Looking for the best Christmas party? New York is home to some amazing ragers this holiday season. Combining the aesthetics of some of the city’s greatest Christmas window displays with the music you’d find at the best Christmas concerts in NYC, these extravaganzas are bound to get you in the holiday spirit as you shimmy and shake the night away in your offensive funny Christmas sweaters. Don't forget to check out other stellar NYC events in December too!
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Shake the dust off your most atrocious winter attire and get ready to rock a holiday classic: the ugly sweater! Hop aboard Hornblower's luxury yacht to celebrate the wacky tradition to a backdrop of holiday tunes, winter cocktails, passed appetizers and stunning views of the NYC skyline. Round up your holiday squad, raid your grandma’s closet and join us on December 19 for the ugliest of soirées!
Book lovers never go to bed alone. Prepare yourself for a night of good text at the immersive cabaret-and-reading series’ special edition Old Timey Office Holiday Party. Enjoy private poetry readings over the course of the evening, and take in spectacular shows from aerial artists and racy burlesque performers as well as live music from the throwback house band Hot Club of Flatbush. Vintage costumes and obnoxious caroling are welcome at the office-themed fete (unlike at the place you actually work).
Polish your wand and steam those dress robes: It’s time to party as if you just passed your OWLs. This themed bash, hosted by the wizard rockers Harry and the Potters, gives Muggles and nerds the chance to come together and get down. Get revved up for spilled Solo cups of Butterbeer and bespectacled Brooklynites shaking it to Potter-lovin’ bands like the Moaning Myrtles and Kwikspell.
Your season just got a lot more fabulous, thanks to the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Judge Michelle Visage hosts this live performance by some of our favorite girls from the show in support of their new album, Christmas Queens 3. Sing along to some of your favorite Christmas songs with the TV series’ veteran performers: Ginger Minj, Jinkx Monsoon, Manila Luzon, Peppermint, Phi Phi O’Hara, Sharon Needles and Thorgy Thor. There’s almost a queen for all 12 days of Christmas!
Not stuck at home with your parents? Then hit the dance floor with more than 1,000 gay Jews at this annual blowout. For more than a decade, Hebro’s annual ’twas-the-night-before blowout has rightfully earned its status as the place to be on Christmas Eve for the city’s Chosen dudes. Lose yourself to pop hits from DJ Nandi, and get pumped for performances by drag stars.
Have a rockin' Christmas with Marah at Hill Country BBQ for a righteous rock n' roll show to get you pumped for the holidays. VIP tickets includes a soundcheck with the band! Don't miss out on a chance to see the boys from Philly as they make a trip to NYC for one-night only with their annual Christmas Spectacular.
Wet your whistle with some complimentary milk and cookies and give the gift of your voice at this giant sing-along shindig. The big man in red himself hosts as he leads the crowds through their favorite hits by the likes of Bing Crosby, the Jackson 5 and Mariah Carey. Go all-out with your wardrobe choices: There’s a competition for both the best Santa costume and worst holiday sweater. Throw back a few Xmas cocktails like the Santa’s Sleigh, Egg Nog and Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer—you’ll need the liquid courage to win the prize for being the most naughty.