Article + Photos by Joe Saturday

She & Him, the collaborative musical duo of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, have understandably not been very active lately; their last studio release was Christmas Party in 2016 (via Columbia Records) and their last headlining show in New York was back in 2013. Last December saw the pair play three Christmas-themed shows in California and Texas. This year, She & Him continued that tradition by bringing their Christmas Party tour to even more cities, including a stop at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre on the 6th of December.

The night began with M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel taking the stage alone with a pile of presents between them and a black curtain behind them. The curtain soon came down to reveal their backing band surrounded by lit Christmas trees, even more presents, and a video of a yule log burning in a festively decorated fireplace. She & Him treated the audience to an impressive 32-song setlist comprising of 22 Christmas songs and 10 non-holiday tunes. Of the non-Christmas songs, the duo performed classics like “I Can Hear Music” by the Ronettes and “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys as well as a handful of She & Him originals from Volume 1 and Volume 2—“I Was Made For You,” “In the Sun,” and “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?”.

Continue below for the She & Him setlist and a photo gallery of She & Him’s headlining set as well as opening act Pete Lee:

Pete Lee

She & Him

She & Him Setlist:

1. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (Mel Tormé cover)
2. Happy Holiday (Irving Berlin cover)
3. Christmas Day (The Beach Boys cover)
4. A Marshmallow World (Bing Crosby cover)
5. The Christmas Waltz (Frank Sinatra cover)
6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane cover)
7. The Coldest Night of the Year (Bruce Cockburn cover)
8. Mele Kalikimaka (Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters cover)
9. Winter Wonderland (Richard Himber & His Orchestra cover)
10. Christmas Memories (Frank Sinatra cover)
11. (Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man With the Bag (Kay Starr cover)
12. Blue Christmas (Doye O’Dell cover)
13. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Frank Loesser cover)
14. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (If Only in My Dreams) (Bing Crosby cover)
15. Christmas Wish (NRBQ cover)
16. Little Saint Nick (The Beach Boys cover)
17. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (Brenda Lee cover)
18. Run Rudolph Run (Chuck Berry cover)
19. Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson cover)
20. I Can Hear Music (The Ronettes cover)
21. Magic Trick (M. Ward song)
22. God Only Knows (The Beach Boys cover)
23. I Was Made for You
24. In the Sun
25. Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
26. Stay Awhile (Dusty Springfield cover)
27. All I Want for Christmas is You (Mariah Carey cover)


28. You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me (The Miracles cover)
29. You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio (Joni Mitchell cover)
30. Silent Night (Joseph Mohr & Franz Gruber cover) (Snippet)
31. Joy to the World (Lowell Mason cover / Three Dog Night cover)

Encore 2:

32. I Put a Spell on You (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins cover)


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