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Christmas music NYC 2015: Holiday concerts to attend

Love it or hate it, holiday music is everywhere this time of year. It's at the drugstore, the deli, you name it. Plenty of grinches want to cover their ears and count the days until New Year's. Others can't get enough. If you fall into the latter category, you'll have plenty of opportunities to get your fill of Frosty and Jingle Bells on stages around the city. Here's a sampling:

Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays

Lauper's annual concert is one of the most
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Lauper's annual concert is one of the most varied holiday extravaganzas. In years past, the show has included 50 Cent, Josh Groban and Lou Reed. This year brings Boy George, Richie Sambora, Ledisi and Kurt Vile, to name a few. The concert benefits The True Colors Fund, which seeks to end LGBT youth homelessness. Dec. 5, Beacon Theatre, $50-$150.

A John Waters' Christmas: Holier & Dirtier

One of the more unusual holiday traditions is
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One of the more unusual holiday traditions is movie director John Waters' one-man Christmas show, which he promises will "put the X in Xmas" with its unique take on holiday traditions. Dec. 6, City Winery, $47.50-$67.50

Ingrid Michaelson's 9th Annual Holiday Hop

Staten Island native Michaelson's folk-pop songs are mainstream
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Staten Island native Michaelson's folk-pop songs are mainstream enough to soundtrack countless commercials and TV shows, yet quirky enough that fans feel like they know her personally. There's a joy and sense of humor in her performances that's a perfect fit for a holiday celebration. Dec. 7, Webster Hall, $40.

Mariah Carey

Even though it's more than 20 years old,
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Even though it's more than 20 years old, Carey's 1994 single "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is one of the newest additions to the list of inescapable holiday classics. With 14 million copies sold, it's also one of the best-selling songs of all time. Carey likes it so much, she rerecorded it twice, once in 2010 for her second holiday album and then again in 2011 as a duet with Justin Bieber. Dec. 8, 9, 14, 15, 17; Beacon Theatre, $59.50-$255.

The Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Christmas Show

Mann and Leo's annual holiday outing is part
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Mann and Leo's annual holiday outing is part concert, part variety show. It features Christmas songs, originals, comedy sketches and videos, along with a host of guests. This year's include Liz Phair and Jonathan Coulton. Dec. 10, Town Hall; Dec. 12, Music Hall of Williamsburg, $35-$45.

Rhett Miller's 3rd Annual Holiday Extravaganza!

Miller's alcohol-soaked songs about breaking hearts, and having
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Miller's alcohol-soaked songs about breaking hearts, and having his heart broken, may not be traditional Yuletide fare. But he delivers them with charisma and a sly sense of humor that makes him an engaging host for a night of music and comedy that pokes fun at some of the darker parts of the holiday season. Dec. 12, City Winery, $25-$35.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

These prog-rockers are best known for their holiday-themed
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These prog-rockers are best known for their holiday-themed rock operas. This year, they'll also present songs from their new album "Letters from the Labyrinth," which uses letters between a child and a friend of the child's grandfather to create a "dialogue between the wisdom of the past and the hopes for the future." Dec. 12, Prudential Center, $43-$71.50.

A Johnnyswim Christmas

Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez, the married couple
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Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez, the married couple that make up the folk-soul duo Johnnyswim, had an eventful year. In February, they gave birth to their first child. Now, they're getting back on the road for a series of holiday shows, including tracks from the Christmas album they released last year. Their 2014 shows got an extra dose of holiday spirit, as they encouraged fans to visit tables with information on charities during intermission. Dec. 14-15, Bowery Ballroom, $30.

A Darlene Love Christmas

Love has been practically synonymous with the holiday
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Love has been practically synonymous with the holiday season since she appeared on Phil Spector's classic 1963 Christmas album. But she hasn't been resting on her laurels. Love stole the show at the 2014 Oscars accepting an award for the documentary "20 Feet from Stardom," and this year she released her first new album in decades, which included songs from fans Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello. Dec. 20, 23, 26, Jan. 2; BB King's, $45-$50.

Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Party Ever!

If Spector never did anything after 1963, she'd
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If Spector never did anything after 1963, she'd have earned her place in music history just for her classic track "Be My Baby." Later that year, she appeared alongside Love on her onetime husband Phil's Christmas album, earning her a permanent slot on holiday playlists. Dec. 22-23, City Winery, $55-$75.

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