Christmas Queens 3 Lands In NYC: 5 Sickening Seasonal Moments

Christmas Queens, 2017
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Before the coterie of Christmas-loving RuPaul's Drag Race alumni kicked off the third annual Christmas Queens celebration in New York City's Stage 48 on Sunday (Dec. 17) night, Michelle Visage (aka Ru's right hand) took the stage to offer a few words of encouragement in a difficult political climate – and to celebrate the drag capitol of the world.

"Every city we go to, there's a screaming influx of people who haven't been to a drag show before," Visage said of the Christmas Queens' NYC landing after a European tour. "But this is New York City. If you haven't been to a drag show before, f—k off."

Aside from serving as host, Visage delivered a stunning version of "Silent Night" and joined the queens for the all-cast opening and closing numbers. The NYC stop included winners and fan faves Ginger Minj, Jinkx Monsoon, Manila Luzon, Peppermint, Sharon Needles, Phi Phi O'Hara, Thorgy Thor and Ivy Winters delivering seasonal lip syncs and singing sickening originals.

These are our five favorite moments from the show.

Phi Phi's Revenge

Phi Phi O'Hara, who often sings under his non-drag name Jaremi Carey, has a legit impressive set of pipes. Unfortunately for Phi Phi (and the sound person Sunday night), the mic (…and the replacement mic) was not cooperating during the vocal showcase "O Come, All Ye Faithful." O'Hara handled it pretty well (better than Mimi might!) and got her revenge on "Naughty or Nice," which found her substantial vocal chops on full display, not to mention a colorful costume reveal.

Let It Snort

Wearing her Metropolis-like disco ball wig, Sharon Needles delivered her Studio 54-flavored "Snow Machine," the coked-up Christmas classic the world never knew it needed. With breakdancers, a Giorgio Moroder-styled beat and a 'snow' covered mirror, this performance was everything you should expect from a drag queen named Sharon Needles.

What Trap Child Is This?

With Thorgy Thor on violin and Peppermint handling vocals, the two performed a truly lovely, reverential run-through of "What Child Is This?" Peppermint can actually sing, and for a moment is sounded like church was taking over – until the beat kicked in and Pep broke it down, turning out a trap-flavored version of the hymn that was somehow not as jarring as you would think (props to the arranger). 

Juggle All the Way

For a renowned seamstress like Ivy Winters, you knew the Christmas costumes would have to be next level. Winters took the stage in a big plush red star, looking very much like Maggie Simpson wearing her winter coat, which the backup dancers tore off to reveal a red and white dress that was straight-up Vera-Ellen in White Christmas. That was followed by yet another reveal, where the skirt pulled off to show a shimmering flapper outfit. And it that wasn't enough for you, well, she also juggled. No, seriously. Winters whipped out three glowing bowling pins and tossed them around in dizzying patterns like it was a three-ringed drag circus. It was insanely entertaining.

Three Wise Ru Girls

Ginger Minj, Manila Luzon and Peppermint – wearing some ornate Middle Eastern-tinged outfits – reworked "We Three Kings" into "We Three Queens" (obviously) on Sunday night. They sang live, which you could tell because 1) they sounded impressive and 2) Peppermint tripped over the old-timey language at one point and endearingly sang, "yonder…whatever."

Check out upcoming Christmas Queens dates here. 


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