Haul Out the Holly: It's Holiday Concert Season!

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Order your late-night hot toddies and get into the Christmas spirit with our roundup of the best holiday-themed concerts New York City has to offer this December.

Jay Malsky's Elaine Stritch: Merry Christmas, Dec. 4 at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Elaine Stritch devotee Jay Malsky returns to the stage with a special holiday-themed solo show: Jay Malsky's Elaine Stritch: Merry Christmas. Following an acclaimed performance at the NYC Fringe Festival, Malsky returns as his favorite, husky-voiced icon to celebrate the holiday season at Feinstein's/54 Below. Tickets from $10; Dec. 4 at 11:30 PM.

Sparkle: An All-Star Holiday Concert, Dec. 6 at The Cutting Room
Scott Nevins' benefit evening for the Actors Fund is back for the fourth year in a row featuring an impressive roster of Broadway stars that includes Billy Porter, Stephanie J. Block, Robin De Jesus, Julia Murney, Max von Essen, Matt Doyle and many more singing all your holiday favorites. Tickets from $65; Dec. 6 at 7:30 PM

The Skivvies: Holiday Roadkill, Dec. 6 and 7 at Joe's Pub
Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley of The Skivvies return with another excuse to strip bare: the holidays. Their latest show, Holiday Road Kill, mashes the likes of "Little Drummer Boy" with "We Got the Beat." Guests include Alice Ripley, Lena Hall, Laura Benanti, Nick Adams, Erik Altemus, Randy Harrison, Nicole Parker and Jonah Verdon. Tickets from $30; Dec. 6 and 7 at 9:30 PM

The Civilians' Let Me Ascertain You: War on Christmas, Dec. 8 at Joe's Pub
New York-based theatre ensemble The Civilians bring the latest installation in their Let Me Ascertain You cabaret series to Joe's Pub, in which actors perform interviews and original songs. The evening explores diverse cultural and religious minorities in America, focusing on their experiences and responses to the commercialization of Christmas. Tickets from $15; Dec. 8 at 10 PM.

Trevor Wadleigh, Christopher Marchant, Edmund Bagnell &amp; Daniel Shevlin of <i>Well-Strung</i>
Trevor Wadleigh, Christopher Marchant, Edmund Bagnell & Daniel Shevlin of Well-Strung Photo by John Barrois

A Well-Strung Christmas, Dec. 9, 10 and 14 at Feinstein’s/54 Below
All-male string quartet Well-Strung debut their brand-new holiday show at the supper club, devised by the ensemble, Mark Cortale and director Richard Jay-Alexander. The show weaves selections from holiday classics like "Silent Night" to George Michael’s "This Christmas," as well as new arrangements of songs like "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." Tickets from $35; Dec. 9, 10, and 14 at 9:30 PMChristmas with The Swingles, Dec. 12 at Subculture
Grammy-winning, London-based group The Swingles (whose music appears on "Sex and the City" and "Glee") bring their unique sound to the Big Apple with a special, one-night-only holiday show. The seven young singers are also celebrating two new album releases this year. Tickets from $30; Dec. 12 at 8 PM

Christine Pedi: Snow Bizness, Dec. 12 and 26 at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Chicago's Christine Pedi brings the 12 divas of Christmas to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a concert that celebrates the best of Barbra Streisand, Patti LuPone, Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Carol Channing and more. Tickets from $20; Dec. 12 and 26 at 9:30 PM and 11:30 PM

Daniel Reichard's Under the Mistletoe!, Dec. 13 and 20 at Birdland Jazz
Returning for an eighth year, original Jersey Boys star Daniel Reichard presents another holiday show to benefit Broadway Barks, the Bernadette Peters-founded organization that helps homeless dogs and cats find homes. Show your support for a good cause and enjoy holiday favorites, cheeky Christmas stories and some unexpected guest surprises. Tickets from $30; Dec. 13 and 20 at 6 PM

Jay Alan Zimmerman’s Naughty & Nice Holiday Songbook, Dec. 17 at Feinstein’s/54 Below
From the creator of the award-winning Incredibly Deaf Musical, Jay Alan Zimmerman brings his Naughty & Nice Holiday Songbook to Feinstein’s/54 Below. Zimmerman became deaf after the 9/11 tragedy, but his disability has not held him back from composing songs each holiday season for Broadway’s Future Holiday Songbook at Lincoln Center. This year he celebrates many years of debuting new holiday songs with this special one-night show – a heartfelt and hilarious collection of his work. The show is accessible to people with hearing loss through live wireless captions by Globetitles. Tickets from $40; Dec. 17 at 9:30 PM

Songs of Serendip: Christmas Beyond the Lights, Dec. 18 at Subculture
Quartet group Songs of Serendip bring their unique fusion of R&B, gospel and neo-soul to Subculture for a concert featuring selections from their latest holiday album, "Christmas: Beyond The Lights." The ensemble infuses modern and traditional holiday songs arranged with vocals, cello, harp and piano, as well as their first original composition, "Miss You Most," a ballad of long-distance love. Tickets from $25; Dec. 18 at 8 PM

The 8th Annual Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular , Dec. 18 and 19 at Feinstein’s/54 Below
Back for another year, award-winning composer Joe Iconis returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below to celebrate the holiday season. Directed by John Simpkins and produced by the supper club's own Jennifer Ashley Tepper, the show is part rock concert, part theatre piece, featuring an all-star cast of stage favorites, tiny elves and an inebriated Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Tickets from $25; Dec. 18 and 19 at 7 PM and 11 PM

A Swingin' Birdland Christmas, Dec. 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25 at Birdland Jazz
Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch return for a sixth year with their special holiday concert. The evening features swinging arrangements of holiday favorites like "Christmas Waltz," Kay Thompson’s "Holiday Season," "Sleigh Ride" and "I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm." Tickets from $30; Dec. 21-25 at 7 PM

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