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Must-see Christmas concerts in NYC this holiday season

If you’re looking to add some holiday pep to your step, check out our list of the best Christmas concerts this season

By Kristen Zwicker |
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Harry and the Potters at the Harry Potter Yule Ball
Photograph: Courtesy Harry and the Potters

Don’t let the wintry mix snow you in this December. From visiting the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree to digging into the best pies in NYC, there’s a host of stellar seasonal events to shovel your way down to. As always, NYC hosts some of the best Christmas concerts around (Radio City Christmas Spectacular is always a can’t miss)—so might we suggest taking a break from the cold outdoors to catch one of these awesome shows?

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Best Christmas concerts in NYC

Cyndi Lauper
Photograph: Courtesy True Colors Fund
Music, Rock and indie

Cyndi Lauper and Friends: Home for the Holidays

If her commitment to the season was in any doubt, Ms. Lauper released a collection of “Cyndi Lauper Loves Christmas” home goods earlier this year. She’s also returning with this charity concert, which aims to end homelessness among LGBTQ teens. She hosts a diverse range of guests, with Amanda Palmer, Natalie Merchant, Regina Spektor, Robert Glasper and A$AP Rocky slated to perform.

Ween
Photograph: Courtesy Dave Vann
Music, Rock and indie

Ween

For some three decades, the Pennsylvanian institution helmed by Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, a.k.a. Gene and Dean Ween, has maintained its ability to project its virtuosic talent onto virtually any genre and goofily make it its own. The band hits the Capitol Theatre for a pair of holiday dates, though, truth be told, for Ween's sizable fan base, every concert is a holy event. 

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Z100's Jingle Ball
Photograph: Theo Wargo/Wireimage
Music

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball

During iHeartRadio’s annual touring holiday bash, Madison Square Garden becomes home to Z100’s Jingle Ball NYC. The artists behind the year’s best pop songs join this glittery gathering, performing truncated, hit-heavy sets. This year's blowout features Cardi B, G-Eazy, Calvin Harris and more.

Marky Ramone; Mark Weiss
Photographs: Marc Whalen
Music, Punk and metal

Marky Ramone's Holiday Blitzkrieg

Former Ramones stickman Marky Ramone steps out with his anthemic power-pop crew, Blitzkrieg, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of his first album with the Ramones, Road to Ruin. The pasta-sauce impresario has promised forty Ramones hits, all played with the help of former Bad Religion and current Circle Jerks and Red Kross guitarist Greg Hetson. After a romp like that, you're almost certainly going to need to be sedated.

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Rufus Wainwright
Photograph: Courtesy Live Nation
Music, Pop

Rufus and Martha Wainwright’s Noël Nights

Holidays are a time for the fam, and all-star performers Rufus and Martha Wainwright exhibit the spirit of giving by inviting you to their clan’s holiday extravaganza, which benefits Stand Up to Cancer. Carrying on the tradition of their late mother, Kate McGarrigle, the pair will invite Emmylou Harris, Sufjan Stevens and their father, Loudon Wainwright III, to get jolly.

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