‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme Bring Back Their Holiday Special

Former contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme are bringing back their live holiday show for a fourth season. 

Here is everything you need to know about the two stars and their upcoming show. 

Who are Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme?

Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race recognize Monsoon as the winner of season 5 of the popular television show. Monsoon defeated 13 other drag queens in categories including dancing, acting, singing, sewing, and more to earn the crown and the title of the next drag superstar. 

Monsoon was inspired to audition for the show by Sharon Needles, the previous season’s winner, because Needles is another high-concept, character-driven drag queen. Monsoon’s show highlights include impersonating Edith Bouvier Beale in the “Snatch Game” episode, and an iconic lip-synch performance to “Malambo No. 1.”

BenDeLaCreme appeared on the show after Monsoon, competing in season 6. She earned fifth place and the title of Miss Congeniality. BenDeLaCreme later appeared on season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars. After winning a record-breaking five challenges, she eliminated herself, claiming she had already proven herself and that she felt the other remaining contestants wanted the crown more than she did. 

Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme pose together in festive red and green attire at an event.
Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme visit SiriusXM Studios on November 08, 2019 in New York City | Steven Ferdman/Getty Images

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Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme started their holiday show in 2018

Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme first collaborated on a Christmas-themed show back in 2018. The title of the 2018 show was “To Jesus, Thanks for Everything,” followed by “All I Want for Christmas Is Attention” in 2019. 

Their performances caught the eye of writer and director Clea DuVall, who wrote small parts for the queens in her 2020 LGBTQIA+ holiday rom-com Happiest Season starring Kristen Stewart.

The drag duo has announced their return this holiday season 

“After a year in captivity, Jinkx and I are bustin’ at the seams and rarin’ to go! Waiting for Santa is nothing compared to the excitement I feel to be back in theaters, sharing the holidays with the chosen family we’ve collected around the globe!” said BenDeLaCreme of the 2021 tour. 

Monsoon added, “I’m thrilled to be back on tour with my sister DeLa, celebrating the holidays the way I was meant to: boozed up, bawdy, and on display!”

The show was entirely produced, directed, and written by the two queens and will also be the biggest run of the shows to date, including international performances. Fans can expect to see Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme perform comedy, new songs, and Christmas classics. The tour starts November 13 in the United Kingdom before the remaining 25 scheduled performances in Europe, Canada, and the United States throughout the end of 2021.

You can buy tickets at jinkxanddela.com. If you can’t make it to the live show, a filmed version of last year’s performance is available on Hulu. 

Here is the full list of dates and locations for “Return of The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show, LIVE!”:

November 13 – Liverpool, UK (Playhouse Theatre)

November 15 – Edinburgh, UK (Queens Hall)

November 19 – London, UK (Troxy)

November 20 – Manchester, UK (Palace Theatre)

November 21 – Brighton, UK (Theatre Royal)

November 22 – Newcastle, UK (Tyne Theatre & Opera House)

November 23 – Birmingham, UK (Town Hall)

November 26 – Montreal, QC (Rialto Theatre)

November 27 – Toronto, ON (Queen Elizabeth Theatre)

November 30 – Portland, ME (State Theatre)

December 1 – Boston, MA (The Wilbur)

December 3 – New York, NY (The Town Hall)

December 4 – New York, NY (The Town Hall)

December 5 – Washington, DC (Lincoln Theatre)

December 6 – Philadelphia, PA (Keswick Theatre, Glenside)

December 8 – St. Paul, MN (The Fitzgerald)

December 9 – Chicago, IL (Thalia Hall)

December 10 – Detroit, MI (The Majestic Theatre)

December 12 – Austin, TX (Paramount Theatre)

December 14 – Denver, CO (Paramount Theatre)

December 16 – Phoenix, AZ (The Van Buren)

December 18 – Los Angeles, CA (The Theatre at Ace Hotel)

December 19 – San Francisco, CA (The Palace of Fine Arts Theatre)

December 21 – Seattle, WA (The Neptune)

December 22 – Seattle, WA (The Neptune)

December 23 – Seattle, WA (The Neptune)

December 24 – Seattle, WA (The Neptune)

December 26 – Seattle, WA (The Neptune)

December 26 – Seattle, WA (The Neptune)

December 21 – Seattle, WA (The Neptune)

December 28 – Vancouver, BC (Vogue Theatre)

December 30 – Portland, OR (The Newmark)