Amateur Night Holiday Special Features Talented Alumni to be hosted by MJ The Musical (young MJ) star Christian Vance

Celebrate the Holidays with the Apollo with two events on Saturday December 10.

From 2:00pm to 6:00 pm, the Apollo and Coca-Cola will present a free Winter Wonderland experience. Under the twinkling lights of the world-famous Apollo marquee, guests are welcome to enjoy family-friendly holiday-themed activities including picture taking with Santa and amazing performances. Books and toys will be collected for the Iris House Charity. This event is hosted by the Apollo Theater’s Tour Director and Ambassador, Billy Mitchell.

Following Winter Wonderland, the annual Amateur Night Holiday Special co-hosted by young actor Christian Vance, who plays young Michael in MJ the Musical, takes place at t 7:30PM EST. Tickets start at $28.

The Amateur Night Holiday Special will gather Amateur Night alums Michelle Galvis, Christian Guardino, Kofi, Alexis Morrast, Austin Paul, Jr. and Matthew Whitaker and exciting new child stars Brianna Cameron, Emelise Munoz, and Pranysqa Mishra, for a special, non-competitive evening of holiday classics and other musical hits. Winter Wonderland and the Amateur Night Holiday Special are a part of “The Next Movement”, Apollo’s Fall 2022 season.

For more information about Winter Wonderland, the Amateur Night Holiday Special, and the full Holiday at the Apollo schedule visit

About the Apollo Theater

The legendary Apollo Theater—the soul of American culture—plays a vital role in cultivating emerging artists and launching legends. Since its founding, the Apollo has served as a center of innovation and a creative catalyst for Harlem, the city of New York, and the world.

With music at its core, the Apollo’s programming extends to dance, theater, spoken word, and more. This includes the world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and the New York premiere of the opera We Shall Not Be Moved; special programs such as the blockbuster concert Bruno Mars Live at the Apollo; 100The Apollo Celebrates Ella; and the annual Africa Now! Festival.

The non-profit Apollo Theater is a performing arts presenter, commissioner, and collaborator that also produces festivals and large-scale dance and musical works organized around a set of core initiatives that celebrate and extend the Apollo’s legacy through a contemporary lens, including the Women of the World (WOW) Festival as well as other multidisciplinary collaborations with partner organizations.

Since introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo has served as a testing ground for new artists working across a variety of art forms and has ushered in the emergence of many new musical genres—including jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, soul, and hip-hop. Among the countless legendary performers who launched their careers at the Apollo are James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, H.E.R., D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill, Machine Gun Kelly, and Miri Ben-Ari; and the Apollo’s forward-looking artistic vision continues to build on this legacy. For more information about the Apollo, visit