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2017 Guide to Holidays in the City

November 07, 2017 by Stephen

2017 Holiday Guide

Vivid Seats' 2017 Holiday Guide

Tradition. Lights. Festivities. Memories.

There’s no denying that there’s something special about the holiday season in the city, and Vivid Seats is here to help make it more unforgettable.

In cities across the country, there are numerous holiday-themed concerts, shows and performances to help make your mood jolly and create joy-filled moments you won’t soon forget.

Each city has unique seasonal flare. Check your calendars and set aside a few nights to enjoy a holiday-themed live event.

Guide to Holiday Events in Atlanta


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The holidays enjoy a Southern flare in Atlanta, where the spirit of the season resonates from downtown to the suburbs. From the Macy’s tree to the Botanical Garden to Atlantic Station, holiday lights abound across Atlanta, making it feel like a winter wonderland. Additionally, there’s a bounty of great live events to take in during the season:

A Christmas Story – Mable House Amphitheatre (Mableton); Nov. 10–12

Macy’s Tree Lighting with CeeLo Green (Lenox Square Mall); Nov. 19

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert; Dec. 8–10

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Infinite Energy Arena (Duluth); Dec. 9

Jingle Ball – Philips Arena; Dec. 15

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – A Very Merry Holiday POPS!; Dec. 15–17

A Christmas Carol – Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre; Dec. 8–24

The Nutcracker: Atlanta Ballet – Fabulous Fox Theatre; Dec. 8–28


Guide to Holiday Events in Boston

Since Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S., it’s no surprise that it’s steeped in holiday tradition. From ballet and symphony performances to contemporary classics, Boston’s holiday event offerings are both immense and diverse. Here are some top options:

A Christmas Story – Hanover Theatre (Worcester); Nov. 9–12

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – DCU Center (Worcester); Nov. 24

Trans-Siberian Orchestra –SNHU Arena (Manchester, N.H.) Nov. 25

Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker – Orpheum Theatre; Nov. 28, Dec. 3

Boston Symphony Orchestra – Holiday Pops; Dec. 7–24

Elf – Wang Theatre; Nov. 28- Dec. 10

Jingle Ball – TD Garden; Dec. 10

Pentatonix – Wang Theatre; Dec. 12–16

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Shubert Theatre; Dec. 14–17

A Christmas Carol – Hanover Theatre (Worcester); Dec. 15-23


Guide to Holiday Events in Chicago


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The Windy City is somewhat of a Midwest mecca for holiday shopping, sightseeing and theater performances.  And for good reason. From the Mag Mile to Lincoln Park, visitors and residents have an abundance of options to be a part of holiday cheer. Whether taking in some laps around the Maggie Daley Park ice ribbon or catching a performance of A Christmas Carol at the renowned Goodman Theatre, this wintery city does not disappoint:

Twas the Night Before Christmas; Nov. 10 – Dec. 31

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Genesee Theater, Nov 11

A Christmas Carol – Goodman Theater; Nov 18 – Dec 31

White Christmas – Cadillac Palace; Nov 21 – Dec 3

Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker – Auditorium Theater; Dec 1–31

Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker – Rosemont Theatre (Rosemont); Dec. 3

Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Home Alone ; Dec. 9–10

Jingle Ball – Allstate Arena (Rosemont); Dec. 13

Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Merry, Merry Chicago; Dec. 15–23

Mannheim Steamroller – Rosemont Theatre (Rosemont); Dec. 15

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Allstate Arena (Rosemont); Dec 28


Guide to Holiday Events in Dallas


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Texas does most things big, and the holiday season doesn’t stray from that creed. When Thanksgiving rolls around, the Metroplex comes alive with the spirit of the holiday season. Keep your calendar open for one of these great events:

Texas Theater Ballet – Nutcracker; Winspear Opera House; Nov 24- Dec 3

Moscow’s Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker – McFarlin Auditorium; Nov 18–19

Jingle Ball – American Airlines Center; Nov. 28

Amy Grand & Michael W. Smith Christmas Tour – Verizon Theater; Dec 2

White Christmas – Music Hall at Fair Park; Dec 5–10

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Allen Event Center, Dec 12

Cirque Dreams Holidaze – Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie); Dec 15–16

How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Winspear Opera House; Dec 5–17

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Xmas Eve – American Airlines Center; Dec 22

A Christmas Carol – Wyly Theater; Nov 22 – Dec 28

Mannheim Steamroller – Pavilion at the Music Factory; Dec 28


Guide to Holiday Events in Los Angeles

The holidays set to a backdrop of palm trees and sunsets: Los Angeles is a unique place to celebrate the season. Here’s a breakdown of the events you won’t want to miss:

Jingle Ball – The Forum; Dec. 1

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Xmas Eve (Ontario, Calif.); Dec. 2

A Christmas Carol (Lancaster; San Bernardino; Thousand Oaks); Dec. 1–10

The Nutcracker – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion/Royce Hall; Dec. 7–17

White Christmas – Pechanga Entertainment Center (Temecula); Dec. 14–17

Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker – The Wiltern; Dec. 15–16

Los Angeles Philharmonic Holiday Sing-Along—Walt Disney Concert Hall; Dec. 16

Handel’s Messiah – Walt Disney Concert Hall; Dec. 18.

98 Degrees Holiday Tour—Grove of Anaheim; Dec. 20

98 Degrees Holiday Tour—Fred Kavli Theatre (Thousand Oaks); Dec. 21

Los Angeles Philharmonic White Christmas Sing-Along—Walt Disney Concert Hall; Dec. 23


Guide to Holiday Events in New York


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The holiday season is an exciting time across the country, but it’s especially magical in the Big Apple, where there’s no shortage of festive experiences designed to get you in the spirit of the season. From the biggest of parades to holiday performances at some of the most iconic venues, tis the season to take in the magic of this city during one if it’s most popular times of the year:

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade; Nov. 23

Radio City Christmas Spectacular – Radio City Music Hall; Nov. 10 – Jan. 1

Brian Setzer Orchestra – NYCB Theatre (Westbury, N.Y.); Nov. 22

NYCB: The Nutcracker – David H Koch Theater; Nov. 24 – Dec. 31

Jingle Ball – Madison Square Garden; Dec. 8

Metropolitan Opera: The Magic Flute; Nov. 25 – Dec 9

Pentatonix – Beacon Theatre; Dec. 19–21

A Christmas Carol – Beckett Theatre; Nov. 24–Dec. 17

New York Philharmonic: Handel’s Messiah – David Geffen Hall; Dec. 12–16

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.); Dec. 26

Elf – The Theatre at Madison Square Garden; Dec 13–29


Guide to Holiday Events in Phoenix


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It’s going to be hot in Phoenix this holiday season, as 98 Degrees comes to town. The prominent boy band is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a Dec. 19 show at the Mesa Arts Center. For those willing to hop on Interstate 10, the group is also performing in Tucson on Dec. 22. There are other traditional holiday entertainment options for fans of all ages:

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Gila River Arena (Glendale); Dec. 3

Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding – Celebrity Theatre; Dec. 9

Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker – Comerica Theatre; Dec. 14

Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Tour – Celebrity Theatre; Dec. 15

98 Degrees Holiday Tour – Mesa Arts Center (Mesa); Dec. 19

98 Degrees Holiday Tour – Desert Diamond Casino (Tucson); Dec. 22

Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker – Centennial Hall (Tucson); Dec. 22


Guide to Holiday Events in Philadelphia


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The City of Brotherly Love has a certain holiday charm to it, and there are always compelling concerts and performances to help its residents get into the spirit. With a wide array of live events, there’s something to suit everyone. Here’s a look at some of our favorites:

A Philly Pops Christmas – Kimmel Center; Dec. 1–19

Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra: Christmas Kids Spectacular; Dec. 2

Jingle Ball – Wells Fargo Center; Dec. 6

Pentatonix – Tower Theater (Upper Darby); Dec. 7

Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra: The Glorious Sounds of Christmas; Dec. 14–17

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Wells Fargo Center; Dec. 17

A Christmas Carol – Walnut Street Theatre; Nov. 25-Dec. 23

Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker – Annenberg Center; Dec. 18–19

Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra: Handel’s Messiah; Dec. 21–22

Pennsylvania Ballet: The Nutcracker (Academy of Music); Dec. 8–31


Guide to Holiday Events in Las Vegas


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This desert oasis doesn’t do anything small, and the holidays are no exception. From the dancing Bellagio fountains set to classic holiday music to the “Holiday at The Park” festivities, and of course a line-up of seasonal shows that are on every visitor’s Christmas list, here are our top picks:

Mannheim Steamroller – Orleans Arena; Dec. 1

Home for the Holidays – Reynolds Hall at Smith Center; Dec. 2

X107.5 Holiday Havoc – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; Dec. 6

Holiday Havoc – The Palms Casino; Dec. 11

The Nutcracker – Reynolds Hall at Smith Center; Dec. 9–24

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – Cashman Center; Dec. 12

Mariah Carey ‘All I want for Christmas is You’ – Caesar’s Palace; Dec. 14–22

Lindsey Stirling ‘Warmer in the Winter’ Tour – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; Dec. 22


Guide to Holiday Events in San Francisco


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The City by the Bay is full of shows, events and festivities that will have NorCal visitors praising its performing arts scene this holiday season. From big name rockers in even bigger arenas to symphonic takes on some of the season’s most moving masterpieces, there is something for everyone in San Francisco:

A Christmas Carol – A.C.T. Theater; Dec. 1–24

San Francisco Ballet: The Nutcracker – War Memorial Opera House; Dec. 13–30

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve – Oracle Arena; Nov. 30

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – Ruth Finley Person Theater; Dec. 18–19

Charlie Brown Christmas – Davies Symphony Hall; Dec. 21–24

Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks – The Warfield; Dec. 24

Not So Silent Night Concert – Oracle Arena; Dec. 8–9

San Francisco Symphony: Home Alone in Concert – Davies Symphony Hall; Dec. 16–17

San Francisco Symphony: Handel’s Messiah – Davies Symphony Hall; Dec. 14–15


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