Shaq Brings His Holiday Spirit to the Boston Pops

We all knew when Shaquille O’Neal joined the Celtics, Boston was in for some shenanigans on and off the course. And Shaq certainly has not disappointed us in the slightest. On October 21st, Shaq announced on Twitter he was headed to Harvard Square in Cambridge to pose a statue for an hour, allowing fans to take a pictures with him. For Halloween he grabbed headlines as he dressed up as a woman dubbed Shaqeeta and tweeted for his followers to find him somewhere in Boston to snag a pair of tickets to a Celtic’s game. And Shaq-a-Claus has been seen handing out toys at local Toys R Us locations in November and December handing out toys to kids as part of the Marine’s annual Toys For Tots toy drive collecting toys for needy children.

The big guy has also been spotted at Boston Children’s Hospital with his teammates and the Boys and Girls Club of Boston playing The Michael Jackson Experience on Wii. He even donned a sparkling white glove, which he later autographed and auctioned off.

And now, Shaq will be joining high brow Bostonians as a guest conductor for the Boston Pops Monday, December 20th at 8PM at Boston’s Symphony Hall. Shaq will grab the baton for the Pop’s rendition of “Sleigh Ride” leading both the Boston Pops Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus during their annual Holiday Pops performance.

The announcement released by the Pops promises Shaq’s conducting debut to be complete with the 7’1” Center in white tie and tails. The big guy is set to take the stage around 8:15.

The Holiday Pops shows run through December 26th, including a family matinee concert on Christmas Eve Friday, December 24th at 11AM. The concert includes a children’s sing-a-long and an opportunity to take pictures with Santa Claus after the show. Table seating on the floor includes a kid friendly menu options and a special holiday treat.

To stay on top of all of Shaq’s local antics, check out his Twitter feed at THE_REAL_SHAQ.

Get your tickets to see Shaq off the court and on the stage at

Location: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston 617.266.1492