A guide to Sheffield’s upcoming festive LGBTQ+ events

The festive season is upon us at last, and Santa has gifted us with a month of queer joy to keep you ho-ho-ho-ing into the new year!

First up, we have Glitterbomb’s high energy sugar-pop cabaret, Jingle Belles and Mistle-Hoes! (14-23 Dec) at Theatre Deli, featuring dancing and drag queens and everyone’s favourite festive hits. If gigs are more your thing, Liars and Jarred Up are back at Sidney & Matilda with An Incredibly Queer Affair (Thu 14 Dec) showcasing an impressive line-up including DearthWorms, Ming City Rockers and Cherry Seraph. All proceeds from the show will be going to LGBT charities or transition funds.

For an alternative celebration of Christmas, check out O’Hooley & Tiddow – WinterFolk (22 Dec), as Belinda and Heidi make a welcome return to Sheffield’s glorious Upper Chapel for an evening of beautifully performed original, contemporary and traditional winter songs – including a selection from their album, WinterFolk, produced with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker.


Glitterbomb, who will be performing ‘Jingle Belles and Mistle-Hoes!’ at Theatre Deli from 14-23 Dec

There will be more festive sing-alongs at Big Queer Carols (10 Dec) with Sheffield’s LGBTQ+ choir, OutAloud; the launch of a ‘Queer COVID’ book documenting LGBTQIA+ experiences of the pandemic; and stalls from Juno Books, SAYiT and Amnesty International. If you can afford to and want to give directly to Sheffield’s LGBTQ+ youth, check out SAYiT’s young people’s wish list on their social media (@sayitsheffield) and add an extra gift to your basket when doing your Christmas shopping. SAYiT will also be co-hosting the Sheffield LGBTQ+ Multi Agency Network (6 Dec), bringing together groups and organisations representing and working with members of Sheffield’s LGBTQ+ communities.

The Funky Beavers are back at the OEC for their Comedy Drag Show (17 Dec) – a night filled with fun and laughter, turkey sarnies, a live drag show, DJ set and games with unforgettable prizes! Funky Beaver, Vivian Twist will also be joining forces with Emma Maezin for A Maezin Christmas (9 Dec) at the Yorkshireman, also featuring Ditzy O’Darlin and A Drag Queen Christmas (15 Dec) at the Rose & Crown. There’s more drag at Malin Bridge Inn with their fun and fabulous Christmas Drag Queen Bingo (29 Dec) with your host Marie La Rae and music maker Sassy DJ Brooke.

Funk Beaver Show

Award winning duo Vivian Twist and Miss Cleo, otherwise known as The Funky Beaver Show, who are back at the OEC for their Christmas Comedy Drag Show on 17 Dec

There are regular midweek happenings with Dempseys Quiz and Bingo (every Tuesday) and Diversity Fest Radio (every Thursday). Trans Active Swimming (Tuesdays) will be running at Zest Centre while Heeley Pool is closed for renovations, and this month they will also be running a weekly Dance Class (2/9/16 Dec) at Hype Dance Studio. As part of this month’s line-up, Curzon will be showing a one off screening of Carol (10 Dec), a film following two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York.

Back to gigs and the iconic Bowie Contingent (9 Dec) will be playing two shows at Dorothy Pax, performing original, passionate and inspired interpretations of Bowie’s music, with a mix of timeless classics, fan favourites and deep-cuts. And last but be no means least, over at Hatch we have a brilliant gig night, Mouses + .¡Ay Carmela! + Duck (9 Dec), featuring sets from lo-fi, garage, queerpunk duo, Bristol indie/alternative trio and the SynthPunkNoisePop act.

That’s your lot for this month! As ever, make sure to check out the latest event announcements at

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