Celebrate The Holidays With Joy In Harlem At The Apollo Theatre: Ho, Ho, Ho, And Happy Holidays!

November 13, 2023

This December 2023, Harlem’s Apollo Theatre will celebrate the holidays with events and programs for the entire family.

With performances from BeBe Winans, Samara Joy, and Soshana Bean to Double Dutch Holiday Classic and the soul-stirring Kwanzaa: A Regeneration Celebration featuring Abdel R. Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.

This year’s Holidays at The Apollo promises a remarkable array of live and in-person festivities that will celebrate culture, music, and community during the festive season.

Bebe Winans


Saturday, December 2, 2023

The Apollo’s Historic Theater 

Tickets start at $40


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Six-time Grammy winner BeBe Winans returns to The Apollo for a historic live album recording concert backed by Donald Lawrence & Company. Among the artists Winans has written and produced for are Whitney Houston, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, David Foster, Gladys Knight, Anita Baker, Bobby Brown, and The Clark Sisters – as well his younger sisters Angie and Debbie Winans.

Double Dutch Holiday Classic  

Sunday, December 3, 2023 | 1:00pm EST 

The Apollo’s Historic Theater 

Tickets start at $40 

The National Double Dutch League returns to The Apollo for the annual Double Dutch Holiday Classic where world-class Double Dutch teams of all ages from around the world compete for the championship title of “Best of Show.” 

Shoshana Bean and Friends

Monday, December 4, 2023 | 7:30pm EST 

The Apollo’s Historic Theater 

Tickets start at $54.95

Tony and Grammy Award-nominee Shoshana Bean returns to The Apollo with her legendary holiday concert spectacular. This annual one-night-only event has become a New York holiday tradition and features very special guests from stage and screen. Music Direction by David Cook. Produced by Shane Scheel for For The Record Live.

Winter Wonderland 

Saturday, December 9, 2023 | 1:00pm EST 

The Apollo’s Marquee 

FREE & open to the public

Under the twinkling lights of our famous marquee, The Apollo invites audiences to bring the whole family for a wide array of holiday-themed activities including picture taking with Santa Claus and amazing performances. This event is hosted by The Apollo Tour Director and Ambassador, Billy Mitchell.  

Amateur Night Holiday Special  

Saturday, December 9, 2023 | 7:30pm EST 

The Apollo’s Historic Theater 

Tickets start at $30 

The Apollo Amateur Night Holiday Special showcases talented alumni of the show’s “Stars of Tomorrow” segment, spotlighting the young performers hoping to follow in the footsteps of Apollo Legends like Ella Fitzgerald and H.E.R., whose careers were launched on the stage of The Apollo.  

Samara Joy: A Joyful Holiday

Thursday, December 14, 2023 and Friday, December 15, 2023| 8:00pm EST 

The Apollo’s Historic Theater

 Tickets start at $59

Grammy Award-winning Best New Artist, Samara Joy, embraces the tradition of such singers as Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald in this holiday-themed concert featuring two generations of her family including her father Antonio McLendon, uncle Laurone McLendon, and her cousins Tiera Lovell Rowe and Tommy Niblack, accompanied by the Shedrick Mitchell Trio.

Kwanzaa: A Regeneration Celebration 

Saturday, December 30, 2023 | 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm EST 

The Apollo’s Historic Theater 

Tickets start at $25

Anchored by Forces of Nature Dance Theatre under the leadership of critically acclaimed choreographer Abdel Salaam, The Apollo’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration returns for a joyous celebration of Kwanzaa through dance, music, and spoken word, honoring the principles of Kwanzaa and traditions from across the African Diaspora.  

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The Apollo  

The legendary Apollo—the soul of American culture—plays a vital role in cultivating emerging artists and launching legends. Since its founding, The Apollo has served as a center of innovation and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the world. In 2024, The Apollo will open The Apollo’s Victoria Theaters, which will include two new theater spaces, and begin the renovation of its Historic Theater, marking the first-ever expansion and renovation of The Apollo in its nearly 90-year history. Read more about the project here: www.apollotheater.org/renovation-restoration-and-transformation/ 

With music at its core, The Apollo’s programming extends to dance, theater, spoken word, and more. This includes the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and the New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved; special programs such as the blockbuster concert Bruno Mars Live at the Apollo100The Apollo Celebrates Ella; and the annual Africa Now! Festival. The non-profit Apollo is a performing arts presenter, commissioner, and collaborator that also produces festivals, large-scale dance, and musical works organized around a set of core initiatives that celebrate and extend The Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens, including the Women of the World (WOW) Festival as well as other multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations. 

Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, The Apollo has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres—including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at The Apollo are Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, H.E.R. D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Jazmine Sullivan, Machine Gun Kelly, and Miri Ben Ari; and The Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy. For more information about The Apollo, visit www.ApolloTheater.org.

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