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Holiday Gift Ideas: Tickets to Philadelphia Live Events

December 02, 2015 by Alyssa

Holiday Gift Guide Philadelphia

With the holidays fast approaching, Vivid Seats is here to help you find the perfect gift for the sports, concert, and theater fans in your life. If you’re shopping for Philadelphia locals this year, there are plenty of opportunities to gift an unforgettable live experience to your loved ones. Music greats like Black Sabbath, Rihanna, and hometown legends Hall and Oates will all perform near Philly next year, while stand-up comedians Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, and Jeff Dunham are all set to return to area fans. Theater fans can see one of dozens of shows coming to the Philadelphia region next year, among them Jersey Boys, Cinderella, and Riverdance. And, of course, there’s never a shortage of chances to see local heroes of the Flyers, 76ers, and Phillies play live.

Check out the tables below for the ticket price breakdown of some of our top holiday gift ideas. All ticket prices based on active listings as of Dec. 2.


Top Philadelphia Concerts
No. Event 2016 Date(s) Venue Median Price | Get-In Price
1 Black Sabbath 8/19 BB&T Center $165 | $34
2 Justin Bieber 5/7, 5/8 Wells Fargo Center $198 | $96 (5/7), $200 | $81 (5/8)
3 Big Barrel Country Music Festival 6/24-6/26 Dover International Speedway $295 | $185 (3-day pass)
4 The Who 3/14 Wells Fargo Center $146 | $52
5 Rihanna 4/3 Wells Fargo Center $183 | $53
6 Dixie Chicks 6/18 BB&T Pavilion $197 | $38
7 Hall and Oates 2/16 Santander Arena $149 | $78
8 Muse 1/31 Wells Fargo Center $125 | $45
9 Janet Jackson 2/24 Wells Fargo Center $109 | $34
10 Josh Groban 8/3 BB&T Pavilion $211 | $77


The year ahead will see many big names return to Philadelphia after long absences. Fans of the Dixie Chicks, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Janet Jackson will be happy to sing along with these stars on their respective return tours stopping in the city. The Who will celebrate its 50th anniversary with Philadelphia fans in March, and Black Sabbath will say farewell with its Final Tour late in the summer. For the country music fans in your life, buy a three-day pass to Big Barrel Country Music Festival so they can see Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Eric Church, and many more live at the Dover International Speedway this June. Even the most hard-to-please rock fan will love seeing Muse, one of the world's most acclaimed live acts, during the band's Philly concert this January. Finally, fans of powerful vocals and musical theater will adore Josh Groban tickets for the singer's August concert across the river in Camden, N.J.


Top Philadelphia Theater 
No. Event Date(s) Venue Median Price | Get-In Price
1 Kevin Hart 1/1 Giant Center $183 | $84
2 Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic 1/1-1/3 Wells Fargo Center $62 | $16 (1/1, most affordable)
3 Jeff Dunham 2/14 Wells Fargo Center $111 | $60
4 The Comedy Get Down (D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin, Charlie Murphy 1/15 Liacouras Center $240 | $99
5 Riverdance (20th Anniversary World Tour) 6/14-6/19 Academy of Music $240 | $125
6 Ringling Bros. B&B Circus 2/17-2/21 Wells Fargo Center $43 | $30 (2/17 and 2/19, most affordable)
7 Cinderella the Musical 1/26-1/31 Hershey Theatre $118 | $136 (1/26, 1/27, 1/31 evening, most affordable)
8 Tracy Morgan 4/23 Santander Performing Arts Center $95 | $57
9 Jersey Boys 5/10-5/15 Playhouse on Rodney Square $185 | $125
10 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical 3/22-4/3 Academy of Music $218 | $54 (3/25 and 4/2 matinee, most affordable)


Traditional theatergoers will love a gift of tickets to see Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella the Musical in January. Tony-winning jukebox musicals Jersey Boys and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will also be popular shows stopping in the Philadelphia area this season. Dance fans will get a kick out of the June run of Riverdance at the Academy of Music, part of the event's 20th anniversary world tour. Treat the whole family to a special day out with tickets to see Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic or the ever-popular Ringling Bros. B&B Circus early in the year.

For your Philadelphia comedy fans, you can't go wrong with tickets to see big stars like Kevin Hart, Jeff Dunham, or the five-star Comedy Get Down show, featuring D.L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin, and Charlie Murphy. You can even get passes to see Tracy Morgan's triumphant return to the stage in April.


Top Philadelphia Sports
No. Event Date(s) Venue Median Price | Get-In Price
1 Philadelphia Phillies vs San Diego Padres (Opening Day) 4/11 Citizens Bank Park $150 | $44
2 Philadelphia Phillies vs New York Mets 4/18-4/20, 7/15-7/17 Citizens Bank Park $89 | $21 (4/19 most affordable)
3 Philadelphia Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins 3/19 Wells Fargo Center $156 | $76
4 Philadelphia Flyers vs New York Rangers 1/16 Wells Fargo Center $120 | $63
5 Philadelphia 76ers vs Golden State Warriors 1/30 Wells Fargo Center $190 | $63
6 Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston Celtics 1/23 Wells Fargo Center $62 | $15
7 Monster Jam 4/1-4/3 PPL Center $48 | $25 (4/1 and 4/2 afternoon, most affordable)
8 WWE Live 3/13, 3/20 Giant Center, Mohegan Sun Arena $57 | $56 (3/20, most affordable)
9 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 5/15, 10/2 Dover International Speedway $119 | $58 (5/18, most affordable)
10 NCAA Tournament East Regional 3/25, 3/27 Wells Fargo Center $349 | $158 (3/27, most affordable)


No matter the season, Philadelphia sports fans can stay busy year-round with a gift of tickets to upcoming 2016 games. For Philadelphia NBA lovers, January will be a prime month to cheer on the 76ers against longtime rival the Boston Celtics and reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Also early in the year, NHL fans can watch the Flyers take on two of their leading division rivals: the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins. Looking ahead to the spring, Philadelphia college basketball fans will be thanking you in March when you buy tickets for a session of the NCAA Tournament East Regional. Satisfy the baseball fan in your life with a gift of Phillies tickets for the team's home opener against the San Diego Padres, or grab seats to one of the team's 2016 series against last year's NL East leader, the New York Mets.

March will bring two chances for wrestling fans to see WWE Live at the Giant Center or the Mohegan Sun Arena. Tickets to one of the Dover International Speedway's 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events are an obvious choice for racing fans, but seats to Monster Jam in nearby Allentown are a better option for Philly extreme sports lovers.

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