What do you consider the most identifiable sound of the holiday season? Fire crackling? Crowds of carolers? Bing Crosby on the radio? Well, if you're in the company of Busta Rhymes, it's more like "Pass The Courvoisier" (flipped as "Pass The Ciroc This Way") or "It's All About The Benjamins," and there's definitely nothing wrong with that.

On Saturday (December 5), in honor of his 25 years in hip-hop, Busta threw a Hot For The Holidays party at Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Center with a guest list that included Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Fetty Wap, Puff Daddy, Lil Wayne and Lil' Kim, to name a few. Featured performers rang in the season to the sound of Method Man and Redman's "Da Rockwilder," Lil Wayne's "A Milli" and Mary J. Blige and Lil' Kim's "I Can Love You." And we (no thanks to any reindeer) were there to catch it all.

We've arranged some of our favorite photos of the night in the gallery above, which include a closer look at Busta's red and white coat (Santa inspiration?), a cinematic capture of Mary J.'s backdrop and the general joy that can only come from working in a field you really love for nearly three decades. So if your school or office fete turns out to be a fluorescent-lit drag, you can at least pretend you were there with these guys.

Check out a gallery of some of the most lively performances above!

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