarts — which you can indulge in watching from home.


The company that presented America’s first full-length “Nutcracker,” in 1944, is now offering what it calls the first “virtual Nutcracker experience.” Don’t expect cutting-edge VR. It’s a point-and-click tour of San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House with extras embedded: a video class about pantomime, a printout activity book. Click on the stage curtain, and you get a 2007 recording of Helgi Tomasson’s 2004 production of the ballet. Set in San Francisco in 1915, this version is handsome, tasteful and visually rich, with a second act stuffed with unusual treats. (Available on demand Nov. 27-Dec. 31, $48; sfballet.org.)

Classical music

One of the saddest blows to the musical season has been the loss of the explosion of versions of Handel’s “Messiah” that usually fill New York’s churches and concert halls in December. One of the grandest is put on by the conductor Kent Tritle and the Oratorio Society of New York, which is scaling down its large choir to a pandemic-size complement of 24, alongside an orchestra of 12, for this selection of excerpts filmed in the barn of Mr. Tritle’s home in upstate New York. The soloists are the soprano Susanna Phillips, the contralto Heather Petrie, the tenor Joshua Blue and the baritone Sidney Outlaw. And a treat: For the climactic “Hallelujah” chorus, other Society members will join in remotely. (Livestream on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m., on demand through Jan. 10; at osny.org.)

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