Friends or family coming to New York City to witness its bustling, holiday season? Looking for the perfect pre-Christmas gift for your boo to get the holiday cheer started? Or do you just want to celebrate good times, come on? We’ve got you covered. With shows beginning as early as December 1st, New York City, Here Is Your 2018 Holiday Concert Calendar.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular: Featuring the Rockettes
Radio City Music Hall, November 9 – January 1
One of NYC’s premier dance companies, the Rockettes, are back this year to host their annual Christmas Spectacular. Putting you right in the action of NYC’s holiday displays, the Radio City Music Hall production is famed, and surviving, for a reason.
The Hold Steady: Massive Nights III
Brooklyn Bowl, November 28 – December 1
…Are you ready for rock and roll? Brooklyn-based alt-rock outfit The Hold Steady is back for their Massive Nights concert series. So if you want to ascend to Heaven where the real angels sing, get revved for a few raucous nights in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Bob Dylan and His Band
Beacon Theater, November 23 – December 1
Can you believe that Bob Dylan is still touring, let alone during the holiday season? We couldn’t think of a better treat for those long-time Dylan fans, who have yet to see the legend live, in concert.
John Legend: A Legendary Christmas Tour
The Hulu theater at Madison Square Garden, December 3
Last month, singer, songwriter, and EGOT winner John Legend announced his ‘Legendary Christmas’ album and tour. Will he bring out any special guests for his NYC appearance? We think it’s more than likely.
Holiday Cheer for FUV: John Prine, The Lone Bellow, and More
Beacon Theater, December 3
The annual folk concert will take place, yet again, at NYC’s Beacon Theater. This year, the WFUV lineup is country focused, with John Prine and The Lone Bellow sitting atop the bill.
Not So Silent Night: Muse, Florence + the Machine, Mike Shinoda, and More
Barclays Center, December 6
If Jingle Ball had a lesser-known, but just as cool cousin, it would be ALT 92.3’s ‘Not So Silent Night’. This year, indie rock dominates the lineup, with bands such as Florence + the Machine, CHVRCHES, Death Cab for Cutie, and Mike Shinoda.
Jingle Ball: Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, and More
Madison Square Garden, December 7
Need we say more on what is known as the premier, pop music holiday concert? It’s no surprise that Cardi leads the bill, as she’s had just about the biggest year a breakout artist could have.
Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays
Beacon Theater, December 8
Cyndi Lauper will continue her tour with a holiday focused concert. The show, taking place at the historic Beacon Theater, will benefit the True Colors Foundation, which works to end homelessness amongst LGBTQ youth.
Madison Square Garden, December 12 – 13
This year, after releasing new music for the first time in 14 years, the famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli has taken on a tremendous tour, which includes NYC during the holiday season.
102.7’s Holiday in New York: Charlie Puth, Alec Benjamin, and More
Beacon Theater, December 13
After releasing one of the best pop albums of 2018, Voicenotes, it’s no surprise that Charlie Puth has enough juice to sell-out his shows, in addition to headlining holiday concerts at the Beacon Theater.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Musical
The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, December 13 – 30
Tony-nominated actor Gavin Lee will be performing as the Grinch, in this musical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. When it comes to timeless Christmas tales, nothing beats a visit to Whoville.
Ingrid Michaelson: 12th Annual Holiday Hop
Beacon Theater, December 17
Ingrid Michaelson’s Holiday Hop is an annual event, but this time, she’s also promoting her new album, Songs for the Season. The self-described, “Christmas-obsessed” human will be joined by Jenna Nicholls, and a full band.
Pentatonix: Christmas is Here
Beacon Theater, December 18 – 22
Who can better channel the nostalgia of Christmas caroling than a professional, charming, and very lovable a capella band? Again this holiday season, the Pentatonix are here for you.
Madison Square Garden, December 19
What a treat for Billy Joel fans, that the Piano Man, with music ranging from five decades, will be at Madison Square Garden this year for the holidays. Let the cheer, begin!