The COVID-19 pandemic may have put a damper on the usual cheer, but contrary to what gay icon Dolly Parton described as “a hard candy Christmas,” there’s a brilliant drag show streaming on demand to put the “ho” back into your 2020 holiday festivities.
Here are a few holiday specials to put a little drag magic in your celebration:
“A Drag Queen Christmas 2020”
Ten fan favorites from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” are ready to stuff your stocking this weekend in “A Drag Queen Christmas 2020” from promoters Murray & Peter Presents. The two-hour production, filmed using five cameras, features emcees Trinity The Tuck and Nina West, along with Lady Bunny, Landon Cider, Shea Coulee, Jackie Cox, Jaida Essence Hall, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Thorgy Thor and Sasha Velour. There’s plenty of sugar and spice, including Shea Coulee’s signature Christmas nesting doll and Landon Cider’s creepy Krampus in heels.
Watch “A Drag Queen Christmas 2020” on-demand through Jan. 31 for $25 at DragFans.com or save $5 at Goldstar.com.
Christmas becomes calamity in Taylor Mac’s “Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!,” a blend of music, film, burlesque and random acts of fabulousness in the most subversive and cathartic event of the season, streaming through Jan. 2. Ibsen Award winner and MacArthur Fellow Mac (who uses “judy” as a gender pronoun) invites long-time collaborators and surprise special guests to create a virtual vaudeville to celebrate the holidays in all of their dysfunction. There is more to the holidays than rampant capitalism and gift-giving as Mac reminds viewers of the collective power of our chosen families, a message that rings true in this bittersweet holiday season.
Watch “Holiday Sauce…Pandemic!” on-demand through Jan. 2 at TaylorMacHolidaySauce.com. Tickets are pay-what-you-can with a suggested minimum of $10.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
Beginning on Christmas Day at 9 a.m., Logo will offer a marathon of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” seasons 1 – 12. That’s right, every episode, every “Lip Sync for your Life” and every steamy pit crew appearance! Then, on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m. before the premiere of Season 13, last season’s winner Jaida Essence Hall and Miss Congeniality Heidi N Closet will host VH1’s “Very Ru Year” movie marathon with screenings of “Clueless,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and “Mamma Mia.”
If you haven’t already gotten your fill of drag by then, at 8 p.m., “Drag Race” Season 13 will be simulcast on the CW network along with MTV, MTV2, PopTV and Logo. Thirteen competitors include Denali (Chicago, IL), Elliott with 2 Ts (Las Vegas, NV), Gottmik (Los Angeles, CA), Joey Jay (Phoenix, AZ), Kahmora Hall (Chicago, IL), Kandy Muse (New York, NY), LaLa Ri (Atlanta, GA), Olivia Lux (New York, NY), Rosé (New York, NY), Symone (Los Angeles, CA), Tamisha Iman (Atlanta, GA), Tina Burner (New York, NY) and Utica Queen (Minneapolis, MN). Setting the tone for the new year to come, the queens will enter the Werk Room to discover an explosive surprise: they must immediately go head-to-head on the mainstage to defend their place in the competition with six lip syncs for their lives. 2021 is already starting to look better than in 2020.
Check local listings for channels and showtimes.