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The top 10 gay Christmas and holiday shows in NYC

Deck the halls with boughs of gay Christmas shows and events for a festive, queer holiday season in New York

Murray Hill

New York City is home to some of the best LGBT performers in the world. Thankfully, the rest come to visit us for the holidays. From RuPaul’s Drag Race’s best queens to the Pope of Trash, John Waters, himself, there’s no people like LGBT holiday show people. Make the yuletide gay (and lesbian, bisexual and transgender) by stuffing a stocking with tickets to our top 10 picks of gay Christmas and holiday shows to catch this season.

RECOMMENDED: See the full guide to Christmas in New York

Gay Christmas and holiday shows in NYC


A John Waters Christmas

Get your season in full swing with what is rapidly becoming a tradition: A visit from trash auteur John Waters. In this vaudevillian one-man show, he'll once again deck the halls with wicked wit and other "perverted gifts."

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06 Dec 2015

Jackie Beat: White Meat or Dark?

Meatier, wronger and more delicious than a turducken, this comedy queen's holiday show is the one to beat. Jackie's classic carol parodies like "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Syphilis" and "Santa's Baby" are hilarious, and her powerhouse vocals are impressive. But it's her improvisations and crowd work that demonstrate what a natural-born entertainer looks like in the spotlight.

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Fri Dec 18 - Sun Dec 20

Justin Vivian Bond: Angels We Have Heard When High

Celebrate "the season to get lit" with trans icon JVB and friends, backed by Nath Ann Carrera, Claudia Chopek, and Matt Ray. Expect interpretations of holiday classics and originals like the title track of Mx. Bond's new EP Christmas Spells.

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Wed Dec 16 - Wed Dec 23

Chad Michaels' All-Star Christmas Cher

O, come all ye gypsies, tramps and queens to midtown for this blockbuster drag event. Chad Michaels leads a roster of Drag Race alums like Courtney Act, Adore Delano, Willam, Detox, Ginger Minj and many more for a show that's a half-breed of Cher worship and gay Christmas pageant.

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18 Dec 2015

A Murray Little Christmas

Stalwart New York drag king “Mr. Showbiz” Murray Hill, fresh off a tour with Dita Von Teese, parks his sleigh in the West Village to host a collection of oddball seasonal characters and special guests in his annual year-end celebration.

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19 Dec 2015

Alaska 5000: Your Christmas Is Terrible

It seems like every queen from Drag Race has released a single or two, but Alaska 5000 (also known as Alaska Thunderfuck) put together an entire cohesive album called Anus. It is surprisingly tight. With accompanist Handsome Jeremy, she'll likely perform some of the more melodic tunes from the 2015 release along with a healthy dose of the filthy humor and campy glamour for this irreverent holdiay show.

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Thu Dec 17 - Sun Dec 20

The Meeting* with Justin Sayre

Justin Sayre, an avatar of retro-queer cultivation, poses as chairman of the International Order of Sodomites in this delightfully droll monthly gay variety show, which includes wittily scripted riffs and rants, plus sketches and musical interludes. The December holiday edition is sure to crack your nuts.

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Joe's Pub at the Public Theater , Downtown Sunday November 20 2016 - Sunday December 18 2016

Paige Turner: Hurry Down My Chimney!

The sweet-natured, horny hostess of Slurp!, Werk Wednesdays and So You Think You Can Drag throws another log on the fire for the holidays with an all-new show of song parodies, videos and high-energy fun with surprise special guest stars.

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Fri Dec 4 - Sat Dec 5

The Ginger Minj & Friends Christma-Hannu-Kwanzaa-Ka Spectacular

The Drag Race runner-up brings her charm, uniqueness, nerve and talent to delight audiences with funny songs and witty banter. The headlining funny lady is joined by Orlando pal Janine Klein and NYC cabaret performer Michael Kirk Lane for four shows of holiday high jinx.

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Thu Dec 10 - Sun Dec 13

Menorah Horah

Want to spend the holiday with some hot Jewish girls—most of whom aren’t wearing clothes? Sherry Vine hosts this off-kilter holiday event, welcoming everyone from honorary Jews to “bacon-loving heebs.” Expect a crowd that’s almost as rowdy and diverse as the performers: The Schlep Sisters (Minnie Tonka and Darlinda Just Darlinda), Little Brooklyn, The Great Dubini, Corvette Le Face, Dangrrr Doll, The Maine Attraction, Fancy Feast and Varla Velour.

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12 Dec 2015