Darren Criss flew all the way to New York City over the weekend to perform a handful of holiday tunes at the Ebay Toys for Tots pop up box!

A crowd of excited fans shivered in the rain as Darren strummed his guitar through beloved holiday classics such as “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and the Glee arrangement of “White Christmas.”

This is the 3rd year in a row Darren has teamed up with Toys for Tots for the impromptu show. Concertgoers were encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the gig.

“For me, I think everybody with half a heart tries to do their best to do their part of good during the holiday season,” Darren told CBS news in an interview after the show. “I’m fortunate to have the sort of visibility, and it’s nice to use that to an advantage — where you shine that light on something a little more important than yourself and hopefully others follow suit. Hopefully, I’m just a gateway for other people to get into doing better things.”

Check out the 5 song set below .

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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Darren mentioned that maybe it was his idea to perform this song on the Glee Christmas special “Glee Actually”, set to air on Thursday!

Darren and his good friend, Charlene Kaye, sing the Glee arrangement of “White Christmas.” Chris Colfer is going to be way better than “that girl.” Heh.

Darren and his pals sing my favorite song, The Chipmunk song (Christmas Don’t Be Late). Blaine’s backups have a problem staying on pitch, but it’s still pretty funny.

The mic goes dead a little more than halfway through “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” but the crowd helps Darren carry on!

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  • Axxxel

    My goodness that last video… At least somebody could have warned Darren that the mic is not dead anymore… Terrible… At least the audience was able to make it like a sing along Darren’s guitar play… at least the mic of the guitar was not dead…

  • Axxxel

    Darren should sing all his songs on Glee live…

  • http://twitter.com/starfishy2000 starfishy2000

    I thought the sing-a-long was adorable. And while slightly off, Clark and Charlene are amazing musicians. They couldn’t have had much time to rehearse and I bet the sound for them wasn’t the greatest. 

  • jennyl2

    Darren is a superb singer! He should have a Christmas EP!

  • http://twitter.com/StarkidErin Erin Urbaniak

    “Chris Colfer is going to be way better than “that girl.” Heh.” Hey, Chris is great but nobody messes with my girl Charlene.