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Thanksgiving to NYE: 15+ Live Events to Get the Most Out of the 2016 Holiday Season

November 10, 2016 by Amy

Live Events and the Holidays

Another holiday season is upon us, so to help you navigate the many live event options leading up to New Year’s Eve 2017, we’ve compiled a list of some of our top picks taking place across the country.

Beginning with the launch of the latest Trans-Siberian Orchestra tour and concluding with another stellar NYE concert lineup to usher in 2017, there’s plenty to choose from as the year wraps up.


Vivid Seats Holiday Guide


But first, some tips on gift giving.

Get Creative

Live event tickets are of course a popular item to bestow upon loved ones, but if you’re looking for an alternative to wrapping paper and gift bags this year, may we suggest the surprise option?

Check out the many creative ways showcasing how to surprise someone with concert tickets. (Or any tickets really!)

Ticket Stub and Playbill Keepsakes

Perfect for the live eventgoers in your life, or even just for yourself, browse through our options for what to do with old ticket stubs and Playbills, including both DIY and non-DIY ideas depending on your preference.


Top Live Events for the 2016 Holiday Season

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So You’ll Be in NYC…

For New York City residents or those planning on traveling to the Big Apple in the coming weeks, be sure to leave room in your calendar for the wealth of live event options available throughout the city.

On Nov. 24, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will put on its 90th installment, and just a few weeks later, the one and only Mariah Carey will return to the Beacon Theatre for another run of must-see Christmas shows, Dec. 7-8, 10-11, 13-14, 16-17.

More info: Vivid Seats’ Guide to Attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016

More info: Video Setlist: Experience the Magic of Mariah Carey Christmas Shows



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Available virtually any day of the week, catch a Rockettes performance at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, or hit up Broadway where Tony winners like “Hamilton,” “The Lion King,” and “Wicked,” and more continue to draw in the masses night after night.

More info: Radio City Music Hall: A Seating Guide for the New York Landmark

More info: Broadway 101 – Theaters, Current Shows, and Seating Guides



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For the Family

From mid-November through New Year’s Eve, the larger-than-life production that is Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be back out on the touring circuit for another round of Ghosts of Christmas Eve shows taking place across the country.

More info: Trans-Siberian Orchestra Setlist: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

If you’d rather opt for the theater, you’ll have plenty of family-friendly holiday classics to choose from including The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, Elf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Christmas Story, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and White Christmas.

More info: 12 Plays of Christmas - Great Christmas Activities for the Whole Family



Bring on the Laughs

Laugh your way through the holidays at upcoming shows from comedians like Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld, Jeff Dunham, Sebastian Maniscalco, Impractical Jokers, Jim Gaffigan, Louis C.K., John Cleese, Adam Sandler, and John Oliver, just to name a few.

If you wish to also laugh your way into 2017, catch NYE shows from Amy Schumer, John Oliver, Jeff Dunham, Joe Rogan, Brian Regan, Jay Leno, and more.

More info: All comedy tickets


Year-End Concerts

No matter your musical preference, the end of the 2016 concert season promises a performance for just about everyone. Catch the final round of tour dates from country stars like Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton, a mix of high-profile acts at Jingle Ball, an all-star KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas lineup, or take in an NYE 2017 concert by Billy Joel, Kanye West, Bassnectar, Bruno Mars, Don Henley, Elton John, Kid Rock, Maroon 5, Old Crow Medicine Show, Phish, Widespread Panic, and more.

More info: Jingle Ball 2016 Lineup Books Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, Britney Spears, and More

More info: Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2017 at These Must-See Concerts



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Get Sporty

Almost every major sport is in full swing, not to mention the start of college basketball and the quickly approaching college football and NFL postseasons.

Should you find yourself itching to get away for just a few hours on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, or New Year’s Day, there are of course an array of sporting events scheduled across the board, including but not limited to:

NFL Thanksgiving Day

NFL Christmas Eve

NBA Christmas Day

NFL New Year’s Day

College Football New Year’s Eve

College Football New Year’s Day

NHL Winter Classic New Year’s Day

More info: All sports tickets



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