Yo La Tengo
Maxwell’s, 1039 Washington St., at 11th St., Hoboken, N.J.; 201-653-1703.
This popular Hanukkah show featuring surprise opening bands and comedy acts is sold out (as usual). Your best bet to see it? Snag a bartending gig at Maxwell’s or start bidding on eBay for tix.
• Date: Dec. 4–11; Sun.–Thurs. 8:30 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 9 p.m.
• Price: $30
Red Hot Holiday Stomp
Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle, at 60th St.; 212-258-9800.
Shake off the winter cold with jazz master Wynton Marsalis and his fellow hepcats as they present holiday favorites, New Orleans style.
• Date: Dec. 6–8; Thurs.–Sat. 8 p.m., Sat, 2 p.m.
• Price: $30–$120
The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Spectacular
Carnegie Hall, 154 W. 57th St., at Seventh Ave.; 212-247-7800.
Joining the 250-member choir this year will be award-winning Broadway starlet Kelli O’Hara (The Light in the Piazza), bass-baritone Robert Osbourne, and the students of the Third Street Music Settlement.
• Date: Dec. 11, 8 p.m.
• Price: $27–$84
The Mike Errico Holiday Show
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., nr. Astor Pl.; 212-539-8777.
Not only will the multitalented singer perform tracks from his recent release, All In, but his Holiday Omens routine provides audience members glimpses into their future.
• Date: Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
• Price: $15
Kiki & Herb: The Second Coming
Carnegie Hall, 154 W. 57th St., at Seventh Ave.; 212-247-7800
The celebrated lounge duo offer their version of the birth of baby Jesus—between covers of New Order and Kate Bush, of course.
• Date: Dec. 12, 8:00 p.m.
• Price: $29.50–$175
Z100’s Jingle Ball 2007
Madison Square Garden, 4 Penn Pl., nr. 31st St.; 212-465-6741.
Christmas comes early for Top-40 fans: Not only will the Backstreet Boys be reuniting, but Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, and Timbaland are also on the bill.
• Date: Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.
• Price: $40.50–$235
The Waverly Consort
The Cloisters, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr., nr. Park Dr.; 212-923-3700
Get a taste of Middle Ages entertainment as this thirteen-member ensemble brings biblical storytelling and drama to the Cloisters.
• Date: Dec. 15–16, 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
• Price: $45
Ronnie Spector’s Christmas Party
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-997-4144.
Join the sexy sexagenarian (and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee) for her takes on standards like “Sleigh Ride” and “Frosty the Snowman.”
• Date: Dec. 15–16, 7:30 p.m.
• Price: $30 in advance, $34 at the door
New York Philharmonic: Handel’s Messiah
Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plz., nr. 65th St.; 212-875-5900.
The city’s premier orchestra has performed the oratorio every season since 1928, making this the bellwether of the the annual flock of Messiah concerts.
• Date: Dec. 19–22; Wed.–Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri. 2 p.m., Sat. 8 p.m.
• Price: $29–$102
Karen Mason & Friends: Christmas in the City
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St.; 212-864-1414.
Brace yourself for the Broadway and cabaret star who will be belting out yuletide favorites alongside fellow stage vets Liz Callaway and Gregg Edelman.
• Date: Dec. 22, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
• Price: $30–$70