8 Holiday Shows to Watch in New York

Looking for a show to see that vacation family? Look no further. On this list is something for you and your family, natural or chosen:

Jefferson Mays stars A Christmas song On Broadway.
(© A Christmas carol live)

1. A Christmas song On Broadway
Tony winner Jefferson Mays (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) plays over 50 characters in this truly chilling adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ghost story about Ebenezer Scrooge learning the value of Christmas. From the very first bar the audience jumps in their chairs while Mays grabs our attention and doesn’t let go. His tour de force performance is backed by some of the most innovative stage magic available today. The magic of this show has to be seen to be believed. As our critic notes, “That carol will send you out in the cold feeling warm, thoughtful and maybe – maybe – just a little less cynical about the state of the world right now.

Jinkx Monsoon and BeDeLaCreme are the stars The Jinkx & DeLa Christmas Show.
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2. The Jinkx & DeLa Christmas Show
Drag superstars Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme are once again bringing their holiday extravaganza to New York’s Town Hall as part of an international tour. This night of comedy and singing has become a seasonal must-have, the spiked eggnog to make your holidays extra festive (or just to get you through, depending on your relationship at that time of year). Drag Race Fans will be especially excited to see Jinkx Monsoon, the newly crowned “Queen of Queens” who has triumphed over a field of Drag Race Winner in the last season of All stars. There’s no better way to make the holiday season gay.

The creative team of A Hanukkah song.

3. A Hanukkah Song or Gelt Journey! The musical
Oy to the world! This new musical version of Dickens by Aaron Kenny, Rob Berliner and Harrison Bryan will be performed in concert at Green Room 42 on December 18, the first night of Hanukkah. Scrooge has become Chava Kanipshin, a narcissistic millennial influencer too busy building her brand to spend Hanukkah with her family. However, an unforgettable journey into the past, present and future of Hanukkah lets them see the lights. It’s unclear if Chava’s transformation takes a full eight nights or if it can be completed on the standard night. But this particular concert is only for one night.

Drew McVety and Allen Gilmore are the main actors A Sherlock Carol Off Broadway.
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4. A Sherlock Carol
Mark Shanahan’s clever mashup of Sherlock Holmes and A Christmas song returns to New York for a second year, with Drew McVety reprising his role as a brilliant detective and Allen Gilmore taking on Ebenezer Scrooge – who may have been murdered. dr Timothy Cratchit (better known to us as “Tiny Tim”) wants answers in this festive whodunnit that also features a slew of Christmas carols. TheaterMania’s review calls it “a show for the whole family.”

Kylie Kuioka, Ali Ewoldt, Dan Macke, Kerry Conte, Jay Aubrey Jones and Ashley Robinson rehearse for the 2022 production of Irish Rep A Children’s Christmas in Wales.
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5. A Children’s Christmas in Wales
Charlotte Moore’s stage adaptation of this heartwarming Dylan Thomas tale, now returning for its sixth season, is a beloved tradition in the Republic of Ireland. Steeped in the nostalgia of a snowy Christmas seen through the eyes of a child, it features elements of both contemporary and traditional Christmas music guaranteed to be a feast for the senses. In a review of a previous run, our critic advises, “Let yourself be warmed inside like a cup of hot cocoa and absorb the spirit of the holidays that only exists in our fantasies and fabricated memories.”

John Kevin Jones stars in the lead role A carol in the merchant’s house.
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6. A carol in the merchant’s house
I know, I know…I have already recommended a one man partner carol with a Tony winner on Broadway. But for those willing to stray off the beaten path, you’ll find this little gem listed in the best-preserved townhouse in Manhattan’s historic Bond Street neighborhood. Celebrating his 10th anniversary, John Kevin Jones will have you feeling transported back to Dickens’ own time in this intimate performance A Christmas song in the merchant house. You can read more about this real New York haunted house here.

Bridget Everett, Murray Hill and Justin Vivian Bond will all be performing at Joe’s Pub this December.
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7. A Blessed Trinity at Joe’s Pub
This is actually three shows at Joe’s Pub, but all are worth highlighting: Beginning December 5th, cabaret terrorist Bridget Everett and her band, the Tender Moments, will play a series of engagements, all guaranteed to delight those in attendance who have a penchant for original songs and outrageous comedy. From December 13th, Mr. Showbiz himself will be taking over the 7pm show at Joe’s Pub with Murray Hill A Murray Little Christmas, with Everett performing afterwards at 9:30. Stick with it and make it a double feature. You could do the same on December 16th when Justin Vivian Bond returns with Joe’s Pub Oh Maria, it’s Christmas, the latest in a series of unforgettable holiday commitments. These three downtown icons, all playing at the same venue over the span of two weeks, are the ultimate gift for cabaret fans.

The Rockettes star in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
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8th. Christmas spectacle with the Radio City Rockettes
I couldn’t leave that out, could I? The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been a popular tradition in this city since 1933. Featuring the legendary Rockettes, it lives up to its name with a living nativity scene, a magical journey into Santa’s workshop and a full-size New York City tour bus on stage. This year, the Rockettes added a new number called “Dance of the Frost Fairies,” which features robotic fairy drones flying high above the audience. It’s set in an auditorium that seats over 6,000 and has 4-5 performances a day, meaning there’s always room for you and your family. Take in a matinee, then visit the tree at Rockefeller Center for a perfect afternoon in New York City.