The hottest LGBTQ events happening in December

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Festive feeling? If you’re here, you’re a geek, and you want to indulge in some holiday cheer, there are plenty of things to do in December. Think speedo-wearing runners, pull off great matches, New York hits, and more. Before heading out, check to make sure events are going on and know that some may require participants to be fully vaccinated.

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Drag Queen’s Birthday: Multiple Cities

It’s cross-Christmas for all of us as hosts Trinity the Tuck and Monét X Change drag (pun intended!) a retinue of notable queens like William, Sasha Velor, Shea Couleé, Jaida Essence Hall and others across the country for this – city holiday extravaganza with a stop in Major cities like Phoenix, Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles, Orlando, Portland, and other places. In fact, this show officially kicked off November 10 in Detroit, so go to their official website and grab a couple tickets in a city near you.

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Key West NYE stiletto heels

Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Desk

It’s a NYE tradition befitting the Republic of the kooky Conch. In the middle of the night in front of the adjacent LGBTQ bar on the Bourbon Street Pub, local drag queen Sushi cradles herself inside giant red high heels and then descends from a height of 20 feet. Expect to see everyone from Key West in attendance, from families with young children to singles to festively dressed people.

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Masterbeat NYE: Los Angeles

Image source: Masterbeat

The City of Angels cools off dramatically in December, but expect plenty of sweat and heat at this massive La La Land NYE party, which claims to be the biggest in the world. This year’s theme is Under the Big Top (yes, we’re laughing too) and this 3-episode circus features 8 ring-makers to help kickstart the new year. This starts on December 30th and continues nonstop until 2022. You’ve been warned.

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Puerto Vallarta New York 2022

Why spend only one night celebrating New Year’s Eve when you could instead spend one night? Yes, Puerto Vallarta NYE 2022 (December 28 – January 4) is part of the popular White Party, offering seven sunny days in Mexico’s undisputed coastal paradise, along with seven nights of wild parties hosted by some of the most famous DJs on the scene. As for the photovoltaic weather in December…it’s darn near perfect.

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Jinkx Monsoon Returns and Dela Holiday Show, Live!: Multiple Cities

Photo: Jiji Lee

You better pay attention, you better not cry… well, you may cry tears of laughter as drag stars Jenks Monson and Della (aka BenDelaCreme) sweep across the country with their song, dance, and heartfelt holiday extravaganza returning. This show kicks off November 30 in Portland, Maine and includes stops in most major cities along the way. But these two queens hail from the Pacific Northwest, so it’s the five-night Seattle (Dec 21-24, 26) stay on Neptune that we’d most like to see.

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San Juan Winter Pridefest

Puerto Rico, we love you. When winter makes us feel blue, you’re the foolproof antidote. Winter Pridefest (December 9-13) offers a glam shot of vitamin D, including beautiful beaches, dozens of live shows, circuit parties, and more in the LGBTQ capital of the Caribbean.

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Santa Speedo Run: Multiple Cities

Photo: Rodney Brown (Flickr, Creative Commons)

It started with five men running through the streets of Boston in December 2000 in tight swimwear and Santa Claus hats, and has since grown into an annual tradition that has made millions – not surprisingly – chosen by the LGBTQ community. These days, costumes are getting increasingly exotic (leather fetish Rudolph, anyone?), and since 2000, the race has spread to other cities across the country, including Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, and San Francisco. In 2020, the Boston race took place in small groups to accommodate the pandemic, so we imagine this year’s Bentown Race (and also other cities) will be ready!

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